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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Feb 18 > SAMPLE MAGIC Klip


Sample Magic packages a massive library of dance-music samples in a custom-built beat maker. Alex Holmes asks whether it will fill the dancefloor…

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After many years of releasing exceptional electronic and dancemusic- focused sample packs, Sample Magic has decided to bundle some of its finest loops and hits into a custom-built Kontakt instrument. This is no mere sample-playback machine; it’s a full sequencing workstation that takes full advantage of Kontakt’s features and FX.

Klip can run as a standalone beat-maker or in the usual manner, loaded into Kontakt within your DAW. You have 16 pads that load 16 hits or loops, with everything sync’d to your master BPM. Samples are sequenced using a large 32-step grid and can play in their entirety, or can be resequenced into new patterns.

This is where things get really fun, as there’s a massive 16 lanes’ worth of programming for each sound. This includes velocity, tuning, panning and hold time, cutoff, resonance, filter-envelope amount and sample-slice position, plus a whole range of effects parameters – so you can quickly turn simple sounds into complex, glitch-techno monsters! All we missed was a glide control for programming acid basslines and the like.

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In this issue, we’ve amassed the ultimate collection of professional advice on all things music; whether that's creating, recording, mixing, mastering or everything in between. Compiled from our interviews with such luminaries as John Leckie, Tony Visconti and Gary Numan, we’ve also got tips and alternative approaches from our (both pro and amateur) music-making audience. We hope this feature provides some inspiration for your creative studio endeavours. Also this issue, we chat to Catherine J Marks, a producer with some seriously impressive credits to her name and a nominee for this year’s MPG Producer Of The Year. We also spend some time with The Flashbulb, whose beautiful studio in the natural tranquility of Georgia is a thing to behold. We wrap up our A-Z series with Gear4Music, which is chock full of all the key terms and techniques that you need to know. We’ve also got our usual vast array of reviews and hands-on tutorial content, as well as an extensive guide to creating music on the move with an iPhone or iPad. We hope you enjoy the issue…