The only thing better than good samples are good free samples or free loops. Don’t worry. I’ve done the digging for you to find the best sites for free samples & free loops.
Since rap exploded on to the music scene, the use of loops and samples has become ubiquitous in all genres.
Whether we’re talking about pop music, rock, hip hop, or EDM, there is always a place for samples .
For example, in rock recordings, producers often layer the sound of real drums with sampled kicks and snares. Electronic music has relied on vocal samples and percussion loops since nearly the beginning.
Of course, samples and loops can be expensive. And that’s not to say that they’re not worth it. I’ve pick up some absolutely amazing sample packs over the years that were worth every penny.
Whether you’re looking for a song starter, a banging drum loop, or some horn samples, this list of the 8 best sites for free samples and loops will get you making music in no time. Some of these sites are a little on the obscure side, but if it sounds good, it is good.
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The 8 Best Sites for Free Samples & Free Loops
Loop Cloud – Loop Cloud, by Loop Masters, is the ultimate tool for musicians making sample-based music. It keeps track of ALL of the samples on your computer, lets you sort by instrument, style, key, bpm, and more. And it comes with 1GB of free samples, plus 150 free samples a week!
Loopmasters.com – Loop Masters sells some of the best sample packs out there, with a huge variety of styles. The quality is professional grade and you can find just about anything. If you sign up for its mailing list, you get 500 mb 1 GB of free samples (Updated Oct. 2019). Plus, many of the Loop Masters sample packs allow you to download free demo versions with about 15-30 samples and loops.
Sample Magic – Sample Magic also makes incredibly good sample packs (I’m in love with the samples and loops in the Sunset Sessions!). If you click on the “store” tab on top of the page, you’ll see a link to “free downloads.” There you can find about a half dozen high quality free packs.
Producer Loops – Producer Loops has one of the biggest collections of free samples & loops available. And the library of these free loops is really easy to navigate. But… there’s a catch (there’s always a catch). You can get 2 free sample packs for each sample pack that you purchase. Still, it’s a pretty solid value.
Citizen DJ - An incredible project by Brian Foo at the Library of Congress to make a massive amount of the Library's archives available for sampling and remixing. It includes samples everything from old government films to vaudeville performances, available for free! Note: Citizen DJ is currently in beta. I only expect it to get beter.
Freesound - A massive database of every sort of free sample you could imagine. But please beware! These samples are all uploaded by users, and there's a decent chance that some of them may violate copyright. Don't risk using them in a song you're trying to sell or license, or you may face a nasty surprise.
Looperman - Similar to Freesound, Looperman is a massive collection of user uploaded samples and loops, available for free. Again, you have to be careful with clearing these samples, but it's a huge database full of fun samples to chop.
Big Fish Audio - Big Fish Audio, maker of some of my favorite loops and instruments, has six free loop packs available on its website. The free loops from Big Fish Audio cover everything from Cinematic to Urban to Country. These free samples total several gigabytes of high quality content!
Bonus Site for Free Samples & Free Loops
Hip Hop Makers – Hip Hop Makers offers a lot of great samples and loops for free download in the hip hop genre. It also offers a great community for producers looking to get into the hip hop music production game, including a section on how to sell beats!
Updated 2/1/20 - It appears that Rubber Tracks recently went offline. I'm leaving the link up here in the hopes that this amazing resource comes back to life. Converse Rubber Tracks – Converse, the shoe company, has created an absolutely amazing royalty free sample library. Which is weird. But let’s not look this gift horse in the mouth. As of June 2016, it had nearly 40,000 free samples, made by some of the best producers in the business. Free samples by the likes of RJD2, Com Truise, and the Gospel Choir All Stars. There are samples in dozens of genres. The only real downside is that samples are very well organized, and it can take a while to find what you need.
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