About Sampledaddy


About Sampledaddy

Hello, Bruce Richardson here, chief cook and bottlewasher at Sampledaddy.  You may have read some of my articles on sampling theories, or my reviews of different libraries and instruments.  I've been involved in the music industry as a performer, producer, player, and writer for many years.

And, I've recently taken the plunge, and decided to deliver my own line of virtual instruments...hence, Sampledaddy was born.

It's hard for me to explain why I chose to do this, and harder to explain, "Why now?"  This is a saturated market to say the least, and worse (from a business perspective), a saturated, price-competitive, niche market.

Ultimately, my desire is to bring forward products that make me personally happy.  I've been around this business long enough to know that my tastes resonate with a number of fellow musicians, and I'd like to think I've contributed to the success of many companies over the years.  I've always tried to point out the good, and educate consumers and providers alike on how to advance the medium of sampling.  Many fine products exist from fine companies already in the marketplace, and I hope to add to the pleasure and earning potential that virtual instruments bring to composers and players everywhere.

I think my particular talent lies in a deep understanding of performance, and of how an instrument's performance techniques can translate to the virtual instrument medium.  Some translate well, and easily.  Others are difficult, and some are nearly impossible.

As well, the emphasis in sampling has shifted.  When streaming software samplers first entered the market, the primary "wow factor" was the ability to sustain without the use of short loops, and to develop larger collections than had been possible when hardware-sampling limits came into play.  Soon, the level of sophistication in the samplers actually outgrew the ability of both the computer hardware and our ability to conceptualize the best paths forward.

Today, the speed and bandwidth offered by even entry-level computer systems provides an excellent platform upon which to re-examine some of the promises of software sampling.

What intrigues me, personally, is going back to the studio and really capturing the essence of small groups of instruments.  You may notice that my first offering is only two drums and a set of woodblocks.  I would say that this, at least in the short term, will be indicative of my approach with Sampledaddy.  Rather than concentrate upon "wide variety" within a given collection, I'd like to focus my efforts on "going deep," trying to truly capture the essence of just a few instruments per session.

Percussion seems a good place to start.  Not only does it facilitate the large sample counts I'm generating, but it's something of a forgotten category.  Sure, there are plenty of virtual percussion instruments out there, and some really amazing ones at that.  But I think I have a very specific viewpoint that comes out of my performance background, and I hope that it will resonate with people who may be looking for the same things I seek in virtual instruments.

That's the bloviated mission statement, at least as it stands for now, and I hope you will enjoy Sampledaddy instruments as much as I enjoy seeing them come to life.

Best regards,

Bruce Richardson...'yer Sampledaddy!!