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Complete Guide to Sampling in Live by Rob Jones

Video Courses by Producertech

Unlock the awesome potential of sampling in Ableton Live with this new course from Producertech's Senior Tutor Rob Jones. Featuring a thorough breakdown of the monstrously powerful Sampler Suite Instrument, the lessons take you through every aspect of this hugely flexible device.

Packed full of inspirational examples, detailed commentary and a massive variety of sounds, the modules will ignite your enthusiasm for this superb tool, whilst giving you a complete understanding of how to utilise its vast audio-manipulating abilities to create your own basses, leads, FX, vocals and more! Plus, there are 12 Bonus Sampler Kits (172 Samples) from various Loopmasters packs to play with along the way.

Alongside the streamed video lessons, accessible on the full range of devices, students can also download comprehensive written notes that accompany each module, featuring clear explanations to aid with the learning process. With feedback and assistance always available on the Producertech forum, this course will truly take your sampling abilities to the next level. Check the free excerpt embedded below for an example of the course content now!

Sample Module: Using Zones in Sampler to make Multi-Sampled Presets

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Module Details

Intro to Sampling and Guide to Simpler

After explaining what Sampling is and the reasons for doing it, there is a thorough guide to Simpler, covering sample importing and looping, and showing how the various envelopes, filters and LFO can be used to shape the sound. Sampler is briefly introduced at the end of the module.

Recap and Extended Sample Looping Features

This lesson starts by recapping on how to import samples and change the section that's triggered, before going into the many ways in which the looping facility is expanded.

Making a Synchronised Vocal Loop

This module shows how to make a complex, looped vocal sample, which has one part looping each beat while a note is held down and another part looping in a syncopated, 3/16-note fashion when a note is let go. Loop lengths are calculated in samples using certain formulae, which are explained in the module movie and accompanying written notes.

Envelopes and LFOs

This module begins by going over the concepts introduced in module 1, like envelope and LFO modulation, extending them to show how much more can be done with Sampler, including setting of envelope curves, envelope looping and using multiple LFOs to modulate some of the unique, morphing filter section parameters.

Modulating LFOs

Taking modulation to the next level, this module begins to demonstrate the sounds that can be achieved by modulating LFO amounts and rates with additional LFOs and envelopes, to create unique and captivating rhythmic and dynamic bassline effects.

Pitch and Osc Modulation Sections

This lengthy module shows how both the pitch and modulation oscillator envelopes can be used to create dramatic shifts in frequency and timbre, which can be applied to leads, pads, FX and basslines.

Making an FX Patch

This lesson provides an example of how all the techniques so far can be put into practice to make an FX patch, which uses a tiny part of a much larger sample to create a long, evolving riser that incorporates multiple envelopes and LFOs to build tension and atmosphere.

MIDI Section

In this module, the MIDI section is demonstrated, showing how external MIDI controllers can be set up and then used to create basic and then more complex modulation sequences with a new lead sound in Live's clip editor.

Multi-Sampling and Sample Zones

This lesson explains what can be done with the Zones section, showing how to create more realistic presets with multiple samples mapped across the keyboard, and how to stack up and blend samples in the Zones-Velocity section to make a live-sounding conga preset.

Importing of Sampler Presets

This module shows how to import presets for other samplers, such as EXS24 into Sampler.

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