Samples-Presets Collection : How you use it ?
My thread is to deliver my experience of this subject from the PRO people i have around me and what they said to me, or speaking about this subject without to give names. (And don’t ask names hahaha) I also think to that subject because of the Definitive List i make for this community based for OT, AR, AK-A4…
I will bear in mind with the fact you probably release music yet already or at some point. I will also start as fact you’re good people and have respect for the other people work. Also it’s a difficult subject too, as law is country relative too.
With my Label there’s Demo we receive, of course we don’t know every sample collection out there ! i mean it’s impossible. We listening everything, when something have effect on our emotional side we put it on a folder called “Listening again”. Of course, things will not sitting well or not pleased us for X Reasons… we put it not in Trash. But in a folder called “Reply ! and gives feedback”. One day i receive a track i find it nice honestly it’s groovy very pleasant, not pick time hits but what there’s not only pick time there’s also a moment where party start and party ending.
We decided to release it. At the promo on PRO stage we receive feedback and a guy from it in a chat discussion on Facebook told me when i said hey thanks for the feedback on “X”, You welcome… it’s cool, i have done a lot on it, maybe 90% of the track coming from my sample collection
BOOM : i can told you that had an effect for some time… but
I passed over it, but i will never forget it. And quite honestly, it’s diminished the love i have for the track. And i can’t passed over it, i don’t know… whatever… The guy make good music at the end so… it’s ok.
That’s a Experience Memory now. So, my introduction is quite long sorry. The first advise i would like to give is to keep at least a certain amount of Sample usage, like a balance between Materials and your Creativity. That’s not because the business gives materials that you should you buy an Octatrack or Ableton Live or whatever Sampler, fill it with something you just download without paying rights on it, use it, tweak a bit and Send, and release Your Music !!! because actually you done nothing more than a DJ here. i jump directly on what i’ve just said. I’m a dj since 1993 so i know what’s a talented DJ is and what a selector is… and when a auto-proclamed DJ should probably just play for his wife … all of that. And there’s Talent in DJING, make all people dancing for hours without leaving the dance floor with music that people don’t know and write a real emotional story at some point, maybe by mixing 3 tracks parts together and get something awesome yeah… i know … !
(at least you should release people a bit so the Bar can sold drinks hahaha sorry)
SO i repeat : Keep balance between Materials and your Creativity that’s the first consideration (and i choose “consideration” word for something)
WHEN You should use Samples-Presets Bank ? then… i will make a list which is right i guess (at least for me) BUT at some point i really recommend to working with PEOPLE find a MC, a singer for the Vocals (make it yourself), Buy a machine drum ! Design your synth sounds ! Experiment ! have FUN ! Hire or Collaborate with Drummers for shakers line, Keyboards riffs ! Music is sharing (but not sharing on Warez website dude hahaha) sharing the love with other musicians and at the end on stage with people !
To study !!! (Yes exactly you right, study sound synthesis, study rhythm groove)
To use One-Shot (Yes if you on the budget and it’s hard YES !!!)
To use Loop because i can’t get this groovy shaker and i can’t find someone (YES !!!)
To find inspiration (This inspire me, it help me to start with something and i will tweak so much that’s it’s not recognizable anymore from the beginning : YES !!! and This main loop delete it, your track exist again ??? huh if not there’s a problem make a new track i guess)
For all the other reasons : Keep a balance between what is not from You and What is purely coming from your soul, your heart !
i will also add a part to end that. That’s another release we can’t signed because it’s use a real known voice and a French One ! so we’re in France and we decided to ask the Producer to asking for “Rights to use it” And we finally don’t release it… Because no rights finally back to us in return. I would like to point you that Sampling ERA is not as chaotic as in the past. We can’t use Sampling today as creatively as before. Without to ask RIGHTS before to use it, PAY for it etc… because now we have real pain algorithm and you can’t hide from that. Of course, you can have the PUNK attitude and FUCKING the universe but at some point you will have to take RESPONSIBILITY of your WORK.
And it’s always when you make a Tune, play by everyone, the moment where people with rights on something come back to you asking for hummm everything you won. So it’s math there maybe it’s worth the price i don’t know… i’m not sure hahaha