When DJs first approach the production of their own tracks, they often use a loop-based model. Sections of an existing song, in time with the original beat, are cut from a track and programmed to loop in exactly the right rhythm. This can be a great way to create a solid, recognizable and professional-sounding base for your track. By adding your own elements on top of a set of sample loops, you can put your own stamp on a classic, while still retaining that recognition from your audience. And after reading this simple how-to, you’ll know exactly how to accomplish just that.
We’re going to focus on sampling from vinyl records, since this is the most complex version of the process. Once you understand analog sampling, you’ll be able to do it from CDs and MP3 files without issue. The most important thing is to ensure that everything is set up to provide the strongest possible signal strength within your recording. Every audio cable and input is capable of carrying a finite amount of signal. If you max that out, anything that tips over the limit will be distorted. On the other hand, if you use too little of the signal bandwidth, this leaves room for all the hiss, crackle and hum that you want to avoid.