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BeatTips Community Question: Chopping the Ends of Samples?

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When Chopping a Sample do you fade out the end of it to make it sound smooth?

By AMIR SAID (SA’ID)

This BeatTips Community question comes from member BrandonF4208:

“Yo when you chop a sample do you usually fade out the end of the sample to make it smooth instead of abruptly stopping making a click sound? Obviously you don’t want that click shit but I am just wondering what other people out there do. maybe you use a different technique?”

Here’s my response:

I never “fade out” the end of a sample! If there is an unwanted sound at the end, whether it be a click or pop, I just chop the end a little more. And in the case where I don’t want do that, I decrease the amount of “sustain” and “release” on the sample. These sustain and release functions are inside of my Akai S950.

Note. Another way that I sometimes handle this situation is that I just sample a really short sound-stab—something close in sound to the sample—and layer it (overlap) the very end of the sample; this masks any audio defects at the end of the main sample. Also, the sound-stab that I use in this case usually sustains (lingers) for at least 1/8th note longer than the main sample. So not only does it work to mask a glitch or abrupt ending, it also serves as an effective sample blend.


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Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including the albums 'Soul Review' and 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual