Splice Sounds the cloud-based music production and music creation subscription service that provides audio loops and presets to music producers reportedly had over 4 Million monthly users as of 2021, in 2020 that number was only 2.5 Million, which annually is a growth of 60%, figures for 2023 have not yet been revealed but if we assume, that they have continued to grow at the same rate over the last 2 years their user-base is likely now to have reached 8,800,000 monthly users.
Key Splice Statistics
|Year||Splice Monthly Users|
How many sounds does Splice have?
Similar to Splice’s monthly users, We can also assume that the number of samples available on the platform has also grown, in 2021 Splice had over 400,000,000 individual samples available, which was first reported by Bloomberg in this post.
The only other available figure that has been reported is 2,000,000 but this was in 2016, and if we work out the difference between the numbers in 2016 to 2021 the result is 19900% which means there collection of samples has grown by 3,316% each year since 2016, so if we apply an additional 6,632% to account for the next two years, we arrive at 26,928,000,000 samples, which of course is an absolutely insane number, and is most likely not true.
Please bear in mind, these calculations are not factual and they have been calculated with basic maths.
Let’s recap those numbers:
Which countries are splice most used in?
Splice is a popular platform for music creators all over the world, but what countries use it the most?
While there is no way, to say specifically without having access to their user database, what we can get good benchmark data for is what countries, splice gets traffic from using a tool called Similarweb.
Splice’s Top 5 Countries for Traffic
|Country||Percentage of Traffic|
This gives you an idea of where Splice is most popular, their official countries list is much larger, but the data above will give you an idea of where the larger percentages exist.
Is Splice really worth it?
Splice is a worthwhile investment if you’re a music producer looking for a library of regularly updated sounds, presets and plugins, it doesn’t matter whether you use FL Studio, Studio One, or even Splice Studio itself, the Splice app is certainly a reliable source of inspiration to create new music, with sounds inspired by your favourite artists with artist packs, from some of the most most popular online music producers.
How much does Splice cost?
Splice has a variety of plans that are suitable for producers who have various budgets available, depending on your requirements for sounds, let’s take a look at how their pricing works.
|Monthly sample download credits||100||200||500|
|Desktop and mobile apps||Included||Included||Included|
|Preview sounds in your DAW with Bridge||Included||Included||Included|
|Beatmaker drum machine plugin||Not Included||Included||Included|
|Astra synth plugin||Not Included||Included||Included|
What are the pros and cons of Splice?
|100% Royalty-Free Samples||Some samples are overused by multiple producers.|
|Cloud Storage, all your files are backed up.||Sometimes it’s hard to use all of your credits.|
|Easy UI and search that helps you find sounds quickly.|
|Large collection of sounds and presets|
|Keep your files even if you close your account.|
|Rent-to-own subscription model|
|Credits roll over each month if you don’t use them all.|
A brief history of Splice
Founded in 2013 by Steve Martocci and Matt Aimonetti, Splice Sounds quickly became an essential resource for artists worldwide.
The idea behind Splice Sounds arose from the belief that access to high-quality sound samples can truly transform the music creation process. The platform was designed to provide producers with an extensive library of samples, loops, and presets from top musicians and producers in the industry.
Over the years, Splice Sounds has collaborated with renowned artists such as KSHMR, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, and many others. These collaborations have resulted in exclusive sample packs, giving users privileged access to unique sounds and the expertise of acclaimed artists.
The platform doesn’t stop at providing mere samples. It also offers advanced features such as the ability to create custom loops and collaborate with other producers in real-time. As a result, Splice Sounds has created a dynamic and creative community where producers can inspire each other and push the boundaries of musical creativity.
The private beta version of the site and the MacOS version of Studio was launched in October 2013. A few months later, a Windows version was released, and the offering became available to the public in September 2014. Splice Studio enables musicians to collaborate remotely through the cloud. The technology is compatible with popular digital audio workstations (DAWs) such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, FL Studio, Garageband, and Studio One.
In 2015, Splice launched its subscription-based sample marketplace, Splice Sounds.
In 2016, Splice introduced the Rent-To-Own program, allowing users to pay a monthly fee to access premium products like synths. This model allowed users to put their rental balance toward the ownership cost and either own the product outright or switch to a new program without paying the full market price. The Rent-To-Own program expanded in 2017 to include products like Ozone 8 and Neutron 2, gaining recognition for making expensive music production plugins more accessible.
In 2019, Splice launched Similar Sounds, a proprietary AI-driven feature that provides users with machine-learning-based similarity search across the entire marketplace of audio samples. In November of the same year, the company introduced a mobile version of its app for iOS and Android.
In 2020, Splice initiated the first-ever Splice Awards, which honoured artists in various categories, including “Splice Producer of the Year,” “Splice Breakout Artist of the Year,” “Splice New Standard,” “Best Use of Splice Sounds,” and “Best Sound Design.” The Awards also recognized the “Most Downloaded One Shot,” “Most Downloaded Loop,” and “Most Downloaded Pack & Vocal Pack” on Splice.
In June 2021, Splice launched Skills and Connected Instruments as part of their new Creator Plans. In May 2022, Steve Martocci stepped down as CEO and transitioned to the roles of executive chairman and chief strategy officer. Kakul Srivastava was appointed as the new CEO of Splice.
In March 2023, Splice announced the closure of its Studio collaboration platform.
What famous songs have used splice samples?
In 2018, the single “The Middle” by Zedd & Grey (feat. Maren Morris) included sounds from Grey’s Singular Sounds sample label. The song received three Grammy Award nominations and was certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA in 2019. Other notable Top 40 hits that incorporated Splice samples include Ariana Grande’s “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” Lil Nas X’s “Panini,” Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now,” Bad Bunny’s “Dakiti,” and Shane Codd’s “Get Out My Head”.
In February 2020, Justin Bieber released the song “Running Over,” which featured a sample from Splice created by UK producer Laxcity. Musician Asher Monroe accused Bieber of stealing the melody from his 2019 song “Synergy.” However, both songs actually used the same royalty-free sample from the Laxcity sample pack available for purchase online. The Verge clarified the situation by stating, “Justin Bieber was accused of stealing a melody, but it’s actually a royalty-free sample you can buy online.”
Is Splice free?
Currently, there is no free plan for Splice.