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Flip A Sample and Make a Beat - A New Day Sample Flip Beat Video

Watch TaurusBeats flip a sample and make a beat (using Propellerhead Reason and Akai MPD32) called A New Day in this sample flip beat video.


In this video, I'm using the AKAI MPD32 USB/MIDI PAD CONTROLLER to trigger sounds in Propellerhead Reason devices, while making a sample flip beat I call "A New Day".

A New Day - Reason 4 Beat Instrumental sampled hip hop

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"A New Day"
A Smooth Jazz Sample Flip Beat
with Piano Freestyle Performance
by TaurusBeats


Propellerhead Reason
Akai MPD32 USB/MIDI Controller
M-Audio Oxygen 8 v2 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller
Custom-built Windows XP Computer
KRK V8 Studio Monitors


Want to know how to make beats or instrumental music with a sample flip? You can use Propellerhead's Reason 4.01, the Akai MPD32 USB/MIDI hardware control surface and the M-Audio Oxygen8 v2 USB/MIDI keyboard control surface to get the job done.

Check out my Beat Tutorials on Sample Flipping using Reason NN-XT and get in-depth tips and techniques I use to create sample flip beats and moody instrumental music.


In this video, I'm showcasing another one of my Moody instruMental Music creations - "A New Day" - a beat I made using Propellerhead Reason. Watch how I flip the sample and add my instrumentation to create this track.


(Condensed version)

1. Listen - Sample Flip Beat making starts with LISTENING to the original pieace that you want to sample. I'm talking about the kind of listening which allows you to disect or zone in on individual sounds, instruments and nuances of the original piece. You also listen to what your mind is constructing, while you listen to the original piece. This may require you to replay parts of the original piece over and over again. ACTIVE LISTENING is where beatmaking starts and ends for me.

2. Chop - Select parts of the original piece that you want to use and start slicing those selections into smaller pieces based on your personal preference.I don't have a single way to chop samples and most of the time, my chops are very irregular because of my style of "flipping" samples. An easy way to start chopping samples is to use an "auto-slice" feature or just make slices on every quarter note or sixteenth note.

3. Flip - After loading the sample chops into the desired device in Reason (in my case, the NN-XT Advanced sampler), start triggering the sample slices creating different patterns (flipping the samples). Again, Active Listening is required.  Nost of the time, I flip samples before creating the drums to allow the sample flip to drive how the beat moves. There is no right or wrong way to flip samples. As a minimum, I create 8 different 4-bar patterns. Flipping the same sample set this many times gives me more to choose from when I start arranging the rest of the beat. This also allows me to capture ideas while the sample is fresh in my mind and often leads to several different beat ideas. CAUTION: You have to stay focised to complete the beat! It is real easy to get lost in flipping the samples because it is fun! If you are not careful, you can end up with a bunch pf crazy sample flips and no finished beat!

4. Wrap - I create the drums, bass and other instrumentation to "wrap" the sample flip in such a way that the final product can stand alone on its own when I remove the sample. This means that i create enough musical content around the sample  flip that the beat is more than a beat when I'm done. This is not for everyone, especially if you are trying to make beats for artists to rap or sing over. Remember, my primary focus is, and has always been, to make moody instrumental music as the soundtrack of my life story. While I go heavy on the instrumentation for my purposes, you may want to go light with wrapping the sample flip with just a bass line and a couple of other sounds.

5. Listen - Yeah, I told you that the beatmaking process starts and ends with active listening. I listen to the final beat to "proofread" in a way, check for errors, unwanted sounds, arrangement. But I also listen to appreciate the creative process. I always say, life is a journey. This music is just a lane in the life journey. Enjoy the journey, not just the destination. Take time to listen to and appreciate what you create.

What's your beatmaking process? Leave a Comment below and let me know what you think of my sample flip beat making process.

Grace and Peace!
Taurus M. James

"A New Day" Moody instruMental Music by Taurus M. James

Copyright 2009 by Taurus M. James - ASCAP
Some Rights Reserved.

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