The development of sampling technology has spurred vast changes in the way music is created, produced, and performed. This course begins by taking you through the basics of the sampler's parts and functions, and looks at some of the different ways this versatile tool can be used. Particular focus will be given to Reason's NN-XT sampler to examine more in-depth principles associated with sampling, including programming single and multi-sample programs, digital signal processing, and extending the sampler program using synthesis—techniques that are used extensively in dance music, hip-hop, and many other musical genres. In addition to the NN-XT, you will work with the other sample players in Reason, including the NN-19, Redrum, and Dr. Rex. You'll also learn to create unique instruments and sounds, including some made from your own recorded audio, and use them effectively—a benefit for all producers and engineers, as well as performing musicians. By the end of the course, you will be able to create fully functional sampler programs with your own source material, as well as prepare an audio project based entirely on the use of sampling and samplers. And, get an educational discount on Reason.
To be successful in this course, you should have good computer skills, know how to configure your computer for sound, and have a MIDI keyboard.
Berklee Online and Propellerhead have come together to offer an educational discount on the Reason. Once you enroll in the course, you will be able to purchase this package at the discounted price through the Required Course Materials link on your My Home page. Early enrollment is encouraged to ensure software delivery prior to the start of the course.
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
examine the principles and techniques associated with sampling and samplers, including recording, editing, and programming
create fully functional sampler programs with their own source material
create an audio project based on the use of sampling and samplers
Author & Instructor
David Doms, Associate Professor in the Music Synthesis Department at Berklee College of Music, has a long history of teaching MIDI and music synthesis. At Berklee, he teaches "Advanced Digital Sampling," "Advanced MIDI Systems," and "MIDI systems," and before coming to Berklee, he spent ten years at the New England Institute of Art teaching music synthesis and MIDI.
He has composed and produced TV and radio commercials for regional and national broadcast, corporate video, and film, including music for NBC, Fox TV, Xerox, and Gillette. He is a published songwriter with Warner-Chappell and DSM. As a producer, musician, and songwriter, his work has appeared on numerous releases, including Down Avenue (RCA), Robin Lane, Charles Pettigrew (formerly of Charles and Eddie), Laurie Geltman, and Ivan DePrume. His current project, Dreamtime9, is a combination of fuel-injected jazz/blues-based songs, integrated with ambient laptop and spoken word. David holds a Bachelor of Music from Boston University. He performs regularly in the Boston area and is working on a new release with Dreamtime9.
*Berklee Online and Propellerhead have come together to offer an educational discount on Reason. Once you enroll in the course, you will be able to purchase this package at the discounted price through the Required Course Materials link on your My Home page. Early enrollment is encouraged to ensure software delivery prior to the start of the course.
- OS X 10.9 Mavericks or higher (click here for system requirements)
- Latest version of Chrome (recommended), Firefox, or Safari
- Windows 7 or higher (click here for system requirements)
- Latest version of Chrome (recommended), Firefox, or Edge
- MIDI Interface and MIDI keyboard
- 4 GB RAM or more
- 3 GB free hard disk space (program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space)
- Free USB port for Ignition Key
- Speakers or headphone
- Internet connection with at least 4 Mbps download speed (http://www.speedtest.net to verify or download the Speedtest by Ookla app from your mobile app store)