Once you have found a song you would like to sample, detect its tempo using a BPM analyzer. I would recommend “Mixmeister BPM Analyzer”. It is easy to install and simple to use. The track I have chosen for this demonstration is “When Somebody Loves You Back” by Teddy Pendergrass.
Import the song into Cubase and set the project tempo to match the bpm (beats per minute) of the sample song.
Using the split tool, cut up the sample in the areas you have chosen as your sample regions.
Drag “EACH” slice and drop it into a SEPARATE pad on the sampler. I am using groove agent 1 as my sampler. Play the samples using a midi keyboard, drum machine or any midi controller as desired. If you don’t have any piece of midi hardware, don’t worry. You can simply (but painfully) draw them onto your piano roll (drum sequencer).
After you have played the desired sequence with your sample, add your drums, bass, keys, strings etc.
NOTE If you are using fl studio as your DAW (digital audio workstation), you can use the same technique with the Edison editor and the fruity MPC.
I hope you have found this tutorial helpful. If you get stuck anywhere do not hesitate to contact me ([email protected])
Happy music making.