I don’t own any records. I don’t plan on buying any records. I am of a generation, and I am sure that others are too, that has never actually sampled from vinyl. It is not that I think that my method is better in any way, but I just don’t feel like starting from scratch. Whenever I think “you know, I need to get some records,” it’s usually because I think that my apartment doesn’t look cool enough–not because I want the music. My point is, most of my sampling comes from digital sources. Usually, this means dragging an mp3 into Ableton Live and having at it. Sometimes, though, I want to sample something else–a system noise, a Youtube video, Text to Speech (for that Benny Benassi robot voice), a DVD or a Netflix on demand movie (I do this a lot). For all of these uses, I use Audio Hijack.
Audio Hijack Pro is a great program that allows you to record sound from any application. The free version of this program lets you record up to 10 minutes of audio, which is more than enough for our purposes. Here is a quick guide to setting up the program and using it.
DL the program here and install.
Select the Application from which you would like to record and press Hijack. The application should open. If the application is already open, it will have to be restarted.
In this case, I am going to record an audio clip from Youtube, so I select Safari and, once that is open, go to youtube and navigate to the clip I want to record. Let the clip play through. Once you are near where you would like to start recording, press the record button.
Here I am recording the amazing youtube of a Japanese aerobics video.
When you are done recording, press Record again.
Alternatively, if you would like to record multiple parts of the same clips, just press Pause and unpause when you encounter another part you’d like to record. This way, all of the different parts will be saved as one audio file.
Now, go to “Recording Bin” in the left column. The recording you just made will be labeled with the program name and the date. You can rename it by clicking “Inspect” and changing the tags.
This clip can be dragged directly into Ableton. There, you can edit and chop it to your heart’s content! I hope you found this useful, I use this program literally ALL THE TIME. Let me know if you have any questions or comments!