above samples are great bread & butter tools for dance music
production which you'll find yourself coming back to many times. You
can supplement these with more genre-specific packs.
Tip #2: Organize your drum samples...
let's say you need to choose or replace a kick or snare drum sample in
your track and you need to do it fast to keep your workflow up.
start to click through your folders to audition sounds and then select
one and listen to it in the mix. If it doesn't sit right in the track you repeat the
process until you eventually find something that works for your song.
Problem? Well, there are two problems here...
first is that you're listening to the sample outside of the context of
your track and then you import it to see if it works. You use your
imagination to select the sample because you don't hear it in the
context of the track when you audition it in the browser.
The second issue is that it's tedious and takes too f@£*ing long. Ain't nobody got time fo' that!
you want to get to the best samples as fast as possible to maintain
your flow when you produce. Something that greatly improved my own way
of working was a tip I got from Ill Gates.
Solution: Create 128s...
1. Crack open your sampler of choice. I use NI Battery for this but you can of course use any decent sampler.
2. Then, for example, browse and select 128 of your best kick drum sounds and import them into your sampler.
3. Make sure the 128 samples are evenly distributed across the MIDI
channels in your sampler bank so each sample is in its' own cell.
4. Save this a preset in your sampler and/or save as a track preset in your DAW.
now have a sampler bank which allows you to audition kicks in the
context of the track and move through your library fast. You simply
create the kick pattern you want on a MIDI track and then move the MIDI
notes of your pattern up and down the keys in the piano-roll to go
through your samples while the song plays.
Or, you can assign a
knob on your MIDI controller to your sampler's cell-selector and turn
the knob to scroll through the 128 samples you have in your bank.
These video tutorials explain the process of creating 128s in Ableton: