Wildy popular these days in many genres of music is a style of vocal sampling that takes snippets or segments of a piece of a vocals and plays on its pitch and timing, making it rhythmically exciting and introduces a whole new way to think about a vocal in a piece of music.
It’s literally everywhere and you can’t hide from it. Especially in genres of trap and EDM it is utterly rampant. Oftentimes it can be done in good taste. Others it can sounds ultimately annoying. But your use of it is for you to decide. Below is a prime example of a stuttered vocal sample effect in a collaboration project between artist Spank Rock and producers Kid Kamillion and Boys Noize.
Notice at around 1:58 all the variations of vocal stuttering effects taking place. I would argue that this is done rather well and though repetitive, offers a good degree of musicality, and personality to the production. This turns the vocal into an instrument like never before, introducing ways of thinking about the vocal as a rhythmic instrument, though it is outside of what the human voice can produce.
Now it is easy to go overboard with this effect and put it in places it doesn’t belong. But that’s for you to decide. Here we’d just like to show you how you can do it. Below is a reproduced example on how to recreate the lead vocal sampling effect of “Lean On” by Major Lazor and DJ Snake.
“Lean On” was a massive success for Major Lazer and DJ Snake, getting them worldwide recognition. The song was a huge perpetrator for the new wave of sampled vocal effects heard commonly in pop music today. Don’t be surprised to head much more of this effect, and effects like it in the coming years. And who knows, refine your skills well enough and mix them with a good douse of creativity and maybe it will be you’re track making global influence.
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