An interesting question received by Audio Masterclass enquired about how samples could be cleaned up, either by software or hardware.
The answer of course depends on how dirty, or shall we say 'grungy', you want your samples to be. There are certain areas that possibly could require cleaning...
If the sample is noisy, then it may be possible to use EQ to filter out certain frequency bands where the noise is stronger than the sample. However, if the noise covers the same frequencies as the sample, EQ will not be much use.
However, it is easily possible to get 'over picky' about cleaning samples (although topping and tailing is always good). Unless you are creating a sample library that you intend to sell, it doesn't matter whether the sample is clean or grungy. What matters is what it sounds like in the context of the music you are creating.
Electronically created music has a terrible habit of being too clean. Throw in a few grungy samples therefore and suddenly your music will sound real and vibrant. Often, a sample that by itself sounds too grungy to use will sound great in the context of the mix.
So by all means master the skills of cleaning up samples, and recording clean samples in the first place. But don't be afraid to be adventurous and let a little dirt into your music.Come on the FREE COURSE TOUR