How to make sample chops like Daft Punk and Justice

Have you ever wanted to emulate the sound of legendary acts like Daft Punk and Justice?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. Above, veteran music producer and DJ Devon Johnson walks through how to arrange chopped samples to reference their distinctive style in your own productions.

Devon begins by using Create mode to find samples that fit the aesthetic he’s aiming for. From there, he breaks down how he went about chopping and spacing out sounds in the timeline in Ableton. And lastly, he glues everything together via some pitch editing, sound design, mixing, and parallel compression.

“Create mode unlocked the ability to find matching samples quickly,” Devon says. “It took me about five minutes to find the inspiration I needed via Stacks—but the real work happens in the DAW, when you’re experimenting, chopping, processing, and arranging. Ultimately, I just asked myself, ‘What would make me want to listen to this over and over again?'”

Get the tools

If you’d like to try out some of the tools that were used in the tutorial, you can demo Arturia’s Dist COLDFIRE and T-RackS’ Tape Machine 440 and Brickwall Limiter for absolutely free via three-day trials of FX Collection and T-RackS 5 MAX. From there, you can rent-to-own them until they’re yours outright if they prove to be valuable additions to your toolkit. The two choir samples that topped off the track are also available here and here.

What are your favorite productions from Daft Punk and Justice? What other artists’ sounds would you like to see us break down next? Let us know in the comments section of the video, and subscribe to the Splice YouTube channel for more tips, tutorials, and insights.

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November 20, 2023

Harrison Shimazu

Harrison Shimazu is a composer, content strategist, and writer who’s passionate about democratizing music creation and education. He leads the Splice blog and produces vocaloid music as Namaboku.