Analogue Sample Processing

 

Pre Processing your sample can dramatically speed up the production process. While it is a time consuming process. Taking the time to get every sample right and where it needs to be can dramatically improve your production sessions by cutting down on time looking for “the right sound”. Half of the battle of being a quality is finding, compiling and creating a sample bank that you can draw on. It goes without saying that if you have quality samples, its going to affect your production in a positive way. Drum sounds in particular benefit significantly from this process. This is the process of me adding Analogue warmth to my sample bank.

YOUR GOING TO NEED
  1. An Analogue signal path of some kind (Im useing a custom 75 series neve console)
  2. An Audio Interface
HOW I DID IT
  1. Compile the sample’s you wish to add warmth to and lay them out across the time line. I normalized all my samples to 0db so that i didnt have to adjust my levels while recording.(Take not of the bpm you are at. If you place your samples at equal intervals on every beat across the timeline, you can later use beat detective in protools to cut to every beat. This is advised over tab to transit as useing this method you could loose information that in ment to be there at the start of the sample)
  2. Decide your signal path. What are you trying to achieve. For me I wanted to make my drum sound less dynamic by squishing them together with compression. I also new that i wanted to add a bit of distortion and upper himonic content. Since the neve mic pre’s are regarded as the best, Ever i wanted to get them on my samples aswell.
  3. Signal Routing. Useing instrument cables I connected the 1/4 inch outputs of my audio interface to a stereo DI, then I connected the stereo DI directly to microphone inputs 7 & 8 on the neve console. This was the best way for me to convert my line outs to mic out so I could use the gain section on the desk. I gave a healthy amount of gain until I could see the channel was just clipping. This is the sound i wanted. Useing some patch cables i patched in the neve 2245 compressor onto the channel strip with a slow attack and mediam release for a snapping effect. (Im sorry i didnt get any pictures, I will add them at a later date).
  4. Hit Record and monitor the input level. You don’t want digital distortion so keep an eye on your DAW clip indicator.
  5. Editing and filing. Export each sample as an audio file. Still havnt figured out the best way to do this. Im just exporting one at a time for now.

Here is a short video of the process.

 

Have you applied Analogue Sample Processing to your samples? Do you create your own samples? Let me know in the comment section below.

 

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