Free sample packs are the sustenance of any electronic music producer’s studio setup. And that’s even truer if you’re just starting out.
So, to help you out on your production journey, we compiled this massive list of free sample packs (individual packs and entire resources) for you to explore.
You can use these sounds in any DAW, from Ableton Live to FL Studio.
We’re constantly updating this, so feel free to send us more resources. Let’s take a look! 👇
Pro-tip: don’t just download samples that fit your specific genre. Branch out, using different sounds in new ways helps to create a unique sound. Also, not all of these sources are necessarily royalty-free sounds, therefore do your own research before using these in released tracks.
Our Very Own EDMProd Free Sample Packs 👇
You better believe it – we have free samples which you can pick up right here, right now.
EDM Starter Kit
Our biggest pack here at EDMProd includes:
- 700+ samples
- Serum presets
- Our best educational resources
Analog Sample Pack
We recorded a bunch (over 700) samples of analog synths and interesting sounds, from the Roland Juno-6, Roland Jupiter 8, the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators, a Korg Microkorg and more.
Grab it for free below:
Lofi Hip Hop Sample Pack
We made this dedicated pack for our Lofi Hip Hop guide, but you can get it right here for free. It includes:
- 10 kicks
- 10 claps/snares
- 7 hats
- 7 melodic sounds
- 23 foley/fx
Foley Sample Pack
Grab 53 foley sounds in our latest pack, including:
- Creek sounds
- Stick sounds
- + more
Our Other Genre-Specific Sample Packs
Still need more EDMProd goodness? Check these other packs we’ve built for free just for you ❤
Drum and Bass Starter Kit and Free Sample Pack
Kickstart your DNB production with our Starter Kit, including a free sample pack of over 40 sounds (Drums, FX, Bass and more).
You’ll also get our top presets for Serum and our DNB Cheat Sheet, a blueprint for making the right decisions in Drum and Bass!
House Starter Kit and Free Sample Pack
70+ House-dedicated samples? You got it! What’s more, you’ll get our House Cheat Sheet to help you get your ideas from brain to DAW in no time!
Trap Starter Kit and Free Sample Pack
More of a Trap and Hip Hop guy? Check out our Trap Starter Kit, you’ll get 50+ exclusive Trap drum and FX samples, and our very own Serum synth presets 😍
Still more Free Sample Packs 😍
In no specific order, here are some more free sample packs we’ve crafted over the years:
- Hardstyle Free Sample Pack: 7 Loops and One-Shots labeled by Key and BPM
- Phonk Free Sample Pack: 14 Loops including Drums, 808s, Vocals and Melodies + 6 One-Shots including Kick, Snare, 808 and Cowbell
- Ambient Free Sample Pack: 10 Loops including Soundscapes, Layers, Felt Piano and Atmospheres
- Soothe2 Free Sample Pack: a unique sample pack created with the soothe2 plugin, includes 11 creative FX sounds, from artefact-laden drums, to retro-style synths, and more
- Future Bass Sample Pack: check out this massive free sample pack which includes 61 kicks, 50 snares, 28 808’s, 20 claps + snaps, 9 tom fills, 25 percussive fills, 35 closed and open hats and 6 Future Bass construction kits 😍
If you still need more, check out our Free Downloads Page. There you’ll find custom Ableton effect racks, Serum and Vital presets, a ton of free PDFs with tips and tricks for EQ, Compression, Stereo Imaging and a lot more! 🙏
Before You Keep Going
Now I know you’ve probably downloaded some of our packs already, and you’re armed, ready to get a whole bunch more.
But I want to talk for a second about the importance of not having too many samples:
Because with services like Splice Sounds, this list of free samples and a whole lot more, you can get caught up in collecting packs and not making much music.
It’s why inside our EDM Foundations course, we only give you a curated selection of samples.
So, here’s a little process for trying out sample packs. Imagine you’re trialing a demo of a new plugin, but instead, it’s a sample pack.
Free Sample Packs Download Process
- Look at the sample pack details:
- Look at the contents – what are you getting? Make sure the pack is worth even considering in the first place.
- Many paid sample packs have a demo you can listen to. Take advantage of these.
- Download the pack into a ‘Trial’ folder in your sample packs folder:
- This is especially important with free packs, where often we get trigger happy and find way too many to use.
- Even with paid packs do this, unless you’re using a service like Splice where you can choose individual samples, already having auditioned them.
- Audition the samples in your DAW:
- Start by scrolling through the folders and getting a general feel for the pack. Are the sounds on par with what you expected? Do they need a bit of tweaking and is that worth your time? Could you easily find a better pack? Etc.
- If you’re still unsure, try making a quick beat or idea with the samples. Often this can help bring the potential in the sounds out.
- Decide whether the pack is for you or not:
- If the pack sucks, delete it.
- Is it only okay? Probably delete it.
- Oh, it’s good? Keep it.
- (Optional) – Delete the bad samples:
- This can be a time-consuming task and can be quite boring, but if you feel up to it, deleting the samples you don’t like from packs can help to create a curated selection of samples.
Now, you can carry on with the downloading frenzy.
Recommended: The Producer’s Guide to File & Sample Organization
SampleRadar Free Sample Packs
Possibly the first free samples I ever downloaded came from MusicRadar’s sister resource – SampleRadar.
This ever-growing haven of free sounds will give you enough material to work with for a lifetime – curated into themed packs so you’re not wasting time sifting through irrelevant samples.
Samplephonics Free Sample Packs
The makers of the sample subscription service Noiiz also have a bunch of free sounds you can grab on their website. They vary from trap, to D&B, and to tropical bass.
You do have to make an account, but you don’t have to pay a subscription – just an email.
BassGorilla Free Sample Packs
Known for its great tutorials and resources, BassGorilla has a whole section on its website dedicated to free samples. Grab sounds from prolific artists like Koan Sound and MakO.
Black Octopus Sounds Free Samples Collection
Black Octopus Sounds are a heavy-hitter in the samples world, with a huge collection of finely curated samples categorized by genre.
If you’re not ready to take the leap yet, why not try their free collection, totaling over 1Gb of samples from their very best collections?
Ghosthack Cybersynth Soundscapes
Looking for something inspired by the Bladerunner and Cyberpunk universes? Look no further:
Inside this amazing free sample pack, you’ll get 1.32Gb of futuristic goodness, including textural pads, heavy-hitting basses, FX and a lot more! What’s more, all the sounds have an amazing analog quality – perfect if you don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on actual analog gear!
ModeAudio Free Sample Packs
Long-time friends of the EDMProd team, ModeAudio, have a great selection of sounds available when you sign up for their email list. £84 and 800MB worth of samples for free, to be exact.
This is split across 5 packs from granular FX to chill electronic loops, with a few massive presets thrown in too. Not a bad deal at all.
If the site name doesn’t make it clear, this website hosts soundpacks, uploaded by users. For that reason, you can get a great variety of sounds here.
It goes without saying, but you have to be careful not to infringe copyright in this situation, as the freedom to upload also means the freedom to distribute paid packs illegally.
Apart from that, this resource is a gold mine for any sort of sound, from staples to experimental.
These guys love their free samples. Not only do you get 3.3GB of free sample and preset content when you sign up for their newsletter, but they also have a solid portion of their site dedicated to giving away free stuff packs that you normally have to join their subscription service to access.
The only catch is that these downloads are all through the Pump Your Sound fangate, meaning you have to follow them on Soundcloud. Not a big deal though.
This website has some weird and wonderful sounds (being around since 2001), some are more bread-and-butter, while others are definitely a mixed bag.
One of the cool features this site offers is the ability to download ‘random’ packs, so you don’t really know what you’re getting. This way you can get sounds you might not normally pick – great for inspiration.
On top of that, if you want to grab the entire collection at once, you can buy it for $29. If you don’t like it, they’ll give you $34 back.
If you’ve ever been in a situation where you need a specific sound but don’t have it – Freesound is the answer.
This sound sharing website hosts a bunch of samples, not just for music production, but also for video games, video production and foley art, and a lot more. So the types of sounds you get on here are quite varied.
Simply make an account and you can search for any sound you like. You can get individual files, whole packs or even browse a certain uploaders catalogue of sounds. Neat stuff.
Stranjah Free Sample Pack
If you’re a fan of Drum and Bass, you surely know the name Stranjah:
Stranjah is one of the leaders in the Drum and Bass education sphere. He also has a killer free sample pack that includes:
- 8 x 808 Bass Hits
- 4 x Amen Breaks (rx2 included)
- 9 x Bass Hits
- 9 x Kicks
- 18 x Snares
- 7 x Hihats
- 2 x Musical Loops
- 11 x Music One Shots
- 14 x Percussive Hits
Reddit Free Sample Packs Subreddits
Sample pack companies often create solid packs because, well, they sell. Everyone needs staples. Not everyone needs more obscure sounds.
That’s where Reddit comes in, offering up a plethora of great subreddits for sharing homemade sample packs. Some of these resources are for sharing packs, some of them are for sharing sample-able music.
Once again, be mindful that some of these resources could infringe copyright, so be smart. Here are a few of my favorites:
- r/drumkits – One of my personal favourites. A lot of producers upload their free kits here to download, typically containing (you guessed it) drum loops and one-shots. Great for hip-hop oriented music
- r/hotsamples – A great resource for sharing music to sample. No downloads are linked for obvious reasons.
- r/samplesforall – Any kind of sample. Music. Drum kits. Drum machines. Audio. You name it, it’ll be there.
- r/youshouldsamplethis – For obscure non-melodic samples like film dialogue and random audio snippets.
- r/freesounds – Includes free sample packs among presets and other production freebies.
- r/samplehunters – For finding samples contained in other songs.
- r/vintageobscura – Very obscure record sharing. Lots of fun.
- r/vinylcollectors – Pretty self-explanatory.
Legowelt Free Sample Packs
Germany-based underground producer Legowelt is an industry stalwart of sorts, with a decent release catalog and a reputation for obscure sounds.
In addition to these things, he’s also put out a number of analog sample packs over the years, all of which sound warm and fuzzy.
Sound 7 have a nice variety of different samples (and presets for a bunch of different synths) available on their site.
In my opinion these guys are super underrated, so go check them out!
Echo Sound Works
A lot of great free samples (and presets) available from a solid rotation of talented sound designers. You’ll get everything from bread and butter sounds to weird and wonderful nuggets. Particularly good for that modern EDM sound, but also some stuff that’s begging to be used in fresh ways.
The Pro Audio Files
Our friends at The Pro Audio Files have a great free download from one of their blog authors, Cristofer Odqvist. You get 100+ hand-crafted drum samples, loops, effects, transitions, impulse responses, reverb tails, synths, harmonies and more.
NASA Sound Library
If you want to achieve an esoteric, spaced-out aesthetic on your tracks, why not use actual sounds from space? NASA has built a great library of recorded sounds from various interstellar activities over the years, and put them up on their Soundcloud and website.
Make sure to read the ‘sound use policy’ before releasing anything, but go nuts on these sounds.
Bedroom Producers Blog
Not only do they have a knack for compiling high-quality free plugins and sampler instruments, but they also release their own free sample packs.
They also started a side project, 99Sounds, dedicated to their original resources.
Prrrrrrr Records Free Sample Packs
A personal hidden gem – prrrrrrr on Soundcloud has three free sample banks for you to use in your own productions. These are a nice variety of sounds, so you’ll always be surprised what you get, but they’re quality nonetheless.
Vintage Drum Samples by Autodafe
I downloaded a massive pack of free vintage drum samples a long time ago, and I’m not 100% sure where I got it. But this was the closest thing I could find.
You’ll get lots of 707, 808 and 909 emulations, among more obscure drum machines, which is great if you need some solid, timeless drum samples.
Lastly, this is technically designed for Native Instruments Kontakt, but you can use the WAV files on their own.
Lex Luger Drum Kit
This pack essentially made trap music. Essentially, it’s a bunch of 808 drums processed to sound snappy (the snare) and boomy (the kick, hence why some people call them ‘808’s). If you want some solid sounds for that kind of music, look no further than this kit.
Samples From Mars
Need some carefully curated, high-quality vintage drum sounds? That’s Samples From Mars’ speciality. You can find a few free packs on their website that are smaller versions of their paid packs.
You do need to checkout in order to grab them, but hey, free samples are free samples.
Neurohop Forum Free Packs
Back in the days when Neurohop Forum was around, the userbase compiled together a massive pack of bass, FX, drum, and a whole lot more. If you’re a bass music producer, this is a cornerstone resource for you.
It took a lot of digging, but here are the download files for both volumes.
Night Owl Collective Free Packs
Night Owl Collective is a multi-genre label, from future bass, to hip-hop, to neuro. Their free artist-curated packs are a reflection of this – a barrage of unique sounds that can spark your creativity.
I’m a big fan of these packs, so go check them out:
Gratis by That Sound
That Sound creates awesome samples that span beyond electronic music, including this free pack of 500 sounds. No matter if you make hip-hop, pop, rock, or EDM – this pack will give you the sounds you need.
Jonas Aden Free Packs
You might have seen a video or two from Jonas Aden before on his YouTube channel. He makes great music production content detailing his journey as a producer and does great challenges and fun music things.
He also has a selection of free packs on his website of sounds he’s made – some of which he’s used in songs that have been released on Spinnin’ Records.
BBC Sound FX Library
I love the british. And I also love these sounds.
Note that while these sounds are free to download, you’ll need to purchase a license if you want to use them commercially.
Acapellas are super useful tools for coming up with a hook. You can chop, pitch, and process them in a number of different ways.
Voclr.it is a great place to get all sorts of free acapella samples. Simply create an account and you’ll get 5 download credits a week.
Bear in mind a lot of these are copyrighted, so use at your own discretion.
Diode Eins “Hymenoptera” Techno Pack
Making techno? You have to check this great free pack from the trio Diode Eins. In total, you’ll get 181 samples – not bad for $0.
The Best Drum and Bass Free Sample Packs
Looking for the best free sample packs for Drum and Bass and Jungle? Check out the following, most of which I’ve personally used in tracks I released:
- Ed Solo: Classic Remastered Jungle Breaks – A remastered breaks pack containing 72 samples of the most classic breaks labeled by type and pitch.
- Natus: Textures – an amazing pack of chord textures, perfect for that atmospheric Liquid DnB.
- Shryne Sample Pack Vol. 1 by Alexvnder – the Bible of Liquid DnB breaks, chord progressions and more. An absolutely MASSIVE 15Gb worth of goodness for $0 – don’t sleep on this one.
- Antidote Audio by K Motionz & Subsonic – screechy jump up basses, rolling breaks and more? You’ve got everything you need to make club bangers in this free sample pack.
Looking for Killer Vocal Samples?
Looking for the best free vocal samples out there? Tired of hearing the same vocals from Splice or Loopcloud?
We’ve dedicated an entire article to the best vocal sample packs out there 🔥
In it we cover everything you need, including:
- Huge choruses
- Male and female vocal samples
And a lot more! And we’ve even included some paid packs too if you feel like spending 😉
Need More Free Stuff?
I know, that was a lot of options. But if there’s more stuff out there that we’re missing, let me know by flicking me an email at [email protected] – I’ll add them here.
Additionally, check out our other free stuff below: