Splice gets a major upgrade with new synths, plans and seamless integration with your DAW

Astra, Beatmaker and Bridge are among Splice’s newly introduced software.

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Splice Astra Beatmaker

Splice has launched new Creator plans alongside a significant update to its services, including the first major update of its playable sample library. Astra, Beatmaker and Bridge are three new plug-ins introduced in the recent update, available to Sounds+, Creator and Creator+ subscribers.

Bridge provides deeper integration between Splice’s sample library and your DAW. Now, you’ll be able to instantly transpose samples in the browser and sync them to your project, enabling you to audition each sample before loading it in. Once you drag it into your DAW, the sample will be transposed and synchronised precisely how you want it.

Astra is Splice’s multi-faceted soft synth, featuring two oscillators, a sub-oscillator and noise generator. Each oscillator can be used in analogue, FM, granular, sampler and wavetable modes, feeding into a multimode filter. Two envelopes and two LFOs are onboard for modulation, followed by three effects engines that allow you to apply reverb, chorus, flanger, compression and more.

The centrepiece of Astra is its built-in sequencer, with four lanes to program notes, macros and modulation. In addition, a modulation matrix lets you drag and drop parameters for swift routing in up to ten slots.

Beatmaker is a little more straightforward. The drum machine offers two ways of programming beats: a 4×2 pad grid and a fully-fledged sequencer. Bearmaker’s Pads view will allow you to load in up to eight different sounds, either from built-in presets, Splice’s catalogue of artist packs, or your own samples. Pads mode is ideal for playing beats with a MIDI controller, with tweakable parameters on each individual sound.

The Sequencer view is a means of programming sounds within Beatmaker using 32 steps. You can select a pattern from the preset bank, design your own, or hit the randomise button to shake things up. Once you’ve landed on a beat you’re happy with, you can export the clip to your DAW as MIDI or audio.

Splice says there are thousands of presets available for Beatmaker and Astra, created by top producers, sound designers and artists. The instruments are available to subscribers of Creator and Creator+ plans.

The company has also launched Splice Skills, where renowned educators will publish new technique-driven video lessons to teach you more about music production.

Learn more about Splice’s new features at splice.com.


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