New on Splice: Create mode updates, better search, and more

In our constant quest to make Splice an ever-more inspiring place to start your musical creations, we’ve made a few improvements that we think you’ll love.

Read on, try them out, and let us know what you think through our Feedback channels.

We added genres to Create mode

You asked, and we listened—and now you can choose familiar genres as the starting points for your Stacks. When we first launched Create mode, there were 12 styles that could be used to start or flip a Stack—these included Hit Hop, Night Rave, and Retro Synth. But, the feedback we received from users told us that more recognizable starting points would be more inspiring. So, now you’ll find genres such as House, Pop, and Trap instead. There are still millions of sounds, almost infinite musical combinations, and a multitude of adjacent genres and styles accessible. But, with this improvement, we hope that more certainty around your starting points will help you create with more confidence. Try Create mode on the web for free.

Export your Stack as a stereo .wav file

Since we launched Create mode in June 2023, we have been steadily adding Export options—you can export modified stems or original unmodified samples, and you can export to Ableton Live and Studio One. Now, with the latest of our export options, you can save a single, stereo .wav file of your Stack, so you can share with friends and even use it on social media from a mobile device. For the first time, you don’t need a DAW to turn your Stacks into a .wav file. Stacks are exported as 16-bit / 48 kHz files.

Sync Stacks in Desktop to your DAW’s BPM via Bridge

We’ve updated Bridge—the free Splice plugin that lets you preview sounds in your track’s key and tempo—and now it’s possible to sync Stacks playing in Desktop with the BPM of your DAW. First, load the Bridge plugin on a MIDI channel in your DAW, and then open Splice Desktop. Your Stacks will play at the same tempo as your DAW. This is a huge creative unlock; now you can build Stacks on top of existing tracks, using our AI-powered sounds discovery tech. Not using the free Splice Bridge plugin? Find out how to get started with it.

Heads up: Bridge doesn’t yet match Stacks with the key of your DAW session—like it does with individual sounds—so you may experience some harmonic clashes if your Stack is in a different key to your DAW project. To avoid these, we recommend working with samples that are in key with the project in your DAW before creating a Stack through Bridge. We’re working to improve this functionality in a later update. Read more about Stacks in Bridge in this knowledgebase article.

Find the right sounds quicker with exclude tags and expanded search

You might have seen a new red ‘minus’ icon on the tags that show up when searching on Splice Sounds. This is our exclude tag feature, which lets you filter out sounds with a certain tag. Say you’re searching for EDM risers, but you don’t want to see results tagged with “tearout dubstep”—now this is possible. This helps you get to the sound you need quicker, and keeps your creative momentum up.

We’ve also enhanced our search functionality to serve up more than just one-for-one matches. For example, if you search for samples using the word “turntable,” Splice will now include results for things like “scratch” and “needle.” We’re hopeful that this improvement helps expand the range of relevant sounds in your search, so you can choose sounds from every corner of the catalog.

New login options

We’re always striving to make your ride through the Splice experience smoother and more creatively empowering. So, we’ve added more options to make it easier for you to sign up and log in to Splice. Now you don’t have to remember a separate set of credentials, and can login via Apple, Google, or Facebook (you must have an email address attached to your Facebook account to use Facebook). For those using Apple login, we do not recommend users select the Hide Your Email option if you would ever like to login with your personal email or other social logins.

We’re always keen to hear about your experiences with Splice. On the web, you can get in touch through our support pages. In Splice Desktop, you can submit feedback via the help menu in the top right corner. And if you’d like to give feedback specifically on Create mode, you can share your thoughts using the Give Feedback button.

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December 18, 2023