What Loop Format Should I Buy?
There are several different loop formats and many different programs (and versions of those programs). Some programs support multiple formats. Some people work on multiple platforms and programs. If you don't see your program here, then click on the "Contact" button above.
WAVs work in virtually everything.
All of our stereo WAV files have been "Acidized." This is a format that allows tempo matching in programs that support the format. Programs that don't support Acidization just read them as normal WAV files, as if there were no time compression-expansion (TCE) tags in them. ("Acid" is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation.)
So here are some basic recommendations.
Ableton Live: 16- or 24-bit WAV depending on your sound card. Live creates its own time-compression/expansion tags when you drag and drop the loops.
Acid and other Sony/Sonic Foundry Programs: Unless you are already recording in 24-bit, we recommend 16-bit WAV. (The default is 16-bit, so you would know if you are using 24-bit already.)
Adobe Audition: 16-bit WAV unless you know your soundcard supports 24-bit. Again, the program default is 16-bit so you would know if you had changed it or not. According to this article in Keyboard Magazine, AA does interpret Acid format for tempo changes.
Cakewalk Products: Unless you are already recording in 24-bit, we recommend 16-bit WAV. (The default is 16-bit, so you would know if you would know if you are using 24-bit.) Most new Cakewalk products read the TCE tags in Acid files, called "Groove Clips" in Cakewalk materials.
Cubase, Nuendo: Cubase SL/SX supports Acidized WAV files as well as REX files (Earlier version ony REX). We recommend the WAVs because there are less technical glitches. We recommend WAV format for Cubase LE and SE. The LE and SE editions don't support REX/RX2 files or any type of "tempo shifting." Note: Cubase SL/SX 3.1 supports REX/RX2 automatically as part of the software update. Pre 3.1 and Cubase VST 5.1 versions will need the free "REX Shared Library" update. Click here for the link.
Digital Performer: For many people the preferred format for DP is REX files. However, in recent years DP has added Acid file support (3.1 and above) and Apple Loops (4.5 and above). We recommend the WAV or Apple Loops as because REX files sometimes present technical glitches.
Fruity Loops: 16-bit WAV, unless you are already using 24-bit.
GarageBand: Apple Loops. Apple Loops are AIF audio files with the TCE tags we've put in them. While GB2 does support Acid files, you have to drag and drop them from the desktop; you don't find them in the Apple Loops Browser. (You can't preview them very quickly.) If you use multiple platforms then you might go with the WAVs. If you really like the Apple Loops Browser or are a basic user then go with the Apple Loops format. Note also that even though Garageband only outputs 16-bit, you can use 24-bit files within the program. So if you do go with the WAV format you might as well go 24-bit in case later on you work in another program and want the highest quality.
Logic: Unless you are an advanced, multiplatform user we recommend the Apple Loops. Experienced user might consider REX files if they are already using them on other platforms as you know the advantages and disadvantages.
Mixcraft: 24-Bit WAVs.
Propellerheads Programs: REX. Propellerheads is the creator and licensor of the REX format in the first place. So this is an easy one!
Pro Tools 7.4 and above: WAV format for use with Elastic Audio function. Pro Tools 7.0 to 7.3: REX 2.
Pro Tools 6x and Lower: For Mac-based systems we recommend 24-Bit WAV. For PC-based systems, it depends on whether your sound card supports 16-bit or 24-bit WAV files. Most sound cards made in the last couple of years support 24-bit. We also recommend you use the lite version of Ableton Live that has been shipping with Pro Tools since fall, 2003. Live is made specifically for loops; this is why Digi has partnered with them.
Reaper: 16- or 24-Bit WAV files, depending on your sound card.
Riffworks: Riffworks was originally marketed by Line 6. You can purchase some of our content as Instant Drummers directly from the Sonoma Wireworks. However, you can use all of DOD REX files directly in Riffworks. Just choose REX format as you put any DOD volume in your shopping cart. Click here for instructions on how to use them from Sonoma Wireworks.
Stylus RMX: REX Format.
DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATIONS: (Roland, Yamaha, etc.): Unless you know your DAW supports 24-bit, then we recommend the 16-bit WAV. Pretty much any DAW made in recent years will read 16-bit WAV files.