Course 5: Sampling

Sampling is a key part of the hip hop genre because it’s what gives the genre its unique sound. There are many ways to go about sampling, including choosing what to sample, how to sample, how to use the sample, how to manipulate the sample, and so on.

The practice of sampling takes place when a portion or “sample” of an existing piece of music or audio is manipulated to create a new work. You’ll learn how to import samples into your digital audio workstation (DAW), how to add to a virtual sampler or trigger pads, what to sample, and how to keep samples in tune with your arrangement.

Fortunately, many giants of the genre have walked the earth to create a path for you to follow as you create your own musical identities through sampling. You’ll hear many different ways sampling is used in the hip hop industry and learn how to incorporate those methods into your song.

As part of your coursework, you’ll take some time to talk about yourself in Market Time. You don’t need to write a book, but you need to give your fans a taste of who you are, your inspirations, where you come from, and so on. Your listening library (in addition to the other selections you listened to during the course) includes spending an hour with NF’s Perception.

In addition to watching episode three of Hip Hop Evolution for your digital field trip, you’ll also complete a course review, write a blog entry, and take a quiz.