Join Nate Mars for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Splice Sounds?, part of Up and Running with Splice.
- Splice Sounds brings a world of new tools for music creation right to your cloud-connected DAW. We can access Sounds by going to the "Sounds" tab here. With Splice Sounds, you can browse more than 500,000 samples and instantly download them to use in your project. Splice Sounds is a subscription-based service that works off credits. Each credit allows you to download one sample. For more information on payment plans, and to subscribe, visit splice.com/sounds. One of the really cool things about Sounds is that you can easily find inspiration and quickly create new song ideas to turn into finished projects.
And Sounds is compatible with any DAW. In the past when I bought sample packs, I'd been disappointed because I wasn't into a majority of the samples, but couldn't preview them before I bought a pack. With Splice Sounds, you can check out all of the samples in every pack before you download them. Let's take a look at how Splice Sounds works. I've already signed up for a Splice Sounds account, and I'm logged into my account for the purposes of this course. Here we can see there are a bunch of different ways to find what we're looking for. We can browse by instrument, or by genre, like Dubstep, here are Live genres, like House, when we hover over, we can see a bunch of different sub-genres, so samples based, for example, in Deep Dubstep, or Grime, which are kind of offshoots of Dubstep.
To access those samples, just click on the titles. We can also see a bunch of Featured Artist Packs, here we have a curated collection of vintage analog synth packs, curated effects, starting points for writer's block, some genre essentials, and some staff picks, so you can see that there's really a lot here. Now, I'll show you how to search Splice Sounds to find what you're looking for. Here you can type right in the text field, and you can see that when I search for "trap", I'm finding all of these matching packs.
You can also narrow it down by adjusting the BPM slider for a BPM range. And you can also narrow it down by key. Easily audition samples by hitting play. You can also use the up or down arrows on your keyboard to quickly scroll through and audition samples to find what you're looking for.
When you find a sample you like, there are several options. First, you can instantly download the sample via the Splice desktop app, and drag it right into your DAW to use immediately. This can be an extremely powerful way to work on music, and quickly bring your ideas to life. Second, you can mark off or favorite samples by clicking the heart icon. This will add the sample to a list of your favorite samples which you can save to download for later. By the way, when you're on the go, you can access Splice Sounds on your mobile device to audition, and then favorite samples and download them when you're back in your studio.
You can also create your very own custom sample packs and drag samples right to those packs. Here you can see I've already created packs for a trap remix I'm working on. I can take this sample, and drag it right into my trap remix pack. When I click on the pack, you'll see that the sample was added. To create a custom pack, just click here, name your pack, and then add it. Now you can go back into Sounds, look for some more samples that you like, and then when you find something, you can drag it right into the pack you've created.
You can also use the drop-down, and add the samples to the pack this way. So if you're a Splice Sounds subscriber, try browsing and looking for samples. By the way, one more way you can find samples is by searching and sorting by Loop, or One Shot. In the next video, I'll show you how to use Splice sounds that you downloaded to easily drag them from the Splice desktop app right into your DAW or software sampler.
- Creating a Splice account
- Adding your projects to Splice
- Working with collaborators
- Using Splice Sounds
- Discovering popular plugins
- Creating a release using the Splice DNA Player