Sampling: Using Sampling for Production - Intro
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Using Ableton Live and Reason, we will learn how to craft sounds using any synthesizer to make amazing beats and tracks.
4.2 (45 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,715 students enrolled
Created by Jason Allen
Last updated 9/2017
English [Auto-generated]
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Design amazing sounds using any software
  • Work in Reason to understand sampling
  • Work in Ableton Live to understand sampling
  • Create any sound you can imagine using whatever software is at your disposal
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  • This course uses both Reason and Ableton Live, but is designed to work on any software (or hardware) platform. So no matter what software you are using, this class will guide you through how to use your samplers.

In Sound Design Fundamentals: Sampling, we will examine the essentials of Sound Design using Ableton Live and Propellerheads' Reason software and focusing on principals of Sampling. We will explore three fundamental topics:

  • Using samples for generating sounds, and the legal implications of sampling (And two pro tips for avoididing all the legal issues)
  • Using samples to generate new sounds through manipulation and synthesis
  • Using samplers to control drum sounds and sequence dynamic drum patterns.

This system keeps the technical jargon to a minimum and gets you making your own sounds quick.

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top200 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He currently as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

  • "Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you wait for!"

  • "Amazing - Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I'm so happy! Learnt loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!"

  • "I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for anyone interested in making their own sounds to enhance their productions.
  • This course does not go into complex terminology about sampling, so it is ideal for students just starting out (or needing a refresher) in sampling and sound design.
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Curriculum For This Course
11 Lectures
Overview & Key Concepts
4 Lectures 19:13
Welcome to the class! In this video we will give a quick explanation of what we will be covering, and how we will be covering it.
Welcome & Overview

In this video we will talk about the similarities to synthesis, and talk about the main tools we will be using. (Ableton Live and Reason)
Sound Design using Sampling: Software

In this video we talk about the legal issues around sampling, and, more importantly, how to aviod them entirely by using free, legal, samples that you can find online with one simple trick.
Sample Sources: Finding Free and Legal Samples

Just like in synthesis, we have four key elements that we need to learn to identify when we approach any sampler. In this video we will find and discuss these key elements.

The 4 Elements to any Sampler
The NN-19 Sampler
4 Lectures 36:57
First, we will poke around the NN-19 and see what is here, especially looking for our four key elements.
Interface Overview

One of the most important concepts that separates a sampler from a synthesizer is Keyzones and rootkeys. In this video we dive into these topics using the NN-19.
Keyzones and Rootkeys

Here we will start from scratch and make our own instrument using the NN-19 Sampler.
Creating Instruments with the NN-19

The first of many preset deconstructions! We look at one of the presets in the NN-19 and pick it apart to see how it works. Hugely informative!
Preset Deconstruction No. 1
The Ableton Live Simpler & Sampler
3 Lectures 03:37

Time to go Pro!

Sampling: Using Sampling for Sound Design & Production
2 pages

The Ableton Live Simpler interface works a bit differently than our Reason samplers, but all the same stuff is there, just laid out differently. (Plus some more things!)

Bonus Lecture: The Ableton Live Simpler

There is so much more to learn!

Bonus Lecture: Discount Offers & Mailing List
About the Instructor
Jason Allen
4.6 Average rating
6,756 Reviews
38,999 Students
65 Courses
Ph.D / Ableton Certified Trainer

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.

J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He is a co-founder and owner of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. Recently, Allen founded Hackademica – an innovative net-label for new music.

J. has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.

If you run into him on the street, he prefers to be addressed as J. (as in, Jay.)