5 Reasons Why Your Sample Pack Matters

Music sampling is becoming increasingly big business, with more and more commercial records throwing back to pop records from years gone by, crossing genres to borrow catchy hooks or reworking entire rhythm sections to create new compositions.

With the majority of music production now carried out digitally, using a sample pack or loop within a mix is much more accessible to producers of all skill sets.

Gone are the days where you’d need to splice and edit cassette tapes to build up an analogue composition, as a piece of music can be quickly and easily knocked together with music samples, loops and virtual instruments just with the help of a laptop and some DAW software.

Although this sounds simple enough, when it comes to getting to grips with a mix, fitting samples from one source into a new production can present a number of challenges and hurdles to overcome.

That’s why choosing the right sample pack is incredibly important for making sure you are starting off on the right foot, so here are 5 reasons why your sample pack matters.

1 - Avoid copyright issues

5 Reasons Why Your Sample Pack Matters 1 Copyright

Using samples without clearance can land producers in all sorts of bother with lawsuits from both recording companies and songwriters. That’s why it’s so important that when you’re sourcing loops and samples you’re aware of the usage rights, so you can spend more time creating, rather than spending time with your lawyers.

The full range of Prime Loops’ music samples comes with an included licence fee, so you don’t need to worry about royalties further down the line if you decide to release your track commercially.

2 - Better sound quality

5 Reasons Why Your Sample Pack Matters 2 Better Sound Quality

So many websites and sources are out there now offering samples either for free or for a low cost, and you can’t always be sure of their quality until dropping into your DAW. With MP3s, WAVs and AIFF formats all in everyday use, you want to make sure that your track doesn't compromise your final mix down.

By starting out with a high quality pack of samples, you can dive right into creating your new mix without having to waste time tweaking levels or trimming poorly timed loops from poor sources.

3 - Fit the tempo and the key perfectly

5 Reasons Why Your Sample Pack Matters 3 Tempo And Key

Most loop packs now include similar sounds in a range of different tempos and keys for you to select the one that works best for your track. Often, this results in you having to pitch-shift, stretch or shrink a loop to fit a predetermined tempo, resulting in a warped sound.

All of Prime Loops sample packs are acidized, which means the tempo and pitch data are included within the file, allowing some DAWs to adjust the sample file to suit your overall project’s tempo automatically.

4 - Add interest and hooks

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Although some producers are becoming increasingly reliant on creating whole projects around loops and sample packs, you don’t have to follow suit.

If you’ve already got a strong track down and just want to add an extra bit of interest or a hook then a sample pack is a great resource to have on hand.

Throwing in additional drum fills or percussion lines, a brass section or foley sound can help take an already decent sounding mix to the next level.

5 - Endless inspiration and unlimited possibilities

5 Reasons Why Your Sample Pack Matters 5 Endless Inspiration

The beauty of using professional loops and samples is that you’re not limited by the instruments and musicians on hand in your studio.

You can experiment across genres, use vocal sample packs that are way beyond your range or use instrumental lines which are outside of your skill set to get the exact sound you’re after.

Prime Loops have a huge, varied range available from our classical & orchestral loops, jazz piano samples or just throw in random sound effect samples and experiment with what sounds best.

Summary

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With such a wide range of sources for you to get your sample packs from, it’s so important to make sure that you choose the right one for your mix.

All of Prime Loops’ sample packs are 100% royalty free and available to download instantly from our website, giving you high quality presets, audio loops and samples to help you make better music.

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