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How to Flip a Sample Into a Finished Song in 4 Steps

Stuck trying to come up with a brand-new idea? Are you scrolling through Splice trying to find a cool sample? I am sure you want to twist a sample to make it your own. Let’s go through a couple of tips on how you can flip that sample into a full song.

How to flip a sample into a finished song in 4 steps.

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1 - Find The Sweet Spot

There is always that one part of a sample that catches your ear, it can be the swing of the sound, a vocal part, or a cool drum hit. Try basing your song around that one sweet spot, which is especially easier if it’s for example a synth loop or a vocal loop. From there you can start building your song faster since you have an idea of the vibe you're going to go for. Trust your gut here, if you think it will work, run with it!

How to flip a sample into a full song.

2 - Discover The Melodic Aspects

One very helpful thing that comes when you're working around a sample is that you can easily find a chord progression. Different types of atmospheric pad loops and melodic loops are a great starting point to turn that maybe short 4 or 8-bar loop into a whole song. Even try to reverse the sample and find different types of versions of the chord progression and eventually, the sample will become something completely new.

How to flip samples.

3 - Utilize Different Genres

So when you're looking to take inspiration from a sample, a suggestion would be to start scrolling through Splice for packs that aren’t necessarily in the genre you’re making. for example, if you make tech house go and look through an R&B sample pack to get that extra creative spark which will make the sampling part even more inspiring. This will also make your track extra unique if you can make it work cause not many people are looking at those samples.

Tips for using samples.

4 - Processing and Cutting

Once you’ve found the sample and want to start laying down the whole idea, try to see if you can process it in a cool way that can also highlight the sound. Especially if it’s for example a cool violin sample that stands out, then you can make your song even more unique by having the sample be just that, the foundation of the track. You can also add extra layers of saturation and distortion so it is even more different but stays true to the original idea.

Using samples for music production.

Bonus Tip: If you use Splice, try using the “Recent” filter button. This will allow you to see the newest samples wherever you are looking.


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