How to Sample an Instrument from a Full Song

By Lauren McClard, July 21, 2017

The art of sampling, once highly criticized as uncreative and ethically questionable, has become ubiquitous in nearly all genres of music production.  From Hip-Hop to R&B and now even in Pop-Rock and Country tunes you can hear elements of music’s rich history re-purposed in modern production, giving our contemporary music a visceral sense of nostalgia and comfort.

 

The concept is simple: record a piece of music and chop it, stretch it or just loop it and add your own creative touch to make something new.  There are many techniques and styles for sampling but they all hinge on the previously unavoidable fact that, aside from some creative EQing and effects processing, you cannot change the content of your sample. Well, at least you couldn’t until now.

So what if you hear the perfect musical loop for your new R&B song but there are already vocals on it? What if that jazz trumpet solo would add just the right emotional lift to your song but the pianos, drums etc. conflict with your original composition? Wouldn’t it be great to isolate the content of a sample that you wish to use or to remove the content that interferes with your creative vision?

With the ADX TRAX product line from Audionamix, you can now refine and customize your samples like never before!  Isolate or remove instruments and voices from your sampled audio to create the perfect sample for your composition.  The automated voice/melody detection and separation algorithms make it quick and easy to target the desired elements within an audio sample and the unique toolkit helps further refine your separation results.  PRO versions include a non-destructive spectral editing interface for “deep cleaning” your sample and removing all traces of unwanted elements.

Expand your sampling capabilities and creative possibilities with the ADX TRAX product line from Audionamix!

 

Enjoy our sampling demo made using TRAX Pro 3 SP.

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