Sampling, or the reuse of snippets of a sound recordings, is a major component of popular music.

Since the birth of musique concrète in the 1940s (a style of music based on the splicing and manipulation of tape), musicians have borrowed from each other to create entirely new works.

Whether you’re taking an old school approach and hacking at your cassettes with a pair of scissors, or using a top of the range drum machine, programming and playing your samples can require an awful lot of background knowledge, both of the software and the techniques you’re using.

So, what if you want to have a go at sampling without the hassle?

The rings work in conjunction with the Specdrums Mix app, which features an in-app color-coded keyboard, with each key corresponding to a different musical loop or note – tap the key, and a sound is generated.

Although Specdrums were designed with children in mind, they can be used by anyone to make music, and while they were initially made for the classroom, they’re are affordable enough for home music-making too.

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