Producers Greymatter and Mr Beatnick discussed the art of sampling at the London Electronic Music Event back in June. Here’s an hour long video of what they did. The question of whether sampling is lazy or creative has been asked since the technique became readily accessible in the 80s and more so in the 90s when copyright law stepped in. Legality aside, the level of…

Ashton James Brown caught up with intrepid beatsmith Scott Xylo and discussed his love of all things animated, his ideal music tech purchases and his latest project “2003 // HeERO Scott”. Leicester-based producer Scott Xylo’s vibrant brand of electronica infused “Boom Bap” and imaginative concept “Beat Tapes” make him one of the most intriguing talents in the UK underground. His latest release, 2003 // HeERO…

Sampleface Question Time is a new feature where we answer questions you ask us. Our first question is about DAWs for the novice electronic music producer. Sampleface Question Time is a feature where you ask us questions and we answer them. Simple. Although it initially started out as an extension of our Ask.fm account, we received a question in our inbox and thought it would…

Relive the days of dial up with RAC’s modem-sampling track, 56k. The sound of the dialling phone, the beeping and whirring of the modem, having to cover it so your parents didn’t know you were on the internet so late – that was the life of 56k dialup internet back in the 90s and early 00s. But then broadband entered the stage with its silent…

Native Instruments shot a video of some artists’ opinions on their USB controller, the Maschine. For the past couple of decades, the MPC has been the most popular all-in-one sampler on the market. Having gone through a myriad of iterations since the MPC60 was introduced in 1988, it is now experiencing stiff competition from its USB/MIDI counterparts, notably the Ableton Push and the Native Instruments…

Ableton Live 9 has been out for a while now but the question is with so many different methods to make beats these days, how does it stand out? As any producer knows, it is always difficult to find the program that you can connect with when first making beats. You could say that I’ve always kinda had what we now dub a “sampleface”, remixing…

Peep this brand new high performance MIDI controller, the Electrix Tweaker, from Electrix and Livid Instruments. We don’t normally feature sampling equipment, although we’re looking to change that soon. To kick us off, Electrix has been working in partnership with Livid Instruments to create the “Electrix Tweaker”. It’s a high performance MIDI controller aimed primarily at DJs and producers. The controller comes with an easy-to-use user interface…