You may not need to buy a sample pack.
Because samples are starting to change from pack-based to subscription-based.
A typical example of subscription type is Splice Sounds and this tool is also used by many professionals and is used in Diplo and Kendrick Lamar songs.
In my experience, it is well worth paying through monthly fee.
I actually started my registration and used up 100 sample credits.
In this article, I am going to explain the advantages and disadvantages of Splice Sounds, how to register free trial and how to use it. Please read the details below;
1. What is “Splice Sounds”?
Splice Sounds is a subscription service that allows you to use the royalty free samples you need from over 2 million samples for a monthly fee.
In addition to audio samples, there are also MIDI and synthesizer presets.
A 14-day free trial is also available, in which case you must cancel your subscription within 14 days.
If you want to register for a subscription, keep using it after 14 days.
Monthly and annual fees are as follows.
- 100 samples for $ 7.99
- 300 samples for $ 13.99
- 600 samples for $ 21.99
- 1000 samples for $ 29.99
- 100 samples $ 79.9
- 300 samples $ 139.99
Annual payments can be saved because you can use it for a year for 10 months.
There are five advantages when using Splice Sounds.
- There is no need to download unnecessary samples
- Credits are stocked
- Convenient search function
- Download synthesizer presets and MIDI
Monthly or annual fees are incurred, but the cheapest plan will be easy on your wallet.
(2)There is no need to download unnecessary samples
Basically, it is possible to select one sample at a time, so there is no need for unnecessary samples like a sample pack.
Of course, you can get a sample pack if you want to put them together.
(3)Credits are stocked
The remaining credit will be stocked.
Therefore, you don’t have to worry even if you didn’t use it in a month.
(4)Convenient search function
You can narrow down not only keywords but also BPM, key, instrument, genre, loop or one-shot, etc. with the search function.
(5)Download synthesizer presets and MIDI
Splice Sounds also has many presets for four wavetable synthesizer plugin (SERUM, Massive, Sylenth, and Spire). This is useful if you don’t find a good default preset.
However, note that MIDI and presets may consume 3 credits.
3. Disadvantages that you should know before using
However, there are four disadvantages to know before using Splice Sounds.
- Note 1. Quality of the sound
- Note 2. It is sometimes difficult to choose
- Note 3. Using more samples are not necessary
- Note 4. Samples constantly will accumulate
Note 1. Quality of the sound
In terms of the sound quality, the sampling rate and the number of quantization bits are also different, so confirmation is required.
Note 2. It is sometimes difficult to choose
With so many samples, you may not be able to decide which one to choose.
For example, if you want a clap sound and search for “Clap”, many clap sounds will appear in the search engine and after you get lost, you will consume a lot of credit.
So, I recommend entering a lot of information to search. I also recommend that you play the sample while playing the song and check if it matches the song before consuming the credits.
Note 3. Using more samples are not necessary
It’s more convenient to use samples because this might be easy to find instrument without any hassle. But there are some cases that using too much samples is not necessary.
Note 4. Samples gradually accumulate
The sample accumulates, compressing the PC's capacity.
However, you can re-download the same sample even if you delete everything that has been saved.
You can see where the samples are stored by looking at the Splice Folder item from the settings of the Splice app.
It is recommended to set the folder to an external HDD, SSD, etc.
4. Is it okay to use sampling?
Composition methods using samples are becoming more and more popular.
Sampling not only easily improves quality, but also suggests new ideas.
Depending on the genre, you may not need to use samples, but everyone should try it.
Choose the way you think you can in making the best music.
5. Splice Sounds Registration and Free Trial
In order to register in Splice Sounds and get a Free Trial Subscription.
The main process is as follows.
The same process applies if you want to register for a subscription after you had your 14 days free trial.
- STEP1: Sign up for Splice
- STEP2: Splice Sounds Free Trial Registration (14 days)
- STEP3: Install Application
STEP1: Sign up for Splice
STEP2: Splice Sounds Free Trial Registration (14 days)
Log in, click “Sounds” and get a free 14-day trial from “Try For Free”.
However, if you want to close the contract with a free trial, you must cancel your subscription within 14 days.
Select 100 or 300 samples and select a payment method.
If you want more than 300 credits, you can change it after registering.
STEP3: Install application
Install and launch the app and log in and once installed, you can now start using Splice Sounds any time.
How to Change Plan / Cancel Subscription
If you want to change the plan or cancel your subscription, log in on the web, go to the Billing from the icon in the upper right, and click Manage plan.
From this page, you can change 4 types of plans and cancel your subscription.
- Pause subscription : Pause for 1-2 months. Credits can be reused if you re-register within 1-2 months.
- Cancel subscription : Cancel completely. All credits are invalid.
It is possible to choose either.
6. How to use
From here, I will explain how to use Splice Sounds.
Splice Sounds is linked to the web and app.
When you log in, there is a search at the top and a menu on the left.
Samples will appear in a list when you search or select packaged.
You can play each sample and check the sound of the sample. Favorites and downloads are on the right side of the sample.
Once downloaded, it will be reflected in the app.
Select “Samples” from the three horizontal lines above the app.
The first downloaded instruments on the web earlier will reflect and all you have to do is drag and drop into your DAW.
You can also search for samples from the app.
Splice Sounds is a great subscription service and I have been using it since I became a monthly member.
From the moment that I registered in Splice Sounds 14 days free trial, I experienced a great service so I decided to upgrade my account.
Splice also offers other services such as monthly payment plugin, so please check it.
I hope this article is helpful for you.
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