Topping and Tailing Ripped Beats

How to top and tail drum sounds extracted from a beat.

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Old school technique of cleaning and tidying drum sounds extracted from a beat. Topping and tailing has been around forever and it entails truncating start and ends of samples and then normalising for a strong signal. Let me show you how it’s done.

Topics covered in this video are:

  • What is Topping and Tailing
  • Normalisation – Peak/RMS
  • Truncating
  • Cycles – Start and End
  • Fades
  • Sample Cycles
  • Sample Count
  • Resolution versus Size
  • Sound Design Prep

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