LOOPS - What kind of loops you use mostly? do you feel like its cheating?

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  1. samsome

    samsome Producer

    Apr 4, 2015
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    LOOPS - What kind of loops you use mostly? do you feel like its cheating?
  3. Xupito

    Xupito Audiosexual

    Jan 21, 2012
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    I thought the same until I remembered why I started to use virtual instruments and effects like ten years ago.
    I only wanted to make guitar tracks. Drums, bass, orchestra, some choirs... I'd use loops for them if they fit in my guitar track. At least until I finish a damn track ;)

    Of course I wouldn't use them for what I want to make, guitars.
    PS: and I wouldn't try to sell that song. Hobbyist only here.
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  4. tommyzai

    tommyzai Producer

    Feb 7, 2012
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    I use loops to generate ideas . . . create a foundation . . . and then swap them out with the real deal.
  5. babuk

    babuk Kapellmeister

    Apr 27, 2018
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    I feel like it's in vain. So much time lost for nothing. Don't even dare to dream of a sustainable success with loops. It's hard already for those who have real skills. But to each their own, so look for Vengeance, i remember them being boss a few years ago. If they still are...
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  6. Zeyad eLmoghazy

    Zeyad eLmoghazy Producer

    Mar 9, 2020
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    I thought using loops was cheating so I programmed my own samples. Then I thought using samples was cheating so I recorded real drums.

    I then thought that programming it was cheating so I learnt to play drums for real. I then thought using bought drums was cheating so I learnt to make my own.

    I then thought that using premade skins was cheating so I killed a goat and skinned it. I then thought that that was cheating too, so I grew my own goat from a baby goat. I also think that is cheating but I'm not sure where to go from here. I havent made any music lately, what with the goat farming and all.
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  7. minozheros

    minozheros Kapellmeister

    Aug 8, 2012
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    I don't think it is cheating.. I mean I use a software and synthesizers and other instruments i didn't make. I don't play the violin so if i want to have one in my music, i either have to find someone who does or i use a sample library. I don't play the drums either though..
    That said, I mostly don't end up using drum loops anyways, because most loops are not recorded dry but with a lot of effects . If you end up taking parts of 3 different loops, you have 3 different reverbs and 4 delays and whatever else. It just tends to get really messy.

    I do think it is nice to just try out a few loops and build the basic groove. After that I end up converting it to midi and using the samples I like most of the time anyways. Doing that ensures that I can build some variations and i don't have to worry about mixing together all kinds of different spaces.

    I can build a groove from the very start, but it will take a lot more time in general, so if saving time is cheating, I am up for it.

    If you really do use loops a lot a plugin like Regroover will be helpful too because it will separate the different parts of a loop without you having to cut them up by hand.

    What i also like is to tap a beat with 1 or more fingers on the table and record that. It is easier and more accurate than using pads or keys on the keyboard, at least for me.
  8. Area51

    Area51 Kapellmeister

    May 3, 2020
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    mostly VEC for drums, and some others but mostly drums.
    I would recommend going to https://freesound.org/
    for some other cool sounds and samples as well.
  9. muaB

    muaB Producer

    Nov 17, 2012
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    old one but really true!
    use what you can get and sounds good!
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