OP-1 Battle 67 - Drum Sampler Wars

Songs like this sealed the deal for me around the end of 2019. I was bored of traditional synth sounds. It was time to play with samples. I had to have an OP-1.

I love the flexibility of the drum sampler - 24 slices, each with their own volume, pitch, length, playback mode and direction… not to mention the potential for sequencing, effects, resampling, etc. If the OP-1 was JUST the drum sampler and nothing more, it would still be a very compelling product.

SO, for battle 67, I want to hear what you can do using ONLY the drum sampler. You can sample whatever you want into it, but when you’re laying it down to tape, it’s gotta be coming from the drum sampler.

Obviously you could take the boring route, and just play back 12 second sections as one slice, but I encourage you to experiment with creative slicing, LFO’s, effects, sequencers, and even the ever unpopular drum envelope (which I happen to love)!

One more thing: use at least one sample from the Citizen DJ project. This isn’t much of a limitation as there’s a TON to choose from there: https://citizen-dj.labs.loc.gov/

In case you need some inspiration (I doubt it, you’re all brilliant with this instrument), here’s a take of me fooling around with a guitar sample.

TL;DR - two rules:

  • Everything we hear has to come from the Drum Sampler - sample whatever you want, and you can record it to tape, but it has to be laid down using the Drum Sampler
  • Use at least one sample from https://citizen-dj.labs.loc.gov/

Deadline will be June 15th

Thanks for participating!


@Lawr I think you already won this battle lol. Your video with that guitar sample is absolutely stunning. Totally blew me away! It is going to be a great source of inspiration.

Such a great battle idea, can’t wait to give it a try.

Nice one! Will definitely participate!

This is exactly my thing. And you’re right, the OP-1 would almost be the same with only the drumsampler. Very good battle idea, thanks!

That guitar piece blew me away. That’s the kind of stuff I’ve been messing around with. Can’t wait to try this.

Really fun idea for a battle! The drum sample was one of the selling points for me on the OP1 as well. First I bought an MPC Live, and despite that being about 10000x more powerful sampler than the OP1, I found it about 1000x less fun as well :slight_smile:

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This is great! Started messing around with some found sounds off the built-in FM radio last night.

@Lawr, Question: how do you feel about sampling from tape into drum sampler? (Example, i play a synth engine or the synth sampler to tape & use the “ear” to resample with effects, EQ, etc INTO the drum sampler, then play from there back to tape???

Inquiring minds want to know (and still conform to the intent/rules of Battle 67!)

Please advise & thanks,

Fine by me! As long as it comes through the drum sampler at some point :+1:

(Also, in case it wasn’t clear, submissions should be recorded, mixed, mastered etc on the OP-1)

i botched the last battle and didn’t vote in time. but here once again to bang my way into another one, drums being a theme. which is ok by me.

from the library of congress I did some sampling indeed.