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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Would-Be DJs, Start Your Engines: Converse Rubber Tracks Launches Free Sample Library

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 10:14 AM

If it didn't already seem like everyone was a DJ, it's definitely about to.

Converse just launched its free online collection of high-quality audio samples, the Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library, with over 11,000 clips — and it’s only growing.

The library features over 10 days' worth of royalty free one-shots, stems, and loops from over 125 genre-spanning artists who have recorded at the Converse’s Rubber Tracks community recording studio in Brooklyn, or one of Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studios around the world. The online library is intended to “serve as a leading resource for bands, artists and producers from all over the world to explore their musical aspirations,” according to a press statement.

San Francisco artists have made their mark on the project. At Different Fur Studios in the Mission, members of several Bay Area bands recorded samples for the library: Sami Perez from The She’s laid down bass tracks, and Nate Mercereau and Brent Jasperse from Wove (formerly A Million Billion Dying Suns) recorded guitar and bass for the library.

“We’ve been working with Rubber Tracks for over two years now,” says Patrick Brown, the studio’s owner and head engineer. “It was just fun making [the samples]. We got to take people out of the band scenario and really try something different.”

Exclusive samples from Vernon Reid, James Poyser, Adam Blackstone, Daru Jones, Matrixxman, and other artists are also available for free creative use in the library. To coincide with the launch, Rubber Tracks collaborated with over 20 artists, including RJD2, Com Truise, Body Language, Obey City, Nitemoves, and Shigeto to produce original songs using samples from the library.

Check it out yourself over here

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