What They're Not So Good For: Hard to pinpoint many negative qualities, but these samples definitely fit into a more mainstream sound. Think popular major label artist sounds in Pop, Hip-Hop, Electronic, and Rock. They are going to pack a lot of punch into your sound, so if you make more chilled out styles and don't want your drums forward then these might not be for you.
What They're Good For: This pack offers a wide range of different drum samples, all of varying tempos and genres, which is a great way to introduce wildly different sounds to your sonic pallet. They have interesting textures, unexpected loops, and many options to choose from.
What They're Good For: Sure, I'm biased here but the proof is in the results. These sample packs contain some of the exact same samples I've used in some of my best productions and I give them away to producers entirely for free. Better yet, there are two different volumes each containing entirely different material!
What They're Not So Good For: These packs do great to whet the appetite, but are so DOPE that you'll want even more. Unfortunately, only students enrolled in the Hyperbits Masterclass get access to the entire Creative Suite of samples.
What They're Good For: This pack is massive and filled with some incredibly high-quality samples. They have very weighty percussion sounds that dominate the mix, and can instantly grab a listener's attention with little processing.
What They're Good For: This pack has a ton of great drum samples, but I was most surprised by their quality bank of 808 and 909 sounds. Dance music producers can never have a big enough bank of these iconic drum machine hits, and this free pack of drums is a great starter kit for new producers and an even better addition to seasoned producers' libraries.
What They're Not So Good For: I know that beggars can't be choosers, but I wish this sample pack was a bit bigger. The process to obtain them can be slightly obnoxious, and you opt-in for signing up for another lengthy email sequence once you give Slate your email. That being said, the 808 songs make it worth it!
What They're Not So Good For: It might just be due to my background in dance music, but many of these more interesting samples lack a weighty punch that would get a dance floor moving. Sure, it leaves space for vocals and softer elements, but as a DJ and dance producer, I NEED that power.
What They're Good For: I like this pack because it's light, easy, and diverse. Not only does it come with a few killer 808 samples (remember, you can never have enough 808 samples), but also includes a few free presets for popular synths like Massive and Serum.
What They're Not So Good For: Students of the Hyperbits Masterclass learn ASAP that organization is vital to a producer's workflow, and the delivery of this pack simply makes me anxious. One folder with a laundry list of samples will take extra time to organize into appropriate folders in your sample library.
What They're Not So Good For: It can be tempting to grab as many of these free offerings as possible. But this can leave you with a ton of unorganized, and rather small sample packs that clutter up your library and can get chaotic fairly quickly.
Pro Tip: It's not so much the drums offered in these sample packs that are great; it's the instruments. Sure, they might sound tacky and out of context, but dropping them into a sampler can create entirely new and malleable instruments. Take this to the next level by dropping these audio clips into a granular synth-like what Omnisphere 2 offers and it can leave you with truly wild results.
The Rundown: You may have heard of the website MusicRadar, which provides all sorts of information and articles to musicians, producers, and audio engineers. They compiled all the samples that came with copies of the magazines Future Music and Computer Music and made an easy download location for them for free. Organized alphabetically, these packs have a super wide variety of sources and styles and can provide an amazing inspiration boost.
What They're Good For: Loopmaster's has a fairly decent newsletter that can be incredibly informative. So when you get this free sample pack, you'll also get access to their regular mailing list. It's a two-for-one win!
What They're Not So Good For: These samples are great, but can often take a bit of work and processing to have them fit right in your track. This is especially true if you're sourcing samples from off-genre packs like the ones offered in their free banks.
The Rundown: Complete with loops, samples, and textures, SamplePhonics offers genre-specific packs and packs that are more category-based. These can be instrument loops, specific effect style samples, etc. SamplePhonics also has amazing filtering options at the top of their age so you can find exactly the packs that you need.
Duration: 00:01UCS Category: VOXScrm (?)The UCS, for "Universal Category System", is a public domain initiative by Tim Nielsen, Justin Drury and Kai Paquin, among others. This is a list of fixed and consistent categories for classifying sound effects. It provides consistency in a filename structure to make naming and categorizing easier for anyone who maintains their own personal or professional library. This sound library meets the UCS 8.1 categorization. Click to display the full UCS list.Type: Alone soundChannels: Monophonic (?)- Monophonic : Is single-channel. Typically there is only one microphone, one loudspeaker.- Stereophonic : Is a method of sound reproduction that creates an illusion of directionality and audible perspective.- Ambisonic : aims to create a multi-channel sound space. Used, for example, in virtual reality.Conditions: Studio (?)A "studio" sound has been recorded in a reverb-free place.An "outdoor" sound contains disruptive elements. The sound is not totally pure. There is sometimes a little wind, some rumors, etc.A "indoor" sound usually contains a strong reverb. It can not, for example, be used to sound an image taken outdoors.Sampling Rate: 44,100 Hz (?)Search : Defines the number of samples per seconds taken from a continuous signal to make a discrete signal. The unit for sampling rate is hertz.- 44,100 Hz : CD Audio quality.- 48,000 Hz : The standard used by professional digital video equipment such as tape recorders, video servers, vision mixers and so on.- 96,000 Hz : DVD-Audio, some LPCM DVD tracks, BD-ROM (Blu-ray Disc) audio tracks, HD DVD (High-Definition DVD) audio tracks.Bit depth: 16 Bits (?)More : In digital audio, bit depth describes the number of bits of information recorded for each sample.- 16 bits : CD quality audio. A standard used by media professionals.- 24 bits : DVD-Audio, which can support up to 24-bit audio.Author: Joseph SARDIN
Our own KOMPLETE START package nets you a couple of tasty free guitar libraries alongside a wealth of other sampled instruments, synths and effects. Jazz Guitar and Rock Guitar are part of the Band collection of 13 KONTAKT libraries (which also includes basses, drums, keys and more), and both share a common scripted interface that enables adjustment of tuning and velocity response, as well as randomization of volume, velocity, pan and pitch. Plenty of sound shaping is on offer via the Tone and Pickup controls, and a variety of effects, including one-knob wah-wah, distortion, overdrive and compression modules, and master reverb, three-band graphic EQ and 11 cabinet simulations; and the Noise knob introduces fret and string noise for heightened realism. A solid option for quick and easily adaptable guitar parts. 2b1af7f3a8