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Creativity is key for Converse, and creativity is deeply connected to music. That’s why the brand was present at the Amsterdam Dance Event. At ADE, they expanded their already impressive Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library, a growing collection of audio samples which are all accessible online and completely free to use. Converse and their partner Indaba Music chose ADE to introduce some new features.
Whether at home, on the go, or in the studio, it helps musicians be more productive with their time so they can make the most of their creative energy.
These include a sampler plugin for Ableton Live, the commonly used music production program, as well as a sample library iPhone app. Both features were released during a panel discussion about the art of sampling. Converse invited Machinedrum and Midland to talk about how they used the plugin and why they use samples in their productions. Both artists premiered new tracks that they made with samples from the library and they gave the audience insight into the creative process behind the tracks.
Same software, different sounds
Machinedrum uses samples in his work, he told us how it’s really important for him to be able to choose one sample that anchors the track and how it’s great to not have to do that in the studio. He’s a genuine fan of the new features and has been working with Converse to help spread the word to people who produce at home: “The cool thing about the iPhone app is that it inspires me when I’m on the move. The plugin allows you to instantly work with your favorite sounds and it offers some cool effects. It’s a great way to quickly get started.” The track that Machinedrum created contains a lot of kick drums, check out his sample page as well!
Leeds-based DJ & producer Midland took a very different approach than Travis and created a deep track from the library. As he comes from a drum n bass background, he kicks off his track with a drum bass, which gives the whole track its vibe. This evolves into a solid beat accompanied by a vocal loop. He explained how a ‘bathroom effect widens the sound’, although it’s somewhat different than the sound in a club, which is a bit muddy.
Want to find out more about the Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library? Check out the website, access the library and listen to sounds created using the samples! There are also some decent tracks up there from the likes of Beesmunt Soundsystem, Tom Trago and a sample pack created by Rotterdam legend Das Ding.
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