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What are some good sources of sounds?

asked 2016-07-15 11:19:46 -0500

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updated 2016-12-16 02:38:00 -0500

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I'm interested both in approaches to recording sounds from sound gear, from the environment and good places to find samplepacks online.

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answered 2016-07-15 13:00:26 -0500

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updated 2016-07-15 14:00:50 -0500

edit 2016-07-16: added a section on "recording new sounds from Tidal".

Sample Packs

I don't seek out samples like I used to, but these are my go-to sites for free samples.

Other free sources that I'm not as familiar with:

If you're willing to buy samples then you could try:

Recording new sounds from Tidal

Perhaps an overlooked aspect of "getting new sounds" is to use Tidal itself and record your own output. Through aggressive use of functions like striate, coarse, crush, speed, and accelerate (not to mention layering with the DSL or stack), you can achieve all kinds of new and weird sounds. Record what you're doing and recycle it into new samples or even sequences.

Approaches to Recording from Gear

Recording your own sounds from your own gear can be time consuming, but very rewarding. I've learned that everyone has their own methods and process that works for them, and doesn't necessarily work for someone else. Your mileage may vary...

  • one-shot approach: Craft a single note on a synthesizer, then record/sample it. This is maybe the most obvious approach to getting a new sound, but I also find this to be the least inspiring method.

  • tidal-midi approach: Get a cool sequence going with one or many sources (e.g. drum machine and a simple synth), then hit record! I use tidal-midi to generate patterns on synthesizers, then record the audio into my DAW (or a wav editor or audio recorder). The thing I like about this approach is that you can use tidal code to automate so many parameters to get some different sounds. While I do like to make full tracks in this way, it is also very productive for just generating isolated sounds. Lots of happy accidents.

  • considerations for melody: If I sample single notes from a synthesizer, I often sample multiple pitches. Sometimes I'll record a single octave of a scale mode (m9, Maj7, etc). Sometimes just a couple of notes will do fine.

  • sampling different timbres: If I am sampling just a single note, I'll sample different timbre variations. Different cutoffs, wave shapes, reverb, or even just a different octave. It's a simple way to create a lot of variation.

  • do novel experiments: if you are feeling uninspired or think you're limited with the gear you have, then come up with some novel experiments. Create a kick drum or some percussion from a melodic synth. Automate multiple synth parameters to extremes (either by range or speed). Route audio from a synth into some other device and change the output.

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answered 2016-07-17 14:11:26 -0500

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