Sample Hunting co-founder lobelia, who began detecting samples using Google and Shazam in 2016, discovered Google Assistant's potential when digging for references on Daft Punk's 'Discovery' album — specifically the track ‘Face To Face’ co-produced by Todd Edwards.
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She told Tracklib: “When Google Assistant helped me find 'South City Midnight Lady' by The Doobie Brothers as a guitar sample in 'Face To Face' in late 2021, I realized that this method could be huge," she explains.
"Especially because, at that point, we didn't even know that sound was a separate sample. We actually thought it was part of another sampled record."
lobelia adds: "I slept through what we now call 'the Night of Many Samples' when I'd say a dozen samples were found. I can't describe how crazy waking up to all of that was!"
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A member of the Sample Hunting community DJPasta found another method, as they explained: "I figured out a method to run audio directly from my PC into Google Assistant with software called Bluestacks. I was mostly trying out a few Todd Edwards samples that I'd been looking for at the time. To my surprise, Google Assistant's song recognition found most of them. Eventually, I had the idea to try out shorter samples, like Carrie Lucas' 'Sometimes a Love Goes Wrong.'"
"Google Assistant can even detect samples less than a second long, and is usually able to detect samples that have been chopped or time-stretched," DJPasta found.
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