Shopping for loops is dull. Arcade delivers playable instruments directly to the plugin. Music production is about to change forever
Monthly subscriptions, cloud-based browsers, and loops delivered daily. It sounds too good to be true. And it was, until 2018 when Native Instruments unleashed Sounds, a subscription-based loop library. This week LA-based studio Output released its innovative loop synthesiser, Arcade. And it, too, promises to revolutionise music production.
Output offers users a free 100-day trial to get to grips with the software, which comes pre-loaded with 15 brand new product lines. Content is organised into three layers: Product lines, Kits, and Loops. Plus, there’s a dedicated section for existing loop libraries.
The idea behind Arcade came from the lack of creativity offered by traditional loops, which some producers see as cheating; creating generic and plagiarised music. Arcade’s streamline features should make it easier to get the most out of the samples. Controlled by a simple keyboard, white keys play the loops and the black keys modify them.
Music production can be an expensive business with endless add-ons, loop packs, hardware and software. Output’s answer to this is to offer a subscription of $10 a month, which can be cancelled at any time.
To find out more, including technical specifications and tutorial videos, go to output.com/arcade