How to make a beat using only one sample (free stems and project file included)

You may be familiar with the age-old phrase, “less is more.”

In the video above, we take this idea to new heights by demonstrating how you can create an entire beat using nothing but just one sample. Throughout the video, we explore sound design techniques like transient shaping, granular synthesis, and resampling to create compelling kicks, basses, synths, and more out of the crackling of some fireworks.

If you’re interested in taking a firsthand look into what we created, feel free to download the stems, MIDI files, and Ableton session for the final track here.

Do you have any questions on a particular topic we covered in the video? What kind of creative challenge do you want to see us tackle next? Let us know in the comments below.

July 9, 2020

Nick Chen Content Marketing @ Splice. Nick Chen is a producer, performer, and educator under the aliases "nickthechen" and "Enix."