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4 Steps To Create Your Own Loops and Samples

Submitted by on October 11, 2013 – 10:27 am No Comment

Whether you are using Logic, Abelton, or another recording program, there are plenty of websites available right now that are offering you looped sounds to help fill out a recording you’re trying to make. With prices around $50 per package, there is some big money in getting people to buy something… that they can easily make at home with their own equipment. Why spend the money on something that you can create yourself in 5 minutes or less?

Here are 4 easy ways to create your own loops and samples to fill out your sound:

Step #1: Record Your Basic Tone First

Most loops range from one 4 beat measure to eight 4 beat measures. The length of your loop we’ll leave to you. Beyond opening up your preferred recording program and creating a new track, your first step to create your own loop is to record your basic tone. This is the primary note or key that you want to focus on during the creation process.

That doesn’t mean you have to just keep this one tone throughout the loop. You can then modify the waveforms of this one tone through the software to give this tone depth and variation, adding to the glitchiness that people love in modern electronic music.

Step #2: Add in Your Treble Tones

Using another track, the next step is to add the upper level tones to the loop that you’re creating. You don’t have to keep your treble tones in the same key as your base tone that you just recorded in Step #1 if you are looking for disharmony in your sound. Otherwise choosing a complimentary key, such as a “G” with a “C,” will give your sound the harmony that you want.

After you’ve added these new sounds, you can then once again alter the waveforms, the LFOs, and even change the oscillation of the sound within the software program. That’s right – as you’re modifying these concepts on your synth, you can then later re-modify them within the recording software for a unique sound!

Step #3: Add In Your Bass Tones

This is essentially the same advice as Step #2, but with a twist: you’re going to need sub-bass tones included in your sounds as well. The process of lowering your tones to the lowest of frequencies is pretty simple, especially in Logic:

  • open up your bass frequency controls [in Logic, there is a specific SubBass menu];
  • adjust your frequencies to the level of subsonics that you need to add – you can go as low as 35hz and still have monitors recognize the bass frequencies;
  • then layer your bass tracks to focus on each level of bass frequency within the loop through the EQ settings.

Step #4: Bounce Your Loop To Create a Sample

Now that you’ve recorded your entire sound, it’s time to bounce it. If the recording software allows it, the best way to record a loop that you’ll use as a sample is to record it in real time, then double up that recording so that you get a full depth of sound. You can save these loops as MP3 files, but they often sound better if they are saved as a .wav and with some dithering.

Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ve created a unique sample that can fill in any gap in any recording that you may be trying to produce. Your synth is a powerful tool, made more powerful with the recording software you have. Don’t settle for pre-made loops when you can create your own music in these 4 simple steps!

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