Home Beatmaking & Production Quick Guide: How To Sample From Vinyl

Quick Guide: How To Sample From Vinyl

by Stuart Charles Black
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Greetings mate and Welcome aboard!

Stuart Charles here, HomeStudioBasics.com helping YOU make sound decisions, so…

Today I thought I’d share a simple method that’ll get you sampling from vinyl in no time. It’s one that I’ve been using for many years!

If you don’t already have a turntable, I’d recommend something like the Audio Technica AT-LP60 USB turntable to get you started. If you do already own one, great!

I’ve had mine since 2014 and it’s still going strong.

In fact, I’m listening to Andre Previn’s “A Touch Of Elegance” as I type this out. One of my favorite past times is digging through the crates at my local thrift shop.

They used to sell records for .25c a piece, but times have changed. I can still get a handful for pretty cheap, so it ain’t no big THANG.

To get started, simply plug your turntable in via USB and fire up the free Audacity.

Head to Audio Setup > Recording Device > and look for something that says “USB AUDIO CODEC.”

How To Sample From Vinyl

Now hit record and drop that needle homie! When you’re done, hit stop.

It’s really that simple.

But before we export, we’ll want to normalize the audio. This is especially important for vinyl as it tends to record fairly quiet. It also makes it much easier to EQ later and integrate properly into the mix.

To normalize, hit Cntrl/Cmd + A to select the entire clip, then just go up to Effect > Volume and CompressionNormalize.

How To Sample From Vinyl

Keep the default settings and hit Apply.

How To Sample From Vinyl

Now head up to File > Export > Export as .WAV

Save it wherever you want!

And that’s basically it, folks. Easy as pie.

If you’re interested in taking the sample elsewhere for some chopping fun, click the link below for a complete guide on how to sample in FL Studio.

 

Well, that’s about it for today folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick How To Sample From Vinyl Tutorial and came away with some valuable insight.

Are you ready to make your first beat? I would love to hear from you. Until next time..

Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Let me know in the comments below or contact me!! I would love to hear from you…

Until then, all the best and God bless…

 

 

-Stu

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