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>>> What Is Sampling?


We'll save the techno-bafflement for later - you don't need it anyway. What you do need to know is that sampling is simply a way of snatching real-world sounds and storing them inside a box. When you kick the box with a MIDI note, or perhaps by pushing a button on the front panel, you get the original sound again.

Of course there's a bit more to it than that. But not much - the only other really important thing you need to remember is that once the sound is in the box, you can start to have fun with it. You can speed it up and slow it down, you can make it repeat over and over and over and over and... You can even play it backwards.

We'll be looking at exactly how a sampler does this later in the series. But for now just think of a sampler as a kind of electronic parrot. It may not look as pretty, it doesn't make a mess at the bottom of the equipment rack and it certainly doesn't moult, but it's a much better way of storing sounds and playing them back for later use.

A sampler takes a real sound, records it, and then plays it back. Clever, eh?

[ Beginners' Guide To Sampling 1 ]