Crate-digging has just taken a digital turn. For the first time, musicians have access to sample coveted master recordings—royalty-free forever—via The Crate, exclusively available inside of Output’s music app Arcade.

In partnership with Countdown Media, a subsidiary of BMG Publishing, Output will pioneer this ground-breaking new way for musicians to sample and manipulate time-honored songs in their productions, and music-makers will never have to pay a single cent back in royalties.

“I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to sample something without the hassle of clearance…” says Output CEO, Gregg Lehrman. “BMG and Countdown Media have opened an enormous catalog for us to use and it’s a huge deal for our creators.”

Notable songs include the jazz classic “The Entertainer” and bluegrass “Rye Whiskey, Bach’s “Brandenburg Concertos”, and Chopin’s “Preludes”, along with hundreds more. Deeper, more obscure cuts round out the collection and provide a wide range of sampling options.

And by being built directly within the powerful Arcade synthesizer, users are just a touch away from adding their own spin.

Output has also released a version 1.2 update to Arcade, bringing more power to the creative with a new Feed page and revamped browser.

Changes in Arcade v1.2

  • Revamped browser homepage.
  • Cycle through kits quicker with the new previous/next buttons.
  • Sub presets for modifiers, FX modules, and modulation sources.
  • Automatic key and tempo detection.
  • Major improvement to the searching capabilities.
  • Standalone version, you can now play Arcade without a DAW.

The Crate is free to try with any new Arcade sign-up. New users can try the playable loop synthesizer free for the first 14 days. A subscription is 10 USD/EUR per month.

More information: Output