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There’s an old saying in music production circles: “you can never have enough samples”.
Not sure where to find the best free samples for music production?
We round up 11 of the best resources for quality free samples available on the internet.
11 Companies That Put Out Excellent Free Sample Packs
1. SampleRadar by MusicRadar
MusicRadar bills itself as the “No 1 website for musicians”, which is a ridiculously bold claim that isn’t entirely without merit.
MusicRadar have existed for many years, operating numerous publications focused on music production and technology such as Future Music and Computer Music magazines.
Each month, these would come with DVDs with many gigabytes of samples and other resources for electronic musicians, which were extremely useful back when download speeds were dreadful. Flash forward to 2019 and many of these packs have been made available for free!
This is perhaps the best resource for anyone who is just starting out as so much ground is covered here, you can really set yourself up with just this website alone.
Producer Spot is a website dedicated to music producers, musicians, and sound designers across all genres. They’ve built up a name for themselves for their high-quality offerings that have been catalogued and organized for ease of use.
From lush trance vocals to tough Brazilian Bass construction kits, Producer Spot provide a smorgasbord of high-quality sample packs for electronic musicians.
Additionally, they also offer MIDI loops, synth presets, plugins, courses and more.
Legowelt is a legendary techno and ambient musician with an impressive collection of vintage synthesisers and other hardware units in his Netherlands studio.
Every now and then, he takes time out of his busy schedule to explore these synths and record samples for us to use for free. These samples are then uploaded to his funky, old school website which reminds me of my dial-up days as a kid.
Packs are categorised by synth model with special attention paid to more obscure synths and ROMplers – which means these aren’t just any old synths you can recreate with a VST.
To accommodate older hardware samplers, sounds are in CD quality – 16-bit wav at 44.1kHz.
While they sound perfectly fine, it does break from the standard 24bit quality we’ve come to expect, and 48kHz has effectively replaced 44.1kHz in recent times.
Nonetheless, Legowelt’s samples are fun and useful across a variety of genres. Fans of old school house and techno will be particularly delighted.
SampleSwap is a website that reflects the dedication of creator Canton Becker and his vision to provide a massive online sample library that is free for everyone.
Though other users can submit content for consideration, Canton personally vets and then organises the sounds he feels are worthy of inclusion, spending time trimming, normalising and renaming every sample.
As you may expect with such an ambitious project, there are sounds of all sorts here, making SampleSwap a great first stop for beginners looking to build a solid library to get started.
Most are one-shots but there are also some loops and stems from full tracks.
So, full disclosure, this is my website that I’ve been running for a few years. Do I feel any shame?
No. Clearly not.
But I won’t miss this opportunity to mention it while we’re talking about free samples.
Many packs on my site are available for free and these rotate on a regular basis, there is no distinction between the free and premium packs when it comes to quality.
Most sounds are from vintage hardware synths, like the Legowelt samples which were a huge inspiration for me. There is also a page for multisamples, with dozens of packs of meticulously sampled vintage gear.
Where possible, analogue synths are recorded in 96kHz / 24bit wave quality. Don’t forget to check out the new pack of MS-20 Mini sounds I just released with Producer Hive too!
Relatively new on the scene, freepacks.io is an impressive directory that points you towards virtually every free sample pack on the net. This really is one of the best free sample pack websites for this reason.
Instead of being limited to just one company or genre, you can easily find sample packs from all over the internet to suit your tastes. You can browse by genre, company, format, tags, or just view all the free packs in one big list.
In addition to samples, you’ll also find presets for various synths as well as MIDI files.
The Sound7 story begins almost 20 years ago, and 1o of those years has been spent supplying factory sound banks to synth manufacturers.
The range of sample packs on their website are exclusive to them and are all created in the Sound7 studio – acoustically treated and with attention paid to the tiniest detail (even down to the cables used). This way you not only know they are going to be high quality but it also means less work in terms of tweaking when you download them!
Sound7’s free section includes some really cool content including chillwave drumloop samples and trance presets. Subscribing to their newsletter will give you even more.
There are of course paid samples available as well at very reasonable prices, we highly recommend checking out both.
WavGrind is a production company that specialises in samples, sound design and music education.
Their impressive list of clients includes Lil Keed, Kap G, Lakeyah and Dj Drama who have all used their packs and bundles.
Whilst there are paid sample packs available, WavGrind offer some top quality free options which included MIDI, sample and melody packs as well as drum kits. There’s plenty to keep you going without spending a penny! You’ll get the stems and MIDI for each download meaning you have total control.
Their sample packs include an impressive array of 808s, percussion, loops and are all completely royalty free.
As always I encourage you to check out every website on this list, they really have something for everyone. If you’re picky with your samples, why not take the ones that don’t work for you and process them in cool new ways that work for your style of production?
If you’re only using samples as they come, you’re missing all the ways a sound can be flipped and twisted into something totally new.
When auditioning sounds, before asking yourself “can I use it” you should be asking “how can I use it?”.
Also before you go, don’t forget to grab the free MS-20 Mini sample pack I released with Producer Hive! It’s a full on assault of raw analogue sound, focusing heavily on bass and SFX sounds.