Loopcloud has free samples as well as paid samples, so many samples are available.
Particularly good is that samples can be processed and sounded with a DAW before purchasing or downloading.
In this article, I am going to explain the advantages and disadvantages of Loopcloud and how to use it. Please read the details below;
1. What is Loopcloud 5.0 ?
Loopcloud 5.0 is an app that provides a platform for over 3.5 million samples, from sample management to editing.
Loopcloud is a point system. You can get points every month and spend points to download samples. About 0 to 2 points per sample.
If you run out of points for the month, you can purchase additional points. You can also purchase points without registering for a subscription.
There are many free samples that do not require points. However, each plan has a limit on the number of free samples that can be downloaded per day.
In addition, Loopcloud Drum and Loopcloud Play plugins are available for free, and their presets are also sold within Loopcloud.
There is also a Free Plan, so first try here!
|Subscription Plan||Free Plan £0 / mo
Artist Plan £5.99 / mo
Studio Plan £9.99 / mo
Professional Plan £17.99 / mo
10 months for annual payment Studio Plan has a 30 day free trial
|Purchase additional points||100 points : £4.99
250 points : £7.99
500 points : £14.99
|Free VST Plugins||Loopcloud Drum
See the table below for the specifics of the subscription and the differences depending on the plan.
With reference to the table above, we have summarized seven specific differences.
(1)Version and FX
Free Plan is a standard version, other plans are pro versions.
Free Plan has restrictions on effects, pitch functions, saving patterns, multiple tracks, etc.
However, even with the Free Plan, samples can be processed sufficiently before point consumption.
You can arrange 2 samples in the Free Plan and 8 samples in the other plan at once.
Artist, Studio, and Professional Plans can use storage in the cloud.
Free Plan has no storage.
Artist5GB, Studio50GB, Professional250GB.
Loopcloud accounts can be synchronized between multiple machines.
It’s easy to manage if you can synchronize between your laptop and desktop.
Professional Plan can sync 4 machines, other plans can sync 2 machines.
(5)Free Sounds / Day
You can download 5 free samples for Free Plan, 10 free samples for Artist Plan, 20 free samples for Studio Plan, and 50 free samples for Professional Plan within one day.
(6)Exclusive Sounds, Plugin Suite
Some samples, Loopcloud Drum, and Loopcloud Play presets are not available on the Free Plan.
(7)Top Up Points
In Studio and Professional Plans, points and storage will be added when used up.
However, the figures to be added are not disclosed.
Available specifications for all plans
Loopcloud and Loopmasters accounts can be the same account, so samples purchased at loopmasters.com will be automatically reflected in Loopcloud accounts.
You can manage and edit your own samples in the app.
Plugin Suite Overview
Loopcloud has two VST plugins.
Both are free to download and use, but you can also purchase additional presets on Loopcloud.
There are various sound sources centered on synths. There are already abundant presets by default.
There are four advantages when using Loopcloud
- Anyone can use it with Free Plan & 30 days free trial is also available with Studio Plan
- No need to worry about PC capacity because it is not downloaded immediately after purchase
- Can be processed before purchase
- Can be stored in the cloud
(1)Anyone can use it with Free Plan & 30 days free trial is also available with Studio Plan
Plugins and samples are available in the Free Plan. If you register for free, you will also receive a Welcome Pack.
With the Free Plan, you can get up to five samples a day.
Also, when considering upgrading, there is a 30-day free trial with the Studio Plan.
If you want as many free samples as possible, register for Studio Plan and cancel your subscription within 30 days to return to Free Plan.
(2)No need to worry about PC capacity because it is not downloaded immediately after purchase
The file is not immediately downloaded to the computer at the time of purchase, but is downloaded to the computer only after selecting download or drag and drop it to the DAW or desktop.
There is no need to worry about capacity when purchasing.
(3)Can be processed before purchase
Before purchasing or downloading a sample, you can edit it with the app and play the sound on your DAW.
In addition, the Loopcloud app has various effects as well as editing functions.
(4)Can be stored in the cloud
Other than the Free plan, it is possible to have a cloud.
With the cloud, you don’t need to worry about PC capacity.
You can also put your own samples in the cloud.
However, if you paste the sample into the DAW, it will be downloaded to your computer. The following folders are downloaded when pasted on the DAW from the cloud.
I recommend using this Cloud Storage to store samples that are not yet used in your DAW.
3. Disadvantages that you should know before using
However, there are two disadvantages to know before using Loopcloud
(1)There are other monthly sample services, so it is better to compare and consider
The famous monthly sample service is Splice Sounds. You should check the service and consider which one is right for you.
Splice Sounds is not available for free. However, it is recommended because you can easily download your favorite samples without any restrictions.
4. How to register for a free trial and cancel your subscription
Loopcloud is available for free, so sign up for the free version first to decide if you want to keep using it for a long time in the future.
First, click “Log In” in the upper right corner and click “Create an account”.
Enter your email address and password and you will receive an email. Click “finish registering here” in that email.
Log in and click “Start free trial” on the upper right.
In the case of the Free Plan, download the application from “Download”.
To try the Studio Plan, select “Join Now” in the Studio plan.
Launch the app and log in to complete.
To unsubscribe, log in and click on your address in the upper right corner.
Then click “Cancel Subscription”.
5. How to use
List of how to use
- Play Loopcloud sounds in your DAW
- Buy Loopcloud samples
- Manage library
- Edit samples in Loopcloud
(1)Play Loopcloud sounds in your DAW
When you start your DAW, there is a new VST plugin named “Loopcloud”.
When the plugin is set on a MIDI track, all sounds played on Loopcloud will be played on the MIDI track.
It can be controlled with a MIDI keyboard.
You can check if you can link with DAW by “DAW” at the bottom right of Loopcloud, and you can cancel the connection.
(2)Buy Loopcloud samples
Move the cursor to the sample pack and click “i” to display a list of samples.
Categories and search functions are at the top of Loopcloud.
Tag search is possible, and if you search with the “Free” tag, a free sample will be displayed.
You can purchase them with “P” on the right of each sample, or you can purchase them from “BUY FILE” at the bottom left after selecting a sample.
If you select a sample, you can edit it before clicking “BUY FILE”.
When you purchase a sample, it is added to your library, but it has not been downloaded yet.
If you select a purchased sample, you can download it from “DOWNLOAD” at the bottom left.
When you download, “ORIGINAL” and “PROCESSED” Is displayed, select the one you like and drag and drop it into your DAW.
You can see your library from “Your Library” on the upper right.
You will already receive some samples when you register.
Those that are only in the library are cloud marks, and those that are downloaded in the PC are PC marks.
Even before downloading, you can drag and drop the sample from the library and paste it on the DAW.
In that case, it will be downloaded automatically.
You can also select the following by right clicking the sample.
- Download in background
- Add to Cloud Storage
Basically, it is possible to move from PC to Loopcloud by drag and drop, or move within Loopcloud.
(4)Edit samples in Loopcloud
When you find the sample you need, click on the waveform to enter the edit below.
Speed can be adjusted. There are also 2x and 1 / 2x buttons. When linked with the MIDI track of the DAW, it will be the same as the BPM of the DAW.
The pitch can be changed from -12 to +12. Use “OCT” to change the octave.
Select a key and click “AUTO” to adjust the key. However, please note that this is only applicable if the sample has key information.
There are quite a few patterns of cut and pasted samples. When set, the pattern is reflected on the selected sample.
Marks with crossed arrows are randomly selected from preset patterns.
EDIT has the following items.
- Undo select new file
- Load Session
- Save Session
- Edit : Editing such as copy paste
- View : Zoom
- GRID : The default is AUTO, but you can adjust the grid to any beat you like.
Arrows : General selection tools. You can drag the waveform to move it, or right-click to copy and paste.
Scissors : Cut the waveform.
↔︎ : Move the waveform back and forth without changing the grid position.
Volume x : Mute
← : Reverse
♩ : Change the pitch
Pencil : Paste function, you can adjust the grid to paste by dragging as it is.
Many effects can be applied from + on the right. The range to apply the effect appears on the waveform. Drag the edge to adjust. You can also set automation for each parameter.
The waveform can be enlarged or reduced.
Loopcloud is a service that allows you to download and use your favorite from abundant samples. Plugins such as Loopcloud Drum and Loopcloud Play can also be used for free.
I recommend that you first subscribe to the free plan to determine if you will continue to use it.
I hope this article is helpful for you.