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Where did this snare sound originate?

I've recently noticed a particular, highly pitchy snare sound in lots of trap songs (see eg the snare in this Clams Casino track). I'm curious as to (a) where it originated and (b) how it was produced (to my ears it sounds like a heavily band-filtered snare sample, perhaps layered with pitched noise). Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
posted by Frobenius Twist on Nov 24, 2016 - 6 answers

A (Very) Little Somethin'-Somethin'

Why yes, I WOULD like a (non-free) sample! So the discovery of perfume decant vials and snack samples (like Nuts.com and Sugarfina's sample packs/tasting bags) have greatly enhanced my life. What other things (food/drink and health/beauty are categories that immediately come to mind, but I'm open to ALL things) are readily available for purchase in sample sizes? Note that I'm NOT interested in beauty or snack subscription boxes... I'd like items that I choose, in quantities I choose, on a non-recurring basis.
posted by julthumbscrew on Oct 27, 2016 - 23 answers

Identifying a Mexican mariachi trumpet/brass sample from an 80s song

The first 40 seconds of the song "Ecstasy" by The Wolfgang Press (1984) features a sample of a Mexican mariachi-style trumpet/brass piece. I cannot identify the source of this sample. [more inside]
posted by wivy on Oct 22, 2016 - 6 answers

Popular late-90s club mix sampling or remixing a Tori Amos song?

I'm remembering a club mix that sampled or remixed a Tori Amos song. I think it was pretty ubiquitous, and my best recollection is that it was sampling Raspberry Swirl. But Googling Raspberry Swirl remixes or samples has failed me. Any idea what I'm thinking of?
posted by palliser on Feb 12, 2016 - 6 answers

Identifying a techno song that featured Carl Sagan's "Contact"

In the late 90s to early 2000s, I found on Napster a techno (possibly trance?) song which had a quote from Carl Sagan's "Contact". It was not a sample from the movie. This dialogue does not appear in the movie. [more inside]
posted by wivy on Nov 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Sample identification - a small good thing

I'm trying to identify a sample from the first few minutes of this album. The sample occurs at 0:27, 0:47, 1:02, and so forth. It's the muted organ/electric piano chords; one chord played 4 times, followed by another played once. I know it sounds kinda generic, but I swear that this is a sample from a jazz or R&B song that I recorded off the radio in the mid-late 80s; in the original that second chord follows the same pattern as the first. This is driving me bonkers. Help!
posted by googly on Sep 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Sample ID: "When I grow up, I wanna be a DJ"

Once upon a time I heard a track which included a clip of a child's voice saying "when I grow up, I wanna be a DJ". The sample popped into my head again last night and I am trying to figure out where it came from. I think maybe Skrillex or somebody like that sampled it recently, but it came from something older. Does this sound familiar? What am I thinking of?
posted by Mars Saxman on Sep 11, 2015 - 2 answers

I wanna rock right now

What is this sweet drum sample that takes over at 2:30 in DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince's "I Wanna Rock"? [more inside]
posted by General Malaise on Jun 24, 2015 - 10 answers

Name this drum sound of the late '90s

I'm trying to identify the drums used on a lot of music of the late '90s. Three songs that have this drum sound are Lullaby by Shawn Mullins, Short Change by E-Z Rollers, and Woke Up This Morning by Alabama 3. [more inside]
posted by Megnusin on May 12, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me identify this vocal sample?

I've got the track I hear in the background here (DJ W!ld - All About You), but I've not heard any remix with this vocal overlaid, I'm wondering what it is and where it's from and googling for the words doesn't help much. It starts at 9:30 (Soundcloud link will autoplay)
posted by bashos_frog on May 7, 2015 - 1 answer

How to record sounds inside the body?

What professional medical equipment, techniques and possibilities exist to record sounds inside the body? [more inside]
posted by gmm on Apr 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Songs With Animal Samples

Something about the lion's roar at the beginning of the Pet Shop Boys' cover of Always on my Mind really gets me. What other songs use animal sounds to great effect? [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Feb 19, 2015 - 35 answers

A 'statistically valid sample' is ... ?

I'm developing advice related to a set of standards, specifically about a requirement to review a 'statistically valid sample of assessments' to determine whether an assessment process is valid. Most information I've been able to find relates to surveys and similar activities, which doesn't seem to quite fit this scenario. The questions I keep coming up against are particularly around what the margin of error and confidence level should be in a scenario that isn't a survey or similar. [more inside]
posted by dg on Feb 5, 2015 - 7 answers

Gameshow Inspired Statistics Question

I recently came up with a statistical thought experiment from watching too many reality game shows, but I'm having trouble remembering how to solve a problem like this. Help me figure out this problem that's been bugging me (and by extension relearn some statistics I've forgotten). [more inside]
posted by fremen on Jan 21, 2015 - 4 answers

What tea should I try?

I've recently purchased an electric kettle that can heat water to appropriate tea temperatures, and I would like to expand my tea horizons. What choices would give me a broad exposure to interesting teas? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Jan 10, 2015 - 25 answers

What is this sample in these two songs?

What is the sample used in Homebody Sandman's "I Saw a World" and Cunninlynguists - "Things I Dream"? [more inside]
posted by cashman on Nov 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Name that Sample (Synth)

Hoping someone can recognize a sample that my brain is telling me was lifted from a reasonably mainstream source, but I can't place it. [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus on Aug 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me find two subjects I can write on for a job application.

I am submitting an application for a graphic design position and they are asking for design portfolios and two pieces of writing. I have no writing to give them. What the hell do I write about? I don't want to put a ton of time into researching topics so I can write about them but, seriously, I got nothing. I am a good writer with no outlet. Help!
posted by Foam Pants on Jun 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Where can I get sheet sections of tire tread?

I'm looking at a print based project and am on the hunt for A4 or A5 sheets of tire tread, as if it's been removed straight from a tire. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Apr 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Samples Images for Canon iPF8400

We just bought a Canon iPF8400 printer at work. Yay! We support student services and bought it for student organizations/groups/projects that need poster printing. However, now that we have it, we realize that none of our fellow IT folks have test/sample jobs to send to it. Help me find something to print... [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Mar 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Remix the 80s and 90s for me!

I'm looking for songs that mix 80s and/or 90s pop with other genres. My favorite example of this is Orbital's Halcyon - And On And On Live that samples Bon Jovi's You Give Love A Bad Name and Belinda Carlisle's Heaven Is A Place On Earth. Any other genre is fine but electronic genres are preferred. Thanks!
posted by aceyprime on Mar 10, 2014 - 5 answers

What is Cibo Matto's "Emerald Tuesday" (heavily) sampling?

I'm listening to NPR's streaming "First Listen" of Cibo Matto's "Emerald Tuesday," off the forthcoming Hotel Valentine, and I know this song it's sampling from the first note. (And I think that's the point of the lyrics, that the ghost in the song listened/listens to the sampled song all the time.) I feel like it's also something my husband listens to all the time, or that was in a movie I just saw, but I can't pin it down. My first thought was Curtis Mayfield, but I'm not finding it. I know it's going to seem obvious to me once you tell me, but nonetheless—help! What is that song?
posted by limeonaire on Feb 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Song ID: UK house hit, late '80s - early '90s

I'm trying to rebuild a mix tape made for me by a London friend around 1989-1990. One track I'm having trouble finding started out with "Are you sitting comfortably? [Good.] Then I'll begin," which is a sample from the BBC's "Listen with Mother" radio series (click on the second old time radio for a clip, starts at the :16sec mark). After that it had a very deep man's voice saying "Welcome," over and over again while the music ramped up behind it. I always thought the man sounded like Worf, from ST: TNG. Any leads?
posted by cocoagirl on Sep 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Daft Punk - Contact sample source

Contact by Daft Punk supposedly "contains audio from the Apollo 17 mission used by courtesy of NASA and Capt. Eugene Cernan". The sample says: "Hey Bob, I'm looking at what Jack was talking about and it's definitely not a particle that's nearby. It is a bright object and it's obviously rotating because it's flashing, it's way out in the distance, certainly rotating in a very rhythmic fashion because the flashes come around almost on time. As we look back at the Earth it's up at about 11 o'clock, about maybe ten or twelve diame...Earth diameters. I don't know whether that does you any good, but there's something out there." When I Google this I find only Daft Punk references. Is it a genuine soundbite from the Apollo 17 mission or did those wacky French robots make it up?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 21, 2013 - 7 answers

What is the sample used in the original "99 Problems" by Ice T?

What is the sample used in the original "99 Problems" by Ice T? I always thought it was great because I could swear it was the sound of an alien being killed in "Aliens". My friend who just listened to it, however, says "duh, it's a seagull." Anyone? Thanks mefiters! : )
posted by bitterkitten on May 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Name This Synthesizer

Can anyone identify this pad synth? In my sample collection, I have a sample of a pad synth playing a chord. I would like to either find a VST or sample bank that will replicate this synth's sound. Here is a recording of the sample playing at C5, followed by a short chord progression.
posted by dunkadunc on Feb 28, 2013 - 8 answers

"I'm in Love with a German Film Star"

Where is the sample of German from at the end of Ana Tijoux's Las Horas from the album La Bala?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Hey you, blow your whistle!

I'm trying to find the original song and artist sampled in this song CHARLI BALTIMORE FT. GHOSTFACE KILLAH - STAND UP . By that i mean the (black?) woman who says: I want everyone to stand up and be counted tonight Hey you, blow your whistle (whistle sound) Now clap ya hands and say yeah! (yeah)
posted by cupcake1337 on Dec 8, 2012 - 2 answers

Late nights

What is the piano sample in the Jeremih/Sheek Louch track "Party After 2". For some reason I've always thought it was a George Gershwin sample, but I can't track it down. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Nov 1, 2012 - 2 answers

What's the sample at 0:06 on Into the Stars (Firebirds Remix) on Radio Soulwax Pt 2?

What's the sample starting at 0:06 of "Into The Stars (Firebirds Remix)" on As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2? I know I'm going to kick myself when someone answers this question, but I can't name it for the life of me now.
posted by paul_smatatoes on Oct 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me find a vocal sample from an electro swing tune.

Does anyone know where the vocal sample from this song comes from? The song title mentions Bing Crosby but I don't think the first speaker is Bing at all. Is it from a movie? a song? help!
posted by merocet on Sep 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Rap song with indian singing sample

Identify-that-song-filter: What is the current top-40's rap song with sample of high-pictched male(?) indian singing looping repeatedly in the beat? [more inside]
posted by wrok on Aug 26, 2012 - 7 answers

"Pumped Up Kicks" sample?

Does the intro to Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" feature any samples or heavily borrow from any other songs? [more inside]
posted by ataxia on Feb 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Name for error resulting from GPS sampling on curves?

Is there a proper name for errors in distance calculated by GPS logs resulting from a curving path not receiving enough samples to define it and thus being shortened? [more inside]
posted by c0nsumer on Aug 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Origin of the "Give it to them" sample?

What is the origin of the "Give it to them" sample that was ubiquitous in early 90s techno? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Aug 14, 2011 - 7 answers

People can do the work / So that machines have time to think

The B(if)tek song Machines Work has a of sample of someone saying "machines can do the work, so that people have time to think" and "to make reality of imagination". The first sample is also recut to "people can do the work, so that machines have time to think". Does anyone know the source of these samples? [more inside]
posted by russm on Aug 2, 2011 - 6 answers

"Hey there big guy"

At the end of Charizma's posthumously released "Big Shots" album, there is "hidden track" of a man singing "hey guy, hey big guy, hey there big guy!" a cappella. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me anything about this lovely and strange song. [more inside]
posted by ReWayne on Jul 4, 2011 - 1 answer

"BOOM BOOM beep beep beep." Quick, what is this song?

HouseMusicFilter: I'm looking for the name of a house song/sample from the early 90's in which there are no words (to my memory) and where the beat goes "BOOM BOOM beep beep beep" for pretty much the entirety of the song. If the song is in 4/4, then the "BOOMs" are on the 1 & 2 beats, and the three "beeps" are a triplet across the 3 & 4 beats. [more inside]
posted by anekona on Jul 4, 2011 - 2 answers

I'd like a free sample of awesome!

What are some places that send awesome free samples or subscription goods for small amounts of money and don't spam you to death? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Jun 19, 2011 - 6 answers


Writing Portfolios: WAT? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Apr 1, 2011 - 2 answers

Sample used in "Windowlicker" by Aphex Twin

What is the sample used in Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker" music video at 1:02? [video nsfw]
posted by ReWayne on Mar 23, 2011 - 3 answers

Synth solo in Led Zep's "All My Love"?

Led Zeppelin's "All My Love": where else has that synth solo been used? [more inside]
posted by nonmerci on Feb 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Identify these two songs from the late 80's/early 90's.

Help my father identify two songs he recorded off the radio in the late 80's / early 90's. One is bluegrass and the other is alternative rock. [more inside]
posted by wivy on Dec 4, 2010 - 11 answers


What Aesop Rock song samples "Fuga y misterio"? [more inside]
posted by louigi on Oct 8, 2010 - 5 answers

Where's this sample from?

What's the sample in this old d'n'b tracker tune? [more inside]
posted by zer0render on Sep 10, 2010 - 5 answers

Slow-mo voice driving me crazy

What does the sampled voice at ~1:06 min say in the Autechre track silverside? [more inside]
posted by SueDenim on Sep 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Please Identify: "Doing Doing, Bing, Bing, Bing"

Can you identify the bass guitar sample used in this remix of Alphawezen's "Speed of Light"? It sounds like something by Radiohead but I can't seem to nail it down. Thanks!
posted by superquail on Jun 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Sample Cylinder

I work in an analytical lab. We work with a lot of sample cylinders that have valves that we open and close. The valve knobs are round textured metal disc, kinda like a really thick quarter (maybe little larger). I am looking for an power tool that would allow me to open and close these valves. Here is a link of how the cylinder and valve looks like Thanks Noodles
posted by Noodles on Jun 14, 2010 - 8 answers

Sampling a new city..

I want to sample freelance life in another American city for 1-2 weeks this summer. How should I accomplish this on a student budget? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Jun 2, 2010 - 6 answers

I want you so bad it's my only wish

Need help with identifying a half-sample of some eighties female vocalist, as echoed in a BEP single. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Apr 25, 2010 - 4 answers

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