Samples, Sampling, Music Samples. Since licensing fees can be so expensive, it is usually unwise to sample audio from commercial songs. Unless you want to pay lots of money to a record company, you should avoid sampling other peopleâ€™s songs. If you sell or perform your song, then you might end up in an expensive lawsuit.
However, there is a method that you will allow you to enjoy many of the benefits of commercial sampling. Best of all, this method doesnâ€™t require you to pay the expensive licensing fees. At the end of the process, you produce an entirely original work.
The idea is to use sampling from commercial music as a framework for your own original song. You start your song by arranging samples that you found in commercial recordings. Then, you write a new song around your sampled material. As your song matures, you phase out the commercial material until you are left with an original production.
The benefits to this approach are numerous:
Even if you find that you canâ€™t remove all of your copyrighted material, you still end up dramatically reducing your licensing fees. So, next time you are sampling audio for your next album, donâ€™t neglect commercial recordings. If you only use them for inspiration, you will have a musical advantage without emptying your wallet.