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Creative Session: All About Loops

24 Posts

Loops are an essential building block when creating music in a DAW. Here is a great collection of tuts and articles that show you how to create loops, where you can find them, and how to make the most of them once you're in your DAW.

Posts in this series
  • Music & Audio
    General
    30+ Sites That Serve Up Great Loops and SamplesPreview
    Loops can form the foundation of a track, and are useful for quickly putting some ideas together when sketching out an arrangement. Samples provide us with sounds and colors to create our music with. But where can you download great loops and samples? Here are 30+ great places to start.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    Grab Some Free Loops and SamplesPreview
    I was thrilled to notice on Twitter the other day that a couple of authors were looking for some music for their latest book trailer, and they found just what they were looking for among our Freebie samples and loops. I realized that even regular visitors to our site may not realize that they are there, so I want to tell you about it.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    15 Sites Where You Can Find Free Vocal Samples and LoopsVocals
    Vocals can add flavor and emotion to your tracks. This article lists 15 sites where you can find vocal samples and loops for free. If you don't have your own choir or backing vocalists - or just can't sing - this list might be just what you're looking for.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    How to Get The Most Out of Your Drum LoopsPreview
    I'm really bad at creating beats. I prefer to use a real drummer, and when that isn't an option, I try to use loops. When I'm sketching ideas for a song, trying to create an arrangement and such, I like to throw a few loops into the DAW and play over that. I'm really bad at using a metronome or a click track so a drum loop is a much more comfortable option for me. Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    How to Process Loops Using Multiple TracksPreview
    Using loops in productions is great but sometimes they can become a little static in nature. You can perform cuts, edits and even use automation to spice things up but occasionally I like to spread the loops across multiple tracks to make things more interesting.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    7 Quick Tips on Drum LoopsPreview
    Benjamin Coutts shares seven quick tips about how to get more from your drum loops. He is an Ableton Live user, but the techniques can be used with any DAW. And his tips don't just apply to drum loops - they can be done on any kind of loop. Enjoy!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    Create a Drum Loop From Found SoundsThumb
    Despite the countless libraries of drum loops available on the market, many of them sound the same, become overused and lack any personal style. This tutorial will show you a quick and fun way to add a personal touch to your music by creating your own loops.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Instruments
    Advanced Drum Editing in KontaktThumb
    I created this tutorial to serve two purposes. First off, I feel that there is a distinct lack of proper in-depth Kontakt tutorials. This tutorial teaches you everything you need to know to get started with Kontakt 3’s amazing Group editing. Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    How to Use Loops for Soundtrack Post-production - Audio PremiumPreview
    In this week's Audio Premium content, Björgvin Benediktsson teaches you how to use loops for post-production of soundtracks. "Bear in mind that in the following examples I am using Logic, but you can use whatever DAW you want, if it has believable synths and you have enough loops." To learn more about what you get as part of Audio Premium, read this. To take a peek inside this tutorial, hit the jump!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    Make Stock Loops Sound Unique with Rhythm Treatments in LogicThumb
    Logic Studio provides fantastic value for the hobbyist and professional musician alike. With over 18,000 loops, it also provides a huge variety of samples that can be used to lay the foundations of new songs, beats and scores. That said, it is easy, in the world of digital audio, to become a victim of 'preset-itis' - using loops, samples, and software instrument presets that can be heard throughout today's film, television and popular music. With just a few simple tricks up your sleeve, however, you can turn boring, heard-it-a-million-times presets and turn them into something unique.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    How to Create and Organize Your Own Apple LoopsLoops
    If you use Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro or Final Cut Pro it's highly likely that you'll be familiar with Apple loops. These applications come with a pretty massive collection of sounds in this format but it's much more satisfying to build your own custom loops and have them stored alongside the library sounds. This tutorial will show you how to turn your raw samples into Apple loops and tag them with the appropriate data so that they show up in your searches. These loops can then be used in any of your project, regardless of their tempo.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Mixing & Mastering
    Spice Up Your Loops by Automating EQThumb
    Whether you're working on a tight scoring deadline or simply rushing to get your creative ideas out of your head and into a session, it can be very easy to drop a drum or percussion loop into your track and forget about it, causing the loop to be a static and repetitive element that drags down the overall interest of your music. You can very quickly and easily make your loops more interesting by automating an EQ insert, costing you little time but adding a nice touch of subtlety to your mix.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Arrangement
    How to Slice Audio into Tempo-Fitted LoopsBeatslice
    Hypothetical: you record a drum beat. The next week, you record a totally unrelated bass riff. The week after that you decide the beat and the bass would make the start of a great song together. Problem: they’re out of time with each other, having been recorded in different tempos, but you don’t have the cash to go back into the studio and record one or the other, or both, again. Solution: slice, dice and ReCycle.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    How to Create Grooves with Edited Drum LoopsThumg
    It's often pretty straight forward to create and program a basic beat. The real challenge comes when we try to introduce a groove that gives our track soul and character. There are a few ways to do this of course and useful methods include using recorded performances, MIDI sequencing and even entire drum loops. All of these techniques can really add to simple beat, but if you are a fan of getting things down quickly and producing really satisfying results, then you may want to try a different approach. This tutorial looks at how we can build a groove using existing loops in our library without using them in their entirety. The result is an original groove that often feel as if they have been 'played'. Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    How to Turn Audio into Sampler Instrument LoopsThumb
    When you're working with loops, particularly drum loops, to form the rhythmic basis of a composition, you often find yourself wishing you could do more to customize the track. Logic Pro 9 has a few tools that allow us to work with audio as if it were MIDI--such as the flex time features--but what about turning the audio into a MIDI-controlled sampler instrument track?Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    How to Add Variation to Drum Loops in Ableton LiveThumb
    In this tutorial we're going to examine some quick and easy ways of adding more variation and interest to our drum loops.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    Quick Tip: How to Record Loops from ReasonThumb
    Sometimes you just don't want to work with MIDI. I must admit, I'm not the biggest fan of midi notes. Having too many synths open at one time eats up your CPU power and looking at long bars of MIDI notes is just much less flattering than the audio waveform. Maybe I'm the only one who likes the form of a waveform but anyway, sometimes it's just better to render your MIDI to audio.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Web Roundups
    30 Great Ambient and Background Loops (via AudioJungle)200
    We're closing in on a year now since Envato launched its audio double header of AudioJungle and Audiotuts+ and though it's taken a while, the growth has been slow and steady! We've had some brilliant tutorials here on Audiotuts+ and over on AudioJungle we've had some really great loops and tracks. One of the most popular classes of music in the 'Jungle has been without a doubt ambient and background music. So we've rounded up 30 of the best ambient and background loops for you to take a wander through as a sample of the great work over at AudioJungle! Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Loops
    Mihai's Muted Trumpet Solo Loops in CCover t3
    Number of loops: 11Audio format: WAVGenre: JazzRead More…
  • Music & Audio
    Loops
    Wrecked Industrial BeatsWrecked
    Number of loops: 17Audio format: WAVGenre: Industrial/Industrial MetalRead More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    14 Ethnic Loops From the East - Audio PremiumThumb
    This week in Audio Premium we have a pack of 14 exotic loops from Audiotuts+ author West Latta. The pack features great percussion, and the sound of the East. To learn more about what you get as part of Audio Premium, read this. To take a peek inside this tutorial, hit the jump!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    50 Funky Guitar Loops Sample Pack - Audio PremiumThumb
    This week in Audio Plus we have 50 funk guitar loops from Audiotuts+ author Toby Pitman, available in both WAV and REX formats. Everything you need to add a bit of funk to your productions. To learn more about what you get as part of Audio Plus, read this. To take a peek inside this 65 sample pack, hit the jump! Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    65 Drum & Bass Loops and Samples - Audio PremiumSamples
    Our inaugural Audiotuts+ Plus program content is here: 65 high quality drum & bass loops and samples in both WAV and MP3 format, by Scott Wills. If you're in search of samples to help add depth to your drum and bass compositions, this is the sample pack for you! To learn more about what you get as part of Audio Plus, read this. To take a peek inside this 65 sample pack, hit the jump! Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    Graimbient Loops and Textures Pack - Audio PremiumGraimbient
    This week in Audio Premium we have a pack of 18 samples from Audiotuts+ author West Latta. The pack has great variety, and contains some weird but useful sounds. To learn more about what you get as part of Audio Premium, read this. To take a peek inside this tutorial, hit the jump!Read More…