Splice gives you everything you need to create music and collaborate fearlessly – automatic private backup of your songs and project files, free unlimited storage, and access to a growing community of musicians that are sharing work on the platform and opening their sessions to the world every day. Now, Splice has introduced a revolutionary new subscription-based service for audio samples and loops called Splice Sounds.
With Splice Sounds, you can turbo-charge your writing and production workflow by browsing, curating and downloading more than 500,000 samples from over 1,500 sample packs which you can drag right into any DAW from the Splice desktop app. Plans start at $7.99 and included unlimited browsing of the catalog and up to 100 downloads per month. Below we’ll highlight some features of Splice Sounds and share tips for working with samples in your projects. You can also watch the video from HTMEM below to see Splice Sounds in action.
If you would like to sign up for a subscription, more information about plans and pricing is available here. For the month of August, you can use our special promo code HTMEM to sign up for Splice Sounds with 50% off your first two months!
1) Create Custom Drum & Percussion Kits
With Splice Sounds, you have access to so many great sounding one shot samples in addition to audio loops. While it is often helpful to start a project from a template, inspiration can happen even more quickly when you create custom drum kits in software plugins like Ultrabeat (Logic) or racks (in Ableton Live) from Splice Sounds you download. Many software samplers also give you the option to layer sounds so you may want to experiment with creating non-traditional kits by subtly layering FX like sirens or vocals with your primary drum sounds. You can also try layering multiple drums like a “boomy” kick and a “punchy” kick to really sculpt the sound you are looking for. Working with custom kits as a starting point can also be a huge time saver. Splice Sounds brings a whole new level to custom drum and percussion kits with its wide variety of sounds – get started by exploring some of my favorite drum and effects packs on Splice Sounds, including Bomb Squad Tactical Beats & Sample Artillery, KJ Sawka’s Live Drum & Bass Drums and Cinematic Effects for inspiration.
2) Add Reverse Reverb to Vocal Samples
Adding reverse reverb to any sample can give it a haunting quality and it works especially well on vocals. Easily create a reverse reverb effect by downloading a sample then reversing it. Once you’ve done this (and the process is different depending on DAW), add a reverb with a long tail. Next, bounce the audio file to disk and reverse it again. Now, the sample will be playing forwards as it was intended, but the huge reverb tail will play in reverse, creating a swooping lead into the sample. For an in depth look at creating reverse reverb effects in FL Studio, check out HTMEM’s tutorial here.
3) Explore & Organize Sounds On-The-Go
You can easily browse samples from your mobile device while on the go and get instant access to them when you’re ready to sit down and work on your latest track. If you are a Sounds subscriber, just log into your account from your device and audition samples to find what you are looking for. Then, favorite them or create custom packs to add them to – when you get back to your studio, they’ll be ready to be downloaded and used instantly! Get creative with your organizing principles – you might separate custom packs by function, i.e. “Song Starting Points,” “Powerful Leads,” and “Rhythmic Inspiration,” or perhaps you can create custom packs of your favorite sounds found while exploring a specific genre, such as Trap, Dubstep or Deep House. No matter how you choose to organize your sounds, you’ll have a great resource to help you get started making music quickly when inspiration strikes.
Resampling is a powerful sound design technique you can easily accomplish in your DAW to create interesting variations. Once you have a basic arrangement, try sampling the master output on another track. From there you can add pitch shifting effects, different reverbs and layers to create even more unique sounds. Watch this quick overview to understand approaches resampling in Ableton Live.
5) Re-use the Groove
Many popular DAWS such as Ableton Live and Logic allow you to extract MIDI from audio samples. This works particularly well for drum loop samples. If you like the groove but don’t necessarily like the drum sounds themselves, try converting the sample to MIDI so you can extract the “groove” of the sample and use your favorite VST sampler to replace the drum parts with your own sounds. For inspiration, try starting with Vintage Breakbeats, Samba Drums & Percussion or Underground Dubstep & Breaks. All of these packs and many more are available on Splice Sounds.
6) Use Splice Sounds In Your Favorite Wavetable Synth
Certain soft-synth plugins like Xfer Records’ Serum or Omnisphere 2 allow you to import your own audio samples to create custom synth patches. With Splice Sounds, you have a huge library and a variety of sample content to use as a starting point to dive in deep and make your own unique presets. Try experimenting with long, drawn out sawtooth wave samples as well as airy pad samples and list to how the sound changes when you use these different sample types as a modifying sound source. Try experimenting with this Dark Atmospherics pack or this Jupiter 6 vintage synth pack on Splice Sounds to get started.