Tell us a little bit about yourself and your sample libraries?
Function Loops is a sound design company, officially launched in 2011. We bring sample packs , midi files and sounds for producers and musicians who require to add inspiration to their work. We combine almost every style of electronic music such as: House, Techno, Trance, Drum n Bass , Dub Step, Hip-Hop, Ambient, Cinematic and more. We also take care of customer’s mix and provide quality mastering services.
How do you prepare or should we say, how does one start making sample libraries?
Well first of all you need a good idea, a serious market research of “whats hot now”, try to bring something different and unique. It’s like a monopoly, every day is another story and market is changing quickly. So, I could say, you need a lot of luck as well.
How long does it take to make a sample library? (recording, mixing, programming etc.)
Well, it depends of the library, some libraries can take a few weeks, some a couple of days.
Can you give us a little insight on your creative process? (microphone placement, equipment used, vst software)
We run 2 studios based in Israel, we use Cubase 5.0, VSTis we use usually are Nexus, Sylenth1, Massive, Kontakt and a couple of others. We also have Nord and Virus hardware. For digital mastering we use BBE Maximizers, Sonnox EQ, a couple of Cubase prebuilt VSTs such as MultiBand compressor, Limiter and Dither. Also we use few products from WAVES.
How much sound design is involved in making sample libraries?
Actually it is all about sound design, each sound is being designed for customers and specific genres of music. We also do exclusive sounds for our clients, like vocals, drums, guitars or anything else.
What inspires you to make such amazing products?
I just wake up in morning, make a coffee and go straight to the studio. This is a daily job. Usually I have a specific style in my head, and then I just go with the flow.
Any specific “lessons learned” on a project that you could share?
Each project is something new to learn :)
How can a composer approach you to become a demo writer for your sample library? (Do you accept demo reels from composers?)
Well, usually no, because I have few employees working as a fulltime job. But I gave a chance to a couple of young producers to make few products. Sometimes, if I receive a really good demo and it is something, that I feel, can work right now, I give an opportunity.
What are your plans for the future?
We are expending our catalog, right now we have almost 70 products, that most of them were topping the charts on Producer Loops, Beatport, Sounds2Sample and other major players. We took no.1 on
Producer Loops with our vocal sample pack “Vocal Sessions with Sasha”. We are also running a new sublabel together with Channel Robot called “Functional Machines”, combining loops and samples with
their Kontakt instruments. In the near future, we are going to open online learning centre with great tutorials and online courses.
Any tips, hints or motivational speeches for the readers?
Sure! If you like to produce sample packs, music, sounds or whatever, you need to know, that market is super competitive these days. Also it’s not easy to enter the good shops and make the connections, BUT you NEED to try and never give up if get rejected once. Everybody is getting rejected! We passed through hell to get something good from our hard work. One time, two times, even three times, on the 4th time you will get there :) Just keep the good quality work, if you feel its best you can do, just send it over. Hope this helps.