Linux.com: Making Waves With LinuxOct 03, 2000, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alex Young)
"An important tool in writing and producing modern music is the ability to record and manipulate sound samples. Many genres (including hip-hop and drum and bass) demonstrate artists' virtuosity with sound sampling: creating original music with inherent depth and texture, derived from the methods used to create the music. Since most computers with a soundcard have a line-in, they can be used to record sounds from live sources which can be used within a composition. This article explores currently available sample editing software for Linux."
"A sampler consists of many tools to facilitate sound processing and manipulation. The fundamental tools are cut, copy, paste and undo. To create colour and depth with the sounds you record, you need to be able to manipulate the samples with effects and filters, analogous to a graphics package like Photoshop or The Gimp. For example, the source may have high treble which results in hiss. By using filters, you can take away some of the higher frequencies to make the hiss less noticeable. You could also use an envelope to control the amount of filtering on different parts of the recording. You may even want to change the speed of the sample without altering the pitch, or add delay, flange or phaser effects."