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1. Replacing stock drums using Splice Sounds
1 One of the coolest things about subscribing to an online sample library is that it’s a doddle to quickly replace lacklustre parts of a track with something more polished and suitable. Let’s see how we can use Splice to improve a boring, stock-sounding house beat. Start by loading the Splice website and opening the Splice companion app.
2 If you listen to the drums carefully, you’ll hear that there’s a basic kick, snare and hat groove combined with a shaker. First, we’ll replace the kick. On the Splice website, we search for house kicks at 128bpm in our track’s key of B. Audition several loops until you find one that suits the track nicely, then click the Download button to add it to your library.
3 We can find a better hat and snare loop by slightly changing our search to Drum Tops – again, pick a loop that you like before downloading. To finish, we’ll also grab a breakbeat sample from our Splice search before dragging all of our key- and BPM-matched samples from the Splice app directly onto our DAW’s timeline, arranging them to suit.