1. Make sure the quality is top notch and you aren't buying and over-produced demo

When buying sample packs, a producer usually get's a feel of what to expect while auditioning the presented main demo. Be careful of what you are buying is exactly in the sample pack so you know what to expect. I have found many sample packs from diverse labels producing fancy demos with content that was not included in the package. Sure, it's fine to spice up things and create a good balanced demo presentation but most of them do not even include a simple info notice stating "The demo contains sounds not included in the pack (drum loops, vocals, synths, etc.)". This pack contains only BLABLABLA loops." I am also guilty of using sounds from my other releases to make a demo for a certain product but when I do it, I always state exactly WHAT YOU GET!

2. Find a way to download a demo pack/taster pack

Sure, this one was obvious but I had to put it here. Get in touch with the producer/label if you don't see any freebie downloads on their website/platform. I don't see that many producers/labels putting out a free version of their sample pack. Before paying hard earned money out of your pocket you should have a taste of what you're getting. This one pushes straight into #3 down below.

3. Consider platforms such as Loopcloud/Splice to get inspired


We live in amazing times and I can't believe that the idea I had almost a decade ago became the next big thing in the sample market and influenced music production. I'm talking about selling individual sounds and being able to hear every single one shot/loop/sound from a sample pack before you can purchase it. Not only that but you can also test it in your DAW. This is freaking awesome as you get to buy and use exactly what you want from a sample pack. Check out the Loopcloud app over here!


4. Read the licensing agreement for hidden fees

This one is very important! If you are using any type of vocal, melody, top line from a sample pack that is a creation of another producer/artist be careful if there are any legal implications when using those sounds in your own production. This is usually presented in the LICENSE that comes with the sample pack but most of the times you get it exactly after purchase. This is extremely important as you might end up with a music copyright case against you. I know a few cases of producers that end up having to pay royalties, settlements or even remove their tracks and pay a fine for using samples they bought in good faith but did not bother to read the LICENSE. So, BE AWARE!


5. Other producers will be using them

Take into account the fact that if you bought a certain public sample pack, another producer from the other part of the globe can do the same thing. You both get access to the same sounds, loops, melodies, vocals, drum loops, etc. I find that it's important to find a way to experiment and alter, slice, dice, process, effect the samples you're using in a unique way to differentiate yourself from the other possible users of the same sample. Image one of your tracks having the same exact melody loop as 10 others. But even if you've found a loop and you like it as it is, you have to be aware of this fact.