Make Your Own Sample Sets

Take your use of samples in your DJ sets one step further by compiling your own unique sample set, just like the best scratch DJs. Add a truly personal touch to every DJ set.

Course introduction

Every DJ understands the power of using samples in their DJ sets. Whether you want to use them to scratch, for drops, to dabble in controllerism, or just to add some “spice”, using your own unique samples makes you stand out from the crowd and adds an impressive new DJing skill to your repertoire. What’s more, by making your own personalised “set” or “sentence” of samples, compiled together on one special, unique track, you can use your own samples wherever you DJ, on any gear.

Make Your Own Sample Sets is a complete video course, delivered online in full HD, viewable on your computer, tablet or smartphone, so you can learn anywhere. With “over the shoulder” screen recordings, detailed follow-alongs, plus downloadable supporting documents, it’s everything you need in one place. What’s more, pay once and it’s yours for life, so you can take it at your own speed and refer back to it whenever you want.

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What you'll learn

  • How to compile, produce and master your own totally individual sets of samples in one track
  • How to import your source tracks, isolate and extract your samples, and level and manipulate your sounds
  • The secrets of identifying and choosing effective samples, as we analyse classic sample sets
  • Inventive uses of samples, including your own DJ name, to show the world that you are a creative DJ
  • How to harvest your own music collection for vocal phrases, beats, stabs, raps, loops and other sounds
  • Where to get DJ drops and jingles to include in your sample set to set yourself apart
  • How to use samples with FX, filters, cue points, scratching and more to take your DJing to the next level
  • How to perform pro tricks with samples like live vocal “juggling” and mash ups
  • How to build an invaluable library of sample sounds of your own for sample slots and Remix Sets

Full Course Details

You’ll learn what’s in the course and how it’s going to be taught, and get shown a demo of what you will be able to do with your own samples when you’re finished.

What’s covered:

  • You’ll get a downloadable Quickstart PDF that’ll be your companion throughout the course, and which you can print
  • We’ll give you a set of links, extra training resources for the editing section, and companion tune tracklist
  • You’ll learn about the scratch DJ origins of sample sets used in “scratch battle” situations and learn where you can find them
  • We’ll explain why it’s worth collecting classic scratch sets to inspire you before you get started

Like digging for records, locating samples to use in your scratch sets is most of the battle. We’ll give you all the tools you need to mine your own collection for great sounds to use.

What’s covered:

  • You’ll get an insight into the famous “Super Duck Breaks” sample sentence to discover where the sounds originated from
  • We’ll show you how to use your music library software to build your catalogue of killer sample candidates
  • We’ll demonstrate how you can get some entry-level idents by recording voice generation software from the web
  • We’ll show you  how to write scripts, and talk you through the process of buying jingles & drops from online channels

Once you’ve got the raw materials for your sample set, it’s time to fire up (freely available) editing software and craft them into shape.

What’s covered:

  • We show you how to download and set up the free software we use in this course
  • You’ll learn how to import and isolate samples, extract them, “normalise”, use a fade, and export
  • You’ll get examples of how to isolate and extract tricky sounds and phrases
  • We’ll show you how to speed up and slow down your samples, both changing and retaining the pitch, to create twisted incarnations of the originals
  • We’ll show you how to create, save and use loops to use in your sample sets, a precursor to learning how to edit music structure generally

At this point we’ve reached the stage where you can start to mine your “sample bank” and drop your samples into the editing software.

What’s covered:

  • You’ll learn how to copy, paste, move and overlap your samples to create totally unique new sentences and phrases
  • We take you through spacing and pacing your sounds to give you a sample set that flows properly
  • You’ll discover how to master your sample set for that final sheen, in readiness to drop into your DJ software

We show you how to get your sample sentence into your software and give you the first mantra of sample sets: “learn it back to front”.

What’s contained:

  • We’ll show you how to use cue points for stabs, drops and juggling, and explore other ways in which cue points can inspire
  • We’ll show you three entry-level effects that are available on all software platforms, showing you how to use filter, delay and pitch
  • You’ll see some of the ways that you can combine cue points with scratching to give you a real creative boost
  • We’ll close with a quick demo showing you how much fun you can have adding scratching to your repertoire

Meet your tutor

Phil Morse
DDJT Team

Phil Morse is the founder of Digital DJ Tips. His DJ career has taken him from a 15-year residency in Manchester, England, to the main room at Privilege in Ibiza - the world's biggest club. He is also an award-winning club promoter, and has taught music tech and DJing since 2010. He regularly speaks at DJ seminars and events worldwide.

Every course includes a live “remote classroom” element - spend a minimum of an hour each month with your tutors, where you can ask any questions.
We offer 12 month money-back guarantee on all of our courses ​-​​ All our training comes with our cast-iron, no questions, 12 month money-back guarantee - the risk is all ours.
Our courses are delivered in full HD on-demand videos, yours for life and are viewable on any device, so you can learn from anywhere.
Multiple camera angles, on-screen annotations, step-by-step explanations, make the training easy to follow and fun! Plus resources to further lock in your learning.
“I do not have much technical experience and I thought that I would never understand this course, but now I’ve learnt that I have some skills that I did not know I had! Being a more visual person, it was great to actually see what is being done on screen along with the theory, it allowed me to learn more and retain it even months after taking the course. Samples are a part of the digital age but it can take hours finding that right samples online. This course reduces that time because you can create your own samples using your own music collection.”
Marc Lacasse, Montreal, Canada
“I checked out this course and I only wish I had this kind of tuition when I was starting out – it would have saved me years of agony! This method is perfect for the beginner, breaking everything down into easy to follow lessons. Sample Sets were a ‘secret’ of the best DJs right from when I started out, and in the digital age, they are arguably even more important, precisely because so many DJs nowadays don’t really understand what they are or how to use them – so those who do really stand out. If you’re ambitious, learn this stuff.”
Krafty Kuts, London, UK