Noiiz

Www.noiiz.com

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Noiiz is Sam­ple­phon­ics’ monthly sub­scrip­tion ser­vice, of­fer­ing a sub­stan­tial amount of con­tent (sam­ples, synth pre­sets and even their own mul­ti­sam­pled in­stru­ments) on tap. Sound­ware is browsed and au­di­tioned via web or the free Noiiz Plugin (PC/ Mac, VST/AU/AAX), which works well – synced play­back and pitchad­just­ment along­side search tools and sug­ges­tions make light work of find­ing sounds and get­ting them into your DAW. And most im­por­tantly, the sounds of­fered by Noiiz are ex­cel­lent, both in terms of sound qual­ity and va­ri­ety.

PROS

> Search func­tion is com­pre­hen­sive, and makes it easy to find sounds quickly. > The Find Sim­i­lar Sound fea­ture lets you au­di­tion through re­lated sug­ges­tions, while Fea­ture Fil­ters helps you hunt down the sound in your head – eg, ‘short kick’ or ‘bright hi-hat’. > The Noiiz Plugin (VST/AU/AAX) lets you key­lock, trans­pose and warp sam­ples when au­di­tion­ing, and th­ese changes are kept when you drag and drop to your DAW. > Noiiz Player (VST/AU/AAX) gives you a hand­ful of light­weight mul­ti­sam­pled in­stru­ments. > The sam­ple charts are cool – you can see the sounds that your fel­low Noiiz users are us­ing. > We love that you can store and ac­cess your own sam­ples on­line via the Noiiz plugin.

CONS

> While the sound se­lec­tion is var­ied and of a high stan­dard, there’s a lack of ma­te­rial from well-known artists – worth bear­ing in mind if you want sam­ples from big names. > We found that the Noiiz Plugin took quite a while to load the first sound af­ter open­ing, but worked fine af­ter that. > Synth pre­sets are only avail­able via the web­site – it’d be game-chang­ing if, for ex­am­ple, you could drag in a synth pre­set and have the Noiiz Plugin load it into a fresh in­stance of that synth within your DAW.

Price/tiers

Starter: $9.99/month – in­cludes 1GB of sounds per month along­side a monthly vir­tual in­stru­ment and the abil­ity to down­load full packs Un­lim­ited: $99/year – in­cludes un­lim­ited down­loads of all sounds, pre­set packs and vir­tual in­stru­ments Life­time: $599 one-off fee – in­cludes all ben­e­fits of yearly mem­ber­ship, but for life

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