How to Sample Records

How to Sample Records

How To Sample Records

Sampling from records is easy to do.  In this post, I’ll discuss how to sample from records. First, will go into the tools needed, next cleaning the records, and third finding samples. We’ll also talk about adjusting the audio levels and finally recording the actual sample.

Tools needed to Sample Records

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To successfully sample from a record, you’ll need a turntable, a mixer and a computer with an audio interface and software installed. For turntable use, you will need an audio interface that connects with your computer. Newer turntables have USB connections, this option is simple to hook up, just connect the USB cable to the computer and your done! For USB Turn Tables click here.


Audio Editor

How to Sample Records: BTV SOLOYou will need an audio editor to make chops, pitch shift changes and adding effects. If you have beat software or digital audio workstation cool Check out the BTV SOLO Music Production Software for fast learning and audio sampling here.

Clean Record First


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


How to Sample: Audio SoftwareOnce you have a USB turntable, audio interface and audio software, now check the system audio preferences to make sure that 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. 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 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. Thank

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