Splice Vs Loopcloud?

Modern music production is all about access, access to high-quality loops, samples, and sound libraries is crucial for creating captivating tracks. Or so it seems. Originality is forumalated on laptop or PC more so than a band with an 8 track (obviously). You might be here from our review of Loopcloud 7 or your tossing up which way to go. Does Splice compare?

Two prominent platforms that cater to producers, offering vast libraries of audio content to spark creativity. We look into the features and differences between Loopcloud vs Splice, explore their pricing models, examine the royalty-free aspect of their loops, and ultimately determine which platform might be the better fit for your music production needs.

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Differences Between Loopcloud vs Splice

Each platform their approaches to providing audio content and tools for producers. Obviously you know Loopmasters, who have been a sample library for years that now offeres a cloud-based platform that integrates with your DAW, allowing you to browse, audition, and download loops and samples directly into your project. At a glance it offers a unique feature called “Loopcloud Drum,” a virtual drum instrument that provides thousands of beat variations, making it a powerful tool for beat creation.

On the other hand, Splice is more than just a sample library; it also offers a range of features for music collaboration and project management. Splice Studio is a collaborative platform that enables users to share and collaborate on music projects with others, making it an excellent choice for producers working in teams or looking to connect with fellow musicians.

While both platforms provide access to high-quality audio content, their unique features and integration capabilities set them apart, catering to different workflows and preferences.

Are the Loops 100% Royalty-Free?

In short, Yes. Both Splice and Loopcloud pride themselves on providing royalty-free loops and samples. This means that once you download and use the loops in your projects, you won’t have to worry about paying additional fees or royalties for their usage. This aspect is particularly beneficial for music producers who want to use loops without legal complexities or potential copyright issues.

However, it’s essential to understand the specific licensing terms of the loops you download, as there may be restrictions on certain usages, such as commercial releases or sync licensing. Always read and abide by the licensing agreements to ensure proper usage of the loops in your music productions.

Free Alternatives To Consider

While both platforms offer comprehensive features and vast libraries, there are free alternatives available for producers on a tight budget. Websites like Freesound.org and Cymatics offer extensive collections of free sound samples and loops that you can download and use in your music projects without any cost.

Additionally, some DAWs come with built-in sample libraries, providing a variety of sounds and loops right out of the box. Splice has apparently shipped with some audio interfaces now which (I am still waiting to confirm) would be another huge step forward. Exploring these free alternatives can be an excellent starting point for aspiring producers and those looking to experiment with different sounds and genres.

We do recommend using caution when seeing other sites offering royalty free samples and loops. There have been numerous law suits spawning from certain countries offering samples that are royalty free (because of their laws) only to have the producer to be sued for copyright breaches.

Pricing & Value

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Splice vs Loopcloud does price play a factor? Yes its all about subscriptions. However Loopcloud and Splice offer different subscription models. Loopmasters provides both free and paid plans. The free plan allows limited access to the Loopcloud library, with a selection of free samples and weekly new releases. The paid subscription, known as Loopcloud Studio, offers more extensive access to the library, additional features, and exclusive discounts. The pricing varies based on the subscription duration, offering monthly, yearly, and lifetime options. We cover everything in detail right here.

Splice, on the other hand, follows a unique “rent-to-own” model for its plugins and instruments. Users can pay a monthly fee to access premium plugins and virtual instruments, and after a certain number of payments, they own the plugin outright. Splice also offers a free plan with limited access to the sample library, and a paid subscription, known as Splice Sounds, which provides unlimited access to the entire library.

Ultimately, the cost of using either  depends on your budget and the level of access you require to their respective libraries and features.

Our pick for pricing is Splice with a more diverse range of sounds available and the rent to own model. Its a go to for starters and pros alike.

Who Has The Better Library?

Easy. Okay so its not easy. The answer  depends on your specific music production needs and preferences. Both platforms offer valuable tools and content, and the decision ultimately comes down to the features that best align with your creative process.

Let me start by staying that if you are into house, tech or EDM you will love Loopcloud. Its pretty much Loopmasters catalogue with a few other labels thrown in for good measure. We cover Loopcloud and its library in our article here

Hip Hop, Downtempo Disco and more alternative I would sway towards Splice. Each platform serves up a great selection of sound. If you’re primarily focused on quickly finding and integrating loops and samples into your projects, Loopcloud’s seamless DAW integration and intuitive browsing capabilities make it an excellent choice. Additionally, the Loopcloud Drum feature is a standout tool for producers looking to enhance their beat-making process.

Splice is no slouch though if you value collaboration and team-oriented workflows, Splice’s collaborative features, project sharing, and rent-to-own plugin model can significantly benefit producers working with others and seeking access to high-quality virtual instruments.

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Is There A Winner?

Is there a clear winner in Splice vs Loopcloud? Of course there is. You as the producer. More of these options give sample creators and producers more platforms to utilize which is a great thing. I would recommend you start with your own free trial of each. We will give our thoughts and pick. But understand music creation is about the individual. Samples, software and plugins are all included in that. 

Loopcloud will win for those who prioritize seamless integration with your DAW and a vast selection of loops and samples, Loopcloud’s user-friendly interface and Loopcloud Drum feature could be the winning factors for you.

Splice is your pick if collaboration and team-oriented features, along with access to premium plugins through the rent-to-own model, are essential for your music production journey, Splice might be the more suitable choice.

Our pick is Splice. The rent to own model shifts things in its favour. We mentioned it before it shines for those just starting out who want more than just samples. Personally I’ve used it for upgrades to things like Ozone there are deals to be had as well if you get the timing right.


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