If it was good for Trevor Horn, The Beastie Boys, and pretty much every pioneering producer in the last 30 years… then it’s good for us too. Live Sampling is back in Reason 5 and Record 1.5. But before you start pitching your burp noises up 3 octaves we thought we’d teach you the basics of the process.
Live Sampling is coming in Reason 5 and since we will all be sampling like madmen I wanted to cover some NN-XT sampler tips and tricks. This week I dig in my own toolbox of production tricks when I am using the NN-XT.
Ever wonder how to get a stutter or glitch edit on a vocal? Maybe you want to play the sound of a TR-808 kick drum as a bassline… all this and more is covered in detail in this week’s episode.
Remember the time when samples were something you sampled and not loaded from your hard drive? When a sampler was a machine that could record samples, not just play them back.
As samplers became software instead of machines, they came to rely on external sample editing software for recording and editing the samples and the art of spur-of-the-moment creative sampling was pretty much lost. Now we are bringing it back to Reason 5 with its live sampling input.
All sample players in Reason are now samplers. Just hook up a sound source to the rack’s sampling input and you are ready to start sampling. Use a mic, a turntable, an instrument or the entire Reason mix.
Sampling in Reason is simple and straightforward. Hit the sample button and Reason starts sampling. Reason will detect the sample start automatically. You can sample when Reason in running too if you like – no need to stop the music.
If needed, bring up the built-in sample editor to set start and end points, loop points and more. This is possible for all loaded samples by the way – not only the ones you have sampled.
As always, Reason lets you focus on music making – and sampling in this case. All samples are neatly stored in our song file and accessible in the new samples pane in the tool window. Here you can easily see what samples are loaded into what machine and delete and export samples as you wish.
Live sampling together with pitch detection of root key and automatic zone mapping makes it dead easy to sample an instrument and map the samples across the keyboard. This way you’ll create your own multi-sampled instruments for NN-XT and NN-19 in an instant.
Live sampling – coming in Reason 5.
The video has some awesome footage of Peter Grabriel and company recording found sound and manipulating sound from the Farilight. He also discusses the use of non-lyrical human voice in music.
And here is one with maestro Herbie Hancock in action:
Herbie shows off while Quincy Jones looks on. Taken from VHS recording of 1984 documentary “I love Quincy” http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sif…
E-MU Systems announces the Emulator X3 Streaming Sampling Synthesizer, which offers both 32-bit and native 64-bit applications, multi-processor and multi-threading support. X3 also does away with the E-MU hardware lock, so feel free to defiantly hurl your dongle into the nearest body of water.
E-MU’s Emulator® X3 is the world’s most powerful and complete software sampling tool in the world, featuring E-MU’s new Xstream™ streaming sound engine with a up to 192kHz sampling and playback, 32-bit and 64-bit native applications for both Windows XP and Windows Vista, an arsenal of automated sampling/beat analysis/editing tools and almost unlimited sound manipulation that builds on E-MU’s 35 years of synthesis experience.
With Emulator X3, you reap the benefits of E-MU’s Xstream streaming sound engine with up to 192 kHz sampling and playback, a range of tools for analyzing and editing samples and beats and so much sound manipulation that the only limit is your imagination.
Also new in X3 is the Region Xplode Beat Slicer. This feature turns your drum recordings into MIDI files. Xplode takes a selected region, generates new voices and maps new regions to MIDI notes. TwistaLoop analyzes and exports a song’s Tempo Map. This allows users to synchronize rhythm tracks to performances recorded off a click.
Finally, the Xtractor is an audio manipulation tool new to X3 that cuts or boosts audio levels in regards to stereo positioning and frequency. It’s easy as pie to remove, isolate or pitch shift specific parts like vocal lines, basses and more. It also provides visual display for each instrument as to where it lies in stereo space.