Staff Picks 2017

Staff Picks 2017

As another year draws to a close, the staff here at Sample Magic are eager to reflect on their favourite releases of the 2017. With the…

Artist Interview: Fedde Le Grand

Artist Interview: Fedde Le Grand

We caught up with Fedde Le Grand for an end of year chat, discussing his latest releases, what’s incoming and his favourite piece of studio…

Artist Interview: Corey James

Artist Interview: Corey James

This week on the Journal, we sat down with British DJ & Producer Corey James. We talked about his touring schedule, signing with Steve Angello and…

Introducing: “Click & Mix”

Introducing: “Click & Mix”

Introducing: “Click & Mix” A great feature you might’ve overlooked on our site is the option to “Click & Mix.” The revolutionary mix and match…

Artist Interview: Mike Hawkins

Artist Interview: Mike Hawkins

In our latest edition of The Journal, we sat down with rising star, DJ and producer Mike Hawkins. We discussed his favourite gear, why he decided…

Found Sound Tips & Tricks 2

Found Sound Tips & Tricks 2

Atmospheres Atmospheres and sound beds can add real warmth and texture to productions, and recording your own is straightforward. This could be anything from wind, the…

Found Sound Tips & Tricks

Record Your Own Drums Provided you have any kind of recording equipment you can record your own unique drum sounds. Of course a decent microphone will…

Artist Interview: Alex Kenji

Artist Interview: Alex Kenji

In our latest edition of The Journal, we sat down with Hotfingers label head and esteemed DJ and producer Alex Kenji. We discussed his gear &amp…

The Making of Dubbed Vocals

The Making of Dubbed Vocals

In this week’s journal entry, we sat down with the producer behind SM Studio Dubbed Vocals, a 600MB+ collection that blends the best of best…

Artist Interview: Albin Myers

Artist Interview: Albin Myers

This week on the Journal, we sat down with Swedish DJ & Producer Albin Myers. We talked about his brand new label Deaf by Dawn, how…

Vocal Production Techniques 3

Vocal Production Techniques 3

Unique Vocal Spot FX A technique for making moody edits from full vocal phrases. Take a vocal loop or full phrase, and loop over small sections…

Vocal Production Techniques 2

Vocal Production Techniques 2

Automation If you’re working with a more traditional vocal arrangement, a technique for giving the chorus sections a bigger feel is to automate the vocal…

Artist Interview: Fehrplay

Artist Interview: Fehrplay

This week on the Journal, we sat down with Norwegian DJ & Producer Fehrplay. We talked about his brand new label Mood of Mind, the major…

Vocal Production Techniques

Vocal Production Techniques

Quick Swipe Comping in Logic Pro For achieving that perfect vocal take, Logic Pro has one of the most convenient tools going in Quick Swipe Comping…

The Making of Soultronica

The Making of Soultronica

Tell us a little bit about Soultronica and how you prepared for this release. Soultronica is a bass and feel-good-melody driven pack that was…

The Making of Cinematic Sequences

The Making of Cinematic Sequences

In this week’s journal we caught up with the producer behind the dark, driving, epic and emotive ‘Cinematic Sequences.’ We discussed Strangers Things, analogue vs…

Percussion Techniques

Percussion Techniques

Noise Gating and Volume Shaping Another technique for controlling transients on your percussion, or more specifically decay tails, is by using a noise gate. This can…

Artist Interview: Eddie Thoneick

Artist Interview: Eddie Thoneick

This week on the Journal, we sat down with the legendary Eddie Thoneick, a DJ & producer spanning an illustrious career of 20+ years. We talked…

Percussion Tips & Techniques

Percussion Tips & Techniques

1. Transient Control Arguably more imperative when you’re using loops rather than individual hits, but a transient designer on can really transform the feel of…

Artist Interview: Tim Mason

Artist Interview: Tim Mason

British producer Tim Mason has well and truly established himself as a predomiant force in the Progressive House scene. Remixing the likes the of Red Hot…