Samplers are electronic devices that you can use to record, alter, and playback digital audio. Often sporting massive sample banks filled with real instruments, snippets of songs, or different sound effects. As well as allowing you to hook up external devices such as turntables and sample sounds directly from your records. A technique that skyrocketed in popularity during the 80's and 90's thanks to the evolution of Hip Hop music and sampling. As a result, samplers are an ideal unit for sampling and creating music, hence the name.
Additionally, samplers store sounds within its digital memory, so you can access sounds in an instant. Giving you a perfect solution for quick and easy, real-time live performances. What's more, you can distribute your sounds across a musical keyboard, then play them back at various pitches to replicate a range of keyboard style instruments. Alternatively, you can map them to electronic drum pads on the device itself. Which are generally touch-sensitive pads such as the renowned Akai MPC pads.
Samplers also allow you to synchronize to a sequencer, completing complex arrangements. While many already include built-in sequencers such as the lineup of Akai MPC's such as the MPC One, MPC X, and MPC Live.
What's more, many samplers boast a number of synthesizer-like features and effects including filters; oscillators; and effects; allowing you to shape and mold the sounds in a variety of ways. Taking a back seat since the rise of software-based samplers, though hardware samplers are definitely making a comeback.
At DJ City, we stock a wide range of sample-based machines including a lineup of Akai MPC's, Native Instruments Maschines, Elektron, Korg and more! So head into your local DJ City store, browse our selection online, or chat with our friendly staff today. We'd love to help you choose a piece of gear that takes your music production and live performances to the next level.