I have noticed that most posts about sampling - here and on the internet in general - are about where to get free samples. That is a shame as there is so much to discuss about it. In fact, it would appear that sampling is a bit of a taboo topic as the responses are usually the same. The same old “Amen Break” this, “808 bombastic bass kick” that, “909 house hihats FTW” the other thing, and “You’re just ripping off famous producers you non-creative slob” troll bait quip.
I am mainly bringing this topic up here because of the recent mentions in favor of hybrid synthesis. Digital oscillators with analogue filters in particular. A big aspect of most hybrid synthesizers was the ability to sample. I own a fair number of hybrid sampling synthesizers, so I already know that I am in favor of sampling. I am genuinely curious as to why people have pigeon-holed sampling in social discourse.
Here is where I will point out that even synthesizers that are held in high regard use samples. The Ensoniq ESQ-1 and SQ-80 series use sampled waveforms. The K1 and TG33 also had PCM samples that could not be user defined along with their in-depth vector synthesis engines - additive and FM respectively. And even though the samples had to be in a very specific format - the PPG Wave and Prophet VS among several other great wavetable synthesizers could be considered samplers. Yes, I do consider wavetables a string of single-cycle samples sewn together - with great audible results. It would seem that a premium is assigned to hardware over the source of the hardware’s sound. This isn’t even bringing up the new breed of software samplers.
In short, this discussion should be about what you personally find to be the pros and cons of any synthesizer that uses samples and your experience using them. Or really, any opinions on sampling. I am genuinely curious.