While it’s true that producers who use use loops in their productions can be frowned upon by few, but 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.
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Which songs use samples?
M.I.A. – 'Paper Planes' (2008)
Sugar Hill Gang – 'Rapper's Delight' (1979)
A Tribe Called Quest – 'Can I Kick It?'
The Notorious B.I.G. – 'Mo Money Mo Problems' (1997)
N.W.A. – 'Express Yourself' (1988)
Kanye West – 'Blood on the Leaves' (2013)
And these are some examples of songs that use Apple Loops.
Apple loops in hit songs?
Christine and the Queens – Girlfriend
Nora en Pure – your are my pride
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.
In summary, 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 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 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 hip hop.
Jazz is made up of many standards, which have been covered thousands by different artists.
The same exists in blues.
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.