The well-known sample pack distribution company, Splice has been hosting their beat-making software on their site for quite some time. Since the app launched in 2016, it has seen several improvements and has helped producers find the right sounds and samples.
Splice Beat Maker lets you create and sequence beats in seconds.
At the time of its release, Splice Beat Maker was groundbreaking technology that pushed the boundaries of what was possible with the platform. But that was many years ago, and other competitors came to market offering their unique take on similar technologies.
So let’s break down the question of whether Splice Beat Maker is worth it for today’s music producers.
Features of Splice Beat Maker
Splice Beat Maker offers a good amount of in-browser functionality. So let’s dive into some of the critical aspects of what it has to offer.
Browser-based sequencer: The 16-step sequencer allows you to program 2-bar loops. Up to 16 different samples can be loaded into the sequencer, which should be more than enough to start jamming rudimentary loops.
Infinite samples – You can access all Splice offers through the browser-based online application. You can drag and drop millions of sounds, samples, drums, and effects into the sequence.
Accessibility – You can quickly download your loops or convert them to MIDI once you’re happy with your loop. You can also save beats to come back to later which is a great feature.
Application Bridge – Okay, maybe this doesn’t apply directly to Splice Beat Maker, but I have to give them a nod. In 2021, Splice released its Bridge App, allowing its desktop app to communicate with all popular DAWs. This allowed the samples to sync to the host’s tempo and key, a late feature.
That’s it for the most part! Short, basic, simple and… useful?
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What is the alternative to Splice Beat Maker?
As mentioned earlier, since the inception of Splice Beat Maker, other players have come into the market that are certainly giving it a hard time.
The apparent challenger that has approached is Loopcloud, which has come out over the past few years with some cool features. So let’s unbox a few additional features that might knock Splice off its pedestal.
Loopcloud VST – The most powerful feature from which all other gear derives is that Loopcloud is a VST that you can host in your DAW. Because it goes beyond just syncing with your DAW, it allows out-of-tempo samples to (attempt) to sync with your host tempo, allowing you to match loops and sample patterns for selection of more contextual samples and the purchase of loops.
Curious to see what it’s all about? Discover Loopcloud here
Advanced audio editing: Loopcloud’s plugin offers handy audio editing features such as gain adjustments, pitch correction, loop start/end points, and more. The VST will let you lock the key to samples, which may not be as crucial for programming drum beats, but is a game-changer when finding samples for vocals and instrumental loops and is a feature sorely missing from Splice.
Extended Browser Features: Saving samples, opening multiple browser tabs, excluding specific companies or genres of samples from your search, and finer details make exploring and filtering samples a breeze. child in the Loopcloud app.
Final thoughts on Splice Beat Maker:
After spending a few long late hours in Loopcloud, creating beats in its app and in my DAW, it’s a clear and present winner over Splice.
Sure, Splice’s abject catalog of sounds might be better than Loopcloud. But Loopcloud is way ahead of Splice in terms of DAW integration. You can get the base of your track created only in Loopcloud even before I open my DAW.
The art and process of sample selection has always been about finding a needle in a haystack. But for a company whose philosophy is to speed up this process, it seems Splice’s solution is to simply add more hay.
I spent many years at Splice, researching vocal samples to use in some of my most important releases. And it was with a heavy heart that I canceled my subscription in exchange for simpler, more feature-rich alternatives; an even heavier moment when I learned that all the rollover credits I had accrued, amounting to well over $100, would be suspended until I reactivated my plan.
And while Splice now allows their sounds to be used in DAWs, it still feels like too little too late. Its novelty has lost its luster for this producer, and Loopcloud is the move to my studio, no doubt.