need recommendations for simple sample-and-hold sampler

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hey dudes. I'm looking to buy a really cheap sampler - something so user friendly it's idiot proof, and under $150. I was thinking about re-buying the Electribe ES1 or whatever but thought maybe yall would know something better. My only interest is in looping sounds from a line-in jack - no beats required. Any ideas?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 18:59 (ten years ago) link

i'm pretty happy with the roland sp-404sx, it's been very intuitive so far. i know it's supposed to be able to do what you want, but i haven't actually used it to sample yet (i'm just loading wav files from the computer to the sd card so i can trigger samples live).

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Thursday, 26 August 2010 16:42 (ten years ago) link

nine years pass...

dumb sampler terminology question: is there a default term for a setting that indicates that if you play a sample and then start it again while the first iteration is still playing, whether it ends the first iteration or doubles over it?

na (NA), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 19:52 (three months ago) link

Retrigger on/off?

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 20:00 (three months ago) link

i'll try looking for that

na (NA), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 20:03 (three months ago) link

"Choke"? ie Pad 1 stops playing if Pad 3 is hit (on an MPC or similar device), I think most samplers like that auto-choke per pad because they're monophonic

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 22:42 (three months ago) link

https://www.reddit.com/r/electribe/comments/anz6yr/sample_choke/

I don't know about self-choking but this describes it for separate pads

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 22:49 (three months ago) link

thanks, that was exactly the resource i'm looking for

na (NA), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 14:23 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

a very basic and broad question - where do you like to look for sample packs? are there particularly good sites/producers i should be checking out?

na (NA), Sunday, 26 July 2020 20:34 (one month ago) link

I think everyone uses Splice these days, but I keep a strictly freegan approach to sample packs. There are lots of free packs of various drum machines if you search for them specifically, and https://www.reddit.com/r/drumkits is good to monitor for some occasional gems.

Legowelt has some cool free ones too for synths.

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 26 July 2020 21:35 (one month ago) link

freesound.org occasionally has some field recording gems but there's so much there you have to wade through a lot

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Sunday, 26 July 2020 21:40 (one month ago) link

Oh yeah, definitely a lot of trash, but I've also found some gems on freesound (like the perfect air raid siren or whip sample).

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 26 July 2020 21:46 (one month ago) link

I used to sample from Youtube, but the audio quality is just so low (although I guess better if you play back the video at the highest quality). Can be cool if it's just for dialogue or background texture, if that's the effect you're going for. Maybe vocals if they're heavily processed.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 27 July 2020 00:11 (one month ago) link

Thanks. I found Legowelt right after posting here. Definitely lots of cool sounds there.

I don’t really know what I’m going for yet. Everything I make right now sounds really flat and cheesy and derivative. Part of the “fun” of learning a new instrument.

na (NA), Monday, 27 July 2020 01:32 (one month ago) link


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