Loopport is a new company — currently in private beta — entering the royalty free audio sample space, but with a professional subscription spin. In a nutshell, DJs, musicians, bands, and producers will pay a monthly fee (though I’m not sure what that fee will be) to have unlimited access to an ever-renewing library of professional-quality royalty free samples, loops, effects, and patches. Courtesy of Loopport, the first 100 GarageSpin readers who click here and use beta code “loopport09” will get a free private beta account. I wandered through the service myself the other day, and made a few observations:
- The audio quality of the samples and loops is quite good, especially compared to the many royalty free audio download sites currently in market.
- The samples and loops are offered in every file format available, and should be compatible with every DAW (Logic, ProTools, Cakewalk, Garageband, you name it).
- Samples are organized ito “Bitpaks“, which are awesome. You can download all the samples in a Bitpak loop, or just specific instruments. (For example, you like the symbol sound, but hate the bass drum? No worries, just download the cymbol.)
- The service is hosted in the “cloud”, and the promised quick download times are indeed pretty quick.
- What will the subscription fee be? I’m not yet sure…
- There isn’t a ton of content on the site, yet, but it’s early, and the plan to add more fairly frequently. Love the idea of not being stuck with a stack of sample CDs you never use.
- The site itself, visually, could be improved. But I suppose it’s purpose is to please the ear, and not the eye, so that’s a lesser issue.