I've worked on and written music for plenty of Hollywood movies and TV shows, including NCIS and Arrested Development. With so many episodes, so many storylines, and fast turnarounds, it's easy to get overwhelmed. So anything that can help you get the work done faster is a plus.
Therefore, I'm a huge fan of sample and loop libraries. Many of them let you achieve great sounding results on a decent budget, and especially nowadays, your options are pretty much limitless when it comes to the sound offerings. You can find anything from the highest quality samples of the world's best acoustic instruments to the most creative sound design patches you've ever heard. (If you haven’t yet, check out Splice!)
But there's also a potential problem you may encounter. If you've ever listened to a song and thought "Hey! I've used that instrument/loop before!" you're not alone. The truth is almost everyone uses the same synths and sample libraries. Each one of them comes with hundreds (or even thousands) of amazing preset patches, but sooner or later, you're still bound to hear someone use the patch that you used in a song.
So how do you make sure that you're not sounding like everybody else? Well, the true fun begins when you really start to play outside the box and create the unexpected and new.
In this article, I'm going to show you nine simple ways in which you can easily manipulate the same preset patches and instruments that you know to create unique sounds.