While it’s true that producers who use use loops in their productions can be frowned upon by few, many people go completely unaware that a song even uses a loop.
In my experience if you’re critiqued by someone for using loops, it’s generally by other musicians, but general listeners are much better at listening to a song for what it is rather than wondering how it was made.
- Hip Hop
Here are some examples of popular songs that use loops from famous songs.
Which songs use samples?
|The Clash – ‘Straight to Hell’ (1982)|
|Chic – Good Times (1979) + others|
|Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side (1972)|
|Diana Ross – ‘I’m Coming Out’ (1972) + others|
|Charles Wright – Express Yourself (1970)|
|Nina Simone – Strange Fruit (1965)|
And these are some examples of songs that use Apple Loops.
Apple loops in hit songs?
- A$AP Rocky – Praise The Lord (feat. Skepta)
- Rihanna – Umbrella.
- Justice – Cross.
- T-Pain – Rappa Ternt Sanga.
- Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds.
- Radiohead – In Rainbows.
Using loops has become a professional standard in todays modern music industry, with the vast amount of production software and techniques we have at our disposal we can do so much more then just use a melodic structures of popular songs, or use a loop from a sample pack and not alter it in anyway.
How do you modulate a sample?
Here are a few ways manipulate your samples:
- Pitching up or down
- Chop up and rearrange into a different sequence
- Reverse it
How most producers use loops
I’ll admit it, even as a sample creator i still use loops from other producers. All though that may sound a little crazy, it’s true.
Once that I have created a solid foundation, if I feel like something is missing, I’ll lean towards using loops for instruments that I can not play, or for parts that i don’t feel like MIDI would be sufficient for.
Is producing with loops cheating?
This question has been asked for many years, and whenever someone asks, I reply with the same answer, cheating at what?
Truthfully, using loops is not cheating, musicians have been borrowing from other musicians for years and it doesn’t just exist in within hip hop.
Jazz is made up of many standards, which have been covered thousands by different artists.
The same exists in blues.
There are only, 12 notes in music and we do as much with them as we can.
Being creative with how you integrate loops and samples into your productions, is the key to making them sound original and enjoyable for the listener.