Five Subscription Based Services For Synth Fans
Post date:Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:12
In addition to enabling synth fans from across the world to form online communities as well as collaborate, the Internet has also brought plenty of other benefits synthesizer enthusiasts. For those who cannot afford or maintain a real vintage synth, it has made software synthesizers more accessible. Another reason why synth fans can be thankful for the rise in high speed Internet is the abundance of samples and patches that are available for download. In fact, music creation has become so popular that there are a number of services that offer subscription based access to more samples than you could ever need. Just take a look at some of the resources that are available to musicians in need of samples.
Splice is perhaps one of the best known subscription based services for samples and with good reason. It features more than two million samples, loops, FX as well as presets and if you are a fan of a particular band or group, then chances are you'll be able to find an exclusive artist pack on the service. Their catalog of sounds is easy to search and, best of all, all of the sounds are cleared for commercial use. Another thing that makes Splice so popular is that you can cancel your subscription at any time and then still keep everything that you have already downloaded from them. Splice can be tried out completely free of charge and their lowest tier plan, which is only $7.99, is amongst the cheapest subscription based services available.
Subscriptions for Sounds.com is unfortunately only available in select countries, their service is very straightforward and intuitive, especially if you already know your way around services such as Spotify. After signing up and logging in you can filter the selections when searching and then download the samples straight to your computer. There are numerous playlists that are regularly updated to help you out and the sound quality is very good. A free trial is available for Sounds.com, after which you'll pay $9.99 per month for the lowest tier, which nets you 150 credits. Each credit is valid for the download of one sound, but you can download the same sound multiple times without having to spend more credits.
Loopcloud is a good option for musicians who not only want to download samples, but who already owns a ton of their own samples that they want to keep organized. The Loopcloud 3.0 update added the option to import your own sample folders to appear in Loopcloud, which then also automatically tags them with Key, BMP, Instrument and Type. It also retains all the previous functionality, such as the ability to stream millions of samples, buy individual sounds, folders and packs, connecting your DAW via the Loopcloud plugin and much more. One thing to bear in mind with Loopcloud is that you need a stable and high speed Internet connection otherwise you will experience lagging while making use of the service.
A subscription to ComposerCloud gives you access to more than 40,000 instruments, along with in excess of three million samples, phrases, and FX. There are instruments to match every style of music and everything is license free. There's no streaming from the cloud involved either as you can download all the instruments to your own computer. The EastWest Play 6 software is included in the subscription plan, but everything is also compatible with Ableton Live, Bitwig, Cubase, FL Studio, Reaper, Reason, and all the other popular DAWs. The ComposerCloud subscription plan begins at $29.99 per month or you can save money by opting for an annual plan that works out to about $19.99 per month.
Although Noiiz lacks the amount of content from "big" names in the industry like some of the other services, it definitely doesn't have a shortage of loops and samples. Noiiz offers you the opportunity to download single sounds, playlists or even full packs as you need them along with any new content that is added regularly. You don't have to worry that canceling your subscription will influence your existing compositions either as they allow you to retain your royalty free license for life. The best thing about Noiiz is their plugin that allows you to mess around with the samples that you are auditioning and then retain these changes if you decide to use them in your DAW. Pricing for Noiiz starts at $9.99 per month, but restricts you to 1 GB of downloads per month. Their yearly plan for $99 removes all restrictions and gives you unlimited access to everything.
The five subscription services mentioned here are the ones that get the most attention, but they are by no means the only way to get your hands on quality loops and samples. Let us know in the comments below or on the forums what your favorite sites or services are for boosting your own sample libraries.