June 2017 update
There have been a number of improvements and changes to the Noiiz service since the original post was published in January 2017 so I thought I’d summarise them in an update with the original post below.
New pricing model from 4th July 2017
This is excellent news for both new and prospective customers. The yearly subscription fee will be cut from $199 to $99. For monthly subscribers, the monthly price will be cut from $29.99 to $9.99 with 1GB of data per month which rolls over. Existing customers don’t have to do anything – accounts will be upgraded automatically.
All users will now get full access to the Noiiz Plugin and there is a new 15 day free trial, so you can try Noiiz out for free and download up to 1GB of content.
Home studio giveaway
To celebrate the launch of the new pricing plan, Noiiz have teamed up with Native Instruments, Ableton, Roli, Korg and Adam Audio to offer one lucky winner the chance to win a home studio setup with over $5k!
The full prize list is very impressive –
1 Lifetime Noiiz UNLIMITED Subscription
1 Ableton Live 9 Suite software
1 Pair of Adam A7X Monitors
1 Maschine Jam Controller
1 Komplete Audio 6 Interface
1 Komplete Kontrol 49 Keyboard
1 Komplete 11 software
1 Korg Volca Sample
1 Korg Electribe Sampler
1 Roli Lightblock
All you have to do to enter is simply register your details for free on the Noiiz website but be quick, the winner will be announced on the 4th July 2017.
It’s great to see that Noiiz now has a preset section. There will be more content added soon and Noiiz would like to hear from you if you have any suggestions.
Website and plugin updates
The website now has a new feed section so you can see all of the new releases as they happen.
The plugin now has a new auto tempo-sync feature, which automatically syncs to your DAW’s tempo, plus a bunch of interface and performance enhancements.
VST Buzz Mega Deal
It’s also worth highlighting that VST Buzz are currently running an 88% off mega deal. For 99 Euros you get a 1 year subscription to Noizz plus the entire collection of Samplephonics Kontakt libraries comprising 18Gb of content valued at 795 Euros. This deal is only avaiable for another week, expiring in 7 days on 4th July.
For anyone who uses sample packs Noiiz looks like a very interesting platform. It’s an offshoot from Samplephonics and in essence offers unlimited downloads of all Samplephonics packs and content from 10 other creators such as Fold, Skit, Primate and 43% Giant with new material being added daily. It also offers a cloud connected plugin – although at present this is Mac only, the windows version is under development but should be available in the next few days – which allows you to access sounds on Noiiz in your project and audition them in time and in key before use. There are also other tools for exploring sounds and building your personalised sample library.
The video below gives you an idea of how the plugin works in Maschine:
Noiiz are currently offering a year’s subscription for half the normal price at $89. Additionally, this fee will apply each year for life. The offer is only available until the 31st January and also includes a free pack of 8000 drums and fx samples. After this date the subscription fee will rise to the normal price of $199 per year. It’s worth noting that you keep the rights to everything you download even if you cancel your subscription.
If you use samples in your projects, even only occasionally, this introductory offer looks like an exceptional deal. At current exchange rates this is about £71. When you consider that Samplephonics packs normally retail at £34.70, for the price of just over two packs a year you can have access to their entire library and new content as it is released. From the website it looks like future additions could include projects, presets and apps so there appears to be a lot of promise for added value in the future.
I really like the idea of a cloud based sample library. I sometimes purchase sample packs and often find that I don’t use all of the included content and it takes quite a long time matching sounds together. I can see that the ability to audition sounds and search on key / tempo would speed up workflow and mean that you are only using the sounds that you need.
The flipside is that you are limited to Samplephonics and other creators as they come on board. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because they have loads of excellent quality sample packs covering just about every style you can imagine but it does mean you may still need to purchase other sounds if you have a number of favourite providers. The other concern for me would be the access speeds, as it becomes more popular will bandwidth decrease and impact the app and downloads. This doesn’t look too much of an issue though, Noiiz has been very popular since launch and users report that download speeds are extremely quick.
It’s also very encouraging to see the massive effort being put into improving the service and the very prompt responses to feedback. It only launched on Monday but already more content is being uploaded to ensure all Samplephonics content is available; an AAX version is planned over the next few weeks; installation instructions are being improved and suggested features are being considered.