What are samplers?
A sampler is an instrument that can store existing sounds, tones, noises and sounds and then play them back again.
The sounds can be captured or loaded at will and implemented in real time. Probably the best-known example of this process is a loop station, which is used to record and play improv sounds directly on stage or in studios. With a sampler, the short sound samples can be created in real time and converted digitally.
A bit of history
The first samplers came on the market in 1979 and in the course of the 80s they quickly dominated the entire music business. At that time, the amount of memory was extremely small with only a few seconds and the acquisition costs were horrendous - Usually in the 5-digit price range, only large recording studios could afford the devices.
In the early 90's memory slowly became cheaper and more affordable and even average musicians could now afford samplers. This led to a triumphal march and samplers moved into studios all over the world in rows.
Especially the Hip Hop genre was defined with legendary samplers like the Akai MPC-60 or E-MU SP-1200. Today, memory is now so cheap and processors so powerful that even a smartphone could be used for complete studio productions.
Hardware samplers in today's world are performance tools that serve the creative flow of ideas. Ideally suited for people who prefer to sit in front of real pads and knobs rather than bothering with a mouse and keyboard.
Fit for the stage and the studio: samplers to suit your needs.
A pure sampler allows you to let off steam creatively. You decide which sounds you want to integrate into your music, record them and process them according to your ideas. With a sample player, on the other hand, you have access to a large library of stored sounds that you can use to create your mix.
If you want to make your live performance dynamic, the Korg Volca Sample is the way to go. You can record up to 100 sounds simultaneously and edit them in real time and on-the-fly. You're guaranteed to wow your audience. The large memory and the sampling capacity of 31.25 kHz offer you enough flexibility for events of all kinds. The Korg Sampler's features are rounded off by a long battery life.
As an artist, you have to come up with a lot to convince your audience. The little Teenage Engineering PO-33 K.O! can store samples up to 40 seconds long and then process them. It runs on standard batteries and is sure to be an indispensable keyboard instrument at your next gig.
The Akai Force is a DJ sampler in a class of its own. It works without the additional use of a PC and synchronizes loops and samples in real time. You have the choice to connect a SATA hard disk as input source, to use a USB medium or to record directly via the audio inputs. The multi-touch display offers a lot of comfort during your session. You can also import multiple mashups at once. You have 10 GB of tones to choose from.
With the Boss RC-202, beginners and professionals alike can rely on a sample player that impresses with its simple and intuitive operation. To create your own sound, you can choose from pre-recorded rhythms that you can integrate variably. The integrated loop station is activated via foot control, so that you always have your hands free for other musical instruments. Especially as a DJ in a club or as a beatboxer you will have a lot of fun with this Boss sampler.
For the stage, your own studio or professional recordings, the sample player is the right choice.
Structure and function of samplers
A sampler doesn't have to be a huge device to record and play back sounds. After all, the biggest challenge is to replay the sound as faithfully as possible. It does not matter whether speech, sounds from nature or everyday life are chosen. From small loop stations to models with a high-resolution display, the basic principle is the same. Sampling nowadays takes place almost exclusively digitally.
A sampler is used in three phases. The first step is planning. Here, the technical effort has to be estimated and the external conditions have to be taken into account. The recording itself - the second step - must also be started under certain conditions. This is followed in the third part by editing, in which the sounds are incorporated.
The sounds are captured and stored via an integrated microphone. With the sample devices, the storage capacity is variable and the sample rates also range from 44 to 192 kHz. This results in qualitative differences. An analog-to-digital converter then ensures that the sound is sampled and prepared for processing. It can then be incorporated into an existing sound as desired, creating a new song.
Sampler at Recordcase.de
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