Learn how to Sample for Hip-hop in Logic Pro

This class teaches the process of creating a professional sampled Hip-Hop beat in Logic Pro X.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2014 English

Course Description

This course is designed for beginner users of Logic Pro 9 and Logic Pro X, who want to learn the professional way of sampling for Hip-Hop/Rap music. If you are a current Logic user and have always wanted to learn the skill of sampling, this course will teach you everything you need to know so you can publish your own beats.

This course is very detailed and is broken up into five sections. The first portion will cover Logic's ESX24, which is the sampler plug-in that is already preinstalled in the software. The next section will cover how to import drum sounds into the sampler, so that you can create your own personal drum kits. After, the course will teach some great techniques on how to sample sections from songs. This will allow you to construct a melody out of these samples so that you can overlap it with a Hip-Hop style beat. During this course, I will teach you how to properly mix your melodies and drum sections. Lastly, this class will teach how to master and finalize a sampled beat within the software.

If there are any questions, please ask! I read my inbox everyday, so I will be able to respond very quickly.

I am sure you will find this course to be an easy and fast tool for learning the professional way of sampling with Logic. I am looking forward on helping you achieve your goals with your music production. Good Luck!

What are the requirements?

  • Logic Pro X or Logic Pro 9 Software
  • Mac with an Intel processor Mac OS X v10.5.7 or later
  • A Web Browser such as Safari, Chrome, etc.
  • Midi Keyboard (Optional)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 14 detailed tutorial videos
  • Sampling techniques that can be applied to Hip-Hop, Rap, or Electronica
  • Overview of the ESX24 Sampler, only found in Logic
  • Work with websites that have free sample downloads
  • Working with individual drum hit samples
  • Creating percussion and drum tracks from scratch
  • Chopping up and manipulating samples of songs
  • Understanding the appropriate places to sample in songs
  • Import and Export to ESX24 keyboard
  • Understanding Composition, Song Writing, and Melody Creation
  • Professional ways of Mixing and Mastering a sampled beat
  • Bounce projects in high quality formats

Who is the target audience?

  • Songwriters and Musicians who want to produce.
  • Producers and DJs who have an interest in Hip-Hop music.
  • Producers who are interested in learning how to sample.
  • Beginners and Intermediates of music software.
  • Good for all levels.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: The ESX24 Sampler

This video is a quick overview of the ESX24 Sampler (Part 1/2). We will explore all the individual modules such as the Filters, LFOs, Envelopes, etc.


This video is a quick overview of the ESX24 Sampler's (Part 2/2). We will explore the sampler's built-in keyboard and it's advanced settings.

Section 2: Downloading Your Samples and Music

An engaging lesson on the best way to download/organize drum samples and drum kits from the internet. This lesson will include a few websites that you can use to download some free drum sounds. You may click on some of these websites on the Supplementary Material section.


An in-depth lesson on finding the right song for you to sample. I will provide the names of artists/bands that Hiphop producers commonly sample from.

Downloading Your Drums and Music Quiz
1 question
Section 3: Creating a Sample Melody

A quick lesson on how to use the BPM Calculator in Logic to find the tempo of a recorded song. This already installed plug-in will allow producers to find the beats per minute, so the transient markers of a song line up to the bars of the Logic software. This makes it a whole lot easier than trying to cut and chop freehand.


A lesson on how to chop up sections of your song to create samples. Then I discuss how to import them into the ESX24 so the samples can be played. From then, you will be able to play your samples on your midi keyboard or pencil them in manually.


An in-depth lesson on how to create a melody out of your samples. This includes the pencil tool and the midi keyboard technique. Have fun with it and be creative!


A lesson on manipulating your sample melody with effects. This includes how to add effects such as reverb and delay to your audio. This lesson also covers how to mix your melody tracks by adding EQ and compression.

Creating a Sample Melody Quiz
3 questions
Section 4: Creating a Drum Track from Samples

A tutorial on how to import your drum samples from files to the ESX24 sampler. Also how to create/save custom drum kits.


A lesson on how to create a Hip-Hop drum track to your sample melody.


This is a lesson on how to add effects to all of your drums tracks. This also includes how to mix your drums using EQ and Compression.

Creating Drum Tracks from Samples Quiz
2 questions
Section 5: Mastering a Sampled Project

A lesson on how to bounce a project in a proper format and how to prepare for mastering.


A lesson on how to master and finalize your sampled project.


A lesson on how to bounce your mastered project for different uses and some tips on sharing your projects online.

Mastering a Sampled Project Quiz
2 questions
Section 6: Credits

Thanks everyone!

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Instructor Biography

Michael Marino, Producer/ Audio Engineer/ Songwriter

My name is Mike and I have been around the music industry all of my life. I am currently in the process of receiving my Bachelors degree in Mass Media/Music at CSUSM. While at school, I have co-founded Kroncial Studios in Temecula, California. I have been playing drums and percussion for ten years and have toured locally with bands. I also play the guitar and have co-written songs for local bands and musicians. During the past three years, I have become fascinated with the art of computer music, especially Hip-hop and Rap style music. I have experience in using softwares such as Logic, FL Studio, and Reason. The software that I am most comfortable with and have been using the longest is Apple's Logic Pro.

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