PART 1: TAKING THE BEST POSSIBLE SAMPLE
- Live sampling: Sample "live" whenever possible, rather than recording a sound on tape then sampling from the tape.
- Beware of overloads: The SP-1200 is a digital recording device. Unlike analog recording devices, distortion does not increase slowly past a certain level; rather, it increases rapidly above the overload point, and produces a "non-musical", splattering type of distortion. Monitor your levels carefully.
- Maintain the instrument to be sampled: Tune your instrument if applicable, and check that the instrument doesn't have any loose parts that rattle, squeak, or make other noises.
Now, it just doesn't get funnier than that. Every sample-based recording I've listened to for the last ten years has made a point of breaking every one of these "tips".