How to Sample from Vinyl Records

How to Sample from Vinyl Records?

Sampling music from previously recording music is real easy to do. Depending on where you're getting the music from will determine the steps to successfully the sample. In this post, I'll discuss how to sample from vinyl records. First, will go into the tools needed, next we'll go into cleaning the record, then we'll discuss finding the sample, next we'll talk about adjusting the audio levels and finally recording the actual sample.

Tools needed to Sample Vinyl Records

To successfully sample from a vinyl record, you'll need a turntable, a mixer and a computer or laptop with a audio interface and audio software installed. To be able to connect the turntable to your computer, you will need an audio interface that connects with your computer. Newer turntables have USB connections, this option is real simple to hook up, just connect the USB cable to the computer and your done!

USB TURNTABLEThe next tool you will need is audio recording software or audio editor. This software allows you to record, import and edit audio from internal and external sources. If you have beat software or digital audio workstation cool, here's a free audio editors if you need one. 

Once you have a USB turntable, audio interface and audio software, now check the system audio preferences to make sure that either your audio interface is showing up or the USB turn table is. If so, click on it to allow the signal to flow to the audio software. Next, check the audio software to make sure it is registering inside the software.

Clean Vinyl Record First

RECORD CLEANING SYSTEMA clean vinyl record will always sound clean with little to no clicks and pops when played. Now in hip hop, dirt on vinyl makes the sample sound authentic so if thats what you are going for, by all means move ahead. Ok, that best way to clean a vinyl record is to purchase the DISCWASHER D4+ Record Cleaning System

It's inexpensive and makes an a good cleaning solution. To start, put the record on a clean surface, maybe a soft piece of cloth or a towel. Next, follow the directions on the bottle, it will explain everything you need to do to clean your vinyl record.

Find The Sound You Want to Sample

Next, play the record and find the sample you want to sample. Usually, producers will sample up to 4 bars of a record to get a full rhythm part, in this regard you should understand that sampling is illegal if you do not get the artist or record label permission first. Here's a link on copyright basics. Listen to the part and arm your software to record the track.

Adjust The Audio Levels
Before recording, make sure the sample is not peaking audio levels in red. Distorted audio will add unwanted artifacts into your sample that you can not delete later, so it's important to keep the audio levels in the green. This gives you room to adjust the audio levels later if you would like.

Record The Sample

Last thing to do is record the sample. Recording the sample is easy if you've follow the steps I laid out. Record the sample a few times that way you have enough takes to pick from. Once it's in the audio editor, you can cut and past pieces to create the sample you want. I hope this blog have helped you in your journey in learning how to sample vinyl records. Feel free to comment on this post or share it with others. Thanks