Vintage Sampler - Why and how to use it?
Currently, while a computer can record hours of AUDIO recording, more and more Vintage Samplers are seen in the greatest electronic music and Hip hop artists studios like: Diplo, Daft Punk, Bonobo, Para One, Dr DRE, Bibio, Aphex Twin, The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West....
First it is important to give our definition of a vintage sampler:
A Sampler with high dynamics and warm and/or grittiness sound quality. Manufactured before 1995, with a sampling resolution lower or equal to 16bit 44.1 kHz ( the compact disk standard resolution). Examples of relevant models include: Akai S612, Akai S700, Akai S950, Akai S900, Akai MPC 60, Roland S-750, E-MU EMULATOR, E-MU SP-12, E-MU SP-1200 , Sequential Circuits Prophet 2000, Roger Linn Linn 9000 ... If you have any doubts on a particular sampler, do not hesitate to contact us even if it is a model that is not in stock at VintageSynthShop.com.
The main qualities of a vintage sampler:
- Brings a particular sound grain to everything that is sampled with.
- Bring a strong dynamic to your samples, which translates into more "punch" on your rhythmic, and this with very little editing job.
- Brings a new way to make music for the one used to the computer mouse.
-Oblige to use ears in priorities rather than eyes. You make music after all!
- In general the vintage samplers have been manufactured with an grade of quality because they were intended for the professional musician, these samplers were excessively expensive, they were not manufactured in China but in Japan or the USA.
Examples of how to use a vintage sampler actually:
You have a song made on Ableton Live, you want to give more grain to your rhythm: With your vintage sampler, re-sample your rhythmic track (s). Replace the "Ableton live" track with the new sampler track on the vintage sampler.
-For grain and punch:
You have a song on Pro tools, you want to give more grain and punch to your rhythm: You sample each component from your "beat" in isolation, you sample the bass drum (BD), the snare drum, The Charley (HH) ...
Once these sampling sounds are cut out, import them onto Pro-Tools and replace the original sounds of the rhythmic with the sampling sounds. Even without editing the sounds will have more punch with a vintage sampler. If you also take the time to edit your samples, especially on the envelope settings, you will get very powerful sounds!
There are of course, many other ways to use a vintage sampler:
1) Used as an Audio track player for a "Live act".
2) Some artists like BIBIO (warp records) make song on classic sequencers (proTools, Ableton Live, Cubase ...) then he sample a whole part of a set of tracks to reintroduce them in the final cut of his Pieces, it is a way to introduce several levels of dynamics and different grain types into the same song.
3) Used as a synthesizer:
- Sampling a basic waveform, then editing the Pitch (much used in Jungle and Drum & Bass), the filter (much used in House Music and in the classics of the "French Touch" notably with the Roland S-760 ), The envelope of the sample ...
For a novice all this may seem abstract or complex. But a vintage sampler is much, much simpler to use than what you think!