They say you get what you pay for, but there are several exceptions to this rule. Many sample companies are offering free sample packs and demo/taster packs. These free sample packs usually ask for either an email address or some sort of social currency (a Facebook like, a SoundCloud follow, a Twitter follow, etc.), but it’s a pretty small price to pay for the quality content that they offer. So without further ado, here are five places to find free high-quality sample packs that you can download right now!
Cymatics has a lot of great free sample packs. Not only do they offer free drum and Foley sample packs, but they also offer free Serum and Massive presets, as well as Midi packs and project files. In addition to that, they also curate other free sample packs from across the internet on their blog. Their sample packs are usually based on dubstep, house, and trap musical genres. So if you are into any of those genres definitely check them out.
You get a free 500MB sample pack when you sign up an account with Loop Masters. The taster pack includes everything from bass & synth loops to drum & percussion loops. You’ll basically receive everything you need to make a track from scratch or to help get your creative juices flowing.
Prime Loops, much like Loop Masters, offers a free 500MB taster sample pack when you sign up an account with them. Since this is a taster sample pack you will get a lot of great sounds from the different sample packs that they offer. So this is a sample pack that can be tailored to multiple genres.
That Sound creates some of the best sounding organic drums samples out there. This is another taster sample pack that takes various samples from each pack they have and put it together in this pack. This pack includes both organic and electronic drum sounds as well as drum loops.
Woodshed Audio has some really cool sample packs. They have sample packs dedicated to 808s, shakers & tambourines, indie drum sounds, pop drum sounds, vintage drum sounds, and several other. I don’t use the term mix ready very often, but these samples are pretty close to mix ready. Just drop them in your track and you have very minimal treatment, in order to get these samples to fit into your track.
So there you have it. Five places to find free high-quality sample packs that you can use in your productions. Sound selection is a very important part of the production process, as a better quality source leads to a better quality mix. A better quality source also means less time mixing and processing in the future.
Have you ever tried any samples from any of these sample companies? Are there any other companies that make free sample packs that aren’t on the list? If there are any free sample packs that you have used and recommend, feel free to share them in the comments below.
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