You can’t always rely on pre-made sample packs out there if you truly want to be a professional Dubstep Maker or live DJ. If you are ready to go to the next level in your production then you must take a step outside of the box. The DJ box, in my personal opinion, are those that get their hands on FL studio, Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic or whatever program you prefer, and simply use the provided sound library.
In order to truly be an individual in this game it is imperative that you begin to create your own unique samples; something that nobody but you will have. Not only will you be able to create sounds that no one else in the world is using, but you will also open a new door within the sonic universe.
The Sonic Universe
For those that do sample this is no mystery, but the moment that you embark on the journey of finding new sounds for your production; the entire world becomes a symphony. All of a sudden the distant barking of a dog or the sound of a raindrop has the potential of becoming part of your production. Now instead of scouring the Internet trying to find that “perfect” sound, you roam the earth and sample your surroundings.
What this does to your brain in terms of music production is that it creates a “new” approach to finishing your production. In a way it gives you supreme freedom by allowing you to “make” your own sounds instead of relying on what cyberspace has to offer.
Now when you sample the intention is not to leave it “as is” but rather to morph it to fit exactly what you want to do. When you become better at sampling you’ll begin to realize that every single sound on this planet can be translated to music. For instance if we bring back the example of the distant dog barking, once it has been sampled you can find out exactly what note it is; Em for instance.
Understanding what tone a sample will help you use the samples in proper harmonics allowing the distant bark to become an intricate part of the song. By playing around with it the bark could become a scratch, or even a bass. In reality once you have the sample captured…the sky is the limit.
Obviously in order to morph the sample you’re going to need some good Dubstep software. You can choose to whatever program you are more familiar with. Import the samples and as Ron Jeremy would say; “have your way with it.” After you have manipulated the sample to your liking you could easily drop that sucker on a midi controller or a beat machine and interject it right into your live performances. There truly is no limit to what a creative mind can do with quality samples.
You obviously will need to get your hands on a high grade portable sampler; something like a Roland SP-404SX or an Akai MPC500, but trust me that the moment you begin to sample….everything will change. It’s almost like playing Pokemon, except with sound…got to sample ’em all!