The Ultimate Cheat Code: What Makes These Samples So Easy To Flip?

Find out why using this type of sample feels like cheating when you flip it.

Before you continue, check out Sampling Essentials for a complete guide to sampling. It shows you the fundamental skills you’ll need to flip any sample in less time.

Let’s continue…

Not sure what to sample next?

Try sampling this special type of music…

It’s the richest source of sampling material you can find.

It has plenty of open space, dynamic instruments, and it’s filled with ambience and emotion.

And lucky for us, there are plenty of online sources we can use to find it.

The richest source of sampling material

If you haven’t already guessed, the richest sampling material is library music.

It’s non-commercial audio that’s used as soundtracks for TV, radio, and film.

Library music is often available as original soundtracks (OST) or in sound libraries.

But there are also some unusual places where you can find it.

Let’s take a look at some of the top choices.

Where to find library music online


Bandcamp is my favorite place to hunt library music. It’s a marketplace of independent music labels and publishers.

It’s not the first place producers search for library music — but that’s what makes it a goldmine.

There are indie labels that republish library music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. And there are publishers who create new compilations of music from working artists.

Bandcamp gives you the most flexibility for collecting music in your preferred format. Besides digital audio, some publishers offer vinyl, CD, and cassette. So if you prefer to sample directly from analog sources, then Bandcamp is the standout choice.

But there’s one caveat to sampling library music on Bandcamp:

The licensing terms are unclear.

You’ll need to figure out the sampling rights for each publisher. The content on Bandcamp isn’t promoted as sample material, so be careful how you publish the work you create when using it.


Tracklib is a popular music library for sample-based producers. It’s a subscription service that allows you to browse for samples as easily as you would use a music streaming service.

The main advantage of Tracklib is its transparency with sample licensing. By purchasing the track, you’ll know how much it will cost to clear, and what the royalty fees will look like should you publish your work with a major label.

If you’re looking for a great user experience and clear licensing terms, then Tracklib is the perfect resource for sampling library music.

The Drum Broker

The Drum Broker is an eCommerce store for music libraries and sample packs. 

Unlike the previous options, the music libraries they offer are strictly for sampling. This means you can get access to full mixes and separated track stems. Each track includes information such as its key and BPM.

There are plenty of mainstream creators that use The Drum Broker to distribute their content, such as Frank Dukes and Soul Surplus. Many of their tracks are available with guaranteed sample clearance. But the terms may not disclose the royalty fees, which would be determined at the time of publishing.

Choosing a music library is only the beginning…

If you want an easy way to sample music, you can’t go wrong with any of the choices above.

But remember:

Samples don’t make the music. You do.

The battle for superior beats begins before you ever hunt samples.

Success with sampling comes from using the right strategy.

Avoid This Common Mistake…

The last thing to remember is this:

You can learn all the skills, tactics, and tools in the world…

But nothing will save your beats if you choose the wrong samples.

Too many producers struggle because their sample collection is limited. This causes them to force sounds and tactics that don’t work.

Check out Sample Quest for strategies you can use to uncover unique samples online.

These tactics are perfect for producers of all experience levels.

Don’t miss your chance to overcome this common mistake.

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