Eddie, been listening to your tracks, great stuff man!
How did you make that synth in for you 2? Love that sound...
yeah i wish i could say i made that sound, but that sound is a stock sound in absynth...i think its calleD "black smith" or something...if i remember correctly, i think added some delay to it. i like Native Instrument's synth's (especially massive and absynth) im real lazy with the sound design stuff..i am a tweak a preset type of guy.
the ambient stuff with no drum beats on my cloud..that is more my stuff, sound design wise...the drone sounds. i use SKYCHORD stuff http://skychord.com/
it's my buddy, he makes these crazy synth boxes and effects boxes. you can just layer and layer an add some reverb and delay until you get something that sounds like you are in outer space or something.
as far as sampling goes. i use one hits for drums, and make my own beats. i don't do too much chopping up. but from time to time i will use a loop, maybe manipulate it..tune it up or down, effect it...or maybe just leave it as is, turn it down in the mix to add a little more depth or texture to my own stuff. i think it is a great tool to add something to your sound...or maybe jump start the creativity. i actually like that it is in hip hop land. those first sampler dudes were definitely on to something.
i wish i had more of a hip hop sound (for drums anyhow) there is so much you can do with sampling, it doesn't have to sound like hip hop. you just have to play around with it.
honestly though. i feel you will be better off with the sound design stuff. it may take you longer, but in the end, you will be more satisfied with your stuff.