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What are the best loop samples I can get?
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kingalysterian
Sep 22, 2021
Hey Steven! Thanks for posting your question! As a DJ, Composer, Producer, and Engineer, I rely on and process samples all the time. I also spend a lot of time designing and synthesizing sound samples and loops as well. To get the highest quality samples or loops without paying royalties, You can create your own. Many people think that this is an expensive process but it doesn't have to be. So why would you create your own samples? This guarantees that you will cut through the crowd because your samples would be unique to you. Also, creating your own sounds helps you to become more intimately familiar with your music and helps you to develop a sound that is all you. Many people believe that you have to have a world-class studio in order to create your own sounds to use as samples This is simply not true. within your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). You can layer various synths or existing sounds and process them together to create something new! Then you simply bounce it down and voila! You have your own sound. Want to give your sound more sonic color? Not a problem! Simply create a bus that groups all of your sounds together and process them together to create something unique to you! This also allows you to have the flexibility to take that same sound and make it lo-fi, warp it and make it sound really old, or crush it to give it a distorted, dirty, grimy feel. If you're a DJ you can take the song that you want to use the sound on and load it into your DAW as a reference track to make sure that your new sound fits with the mood and feel of the song. DJs do this all the time. Another way to create awesome samples is if you have a band, make a song that is one minute long, record it, process it, and then sample it. THen the sample and the sample source are both your own. Another way to create great sample sounds is to simply record instruments directly. You might be wondering why you would do this when you could just grab something offline. The reason is that you can get the EXACT sound you're looking for! Furthermore, this makes you the owner of the sound so instead of having to clear the sound to use it or worry about hearing the exact same sound on someone else's track. Finally, let's discuss legality. If you are getting sounds or loops that have been uploaded to a sample platform such as Splice or Sounds.com these sounds will have legal terms and conditions that you must follow in order to use them. Also, depending on the platform, you may be responsible for getting permission or paying royalties to the sample owner. This is especially true if you take a piece of an artist's preexisting song and sample it. You can be sued and it can be very costly if you don't clear the sample. One final source of sounds is your DAW. Most DAWs will come with samples, loops, one-shots, and some even come with expansion packs that you can purchase. These loops are already cleared, royalty-free, and ready to be used however you want. They are also super high quality. Pro Tip: make sure any sound that you use is the highest quality format possible (e.g. WAV, AIFF, etc.). try to avoid using MP3 formatted files. They have already been heavily compressed and will make you sound like an amateur in many cases. So which route should you go? Make your own sounds, use sounds in your DAW, or purchase from a platform? I would suggest all of the above if you're just getting started. Going this route will help you create your own sound and will eventually lead you to make your own. Always remember that if you are using sample packs or sound libraries, make sure that you review your usage rights to avoid getting into legal trouble. So what platforms would I recommend? Splice.com/sounds is my top pick! They have amazing terms and conditions when using sounds from their platform, no royalties, and best of all you can get started for less than $10 a month. Some of the biggest producers, vocalists, and sound design companies in the business use them and distribute sample packs on their platforms. Here is a link: https://splice.com/vip/kingalysterian The other platform that I recommend is Sounds.com. This platform is also amazing because it is owned by Native Instruments and integrates directly into NI's apps which is very convenient. The sounds are very high quality and the monthly fee is super affordable! If you have a native instruments account you can log in with the same credentials. Here is a link: https://sounds.com/ I have accounts with both and I love it because with Splice I can browse sounds on my iPhone or iPad and once I have selected the sounds they are available on my MPC Live. With SOunds.com I can select my sounds and they are available within Komplete and Kontact! Unless you have a huge budget I would not recommend going directly through the sample pack agencies because the cost per sample pack will be super expensive. There is one final option that I will share with you. Akai Professional is the industry leader in sampling tools and music production systems. The MPC has been around longer than Native Instruments and has a super-rich history. They have a small and very lightweight daw called MPC Beats that is free and comes with some amazing sounds out of the box! Here's a link: https://www.akaipro.com/mpc-software As a bonus here is one more recommendation: Output is a music company that well... is just Dope! You have heard their instruments in movies, TV shows, and music all over the world. You have also seen their studio gear in bedroom studios and professional studios all over the world. They have an instrument called Arcade. It's $10 a month and this tool by itself s worth its weight in gold! It's actually the next evolutionary step to samples and loops and it's so good that you will wonder how you made music without it! You can even use it in live situations with a little prep. Trying to explain what it is would take me way too long so here is a link to check it out. https://output.com/products/arcade I hope that this helps and answers all of your questions. Have a blessed day!
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