An important aspect of producing is finding the right sample – whether that be layering a kick or looking for a vocal shot to use as an instrument. Sample packs can be cheap or insanely expensive and a lot of the time a producer will only use handful of samples out of an entire pack that contains hundreds. Splice is looking to fix these problems with their new subscription service Splice Sounds.
Subscribing to Sample
Similar to Spotify, Splice is aiming to create a subscription service for sample collections. The sample library will be backed by reputable sample curators, such as Loopmasters and Sample Magic, with the hopes of licensing with other vendors in the future. The goal is to eliminate producers’ purchasing of unused samples while giving producers access to preview all the sounds of a sample pack before buying them. This isn’t common with most distributors where producers are only given a sample track that uses the sample pack with no preview of the individual sounds.
There will be two pricing tiers:
- $7.99 for 100 credits per month
- $13.99 for 300 credits per month
- All the credits must be used within each month
- Each credit is good for one sound (kick, bassline, melody, etc.) which comes with a perpetual license.
If a producer is looking to find that perfect sub-kick to layer with their 808 or a bassline for inspiration, they can find it within Splice Sounds’ growing collection of 500,000+ samples. Also, producers can browse and add samples to their library on their smartphones when they are on the go.
Splice Sounds is a golden opportunity for producers to preview hundreds of sample collections to find the right sound for a track without the gamble of buying a whole pack with limited information. Producers won’t have to shell out a lot of cash or resort to pirating to get their samples. Decide to cancel your subscription, and you’ll still have access to all the samples downloaded. The idea of subscription services for production tools (samples, plugins, etc.) is interesting and may prove to be a valuable asset for any studio.