First the basics.
This is what a kick sample looks like. Note, the image is not my own.
What is a Sample?
A sample is an audio segment.
Who uses samples?
So how do I get samples?
Fret not producer. Samples are EVERYWHERE. I take samples and use them in a good portion of the tracks I make, it humanizes the music. The kick drum sample I use is a digital sample from a recorded kick drum. Same with the snare, and cymbals. Another obvious and well used sample is rain, like in Bring the Rain (Candyland Remix). All you need is a phone, laptop, or microphone to do the same. Take a recording of the ambient sound and you’re on your way to making a quality song.
Where Do I Get Them? What Do I sample?
Anywhere and everything. I record the ambient sounds around me if I want to use them in a song as background noise.
One of my favorite place for samples is Freesound.org. There are so many legal free audio samples, I often browse to stimulate my creativity. It helps bring on new track ideas I hadn’t pictured in my minds ear.
So go ahead and sample! Leave a comment below if you have any questions or comments.