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Splice - Making Music Production Social

As far as content goes, social media is almost entirely based around content sharing, rather than content creation. Whether you're sharing other people's content, or your own, it was created elsewhere. Some services champion a community based approach to the development of the content, but 'in-house', so to speak. You are afforded some editing capability on YouTube, but not much, and you can touch up photos on Instagram, but any photographer worth their salt will have done most of that on Photoshop before even thinking about uploading it.

Splice isn't strictly a social media platform, it's more a piece of music production software that you can use in your browser, but all the content is cloud-based, making it that much easier to collaborate on tracks, and remix those of others. Recently, they bolted on a new beat making tool, with access to a vast library of instrument sounds and samples. Almost everything is available royalty-free and some of the packs come courtesy of producers as big as Carl Cox and deadmau5.

Beat Maker obviously can't offer anywhere near the same versatility as a full-blown program like Logic, Reason, FruityLoops or Ableton, it's essentially just a workstation kitted out with a sequence and arpeggiator. By that token, it's a great, basic tool for putting together sample-based music like hip-hop and jungle, but also other kinds of electronic music where sequencing is intrinsic. The huge range of samples on offer from the outside (over a million) increases its value further still, since it sidesteps the need to sit around all day finding the right native instrument racks and sample packs to download before getting properly started.

There are a few other bells and whistles, like effects on particular sounds, BPM control (kind of essential) and some basic percussive sound editing. It's designed to be limited though, giving users time to get to grips with it, and give the developers a better idea of what to expand further down the line. If you want full access, though, you have to pay a subscription fee, which is fair enough given the sheer amount of stuff on offer, but free users can still browse the top layer of samples and make beats with them.

The most important thing to bear in mind is this - Splice is now the only music sharing platform with which you can build tracks from the ground up. It's a self-contained community, covering every aspect of the process. This kind of thinking has the potential to be a huge game-changer. It's no good if you're looking to sell or distribute anything professionally, but for playing around with ideas, or putting your name out there in the early stages, it could be ideal. 

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @Songbird_Callum

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Splice - Making Music Production Social Reviewed by Unknown on Thursday, April 07, 2016 Rating: 5

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