If you’ve ever tried to get new sample packs, you probably know how expensive they can get.

And usually, you don’t even use 90% or more of the sample pack.

That’s why Splice and Loopcloud were created.

Splice and Loopcloud allow you to download and pay only for the samples and presets that you download and use. So that way, you get a good return for your money.

Splice and Loopcloud both work with a monthly subscription basis, which gives you a certain amount of credits that you can use each month to buy samples. (If you don’t use them all they’re kept in your account for future use).

Splice and Loopcloud both charge 7.99/Month for 100 credits (which is usually more than enough).

It seems like there isn’t much of a difference between the two, but, there are a few major differences.

The difference between Splice and Loopcloud is that Loopcloud lets you download up to 5 free samples per day, and Splice doesn’t.

Moreover, Loopcloud plays a noise when browsing samples in order to avoid stealing. And, its software has a lot more features, but is a bit less user friendly.

Subscription Plans

Splice

Subscription Plans –

  1. Sounds 100 (7.99$/mo) – Gives you 100 credits to spend each month
  2. Sounds 300 (13.99$/mo) – Gives you 300 credits to spend each month
  3. Sounds 600 (21.99$/mo) – Gives you 600 credits to spend each month

Costs –

  • 1 sample = 1 credit
  • 1 preset = 3 credits

Trial Period –

Splice offers a 14-day free trial period.

Other Offerings –

Splice also offers an option to rent external third-party plugins on a monthly basis.

For example, you can rent Serum on Splice for 9.99$ per month.

Loopcloud

Subscription Plans –

  1. Free (0$/mo) – Gives you 5 credits to spend on free samples each day
  2. Artist (7.99$/mo) – Gives you 100 credits to spend on premium samples each month and 10 free samples each day
  3. Studio (13.99$/mo) – Gives you 300 credits to spend on premium samples each month and 25 free samples each day
  4. Professional (21.99$/mo) – Gives you 600 credits to spend each month and 50 free samples each day

Costs –

  • 1 sample = 1 credit
  • Loopcloud doesn’t have presets

Trial Period –

Loopcloud offers a 30-day free trial period.

Other Offerings –

Loopcloud offers internal plugins that allow you to play their samples in various ways, which can be super useful and spark your creativity if you pick the right sample packs.

Loopcloud Pro also comes with a wide variety of amazing internal FX plugins such as delay, reverb, filters, etc..

I find this super helpful as you can actually process the samples easily and quickly from within the software.

Conclusion

As you can conclude from the written above, Splice’s and Loopcloud’s offerings are quite similar except for a few minor differences.

First of all, Loopcloud has a free subscription model that Splice doesn’t. It will only let you download samples from their free sample library, but it’s still really nice, to begin with.

The free version of Loopcloud is recommended primarily for beginners who want a few great samples that can get them started.

But even if you’re an advanced producer, you can still find amazing samples in the free version, and save some money while you’re at it.

Loopcloud doesn’t offer presets for synthesizers.

Picking and buying preset packs is usually even worse than buying sample packs because you can’t really get a good view of what you’re buying.

Therefore, it’s really helpful to be able to buy presets on Splice.

The last difference is the longer and better trial period that Loopcloud offers – Loopcloud offers a 30-day trial that gives you 300 credits, and Splice offers a 14-day trial that only gives you 100 credits.

The winner here has to be Loopcloud, except if you’d like to be able to download presets from the software (In that case, Splice would be the winner).

Samples Quality

This may vary according to your genre, but overall – Splice is the winner in this category.

Splice’s samples are usually more creative, and they’re just at a higher quality than Loopcloud’s samples.

And because that, Splice is now present in professional productions all over the world, in all genres, while Loopcloud is a bit behind.

But, you may never know what would be best for you and your creativity until you try them out.

So my recommendation – Try them both out through their free trial periods, and see what works best for you.

https://www.loopcloud.com/cloud/

https://splice.com/home

Interface Quality

This is the hardest category to judge, and therefore you’ll probably hear lots of different opinions about it.

Loopcloud’s interface has a lot more features in its software than Splice’s interface does. Such as BPM, and pitch shifting options over the samples, and simple audio processing options, such as reverse, cut, gain, etc…

Some people might say that Loopcloud’s interface has turned up to be a bit messy. But, from my personal experience, once you learn to work with it (which doesn’t take that long), you’ll use it over and over again.

Splice’s interface, on the other hand, doesn’t have any processing options. Therefore, it’s more organized and intuitive.

So who’s the winner of the category?

It’s totally up to you.

If you like the processing options of Loopcloud and you think that you can use such a thing, then Loopcloud is definitely your winner.

But, if you rather have a more straightforward and intuitive interface, then your winner is Splice.

So What Should You Buy?

To answer this final question, let’s sum up all of the pros and cons of Splice and Loopcloud.

Splice

https://splice.com/home

Splice’s Pros –

  • It has a massive variety of samples and presets to pick from, so it’s guaranteed that you’ll always find the sound you’re looking for.
  • Everything you buy on Splice is automatically saved on your online library, and is yours forever, even if you cancel your subscription.
  • The user interface is intuitive and user-friendly.
  • You can easily filter your search results and find what you’re looking for.
  • It has a super convenient desktop application that you can easily drag samples from, directly to your DAW.
  • Intuitive and straightforward interface.
  • Everything you download is royalty-free.

Splice’s Cons –

  • It is paid only.
  • It doesn’t have sound processing options, as Loopcloud does.
  • It doesn’t have internal plugins, as Loopcloud does.

https://splice.com/home

Loopcloud

https://www.loopcloud.com/cloud/

Loopcloud’s Pros –

  • You can easily filter your search results and find what you’re looking for.
  • It has a super convenient desktop application that you can easily drag samples from, directly to your DAW.
  • It lets you process the samples inside the application.
  • It lets you hear how multiple samples sound together in the application. (The free version only allows you to preview two samples together at a time).
  • It gives you free samples each day.
  • Everything you download is royalty-free.
  • It has free plugins that you can use in your DAW to

Loopcloud’s Cons –

  • Its user interface is a bit messy.
  • It doesn’t include presets.
  • It doesn’t offer external plugins rental.

https://www.loopcloud.com/cloud/

So, if you want internal processing options, better filtering options, a better trial period, free daily samples, to hear multiple samples together, and free plugins, you should use Loopcloud.

But, if you want a more straightforward software, that lets you work quickly right out of the box, and gives you better samples, lets you download presets, and rent plugins, you should use Splice.

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