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How To Use Samples In Music Production: Make Beats Using Splice Sounds

teacher avatar Kia Orion, Artist & Music Producer

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Course Intro

    • 2. How To Search For Samples

    • 3. Using The Filter Feature

    • 4. How To Use Samples In Your Beats

    • 5. Finding Inspiration For New Ideas

    • 6. Rent To Own Feature

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About This Class

Want to learn how to use samples to make better beats?

You’re in the right place. 

Who is this course for?

This class is designed for artists, producers, and engineers who are starting out and want to make beats easier and more effectively.

By The End Of This Course

You’ll have a better understanding of how to choose samples, implement them into your own tracks, and find creative inspiration using Splice Sounds. 


What If I Don't Have Splice?

No sweat. 

This same idea applies to any website you can find that has sounds or samples for you to use. 

That said, I highly recommend Splice because all the sounds are royalty free. 

This means you can use the sounds for commercial production.

If you don't have splice yet you can check it out here. 

No sample library has level up my production as much as this one. 


Do you have any free resources for beginners?

Absolutely. If you're new to making beats you can take my free music producer training to start making better beats in as little as 4 days. 


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Kia Orion

Artist & Music Producer


Ay! I'm Kia. 

I'm an artist and educator who believes life wouldn't be the same without music.

Or tacos.

I realized that I was equally as passionate about teaching music as I was making it.

In 2016 I founded Beat School, an online platform and series of educational programs to help aspiring artists and producers learn how to make beats, accelerate their growth, and stay inspired. 

I'm originally from New York but these days you'll find me traveling around the world writing songs or playing beats on a rooftop somewhere.

I appreciate you stopping by, and if you'd like to get in touch you can DM me or shoot me an email at [email protected] 

Life is too short not to do what you lov... See full profile

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1. Course Intro: What is going on? You're welcome back to another course with your boy ikea or Ryan. I'm the man who is obsessed with making no music in teaching knew how to make your own in this little mini-course, I'm going to cover all things splice. We're going to cover how I use the website, the software, how I choose the different samples, how to navigate it, how did two samples for yourself? And then also little bit more of an in-depth look on how I actually kind of put these theories to practice in a project that I made yesterday. And this is how it turned out. So if that sounds interesting, Buchla set aside a couple of minutes and let's dive into all things splice and how you can use this to absolutely level up your music production game. Let's get it. 2. How To Search For Samples: Okay, so first things first we're going to talk about kinda spliced the overall idea and ways that I use this kind of level up. So when you first land on slash home, this is going to be the page that you show up on. It can be overwhelming because there's so many different things that you can choose from here, but I'll show you kinda the way that I like to navigate it. So this is the popular this week tab, which is cool. These aren't necessarily new packs. These just packs that are really popular right now. I know because I'm a splice fanatic. This one's actually older pack. Some of these are a little bit older. But the way that I like to kinda go about it is since I'm since i've I know kind of the ins and outs, I'll normally come in and see what's new today and I'll click View All. And so this will take you to all of the newest packs that are kind of chronologic the way that they're kind of built out like this. These are all the types of different packs. So these are going to these aren't organized in any way other than the order that they came out in. So there's no real rhyme or reason or organization to these here. But because I'm, I find a bunch of different inspirations. What I normally do is I'll go through and I'll be like, let me see what this vocal pop sounds like or be like. Maybe today I'm feeling R&B melodic are maybe unfeeling island vibes like something Afro dance hall or synth pop. And so for me, each one of these has like a little, I'll play it for you can hear like a little preview. So when they're little preview can kinda get a vibe for the pack. And that's often what I find. A lot of my inspiration, which I'll talk to you about here in a second. So let's say you wanted to start some sort of a trap track or something like that. So then what you want to come over to, what would you want to do first? Is these this kind of hard to just sort through them like looking like you say, Okay, here's a trap when that could be cool. But a way that you can sort them is if you actually go into the search bar and say you search for trap, it's pretty straightforward. And then this is really going to be the key for you, is this box right here. You can do recent, popular, relevant, or random. So if you do recent, obviously, that's going to be what has come out most guess recently. And this is really helpful because you can always infinite inspiration spices always updating this. You can always find new, like different samples and stuff. But what I've found helpful for me is depending on what I want. I'll show you when I use recent later on. But often what I'll do is maybe I'll search for something like relevant. And you can kinda come in here and say, okay, these are different things all still kinda trap focused. Or maybe popular. Popular is really, really dope because you can find different things that obviously are really popular. The only problem with that is these are going to be sounds that a lot of people have already used before, which has its pros and cons. If you are some, I'll show you a little bit. They don't want to, if you are good with kinda manipulating sounds, this isn't a problem. But as a producer, as somebody who always wants to do something unique, this can sometimes be a little bit challenging because you don't know, you might not want your sounds would be the sounds that everybody else is using. So that's just one kind of idea when it comes to the actual sorting of this in terms of like, if you're just getting started, popular might be a good place because you already know that these are kind of tried and true things is these are things that other people have used before. So when it comes to the actual searching of things, then I'm going to show you the next level here shortly. But a good way to do it is to kind of go through, you can even go through sounds in general and browse. And you can do it by genre. Like I just said. Like we're just going through and you could search the genre. And then you could do this one and say you wanted to do it trap like that. And this will show up. Obviously these are a lot of the same samples here. And then you can go through these kind of organized by, I think popularity is, I know these are not exactly all the new packs, just that's how you know, it's real. I know my I know my packs like that. And so that's one way to do it. You can go to browse and then go through genre. Or if you want to, you can search. You can actually come here to the search bar and search trap. And then you can search through these different categories here. And so that's one way to kind of search. And I'm going to show you right now another way that I like to dive in and kinda mix it up so you can get some unique sounds. 3. Using The Filter Feature: All right, the next thing that I like to do is, so you can actually tell this is one already where say I find these, find these courts. Like Okay, that sounds really cool. I like that. What I'll do is then I'll open up this pack in a new window, boom. And Mac, it's just you hold command, you click that and it opens up over here. And so what I'll do is I'll kinda go through here. And let's say we're doing something like this. And I found a sunny D hi-hat I liked as I go. Okay. That's a excuse me, an eight a waders and they're like, Okay, that's cool. Let me open that up in a new window. And then maybe let me try this. Okay, That'll be cool. Opened that up in a new window. So now what I do is I have a kind of one way that I've kind of gone through and looked in like found different sounds I like now I have three different packs that I might focus on just these three for the day. So if it's a really well-done pack, you won't need more than one. But sometimes what it's fun to do is this one. This one will have everything right? Drum, synth, everything. But I might come into this pack and get a like some chords from it. And then I'll come into this one in. So just be a drum kit and so I'll steal some drums from here and then maybe some drums from over here. And i'm, I'm, I'm not getting all of these before I even start, but I want these to kind of have ready while I'm creating the track. So, so this is kind of the process that I'll go through where I'll show you kinda what I do in the next piece is I'll go through fine, maybe like I'll do some broad overview, have a couple of different paths open, and then I'll actually start creating my track. And that way I have these, I have kind of three, it's not super overwhelming. I've kind of three that I can focus on for this, this one track that, and I'll be getting into which I'll show you what I do next. 4. How To Use Samples In Your Beats: So the next piece is I'm going to show you how I go about finding inspiration for tracks and then using Splice to kind of create that. So this is the one that I've shown you before. There's the Afro be moods pack. That was, if we go back to our sound, it is one of these new, I've been really feeling a lot of dance hall recently. And so what I'll do is like I was telling you, I'll kinda go through these packs and I'll find one. I like this one. This pack. I heard it. And I'm like, Oh, I'm like that's dope. So what I'll do is the same way that I recommend. This is my, I use the same theory that I use that I recommend if you want to remake beats that you love, is listening to these different beats that you hear through here. And then trying to remake or take parts of these beats that you find inspiring. Because normally these previews will have maybe like three or four different snippets. And so I use each one of those is like okay, maybe they'd be fun to do. So I'll download the MP3 of the actual preview. And you can use stuff. There are different Internet things that you can use to download that. It's not always offered through splices a preview, but if you're savvy, you know how you can figure that out. And so this is pretty much what you just heard right here. And so I'll, once I have that, I'll get a nice little loop, little four-bar loop. I'll figure out what the BPM is. And then now that I have it on loop, what I'll do is I'll go through and I'll, I'll either recreate the melody or I'll steal some of the drums. So listen closely to the drums from this track. That is this preview. Now, listen to my drums for this part of the track. Mamma, Mamma Mia, analysis into my my drums for the weekend. Any similarities? So if you do, it's because I pretty much jacked their main idea for the drums. And that's what I always recommend when it comes to remaking beats that you love is Steal Like an artist CID is that you like. Now, obviously they aren't exactly identical because ikea fight it. I made it my own. I found stuff that I didn't like about theirs and I added stuff to mind. But the main idea when it comes to the kick in the snares, if you listen to it, which is the real meat and potatoes of a beat normally listen to the kick and snares. Jacket and then the rest of it. I codified. But I use this all the time. I cannot say how much I use these splice samples, the previews for stuff to this. That was the start of my track yesterday was I just took that drums. And then once I had this drum loop, whoops. It's hard not to find a melody or something to go along with it. So that is the main idea when it comes to using the previews from splice. And then the next pieces I'll show you how to use stuff and make it sound different, sound unique. 5. Finding Inspiration For New Ideas: Okay, So jumping back into this track that I made. So what I did was once I've found that pack that I liked, if you look at this, this OS HIV2, like this, That's pretty much every sample that is from this island vibes pack. A vibe pack will have that little thing. So I got the kick from there. I got this snare from there. This snare from there. These that one, no, I got the high hat. I got two different hi-hats from there. And then I got this melody from there. So a lot of the track is built for around that pack. Now something that you can do this interesting is maybe you steal this, but I do a lot. Maybe you steal an R&B pad from the island pack and then you use like future funk drum. So you kind of like mix in mash the genres if you want to. But yesterday, because I was on a roll, That's what I mean is once I have that pack up, actually, let's come back to it so I'll show you exactly what I do. So once you have that backup, when I came through in the way that I built around this was I built out those drums first. So I'll build out like a little four-bar loop, maybe five bar loop from those drums. And once I have those drums, since I know that those drums are going to be a 105 BPM, I'll come back in and I'll search. And so what I want to show you how to do stuff through here is I'll search then in the pack, if there's anything at 105 BPM. And then it'll pull up all of these different elements so you can organize through here, wet sand to percussion, accelerate, excuse me, accelerate, et cetera. Since I like to use chords most of the time, I clicked chords. And then I would just go through these and listen to these different things, see if they felt good, see if they felt right. And this one is the one you heard on my track, is the one that I thought felt good. So once I have the drums and this is often how I do it is I kind of build the track around the drums are normally a melody Durham producer and writer. But if you have doped drums, it's a lot easier for me to find that cool sample to kind of match that. So I jacked some other drums. I key if I had it made mountain cool sound and drums. And then I found this pad. And so this pad, it sounds like this really cool pad. And then what I did was I dequeued it. So that way, I rolled up some of the highs and lows to add more room. I knew I'd want vocals and this is an I do a lot, is sometimes the path, not the pads, but the melodies are really bright. And because I'm just super inspired by Drake, drake Stan, I often like to roll off a lot of high-end. And then I add this plugin is a plugin I love, and it's called RCT retro color. And what you can do is you can add this and I'll show you what I did to it. You can like add a bunch of wobble distortion. You can add reverb to it. It can even EQ it in here. And nothing that you can do that often that I like to do is once you have this in here, I love to reverse samples. I'll do this a lot. I'm inspired. Just listening to that right now. Like I almost wanted to do another song like that sample. That sounds super cool. So I reverse stuff or you can come in here and you can like chop it up like you would a sample take different pieces and kinda fun angular like that. You can pitch it up, put you down. Again. You kinda wanna do something if you can, at least some to make it sound a little bit more different. And then the next piece that I do to a lot of tracks is out what I love splice for are their vocals. And so what I'll do is I'll then find vocals. I'll go through a go back to splice while the track is playing like this. And because splices the bottom, you can see what key it's in C-sharp minor, right? So, uh, come in here and I'll search for, you can already tell vocals. Search for vocals. And actually what I normally search for it because I use a lot of splice is let's go recent. And then I'll come in here and go to key, Loma key, and then I'll go to C sharp. C sharp. I think. C-sharp. And it might have been C-sharp minor. Yes, C-sharp minor. So I'm gonna come in here and we're gonna go to actually render C-sharp Minor. And now what I'll do is I'll play the track back. And I'll check out these different vocals. So that's what I'll be like. Oh, that sounds cool. So what I'll do is then I'll have an open I have an open audio thing like this. And I'll, I'll go into my actual Splice app once it's entered computer, it's here. So let's go to vocal. And then I'll search again, because it'll download through year C-sharp Minor. And they'll come in here like this. That might be actually the one that you just heard was this one which I end up using in the tract. And so I'll bring them in, I'll bring the vocal in, and then I'll manipulate a ton of the vocal. So now if you just listen to these vocal chops, you might see. So you see as you can tell, this chop, I, I chopped it way down and then I added a bunch of effects to it to get this kind of, this is the sound now with my main melody that I took from the dance, excuse me, the island vibes. And then 2123, maybe four different vocal samples that I got from splice in an edited pitched him up, pitching down at affects two. And then it comes together like huge. So that's kind of how I assemble attract from start to finish using mostly these different, these different splice samples. And the next piece I'm going to show you is how to use plugins from splice. 6. Rent To Own Feature: So this part, let's take this key and get out of here. Let's give my vocals out here is one really cool thing that you can do with splice as well as you ask if these tabs out of here bobble, boom, is you can go to plug-ins and they have this really dope rent to own series. So what that means is you can find different plugins that you like and then you don't have to, you don't have to buy them. You can just rent them kind of week-by-week. So the one that I was just showing you, RC retro color, that that plug-in. That's one that I actually did rent to own through splice. And as you can tell, it's active. I ended up paying this off, paid off the whole plug-in through splice. And one other one I wanted to show you that I really like is this one it's a base. And I'm using this called this mini V3. I use this space a lot. It's a basis use, I use that preset a lot. And it's through this, it's called arterioles. And you'll get all of these different plugins as you get through the artery or collection that my favorite ones. And this is all a rent to own through splices. Well, I think that might actually be this one, the collection 8. So this is a cool so it says that I could upgrade to it because I did the rent to own through seven. And then it looks like that I have a new plan available if I wanted to rent to own this collection. But once you do that, you'd come into your Splice app. And let's come through here. And so I'm in the samples right now. And instead you can go to I think it's Tools. Yeah, tools. And so these are all different things that I've tried. So you don't actually have to buy a preset. You can actually excuse me, enough to buy plug-in, you can try it. So I bought serum through them. I tried to relay, didn't like either of these. I bought retro color arterial collection seven and then these are two that I tried and didn't like, so I cancel them as well. So I hope that that's helpful. That's pretty much the way that I use splice, splice in every single one of my beets. I couldn't I couldn't tell you how much of a game changer has been. Again, if you want a discount on splice or if you want to learn about these production, you'll find all that in the music description below, excuse me, in the course description below, hope this was helpful. Let me know what you think if there's other stuff you want tutorials on, happy to make it happen. Appreciate you tuning in, check you face.