Sample packs are essential for any frugal producer. Especially when they’re free.
They capture all the analogue goodness without the price tag. No more choosing between buying food or saving up for that TR-808.
Free sample packs make you a better producer—because a musician is only as good as their tools right?
Here’s my favourite insider spots to get the sample packs you need.
The Legowelt Sample Kits
Danny Wolfers (aka Legowelt) is a production genius. After watching him produce it’s hard to believe that he thinks about anything else.
Fortunately for us, Wolfers offers free samples from some of the most iconic (and expensive) instruments. Incredible.
Our Favourite: The Yamaha DX-Files
Download them HERE for free.
Wavy.audio Free Sample Packs
Wavy.audio offers a new and diverse sample pack every week. Completely free.
Their subscription service allows you to subscribe to their mailing list and get every new sample pack to your inbox as soon as it’s released.
You can even submit your own pack and get it featured on the front page with a link to your site.
Grab all the packs HERE for free
Ground Your Sound
If you wanna ground your sound in some seriously superb samples then the free Ground Your Sound sample pack from Cristofer Odqvist and The Pro Audio Files is a must-have.
There’s all sorts of useful tools in it—from “Destroyed Drum Machines” to a collection of reverb tails that are perfect for layering.
Grab the pack HERE and file it under Pro.
Preview the free top-notch sounds below:
Liveschool Drum Samples & Racks for Ableton
Liveschool offers some great resources for artists including a huge amount of free samples.
You have to give a bit of info. But once you’re in, there’s tons to choose from.
Grab them HERE.
Our Favourite: Vermona DRM1 Drum Rack
Ableton Free Packs
Of course it makes sense for a DAW to provide some amazing sample packs. Ableton does just that with their Free Packs section.
You can find a whole bunch of great sounds. All completely free.
Browse and download them HERE.
Our Favourite: Recording Hybrid Kit
Boxed Ear Free Kit Packs
Although Boxed Ear doesn’t boast as gigantic library, what they do offer is amazing.
Their kits sample some lesser known machines like the Roland CompuRhythm CR-78. They even provide a preview of the sounds before you download.
Grip them for free HERE.
Our Favourite: The Dave Smith Instruments Tempest Vs. Akai MPC60
Goldbaby ‘Free Stuff’ Section
This site is packed with valuable sample kits. There’s 19 free packs in total. They even have a sample pack of the first ever drum machine! The Wurlitzer Side Man.
Make them all yours right HERE.
Our Favourite: The Cassette808
Rhythm Lab Sample Bundles
What sample collection would be complete without the Amen Break? Rhythm Lab offers it and more in their lengthy free sample library.
Just be sure to click the FREE button on the right side of the page.
Get them all HERE.
Our Favourite: Yamaha CS15 Loops
Now that you’ve fattened up your production tools don’t forget to use them. Always be producing.
And let us know your favourite free sample packs. We’re always looking for new samples too! Because no toolbox is too big.