What is an 808 in music? The 808 is one of the top iconic sounds in modern music. It’s incredible that a drum sound that was created in the 80s is still so consistently used and sought after today.

You’ll hear 808s in almost trap track in existence. It’s used extensively in pop music and most other forms of electronic music too.

So what makes an 808 so essential to producers and the way you can get pro sounding 808s in your tracks?

In this article, we’ll look at why the 808 is such an appealing sound, where it came from and how to make tracks with perfect 808s.

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This article is about how to make a tape loop from one of the best website for people who work with music – LANDR

There’s something special about the sound of a cassette, they produce this amazing warmth and warble as they pass the electromagnetic reader heads that amplify the electric signal.

Tapes can be used for much more than listening back to music in an old boombox or car stereo.

In fact, the cassette has been used to record and make music for quite a long time.

One of the most interesting purposes of using the cassette tape is the tape loop.

It’s a creative way to generate infinite, sprawling sounds that are completely analog and require no digital technology.

Let’s explore how tape loops work, the way to make one of your own, and how to use them in your own music.

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Techno is an interesting genre of electronic music. In this article, we will tell you how to make a techno beat with AI.

The repeating, hypnotic rhythms and aggressive synths are so interesting to work with.

It’s so cool throwing that classic four on the floor kick pattern underneath a pulsing baseline or synth part.

With tons of great techno samples to work with on LANDR samples, we’ll see what Selector recommends a music producer uses to make his own techno track.

We are going to focus his search on melodic lines, instead of drum parts.

The drums are the most important part of any techno beat.

There’s a lot of subtlety involved with making techno drums sound right, so he just find some good drum samples he can use in my drum machine, and have Selector recommend him the melodic parts for his track.

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Continue reading part 2 of “Making music with samples: a complete guide” to explore the way to use samples in your tracks.

How to use samples in your track

Having access to a library of royalty-free samples opens up creative opportunities to experiment with interesting textures and flavors.

An instrumental track might benefit from a chopped and screwedvocal take.

In case your drum track sounds thin, sample replacement may help to fatten up your drum loop.

Discovering that perfect kick sample can make your tracks thump.

Sometimes a track needs an ambient SFX sample floating in the background to add a layer of depth.

Listen to your arrangement and try to hear what the track is missing. Be artistic!

And to get away from sounding like everyone else listen to what your track needs and blend the samples in properly.

Follow the key signature

Always try to match the key of the sample to the key of the track you are working on.

To make it easy sample libraries often tag the key in the name of the sample and there are key finding tools that may help too.

Having a little bit of ear training practice under your belt may help you know the way totranspose the sample.

Pay attention to the mix

You’ve found the sample that your track wants and you’re comfortable with how it fits into the arrangement.

Now it’s time to fit the sample nicely into your mix.

Make sure your samples are prepared properly to make your mix process easier.

In case you’re stuck there are a few sample processing techniques that may help if something in your mix isn’t working.

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The way to sample in your DAW

Now that you’ve found a sample and you’re 100% sure you have the right to legally use it, it’s time to get into your DAW.

You may be wondering about the way to create a sample in your DAW.

Sampling workflows are generally the same between DAWs.

Often it’s as easy as dragging and dropping the snippet of audio into your track timeline.

With a little bit of cutting and chopping you can make your sample work on your track.

Most DAWs come stock with a sampling tool. However, in case you don’t like the one your DAW came with there are many nice sampler VST plugins that you can try.

The most difficult part is ensuring the key and tempo of your sample matches your track and fits nicely. It takes time and practice to get good at this.

To get you started here are many recommendations on getting started sampling in some popular DAWs.

making music with samples a complete guide

How to Sample in Ableton

Ableton’s entire workflow is based on sampling. Any audio clip you use in Ableton can be treated as a sample with its Warp feature.

Ableton allows you to adjust the timing of a track with warp markers that you can slice a track up by clicking into it.

Once your warp markers are set, all you have to do is right-click on the track you tagged and slice the track into a new MIDI track.

You may also use Ableton’s dedicated sampler plugins to do your sampling.

Simpler is Live’s most straightforward sampling tool. It only loads a single sample at a time, but don’t let that fool you. It’s a super creative tool for you to slice and playback samples.

Sampler is Ableton’s full-featured sampler plugin. Sampler is suitable for everything from basic sampling tasks to realistically simulating acoustic instruments

However you prefer to work, Ableton Live has powerful workflows to integrate samples.

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