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  • Who are you?
    Yohance Marshall. I'm a recording artist and educator who uses digital samplers to make music.
  • What is a sampler?
    A sampler is a digital audio instrument similar to a synthesizer. It uses small pieces of recorded audio to create new sounds through complex processing.
  • What type of music do you make?
    I make instrumental free form sample based music.
  • Do you only use hardware samplers?
    I use both hardware and software samplers?
  • What’s your favorite sampler?
    The Ensoniq EPS16+ circa 1991.
  • What software DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) do you use?
    Ableton Live 11
  • Do you use software synthesizers?
    None worth noting but I do use Max For Live. I don't think that counts though. Well maybe it does.
  • Why don’t you like software synthesizers?
    Whoa slow down there! I like them. Let’s not draw any unfounded conclusions now.
  • Well what software synthesizers do you like then?
    DIN Is Noise. I also like Kyma
  • What is NTSC/PAL?
    NTSC/PAL is the video subscription service containing a growing library of music related videos. The nature of the videos range from vintage samplers all the way to livestreams vlogs and music business.
  • Do you have any old original Ensoniq sound floppy disks?
    Nope. But I have this!
  • I have a floppy emulator in my Ensoniq Trilogy Sampler. Can I buy a software copy of The Carpenters SAW/DUST?
    While many people have asked; The Carpenters SAW/DUST is specifically for those who still use floppies. They’re typically excluded from using modern sample packs and things of that nature. It’s chance to give Ensoniq floppy disk users something just for them. I suppose that’s a long way of saying that it isn’t available in any other format.
  • Are your sampler manuals written PDF or video manuals?
    The manuals are in narrated slide and video format. In addition, there are tests to ensure that each part of the manual is understood correctly. It’s also interactive; which means that if you have a question at any point about any concept covered in the manual you can ask it in the discussion board and I, as well as other manual users will answer. TLDR They're interactive video manuals. With a fully intergrated disscussion board where you can ask questions and dialouge with myself along with the other manual users.
  • I already have the manufactuers manuals for the samplers that you have in vintage manuals collection. Why do I need to buy yours?
    The artists who invest in these manuals do so because they appreciate and resonate with the way that I explain and expand on vintage samplers. With that as the denominator I would say that if you have any of the samplers I cover and don’t understand it, or are thinking about getting one and want to understand it then these manuals would be a strong option for you. Now if you aren’t familiar with me or my style approach to samplers. You can always have a look at the manual curriculum at anytime. In addition, you can have a look at the content right here on this website.
  • How can I access your manuals? Can I download them?
    Once you've purchased, the manuals are accessible anytime via an online internet connection only. You can access them with any web browser and any internet enabled computer or mobile device.
  • Do I have to pay for each manual update?
    All updates are completely free. As each update is added you will get immediate access to them. It's a one time investment.
  • I'm interested in your manuals but I'm not a "Beginner". Would your beginner manuals be of any benefit to me?"
    Most defintiely! The manuals are lovingly labelled as "Beginner" manuals becuase of their ability to be friendly to anyone at any level of learning. From there the manuals go into advanced subject matter and applications without leaving anyone behind. In addition. One of the benefits is that even in the beginning stages of the manual there is a good deal of advanced knowlege covered. The best advice I could give is the following: "Don't be fooled by the title"
  • I have an  EPS Classic or EPS16+. Would I benefit from the Ensoniq ASR-10 Beginners Manual help me?
    Yes. Most definitely The Ensoniq ASR-10 Beginners Manual is applicable to the EPS Classic and the EPS16+ in both keyboard and rack versions. These 3 samplers are incredibly similar and share a large percentage of the same features. The Ensoniq ASR-10 Beginners Manual is a huge benefit to anyone with these samplers.
  • Are your invoices/receipts emailed digitally or mailed to my physical address?
    Both depending on which product you order. For physical products, an invoice/receipt will be sent to you along with the product. For digital items like the online manuals, you'll be sent a digital receipt only.
  • I'm trying to buy your manuals but I'm unable to complete the payment process. What's going on?
    While I'm not sure what the real reason might be. I know that using a desktop/laptop seems to solve the problem. If I were to guess I'd say that it has something to do with having a secure connection.
  • I'm logged into The Daydream Sound website but I can't see the manual courses that I bought. Where are they?
    The log in page on The Daydream Sound website is for the website products like NTSC/PAL, the B(L)og and the General Store. To get to the manuals you have to log into The Daydream Sound manual learning portal at Once in the learning portal you'll be able to see and use all of the manuals that you're currently enorlled in.
  • Do you produce for other artists?
  • Do you collaborate with other artists?
  • Do you Mix and Master your own music?
  • Do you offer one-to-one music education or consulting?
    No. Any insight into music education and learning is offered through the manuals and NTSC/PAL subscrpbtion videos available here on the website.
  • Why do you avoid compression in your recordings?
    I personally am very sensitive to the psychoacoustic behavior of excessive compression on music. Because of this my overall preference is to use as little as possible if any. I find recordings sound much better that way.
  • I only knew you from YouTube! I didn’t know about this side your practice. Do you value gear over music?
    Music is always first. I’m not a gear head and have very little expectations from musical equipment on a whole.
  • I'm looking at buying a vintage sampler! Can you tell me if it's worth buying?
    The best advice that I could give in this situation is the following: Any sampler that you concider brining into your work enviroment in gerneral should fulfill the requeirments that you expect of it. If you're not comfortable doing electrical maintenance; it's best if it's in near mint condition when purchaced. Be completely realistic about the pros and cons of working with vintage samplers. Before You Buy A Vintage Sampler
  • But I want you to tell me what sampler to buy so I can feel more comfortable about my choices. Can't you just tell me what to do?
    Nope. That would fall under one-to-one counselling.
  • You don't seem to like helping people! Are you aware of how many people think you’re a stuck up Elitist?
    Yes! It's what I pay the least attention to! It is difficult though so everytime I think about it I refer to the question after this one.
  • Are you aware of how many people love what you do?
    Yes!!!!!!!!!!! It's what I pay attention to!
  • Where do you live?
    Toronto | Ontario, Canada | North America | Planet Earth for the moment.
  • I’d like to be a guest on The Samplers Podcast. How can I contact you?
    Right here: Contact The Daydream Sound
  • Can I download episodes of The Samplers Podcast?
    Yes. Many lisnteners enjoy a particular episode of The Samplers Podcast so much that they want to have it with them offline. Each episode of The Samplers Podcast can be individually downloaded right from the podcast player for $1.00
  • What is the Return Policy at The Daydream Sound General Store?
    Items can be return and exchanged within 30 days from the date your online order is delivered for in store credit. Both returns and exchanges must be returned in original packaging. All digital sales and downloads are final. The Daydream Sound Inc. reserves the right to refuse any exchange or return requests based on it's discretion.
  • Do you have some books that you recommend I read that will get me in the right mindset to understand digital audio, music as well as become an independent artist and overall better person?
    The Daydream Sound Shortlist Book-list Principles of Digital Audio by Ken C. Pohlmann A History of Western Music by J. Peter Burkholder, Donald J. Grout, Claude V. Palisca The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield, Shawn Coyne Artist: Awakening the Spirit Within by Jocelyn Jones This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin Tuning the Human Biofield: Healing with Vibrational Sound Therapy by Eileen Day McKusick Six-Figure Musician - How to Sell More Music, Get More People to Your Shows, and Make More Money in the Music Business by David Hooper This Business of Music - 10th Edition: The Definitive Guide to the Business and Legal Issues of the Music Industry by M. William Krasilovsky Good To Great : Why Some Companies Make The Leap and Others Don't by James C. Collins Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk The Complete Book of Numerology by David Phillips Eat Raw, Eat Well: 400 Raw, Vegan and Gluten-Free Recipes by Douglas McNish
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