Tutorials / 16 March 2021

Learn the art of sample flipping: 1 sample, 3 beats

Sample flipping on BandLab

Flipping a sample is a technique that’s been around since the introduction of the audio sampler. It’s a technique that revolutionized hip hop – producers like J Dilla, Madlib, DJ Shadow, Kanye and more have been taking samples and making them their own on countless hits. So what exactly is sample flipping?

Flipping a sample involves slicing a beat or loop and rearranging it to create a sound that’s uniquely yours.

On BandLab Sounds, there are thousands of royalty-free samples available for you to create beats and music with. Combined with the Mix Editor, you have an online, web-based DAW where you can slice, chop and transform those samples to call it your own. In this video tutorial, we’ll show you how you can do just that. Here’s how to take a single sample, and flip it to produce three completely different sounding beats, all right here in BandLab’s web Mix Editor.

You can fork all three beats we created from one sample in the video below.

DnB

House

Hip hop

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