Producing a beat with the world’s most unexpected sounds

When you think of Splice Sounds, you might picture the guitar loop you just heard on a hit song, or a sample pack from your favorite artist or producer.

But did you know that Splice has a dedicated team of sound designers who travel around the world to capture sounds? In the video above, Splice Discord team member Walt tries to guess the sources of some of these innovative and unexpected samples. From there, he teams up with Nick Chen once again to sample a few of them and produce a beat, transforming the sounds into unique textures and rhythms with tools like Kilohearts’ Phase Plant and XLN Audio’s RC-20 Retro Color.

“I think this shows the endless possibilities of samples,” Walt comments as the track is being crafted. “Because you can really shape them into your own piece of art.”

If you want to try using the sounds we incorporated into the final track in your own productions, you can find all of them in this Collection.

Were you able to guess the sources of any of these samples? What sorts of production tutorials and challenges would you like to see us tackle next? Let us know in the comments section of the video, and subscribe to the Splice YouTube channel for more.

Discover more unexpected sounds via the Splice Explores label on Splice Sounds:

May 15, 2023

Harrison Shimazu

Harrison Shimazu is a composer, content strategist, and writer who’s passionate about democratizing music creation and education. He leads the Splice blog and produces vocaloid music as Namaboku.