Is Your Sample Library Holding Your Mix Back?
Many of our clients constantly email us asking how do you
get that clear full sound? Well, it all starts from the source
itself which is the actual audio samples or loops. There is an overwhelming
amount of audio resources all over the net. With only a small percentage
of high quality samples, that a professional producer or engineer would
actually use. The reason is many of these sounds have been
badly recorded, converted to mp3, and processed by inexperienced
users leaving you with a bunch of washed out audio samples to make
music from. Thats a bad start already! Any experienced producer
or engineer would agree that having a pro quality sample library
is a big asset for making sample and loop based music.
If youre willing to make the change we suggest getting rid
of audio that you dont use or that sounds bad. Your experience
and equipment determines how you can analyze audio at different
levels and point out the good from the bad. Good audio samples have
a full vibrant sound that have been recorded or processed by outboard
instruments and gear. Bad audio samples sound thin and cheap which
is usually caused from a poor recording or a plug-in sound. There
is only so much you can do to revive a bad recording which is why
good engineers have musicians re-record it. Although cleaning up
and refreshing your sample library may not be a technical practice,
but rather good work ethics that can put your production steps ahead.
Getting quality sounds costs money and is an investment to your
music and production. Top producers will invest their time or hire
engineers to make drum samples, sound loops and effects which will
give them a unique sound and also help achieve an easy mix. A good
idea is to build your own libraries by renting different instruments
on a weekly basis to record samples and loops from. If you prefer
to buy sounds then make sure you do some research on the company
you are buying from and also ask them how they produce their audio
recordings. Good sample sites should always have demos, free sample
downloads and a full product description with the exact number of
sounds contained in that product.
There is nothing more exciting then having a fresh batch of audio
samples to work with and if youre serious about making good
music then your sample library is not where you want to get cheap!
Try to take the time to develop sounds or purchase some good libraries
for yourself and then see how fast your production will improve.
If you want to know what quality audio should sound like you can
download some free drum samples and loops on our site.
Remember that being choosey and using quality sounds is the foundation
to a perfect mix.
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