Today, there are more digital recording and editing programs available than ever before, but it can still be difficult to find unique and interesting samples to use in your songs. Samples are synonymous with Baltimore hip hop and finding the right sample can totally transform your song. How can you start finding and using samples in your Baltimore hip hop songs?
Look for Sample Packs
Sample packs are available on many different websites and they typically contain single hits of many different percussion elements including hi-hats, bass drums, snare drums, claps, tambourines, and percussion. Some sample packs also feature samples of noises like fire, rain, or ambient street noise. Other sample packs feature short clips of stringed instruments, piano chords, and more. Need a little extra help incorporating samples into your Baltimore hip hop? Purchase a sample pack that comes with longer clips of drums and melodies. It will give you less creative freedom, but it helps a great deal when just starting out.
Spend Some Time with Vinyl
Vinyl is the most traditional way of sampling that all of your favorite artists did when they were on their way up. Go visit your local Baltimore hip hop record store and search the dollar bin or sale section for old records. Buy as many as you are interested in and rip them to your computer once you get home. Find the interesting parts that you want to sample and keep them organized in a folder.
This approach to sampling does take longer than simply searching online for samples, but you will be able to get very specific samples that might not even be on the internet. It’s also a great way to get your feet wet listening to different music styles for elements that you can incorporate into your own sound.
Check Out YouTube
YouTube can be a big waste of time, since there are so many videos to sift through to find what you are looking for. However, if you know exactly what you want, you can reduce the search results down to a manageable number quickly. YouTube is also a fantastic resource because it has so much content that you are guaranteed to find what you are looking for. Keep in mind, when sampling on YouTube, that you must get permission from the owner of the music and the owner of the video.
En La Calle Records to Get Your Music Out There
Are you interested in taking your music to the next level? Are you looking for a committed and talented group of like-minded people to collaborate with? Submit your tracks to us online and we’ll give them a listen. Check out our music here or search on iTunes for En La Calle Records and you’ll see why we’re different. To see more of what we’re up to and listen to more of our tracks, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.