Mission: Find and use the best drum samples for your track, as soon as possible. Why? To flip through tons of cruddy samples just to find the gems in your collection is a surefire way to bore you right out of your state of music production flow. It's all about the flow as you know.
So, how do you avoid the schlep?
Tip #1: Filter your sample intake...
may therefore be tempted to grab every drum sample-pack you come
across, just to grow your collection. Step away from the download, son!
Let's take a deep breath and focus here for a moment...
Yes, choice is of course a good
thing when it comes to drum samples. You probably already know this much by
now. MORE = BETTER
A large library of audio samples to work with means you're more likely to find
the exact drum hits you need to get your latest track to pop just right.
probably heard the saying "get it right at the source". Well, in this
case your samples are the source. So, start with great samples to make your
life easier when you get to mixing.
You want to be more
selective than a Berghain club bouncer when it comes to what you let
into your sample library. Elitism is a good thing when it comes to
samples! Keep out the riff-raff with high quality-standards.
what's the door policy here? High definition, well-recorded and well-processed.
In other words, your samples must sound great. 24 bit is pretty much
the lowest you want to go with samples. You may let in a 16 bit sample
in every now and then but don't make this type of lax standards the
Luckily, you have a huge variety of quality dance music drum
sample-packs available to you today. I often use the Designer Dance
series of packs, which you can get at Loopmasters...