With the rise of electronic music and bedroom music production, its been made clear that the music industry is growing exponentially to cater towards producers. With a greater demand comes greater solutions, and Splice is one of the leading innovators working to improve efficiency amongst modern day sound designers.
Their story begins with the "collab bro?" - a simple but powerful concept in the eyes of up-and-coming talent. This involves being able to work with another producer to expand on knowledge while sharing each others fan base. Creating a cloud based file sharing service that syncs with DAWs such as Ableton and Logic has made collaborating with bros online a piece of cake.
With Splice reaching widespread recognition among the vast frenzy of internet lurking producers, it only made sense for them to take another step towards creating something else. Which brings us to their introduction of Splice Sounds.
In the olden days producers had to sample sounds themselves, either through a microphone or through beat chopping. Eventually sample packs became a thing and DJ 128 over there could just purchase the "Essential Big Room House Sample Pack Volume 1" and have all the sounds he needed to make something festival main stage ready. This made sense and its worked out for a long time.
True innovation comes when there is a better approach to something that most people wouldn't have noticed. I never saw a problem with this way of downloading samples until I was able to test out Splice Sounds, courtesy of their team. Among opening this mega mall of sample libraries onto my web browser, I noticed the array of music genres that quickly sparked curiosity.
The sample packs can either be found via their genre or their individual instrument tags such as brass, pads, strings, and FX. Above all else was a link to Sounds of KSHMR, a unique sample pack from the electro house mastermind. The pack opened to reveal 362 sound samples. Now here's where Splice broke off from the rest. Most sites would allow you to simply preview an audio clip of these sounds being put to use, so a dubstep sample pack might just have a dubstep song that you had to believe utilized the sounds in the sample pack. You might fork up a cool $30 just to find out that the kick drums in this pack are weak but they gave you a dozen toms which you care little about. In the end you're never really selecting the sounds that you want, you're only trusting that whoever put this pack together has good taste.
Splice ain't about that. Their library features top notch sample packs from companies such as Soul Rush Records, Rankin Audio, and Loopmasters. Rather than throw entire packs your way, you're allowed to open up each one and individually test them to locate what you're specifically looking for. Within the packs are options to filter the results, for example I opened up an Essential Deep House and Garage pack and I was able to select the option "tops", giving me the tops and tweaks drum loops.
From there I went crazy searching through random sample packs that caught my attention including Subliminal FX, Future House Vocals, and DJ Pierre's Afro Acid House. I explored the endless noise sweeps, claps, snares, and other useful samples, hitting the heart shaped button every time I came across one I wanted to use.
I felt like a kid in a candy shop.
After plenty of sample shopping, I went to a tab that revealed all of my liked sounds. I listened to them over once more and clicked the download button on each one, mind you, I did not watch a tutorial on this for it all kinda made sense as I went along. Having previously downloaded the Splice application for my mac, the downloaded samples could now be found on a tab within my general menu bar. I was now able to play each sound and when I clicked to "Show in Finder" I was able to see each sample organized by sample pack name and category stored neatly in my computer.
From here I went ahead and opened my recent project on Ableton live and within its explorer I found the Splice library and all of the sounds that I had downloaded. The rest is pretty much history. I had a great time throwing all of these new sounds into my track and the best part is that they were all specifically chosen for either this song or my preferred style in general.
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^Listen to the track that I made entirely with Splice Sounds above.^
Even though a producer like myself has thousands of samples sitting in folders on my laptop, the creative flow is sometimes diminished by the amount of searching necessary to find the right sound. Splice Sounds adds some artist juice to the mix by making sample finding feel like an experience. In a world where creativity is what separates the interesting artists from the rest of the noise, having an extra drive to be unique can make all the difference.
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