Layering, now ubiquitous in the electronic music scene (due to the introduction of computers in production), is one of the most critical steps in the production process. However, it is important to realize the limitations of layering. Firstly, it is important to choose samples that don’t clash with each other; be sure to keep pitch in mind (easy to transpose the samples to make them work), that the frequency content isn’t too similar, and that the sample start times line up (to avoid nasty phase cancellation). Layering can definitely be a tedious job, but you’re in luck today!
Owned and operated by the kind folks at MusicRadar, SampleRadar and Computer Music Magazine have delivered an unbelievable collection of 408 free layering samples. So now it’s time to shake off the hangover and/or writer’s block, open up your DAW of choice, and stack them up. The pack is completely royalty free when downloaded directly from the site, although it is illegal to re-distribute these samples.
These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine’s cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.