A lot of the time in the early days myself and pretty much everyone else would sample a single stab (note or chord), tune it and play new riffs with it.
Later (93 onwards) I spend 1000s of hours programming my own sounds across the entire kit, so they were, in the main, my presets... I used to embargo certain iconic sounds to other studio customers to keep my sound unique.
Typically the artist would have 6-7 records and I would be asked to sample 2-3 breaks, cut them up and make new combined beats, then I would be asked to take a few stabs and then some of the artists would play the new riffs with the samples, a significant proportion of the time I both composed and played the riffs and chords, then I would be asked to sample a vocal or two. Arrangement (the fairly easy bit) would then be a combined effort... then I would put the effects in place and do the mixdown.
jamie wrote:Some interesting posts here and lots of great info with an insight into what went on back in the day!
Another question please Ron if I may - when other producers/engineers were using the studio, did you all share presets?
Or did you all guard your own to keep your own tweaks on presets? Did you ever let others have sole use of your studio?
You can always tell that Sound Entity sound, as to me it does and always has sounded amazingly good.