What do Queen, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Gaye have in common? Their music has all been sampled, 100’s and if not 1000’s of times.
Sampling is a key part of electronic, hip-hop, and music in general. No doubt you’ve heard a record containing a snippet of another’s music.
But learning the art form is a process that involves understanding complicated tools, knowing where to look, and having an ear for good material. It’s a craft that needs time to master.
Don’t worry – in this guide, we are going to cover:
- everything you need to know about what sampling is
- simple ways to get started with sampling
- the tools used to sample music
- where you can find good quality samples
- legal considerations and copyright infringement
Let’s start with the foundations! 👇
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Table Of Contents
What is Sampling?
If you’re new to the world of music (or at least computer/electronic music), sampling can be summed up as the exploiting of recorded audio in a new composition and recording, often with differences from the original recording.
The original sample may or may not be recognizable, depending on the artists’ intention to either pay homage to the sample or to entirely recontextualize it.
Despite a lot of debate within the larger musical community as to whether sampling is a legitimate art-form, most people today would consider it a unique form of creative expression, with a large number of the top 40 pop and hip-hop tracks paying homage to the past through the use of a sample or two.
Everything is a Remix
Many producers, especially those getting into EDM, start off their production journey thinking all sounds have to be created from ‘scratch’. That was the case for me, loading up FL Studio and trying to process bad kick drums into good ones for the sake of ‘skill’.
Yet it’s simply not true. While synthesis is a massive part of producing music (true in genres like trap, dubstep and future bass), sampling is an equally important skill within the broader art form of music production. Why? It yields interesting and unique results that you can’t get with synthesis alone.
Beautiful layers of instruments, weaving in and out of each other, recorded in exact ways. Those textures and tones would require unnecessary amounts of effort to create the same result, only to use it in a different context anyway.
It’s using something old in a completely new way – like you’re finishing a painting started many years ago.
It’s been around for a long time, and only now is the art form being understood by the general public as it should be. If you haven’t watched this great TED talk from Mark Ronson on how sampling has impacted music, you’re missing out.
Today, sampling is ubiquitous. But it hasn’t always been this way.
History of Sampling
As we mention in our Ultimate Guide to Remixing, the earliest form of sampling was something obscurely-named musique concrète, which as you can probably imagine translates from French to ‘concrete music’.
Once the tape machine was invented, artists chopped up parts of the tape by ‘splicing’ different parts to create a new composition. It was the first time recorded audio was used as source material rather than a new recording. This was still very early days, and it wasn’t until the late 1960’s that it happened on a mainstream level.
Engineers would mix, rearrange, and rebuild tracks to suit different audiences. These pioneers made stripped-down instrumental mixes of reggae tunes, which started out simple but became more complex over time through the addition of effects like reverb and delay.
This created new genres, like dub and early riddim (no, not the brostep type). These techniques were then generously shared with hip-hop artists – giving birth to a completely new sound.
The 1970s and 1980s saw an array of new instruments, like the Fairlight, Akai’s MPC range, sample-based drum machines like the Linndrum, and a whole lot more.
Yet it was the MPC that arguably had the biggest impact on the modern form of sampling we know today, with artists such as J Dilla and DJ Shadow using the tool in unprecedented ways.
From here on in, it impacted hip-hop, electronic and pop music for good.
With the advent of sampling, what can we point to in order to showcase its historical impact on music? Here are some key examples of tunes using a sample that you may or may not recognise, pulled from the sampling info website WhoSampled.
Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
Sample: Queen – Under Pressure
Look, many of you probably know this one. When anybody talks about sampling, this is usually the example that is brought up. It’s a simple case of sampling, yet arguably the supreme example.
Eric Prydz – Call On Me
Sample: Steve Winwood – Valerie
This has got to have been the first electronic song I heard that used such an iconic and obvious sample. A true classic and a rite of passage for all electronic music producers.
Kanye West Feat. Jamie Foxx – Gold Digger
Sample: Ray Charles – I Got A Woman
A more pop/hip-hop example would be this track, where the hook in the chorus is sampled, but the whole track doesn’t feature the sample. You’ve definitely heard this before.
J Dilla – Don’t Cry
Sample: The Escorts – I Can’t Stand (To See You Cry)
J Dilla is a true pioneer of sampling, due to his unique way of chopping in a free and unquantized way. Don’t Cry is one of the best examples of this, allowing the original sample to play before unleashing his skills on the MPC.
In fact, these very techniques inspired a new generation of hip-hop beats by producers who used samplers in similar ways.
What Can Be Sampled?
When most people (normies) think of sampling, they think of one’s music being used in another’s, usually in a way to pay homage. This is evident in the popular examples above.
But sampling encompasses a much broader art form in practice. It can be used in chill hip-hop beats, in catchy pop music, and in beautiful sample collage tracks that really push the envelope of sampling. The possibilities are truly endless.
Firstly, sampled music can be chopped, screwed and manipulated in ways so that you can’t even tell what the original song was. Many songs out there probably use samples without you even knowing. Even Justice has even admitted to using a large number of samples on their debut record, most of them uncleared too.
Beyond that, full recordings of music aren’t the only options for sampling. In a liberal view, any audio is fair game, and it’s something a lot of artists take advantage of (myself included).
Hip-hop and electronic artists have sampled film dialogue, documentaries, YouTube clips, even computer system sounds, and it’s often resulted in something really interesting and unexpected for listeners.
Combine that with the advent of digital technology – using samples shifted from relying on pre-recorded, usually non-royalty free music to companies creating dedicated sample packs with royalty free sounds for producers to use.
These sounds were arguably better, because they came from a higher quality source, had a specific use (a one-shot clap sample vs ripping a clap from a full track) and could be used without risk. Now the techniques combined with the resources allowed sampling to reach a tipping point, democratizing the practice.
Bringing it forward to modern times, this is something that services like Splice and Noizz take advantage of, providing sample packs of individual sounds, loops and construction kits to use in your own production, and allowing you to select the exact sounds from 1000’s of packs you want.
More than that, the variety of sounds available in astonishing. You can get field recordings, piano sounds, drum hits, foley noises, synthesized FX, sampled phrases, pretty much anything. Sampling has reached new heights, and it could go anywhere in the future.
Where Can I Find Samples?
Now that we know what sampling is and what can be sampled, where do you go to get them? Depending on what you’re looking for, there are a lot of sounds out there waiting to be used, whether they were intended to be used as a sample or not.
Here we will cover where you can find any sort of sample, from completed music to sample to individual drum samples or obscure audio recordings.
If you’re after a more comprehensive list, check out our free samples article.
Everyone has some library of music somewhere – it’s simply a matter of putting it to good use. But using the medium as-is is the most common form of sampling.
Where it used to be exclusively on vinyl, you can now sample from any sort of digital audio medium, whether it’s CD, Spotify, your iTunes library, the radio or anything off your hard drive.
If you’re sampling from vinyl, you’ll need a turntable with audio out and an audio interface to record it. Then just create a new audio track in your DAW, change it to the correct input, and hit record.
Additionally, there might be a lot of imperfections in the recording. Sometimes these add a more human feel to the sample, but if you’re not a fan, you can use something like iZotope RX7 to clean up the audio.
If you’re using a CD or files, you can drag these straight from Finder or Windows Explorer into your DAW, and process from there.
For obscure and interesting sounds, YouTube is a gold mine. According to statistics, 300 hours of video are uploaded every minute. And with 300 hours of video material comes 300 hours of audio. So there’s sure to be a wide variety of music, audio, sound or whatever you need.
A few tips for YouTube:
- If you’re digging for music, try finding a few great playlists of music in a certain style, you’ll sift through a lot of garbage that way
- Use the advanced search tools to find obscure sounds, especially recently uploaded stuff. A lot of popular sample playlists have probably been overdone.
- If you are using samples of songs from a playlist, try using them in a unique way that nobody would have tried before.
Yes, you can search for music and sounds to sample with Google. Shock horror. But the power is in the method here. Ever wish there was Google Images for sound? Well there is, sort of.
Use the following query to find wav files containing a certain search term:
?intitle:index.of? wav sample
Replace ‘sample’ with a phrase of your choice and you’ll be well on your way to finding all sorts of weird and wonderful sounds.
Apart from this cool trick, simply search for anything sample-related to find music and sound to sample. Here are a few example terms:
- music to sample
- audio sample websites
- sample playlists
- list of samples
- free sounds
- free sample packs
- download samples
- sample resources
If you want to find some curated resources, check out these websites. For obvious legality reasons, many of these sites don’t offer the samples or sounds as downloads, but act as a list of quality finds.
- Whosampled.com – shows songs that have been sampled in other works. Doesn’t contain downloads of said songs because they are typically copyrighted pieces of music.
- Splice – contains a massic library of royalty-free sounds from 100’s and 1000’s of packs from a variety of companies.
- Noizz – Splice competitor.
- Sounds.com – Also a Splice competitor by Native Instruments.
- Freesound.org – A website containing a large library of free sounds. These are usually intended for a wider variety of artistic purposes beyond music (such as film and game design), so there is some interesting stuff on here to use.
- SampleSwap – Another free website containing a massive library of sounds (over 8GB). You can also upload your own original samples in turn.
- MusicRadar’s Free Samples – MusicRadar has a great collection of free packs, depending on what kind of music you want to make.
Reddit is a goldmine, especially for free sounds. Why? Because a dedicated community is a great way to find quality sounds that not everyone is necessarily using. Once again, not all of these have download links included and are simply showcasing good material to sample. Here are a few of the best subreddits for sharing samples and sounds:
- r/drumkits – One of my personal favourites. A lot of producers upload their free kits here to download, typically containing (you guessed it) drum loops and one-shots. Great for hip-hop oriented music
- r/hotsamples – A great resource for sharing music to sample. No downloads are linked for obvious reasons.
- r/samplesforall – Any kind of sample. Music. Drum kits. Drum machines. Audio. You name it, it’ll be there.
- r/youshouldsamplethis – For obscure non-melodic samples like film dialogue and random audio snippets.
- r/freesounds – Includes free sample packs among presets and other production freebies.
- r/samplehunters – For finding samples contained in other songs.
- r/vintageobscura – Very obscure record sharing. Lots of fun.
- r/vinylcollectors – Pretty self-explanatory.
Apart from all these methods or resources, there are a few interesting sampling or samplable resources I thought I would include in here:
- Forgotify – finds songs with no plays on Spotify at random. Great way to find obscure and rare music to sample.
- Archive.org – AKA the Internet Archive. A lot of music and audio can be sourced from the massive community of uploaders, all without any copyright.
How Do I Sample Something?
Now that you’ve got some material to work with, you’ll probably be wondering where you go from here.
The methods have certainly evolved over the years, and where MPC’s and hardware samplers ruled, DAW’s and digital methods are now the norm. That being said, a lot of the workflow carries over between platforms or methods, so we’ll explain a few general approaches to sampling with examples from the past.
The General Approach
The general approach to sampling would involve taking a portion (or more) of audio, whether it’s a piano, guitar, drums or multiple things happening at the same time, and looping it.
This loop can be pitched, chopped and arranged in a completely new way. In the past, this workflow would be achieved by using something like an MPC to scan through a track and find a portion of audio to sample and loop, and then finding different start points around the track to jump between, creating a new sort of phrase.
The sound can be processed with effects like EQ to deliberately isolate a portion of the audio. For example, if you want to add your own drums over a sampled track, you may want to high-pass it to remove the kick drum and rhythmic elements. Like the bassline? Grab a low-pass and filter it down low to get just that part.
This can be replicated in modern DAWs by importing audio into a digital sampler, like Ableton’s Drum Rack or simpler, and assigning slices to different MIDI notes.
Alternatively, if you want to get more precise, you can chop the audio directly in the DAW’s sequencer, allowing you to get more precise with timing and see things visually over time.
Beyond that, sampling is an art that can be adapted to your workflow. If you’d like to see how other artists sample, check out this great resource from Red Bull Music Academy.
Sampling in Ableton Live
Ableton Live is a sampling powerhouse, with the DAW including three main instruments dedicated to working with samples, in addition to its powerful raw audio processing tools with warping and the like. Depending on which option(s) you prefer, you might want to save a template that is ideal for your workflow.
Working in Audio
Working in the arrangement view with audio in Ableton is the best place for forging magical ideas.
You can warp a sample by enabling the warp button on the clip. Once done, you can click and draw in warp markers to adjust the timing of the sample to the current tempo.
You can also do manual chops from a selection of audio by using Cmd + E (Ctrl + E on Windows) to split a clip in two. Then you can rearrange the parts and adjust each slice individually, getting a very smooth and precise phrase from any piece of audio.
If you’re using one shot samples, even if you aren’t chopping, the transposing tools allow you to tune drums, melodies and anything to whichever pitch you want. Also, the fades can help to tighten up the sounds and change them into something completely different.
Working in MIDI
As I mentioned earlier, there are 3 main tools you can use to manipulate samples in Ableton Live: the Drum Rack, Simpler and Sampler.
Simpler has a great new function as of a couple of years ago, where you can activate ‘Slice’ mode and it will chop the audio loaded in into specific intervals. The slice mode allows you to trigger each slice on a different note, like a Drum Rack. You can set it to ‘Trigger’ so that it plays after you’ve held the note in, or ‘Gate’ which stops it from playing once you let go. Beyond that, you can slice it by the transient, which analyzes the sample for definitive ‘sections’ in the audio, you can chop by a defined beat value, by splitting the sample into a number of even sections or by manually assigning slice markers.
By the way, right clicking on the sample with Slice mode on will allow you to ‘Slice to Drum Rack’ if you prefer that type of workflow.
The big brother if Simpler is the Sampler. Funnily enough, it has a lot more features (like more looping modes) but it doesn’t have a native chopping or slicing function like Simpler. You can replicate it by using Zones up the top, but it’s a bit of a workaround.
So if you’re looping, taking one segment, or doing complex modulation, Sampler is the better choice, but best to stick with Simpler if you want to slice things up. You can always convert between the two by right-clicking on the title and selecting ‘Simpler > Sampler’ or vice versa.
If you haven’t checked out our full guide in under 15 minutes, give it a watch. We cover every aspect of Sampler, allowing you to use it to completely mangle and screw the original audio into completely new textures.
Want to learn more about Ableton Live? Check out our beginners guide here.
Sampling in FL Studio
FL Studio also has some great ways of working with samples, and they’re fairly similar to Ableton Live. If you’re new to FL Studio and don’t have a clue where to begin, check out our beginner’s guide. Once again, you may want to customize your template based on your preferred workflow.
If you’ve seen our FL Studio Plugins article, you’ll know that Slicex is a super powerful tool with lots of editing capabilities. Although it’s the strong point is with chopping drum loops, it can be a great way to chop any kind of sound.
To give you a general idea, it chops each sample into a region and each region has individual processing capabilities. One of these features is the articulator, which is a filter envelope that accentuates certain sounds.
For a full guide to Slicex, check out Internet Money’s tutorial.
Edison is an endlessly powerful way to process audio, and it’s perfectly suited to sampling. You can delete parts you don’t need, add fades, process with FX and add markers for later slicing, all inside the one plugin.
My personal favourite is the ‘Blur’ tool, which turns any audio into a wash of sound, which has the added benefit of disguising the sample besides sounding lovely.
Slice Tool in Playlist
Similar to working with audio in Ableton, the slice tool (pictured 4th from the right) allows you to chop audio into different components that can be rearranged, like a collage. Simply click and drag with the tool selected to cut a piece of audio into two.
To take full advantage of this feature, you can right-click on each sample to ‘Make unique’ and adjust each slice individually. Now you can treat each slice like its own sample, adding fades, stretching, changing pitch and adding envelopes.
Sampling in Other DAWs and Tools
Of course, Ableton Live and FL Studio aren’t the only DAW’s that you can use to sample music. 99% of modern DAWs should be able to handle it in one way or another. Here are some resources explaining the processs of sampling in other popular DAWs:
Legal Stuff and Sample Clearance
Now I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but all the techniques and resources we’ve covered so far have a condition in their use, and that condition is that you must legally have the right to use that audio.
I left this part to last because otherwise, I would have to mention it a hundred times over, but it does need to be considered and it’s something you’ve most likely about heard before.
If you plan on releasing a track with a sample you don’t have rights to, you risk legal trouble and you technically are infringing copyright. So, you might be thinking, “Simple, how do I get the rights to use it?”
Well, it’s a complicated, timely, and costly process that often ends up in nothing happening, which is why a lot of artists sample anyway, preferring to ask for forgiveness and not permission.
I can’t recommend this strategy, but the chances are that you probably won’t get caught if you do this, unless you make a lot of money from the use of the sample. Furthermore, depending on how you use the sample is another matter, which we’ll unpack a bit more now.
The Latest in on Copyright Law
This talk from lawyer and artist Abid Hussain at Ableton Loop is the best explanation of copyright law in relation to music I’ve seen to date.
In summary, there are 3 court cases in the US that have given 3 separate precedents for how sampling should be treated, which makes it very confusing and contradictory.
The first case says that sampling is always infringement, no ‘if’s, ‘but’s or ‘maybe’s. However, the second case argues that only if it is substantially similar, then it constitutes copyright infringement. Lastly, if the work using a sample is transformative enough (recontextualizing the sample), then it won’t be classed as copyright infringement. Confusing, right?
Basically, it’s not clear, but it’s still very risky, especially if the original is recognisable. But people sample differently, which is why it’s not always the same answer. These cases could develop in years to come, and are always open to change with changing laws and new sampling controversies.
Regardless of whether you are in the US or not, there are a lot of similarities between the courts in Western countries. That being said, before proceeding with releasing tracks containing a sample, you should do the research to make sure your country has similar laws.
A Safer Way to Sample
If you’re too worried about getting sued by sampling copyrighted sound or music, the alternative would be to use royalty-free music and sounds.
These sounds are usually found in sample packs and don’t require royalty payments to the artist or sound designer who made them. A lot of DAWs come included with a variety of royalty-free samples and loops for you to use however you want.
If you are sampling full songs, the best thing to do would be to look for music that has a Creative Commons or a license that allows for use in commercial recordings.
There is a difference between using the song and modifying the song, so make sure to read the license carefully and make sure you have the right permissions to do so.
Creative Tips & Tricks
Now that the legal stuff is out of the way, I thought I’d end on a few creative ways you can use samples to get the most out of them. Sampling is a boundless art from that, like music production in general, has endless possibilities.
It’s one thing to sample, chop and arrange a sound one way, but processing it with FX is a whole other dimension that can generate unique results.
Rhythmic effects and time-based FX are a great example of this, like LFO’s automating the volume or filter, envelopes changing the pitch, adding timed delay to create new textures and much more.
Here this acapella sample from Avicii – Levels here (this is actually a sample from “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” by Etta James by the way)? This has no FX on it.
Now, this one is pitched down has some auto filter and reverb on it, among other things.
Combine Sampled Sources
Using one sample in a track can be a great way to come up with a cool result, but combining multiple sources works especially well, mostly when sampling other completed music. You get to hear sounds together that were never intended to be heard like that.
What’s this wizardry, you ask? Well, if you’re familiar with music theory or the circle of fifths, then you’ll know that you can move between keys seamlessly by moving up or down in fifths. The same principle applies when sampling – you can pitch chops or samples up or down to come up with a unique phrase.
Take this example here from before. I’ve now chopped it and pitched the 2nd and 4th chops up 5 semitones and 7 semitones respectively, the 4th chop being a different segment of audio:
Taking this example further, if you’ve listened to some classic house before, you’ll notice an iconic sort of rave-esque sampled chord sound. This is an incidental music theory technique called parallel chords, which is where the intervals between notes do not change.
In the case of sampling, the notes are embedded into the chord sample and cannot be changed, so changing the pitch will alter the pitch of all notes in the sample by the same amount.
Here what I mean in this example. At 1:37, the same chord sample is played up one semitone and down four semitones in alternation throughout the track:
Less is More
This universal truth is always important to come back to – less is more. What does this mean in terms of sampling? It means that leaving a sample in it’s original form as much as possible usually works better than any sort of over-processing would.
Think back to the Ice Ice Baby example we gave earlier. It’s nothing more than a sampled phrase from the original Queen track, with drums, a bass line, and vocals. But it’s a wild success and considered a classic.
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How do you properly sample music? ›
- Choose digital audio workstation (DAW) software. ...
- Import a music file. ...
- Cut out a brief excerpt of the audio file. ...
- Loop your sample. ...
- Repeat as needed.
Sampling Music – What's the Bottom Line? Despite popular belief and practice, sampling someone else's songs without their permission is illegal. This is an act that can have serious consequences for those who do not obey the law. By sampling music illegally, you ultimately risk being charged a significant fine.Can I sample 3 seconds of a song? ›
“It's totally legal to sample someone else's song without permission. As long as the sample you use is shorter than six seconds.”How do you sample music without getting in trouble? ›
Once a song has had its first release, anyone can cover that song without asking permission. As long as you credit the writers and don't change the song, you're in the clear. But incorporating part of someone else's melody into your own composition requires permission.What is the best sample technique? ›
Simple random sampling: One of the best probability sampling techniques that helps in saving time and resources, is the Simple Random Sampling method. It is a reliable method of obtaining information where every single member of a population is chosen randomly, merely by chance.Is sampling music easy? ›
If you've ever heard sampled tracks and thought it was easy, it's tougher than it seems. In fact, a big part of sampling is experience and intuition. If you're ready to learn the nuances of creating your own sample-based song, then let's start with the fundamentals.Do artists get paid for samples? ›
How big a bite? Some artists have to pay 50% of all the recording royalties just to use a sample which may be a few seconds long. These three amounts all vary widely, though. In order to pay the least possible amount, use as short a sample as you can.Do producers pay for samples? ›
It really depends on the samples if a producer has to pay for samples. Getting samples from a store will obviously require you to pay for samples. If you are sampling from released track you will need to get clearance for the samples. This means you need permission from the original owner.Is Flipping a sample legal? ›
So no, you can't legally sample something (no matter what the length) unless you've cleared that sample with both the owner of the song and the owner of the sound recording.Can you get sued for sampling? ›
The process of obtaining permission from the owners of the sampled music is referred to as "sample clearance." Failure to obtain the proper permission could lead to serious consequences, including lawsuits for money damages or the inability to distribute your music to the public.
What is the rule of thumb for sample size? ›
A good maximum sample size is usually 10% as long as it does not exceed 1000. A good maximum sample size is usually around 10% of the population, as long as this does not exceed 1000. For example, in a population of 5000, 10% would be 500. In a population of 200,000, 10% would be 20,000.Can I use 1 second of a song? ›
Any use of copyrighted material without permission is, according to U.S. copyright law, copyright infringement. It does not matter if you use one second or the entire song, using copyrighted materials without the consent or permission of the copyright owner, constitutes copyright infringement.How long can a sample be legally? ›
You may have heard of "fair use," a copyright provision that permits you to use 10, 15 or 30 seconds of music without copyright obligation. That is, you understand that you can use a short section of a song without paying a fee.How many seconds of a song is fair use? ›
|For Presentation or Project||Up to 10% or 3 minutes, whichever is shorter|
|Classroom Listening||Allowed for educational purposes.|
|For Presentation or Project||Up to 10% or 30 seconds, whichever is shorter.|
The "15 Second" or "8 Bar" Rule
The reality is that there is no legal protection in copyright law for these types of use. If you use a piece of a composition or sound recording that is copyrighted, you will need a license. Was this article helpful?
Convenience sampling is perhaps the easiest method of sampling, because participants are selected based on availability and willingness to take part.What are the 4 sampling strategies? ›
Four main methods include: 1) simple random, 2) stratified random, 3) cluster, and 4) systematic. Non-probability sampling – the elements that make up the sample, are selected by nonrandom methods. This type of sampling is less likely than probability sampling to produce representative samples.What is the easiest sampling method? ›
Simple random sampling is considered the easiest method of probability sampling. To perform simple random sampling, all a researcher must do is ensure that all members of the population are included in a master list, and that subjects are then selected randomly from this master list.Is sampling copying? ›
Sampling can be a form of plagiarism, but it is not always. Sampling (using parts, bits, or portions of prior recordings to be incorporated into a new song) without permission is a violation of United States copyright law. With permission, however, sampling is not considered plagiarism.Can you sample from Spotify? ›
But using the medium as-is is the most common form of sampling. Where it used to be exclusively on vinyl, you can now sample from any sort of digital audio medium, whether it's CD, Spotify, your iTunes library, the radio or anything off your hard drive.
What software is best for sampling music? ›
- Artutria CMI V.
- LANDR Chromatic.
- Ableton Simpler.
- Steinberg HALion.
- Ableton Sampler.
- discoDSP Bliss.
- Air Music Technology Structure 2.
- Native Instruments Kontakt.
Artists on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $42,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $110,000.
All in all, this process can take anywhere from one day to over one year. I know that sounds like a lot, and probably far more expensive than you were thinking. However, there are a few things you can do to ease the process.Can a sample get copyrighted? ›
Indeed, an artist who samples without permission infringes on both the copyright in the sound recording and the copyright in the composition. Specifically, this duality of infringement is due to the fact that a track with samples from pre-existing sound recordings is considered a derivative work.Do you get royalties if your song is sampled? ›
A song that incorporates a sample will typically give credit and pay royalties to songwriters of the song being sampled.How do you clear a sample for a beat? ›
- Apply for clearance well in advance. ...
- Collect info about the song you're sampling. ...
- Identify the master recording rightsholder. ...
- Identify the publishing rightsholder. ...
- Contact the rights owners & negotiate a price.
Secondly, if your record contains a sample and you didn't clear it, you are infringing the original owner's copyright – and they have you 'bang to rights'.What can I sample for free? ›
- Looperman. Looperman is a website where everyone can download or upload samples for free. ...
- Production Music Live. ...
- W.A. Production. ...
- NASA Audio Collection. ...
- Freesound. ...
- SampleSwap. ...
- Cymatics. ...
On the master side the clearance fee will likely range somewhere between $2,000 to $10,000. Additionally, the owner of the master will likely require some sort of split on the new master in the 3% to 10% royalty range. Remember, if you have less money to offer be flexible in regards to giving up a share of the royalty.Can I cover a song without permission? ›
You Don't Need Permission to Cover a Song
A common misconception in the music industry is that you need to receive permission from the original composer in order to record a cover version of their song. However, US copyright law makes it much easier than that for artists wishing to cover a piece of music.
Can you sample any sound? ›
The possibilities of what can be sampled are truly endless. When most people think of sampling they think about sampling full recordings of songs. However, basically any form of audio is fair game and sample-able if you get creative.How old does a song have to be to use it for free? ›
How Long Does Copyright Law Last for Music? Generally, any song or musical work published in 1925 or before in the US is in the public domain. As of January 1, 2022, musical compositions from 1926 and earlier will be in the public domain.Why is 30 the perfect sample size? ›
A sample size of 30 often increases the confidence interval of your population data set enough to warrant assertions against your findings. 4 The higher your sample size, the more likely the sample will be representative of your population set.Is 200 people a good sample size? ›
As a general rule, sample sizes of 200 to 300 respondents provide an acceptable margin of error and fall before the point of diminishing returns.Why is 400 a good sample size? ›
A 400 person sample size (n=400) gets your margin of error just under 5%, which is a common target in market research studies. Any higher than that, and you risk investors or other stakeholders having questions about whether your study is valid or statistically significant.Can 3 songs be a single? ›
Despite being referred to as a single, in the era of music downloads, singles can include up to as many as three tracks. The biggest digital music distributor, the iTunes Store, accepts as many as three tracks that are less than ten minutes each as a single.Can I play 10 seconds of a copyrighted song? ›
If I only use 10 seconds of a song or a video clip, I don't need to get permission. TRUE or FALSE? FALSE. In most cases, the length of a recording, or any copyrighted material, does not alter the requirement to obtain permission from the copyright owner.Is sampling music free? ›
Generally, you need to get permission from both the owner of the sound recording and the copyright owner of the musical work. Assuming you have the permission to use the music, you can leverage it in your own sound recording. Do not use samples if you don't have proper permission, unless you want to go to court.How much of a song can I play without paying royalties? ›
Unfortunately, there are no fixed standards as to how much of a song you can use without infringing the song owner's copyright. Of course, the shorter you can make the clip, the stronger your argument for fair use protection.How much do you have to change a song to avoid copyright? ›
According to internet lore, if you change 30% of a copyrighted work, it is no longer infringement and you can use it however you want.
What are the rules to sampling? ›
Sampling without permission can breach the copyright of the original sound recording, of the composition and lyrics, and of the performances, such as a rhythm or guitar riff. The moral rights of the original artist may also be breached if they are not credited or object to the sampling.What do you have to do to sample a song? ›
- Choose digital audio workstation (DAW) software. ...
- Import a music file. ...
- Cut out a brief excerpt of the audio file. ...
- Loop your sample. ...
- Repeat as needed.
To legally use a sample, an artist must acquire legal permission from the copyright holder, a potentially lengthy and complex process known as clearance.What are the 4 types of samples? ›
- Simple random sampling. In a simple random sample, every member of the population has an equal chance of being selected. ...
- Systematic sampling. ...
- Stratified sampling. ...
- Cluster sampling.
Fair use is the right to copy a portion of a copyrighted work without permission because your use is for a limited purpose, such as for educational use in a classroom or to comment upon, criticize, or parody the work being sampled. Factors in determining fair use.What counts as sampling a song? ›
Sampling in essence is when you include an element of a pre-existing recording by someone else in your composition. The sample can be anything that you've 'sampled' from another track; a rhythm, a melody, a beat, vocals or speech, which you then manipulate, edit, chop up or loop to fit creatively within your work.Can anyone sample any song? ›
You CANNOT sample music without permission, no matter how short or long the sample is. Copyright is copyright. And if the sample is recognizable (hell, even if it isn't recognizable), you're using another person's intellectual property in order to construct or enhance your own.What is the 5 random sampling techniques? ›
There are five types of sampling: Random, Systematic, Convenience, Cluster, and Stratified. Random sampling is analogous to putting everyone's name into a hat and drawing out several names. Each element in the population has an equal chance of occuring.What is a sampling technique? ›
A sampling technique is the name or other identification of the specific process by which the entities of the sample have been selected.Who do first sampling? ›
The first recorded use of a sample to learn something about a population was John Graunt's estimate of the population of London in 1662.
Is it copyright if you sample a song? ›
Indeed, an artist who samples without permission infringes on both the copyright in the sound recording and the copyright in the composition. Specifically, this duality of infringement is due to the fact that a track with samples from pre-existing sound recordings is considered a derivative work.What was the first sampled song? ›
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the first song to use a sample was 'He's Gonna Step on You Again'. The 1971 song by South African musician John Kongos used a sample of a recorded African drumming track.