Today, I want to do a comparison of Splice vs LoopCloud by Loopmasters. These are two really good pieces of sample management software and also sample libraries that innovative designs to get you sample management easier in 2019, but we need to address which is the best of the best! So, I’ve done reviews of these previously, but today I want to focus a little bit more on how they stack up with each other.
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The first thing I want to say is before we go any further if you have any questions or comments or if you’ve used some other library like sounds.com or something like that, leave a comment down below with your experiences with them. I’m always interested in learning more about how people are experiencing these.
Why You Need to Download LoopCloud
Also, I’m gonna cut to the chase already. The conclusion of this review is that you absolutely need to get LoopCloud because it’s free and it’s amazing. Download it (affiliate link)!
I’ll explain why in a sec.
The other thing is Splice (affiliate link) is really really good for certain people, but based on the fact that it is using a subscription model that you have to pay seven or eight dollars a month for, I wouldn’t recommend it for people who don’t produce a lot of music. All right, that’s the recap or the summary.
The Differences Between Splice and LoopCloud
Now let’s get into the differences. This section is going to cover the differences in: software, the quality of the samples, and pricing.
LoopCloud’s Software is Incredible and Every Musician Should Download it
So the first thing I want to talk about is the software. LoopCloud is hands down the winner. It is an amazing piece of software and I would say probably one of the best free pieces of software for music period. Everybody should go download it because what it does is it manages your entire sample library.
It categorizes your samples in this incredibly intuitive powerful database where you can search by type of instrument or key or tempo, and it can adjust key and tempo on the fly so that everything fits together with your song. And this works with every sample you own, whether you downloaded it for free from one of these sample libraries, bought it from Splice, or made it yourself!
It also has a powerful sample tweaker/chopper/resampler built into it so you can deconstruct your own loops before you drop them into your song and it’s just a powerhouse that lets you access your samples and new and interesting ways. Highly recommended!
The Splice app is good, but all it does is it manages the samples that you download from Splice. It lets you search through them, sort them by key, tempo, by different types of instruments, that sort of thing… and that’s helpful for managing your Splice samples, but only does the Splice samples.
Splice Has the Better Sample Library
Now, let’s talk about the quality of the sample libraries. The samples on Splice are the best in the business. And it’s got tons of exclusive, unique libraries.
So it used to be that Loopmaster’s loops and samples were available on Splice, but they’re no longer available on Splice. So, now we’re really comparing apples to oranges.
Splice I think has a better size library and it has a much vaster array of unique sounds. So, as a producer trying to do electronic music or something… if you’re looking for a bubble sound or 80 different wooshes or a shattering glass or a rifle shot or a crazy trumpet or a lot of normal things… a lot of normal good sounding things, vocal chops, I think Splice has a much wider variety of sounds.
The quality of the sounds on Splice is excellent.
The quality of the sounds on Loopmasters is excellent as well. But, in terms of variety, Splice totally wins. In terms of the quality, they’re both equally good. I think it’s just that there’s more on Splice.
Now, we’re going to turn to pricing. Splice subscriptions start I at $7.99 a month for 100 downloads (you can cancel any time). You can download one sample here, one sample there à la carte from all of the sample packs they have. So if you’re the type of producer that has an extensive sample library that you’re drawing from, and you just need to fill in the blanks here and there, that monthly pricing is a really good choice. Splice frequently adds new samples, so it’s also a great way to constantly stay inspired.
Another cool aspect about Splice is that it’s got a lot of incredible plugins that you can rent-to-own. For example, you could get Serum for $9.99 a month and own it free-and-clear after 19 months. Or you could stop after a couple of months if you don’t like it!
In contrast, LoopCloud is totally à la carte. There’s no subscription. It’s kind of like iTunes. You want that song? Ok, that’s going to be 30 cents. You want that? That’s going to be a dollar… that’s going to be 50 cents.
And so I think in that respect, it’s a no brainer to at least download LoopCloud and get what you need when it’s available.
The Best Bang For Your Buck
I think it’s a better value if you’re still in the stage where you’re building up your catalog to buy full on sample packs from LoopCloud or from Sample Magic or from anybody, not this à la carte stuff. It’s much cheaper when you’re building up your library to just buy full-on packs and buy five or six packs in areas that you’re interested in.
So, like if you’re into lo-fi hip hop, buy five or six different packs that are sort of adjacent to that and that’s going to be a much better value. Drop those all into LoopCloud, have that manage your samples and then from there, maybe you can à la carte on Splice maybe you can à la carte on LoopCloud.
Should You Download LoopCloud or Splice?
So I think there’s slightly different value propositions. I think you have to get LoopCloud if you’re a musician making music in 2019 and I think a lot of producers get something out of Splice just because of its vast library and the ability to find exactly what you’re looking for every time you need it.
I mean how many times have you bought a full sample pack for $40 and only use 5 or 6 samples? So to pay eight bucks a month for that even if I just downloaded five or six samples – if it was the exact sample I needed – is actually a great value. That’s more for like production music If you’re producing at a high and fast clip.