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Focal Press Book: Audio Sampling by Sam McGuire and Roy Pritts

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Audio Sampling - Bringing sampling to a new generation of audio engineers and composers Audio Sampling explains how to record and create sampled instruments in a software setting.

There are many things that go into creating a sampled instrument and many things that can go wrong, this book is a step by step guide through the process, from introducing sampling, where it begins to recording editing and using samples, providing much sought after detailed information on the actual process of sampling, creating sampled instruments as well as the different ways they can be used.

The software used is the NN-XT a sampler that is a part of the Reason studio software and ProTools LE, however the material discussed is applicable and can be used with any sampler.

The companion website has exclusive material including a comprehensive comparison of the different hardware software available, as well as audio examples and video clips from each stage of the process.

Readership: Professionals, students, composers, engineers and the home studio owner. It could also be used by anyone with the desire to create their own sampled instruments. Additionally on music degree as a text for composition majors or as a part of music technology degrees (i.e. recording arts degree). 

About the Author: Sam McGuire is on the faculty of the University of Colorado Denver and has served at the Appalachian State University as assistant professor and director of the Robert F. Gilley Recording Studio.

Roy Pritts was a former president of the AES, teacher, recording engineer, musician and composer. Audio Sampling was Roy's last writing before passing away in June 2007

Step by step practical approach to the process of sampling
Teaches how to create a sampling instrument
Companion website holds audio and video clips from each stage of the process and comprehensive comparisons of the different hardware software available

Introduction to Sampling

Introduction to Sampling
  • What is sampling?
  • A sampler survey
  • Basic Sampler Expectations
  • Other expectations
  • Additional software sampler features
  • Benefits to using samplers without creating your own instruments
  • Benefits to creating your own sampled instruments
  • Summary
  • Making connections
  • Required equipment
  • Capturing the sound source
  • Using microphones
  • Using a line input/instrument input
  • Using microphone preamplifiers
  • Using analog to digital converters
  • Using audio interfaces
  • Using an alternative audio interface
  • Hooking it all together
  • Cable types
  • Balanced vs. unbalanced
  • Grounding
  • MIDI connections
  • General equipment tips and tricks
  • Required equipment
  • Choosing your source
  • Preparing your source
  • Understanding your source
  • Putting it all together
  • Recording the First Sample
  • Ear training
  • Goals
  • Transparent listening
  • Focused listening
  • Listening memory
  • Projected listening
  • Summary
  • Basic Acoustic Issues
  • Microphone Choice and Placement
  • The recording session
  • Tidying up
  • Sample Editing
  • Editing styles
  • Basic editing
  • Advanced editing in the digital audio workstation
  • Adding additional effects/processors
  • Creating the Instrument
  • Importing files into zones
  • Advanced mapping
  • Fine tuning
  • An example of mapping
  • Additional sampler features
  • Using Samples
  • MIDI
  • Musical terms and definitions
  • Sampling, composition and orchestration: a maximum of ingenuity with a minimum of resources
  • Musical terms
  • Compositional Techniques
  • Performance characteristics
  • MIDI Performance control
  • Observations
  • Examining the roots of sampling
  • Timetable of processes
  • Timetable of historically innovative systems
  • Bibliography
  • Thoughts on the future of sampling
  • Modeling
  • Future uses of sampling
  • Summary
  • Subject Home & Studio Recording
    Author Sam McGuire, Roy Pritts
    Edition First
    Hard/Soft Cover Paperback
    Pages 232
    Dimensions 7.5 x 9.25" (19 x 23.5cm)
    Illustrations
  • Line Illustrations: 62
  • Halftones: 8
  • ISBN Number
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-240-52073-5
  • ISBN-10: 0-240-52073-4
  • Publisher Focal Press
    Date Published October 2007
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