Free music samples: download loops, hits and multis

1st Apr 2013 | 08:23

Free music samples: download loops, hits and multis
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Welcome to SampleRadar, MusicRadar's weekly giveaway of pro-quality, royalty-free samples. Here you can find links to all of our weekly entries, which feature collections of loops, hits and multisamples in a wide range of genres. And the great news is that you won't have to pay a penny to download any of them.

The samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like – all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

All the samples originally appeared on either a Computer Music or Future Music magazine cover disc. Check out their latest issues for many more; in the meantime, scroll through the tabs below, choose your genre and happy downloading!

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Free music samples: download loops, hits and multis
50 free Mistabishi DnB and dubstep samples

Whether he's making massive rave jams as Mistabishi or indulging his experimental dubstep side with Lol, James Pullen is never less than exciting and innovative.

Now our friends at Computer Music magazine have cajoled him into creating a collection of 800 drum 'n' bass and dubstep samples for their VIP series, and SampleRadar is giving you 50 of them right here.

These represent just a taste of what you can expect if you pick up the September issue of Computer Music, the cover DVD of which contains the complete Mistabishi collection. The magazine is available in UK stores now and can also be purchased online from myfavouritemagazines.co.uk.

Click here to buy Mistabishi - Drum and Bass Vol 4 from the MusicRadar sample store

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What you need to know

The samples are split into ten folders, each of which is labelled according to the type of samples that it contains.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the Mistabishi samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The Mistabishi samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

140bpm drum break

174bpm drum break

140bpm synth riff

174bpm synth riff

Deep pad

Mistabishi samples: click to download

Mistabishi samples (136MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorials

How to make big dubstep/DnB beats with Reso

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503 free synth arpeggio samples

SampleRadar remembers the days when it had to practise its arpeggios for piano exams, but these days, it's happy to play a note or chord and let a synth do the work.

Which brings us to this week's collection of sounds, which contains fast and furious arpeggios from a range of synths.

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What you need to know

The samples are split into folders, each of which is labelled to give you an idea of what's contained within.

All the samples are supplied as 16-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The synth arpeggio samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Arp FX

Chord arp

Single note arp

Juno arp

Synth arpeggio samples: click to download

Synth arpeggio samples (182MB)

Tutorial

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451 free emo samples
Sounds for tortured tunesmiths.

Our mood this week has taken a turn for the poetically desperate, as we present a selection of heart-wrenching emo samples.

So, sweep your hair across your head, slip on your skinniest fitting jeans and get ready to experience some angst.

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What you need to know

The samples are split into five construction kits, each of which contains bass, drum (loops and hits), lead and rhythm guitar samples.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The emo samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bass 86bpm

Beat 105bpm

Lead guitar 99bpm

Rhythm guitar 155bpm

emo samples: click to download

emo samples (273MB)

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242 free feelgood samples

This week, SampleRadar is on a mission to turn that frown upside down, as we present a collection of upbeat sounds that are guaranteed to put a spring back into your step and your music making.

With our help, it won't be long before you're putting the finishing touches to your uplifting summer anthem.

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What you need to know

The samples are split into three folders: Chords (organ and synth choir), Harp and Loops.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The feelgood samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Organ chord

Synth choir chord

Harp

Organ loop

Feelgood samples: click to download

Feelgood samples (318MB)

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How to make a big house piano sound

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50 free Bomb Squad samples

As a member of The Bomb Squad, Hank Shocklee helped to produce a selection of seminal Public Enemy records. He's also been responsible for film soundtracks and set up his own production company.

A new Bomb Squad album is on the way in the Autumn, but prior to that, Hank has created a new 1GB sample collection - Bomb Quad - Tactical Beats and Sample Artillery - for Loopmasters. You can buy this now for £34.95 from the MusicRadar sample store, but as a taster, we've got 50 samples that you can have for free.

To read Hank's thoughts on the past, present and future of sampling, and to learn a few step-by-step sampling techniques direct from the man himself, check out the brand new Computer Music Sampling Special (CMS48), which is available now.

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What you need to know

The samples are split into two folders: loops, and sounds and FX.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The Bomb Squad samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bushmaster M21

Bassdrop

M504s

Wasp R8

Bomb Squad samples: click to download

Bomb Squad samples (86MB)

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286 free real-world FX samples

While many of us like to make music that sounds decidedly synthetic, adding a snatch or two of real-world audio can help to give your productions a more organic feel.

And wouldn't you know it, SampleRadar is on hand to help, with a broad cross-section of sounds that come from the world around you.

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What you need to know

The samples are split into three folders: Body FX, Foley FX and Field Recordings.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The real-world FX samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Creaky floorboard

Food mixer

Eating crisps

Summer rain

Real-world FX samples: click to download

Real-world FX samples (365MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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220 free electronic pop samples

The sound of synth-led pop music dominates the charts at the moment, and that's what we're celebrating in this week's sample giveaway.

When you're approaching these loops, think David Guetta, Lady Gaga and Tinie Tempah (among others). They were created using some of the very latest soft synths, including Tone2's ElectraX and Audio Damage's Phosphor.

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What you need to know

The samples are split into five folders. These contain the full loops, the various loop elements, the drum loops only, the drum loops without kick drums, and the drum loops with bass.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The electronic pop samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Stay the same

Hotter than you

Love pen

Men and women

Everybody knows

Electronic pop samples: click to download

Electronic pop samples (413MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorials

How to mix classic pop vocals

How to make it as a pop band

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45 free Vince Watson samples

A real treat for you this week, as we bring you a selection of pro samples courtesy of Computer Music magazine and techno bigwig Vince Watson.

The samples represent just a taste of what you can expect if you pick up the July issue of Computer Music, the cover DVD of which contains 800 exclusive Watson-crafted techno sounds. The magazine is available in UK stores now and can also be purchased online from myfavouritemagazines.co.uk.

This collection is the first in Computer Music's new VIP series - look out for more in the months to come.

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What you need to know

The samples are split into eight folders, each of which is labelled according to the type of techno samples that it contains.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The Vince Watson techno samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

808 electro groove

Moonbass

Fatswoop

Electronica percussion

Chordswoop

Vince Watson techno samples: click to download

Vince Watson techno samples (74MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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171 free feedback samples

For some, feedback is a curse, but SampleRadar is of the opinion that it sometimes pays to embrace its squealy charm.

Hence this collection, the sounds in which were created by running two or three chains of pedals in and out of an LEM Baby mixer/tape echo. For the guitar samples, a Danelectro Baritone was also used; the others were made simply by feeding the mixer back on itself through the pedals.

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What you need to know

The samples are split into two folders: LEM Baby Mixer and LEM n Guitar.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The feedback samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

LEM 8

LEM 13

Guitar 4

Guitar 31

Feedback samples: click to download

Feedback samples (89MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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20 hot metal production tips

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100 free experimental samples

Don't expect easily digestible rhythms and melodies this week, as our SampleRadar journey is taking a turn for the experimental.

Inspired by the likes of Autechre, Burial and Saturn Never Sleeps, many of these sounds were created using Omnisphere and Absynth.

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What you need to know

The samples are split into four folders: Bass, Drones, Drums and Sfx.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The experimental samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bass 3

Drone 6

Drum loop 5

SFX

Experimental samples: click to download

Experimental samples (321MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorials

How to make a glitchy beat in Logic 9

How to make vocal stutter effects in your DAW

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130 free drum 'n' bass pad samples

If you want to make your drum 'n' bass productions sound that little bit bigger, a pad sample or two might just be the answer.

Luckily for you, we've come up with the goods: the download link below points in the direction of 130 sweeping chords and drones that are perfect for anyone who wants to give their DnB projects a more epic quality.

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What you need to know

The samples are supplied in a single folder, so just dive in and explore them.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The drum 'n' bass pad samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Pad 11

Pad 22

Pad 36

Pad 95

Pad 124

Drum 'n' bass pad samples: click to download

Drum 'n' bass pad samples (417MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorial

How to make a drum 'n' bass beat in Ableton Live

23 classic drum 'n' bass tips

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100 free drum 'n' bass FX samples

Continuing our deep exploration into the world of drum 'n' bass sounds, this week's SampleRadar is devoted to FX.

You'll find risers, descenders, impacts and abstract noises, all of which are designed to add interest to your DnB productions.

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What you need to know

The samples are supplied in a single folder, so just dive in and explore them.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The drum 'n' bass FX samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

FX 6

FX 13

FX 33

FX 98

Drum 'n' bass FX samples: click to download

Drum 'n' bass FX samples (148MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorial

How to make a drum 'n' bass beat in Ableton Live

23 classic drum 'n' bass tips

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100 free drum'n'bass atmosphere samples

Our research tells us that drum 'n' bass is one of the most popular genres covered by SampleRadar, so over the next few weeks we're going take a more in-depth look at the genre, bringing you some specific DnB elements.

First up, atmospheres: if you're looking for eerie and futuristic soundscapes that will help you to create great intros, you've come to the right place.

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What you need to know

The samples are supplied in a single folder, so just dive in and explore them.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The drum 'n' bass atmosphere samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Atmosphere 6

Atmosphere 15

Atmosphere 37

Atmosphere 60

Drum 'n' bass atmosphere samples: click to download

Drum 'n' bass atmosphere samples (523MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorials

How to make a drum 'n' bass beat in Ableton Live

23 classic drum 'n' bass tips

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426 free nu-disco samples

The glory years of disco may have been in the late '70s and early '80s, but its dancefloor friendly sound has never really gone away.

These days, we have nu-disco, which takes inspiration from the past while having an upfront sound to please today's club-goers. And SampleRadar has the sonic tools you need to make it.

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What you need to know

The samples are split into three tempo-labelled kits of loops 'n' lines, each of which contains drum, bass and guitar loops plus breaks, sweeps and drops.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The nu-disco samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Drums 125bpm

Bass 128bpm

Guitar 130bpm

Sweep 130bpm

Nu-disco samples: click to download

Nu-disco samples (306MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorial

37 music production tips from the pros

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440 free amped samples

We're all for producing music 'in the box', but when you want to add a bit of grit and character to your sounds, nothing beats sending them through a real amp.

And that's exactly what's been done to the samples in this week's collection: it offers re-amped bass, drum and guitar loops in four different styles.

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What you need to know

The samples are split into four tempo-labelled construction kits: Dub, Jazz, Experimental and Funk. Each of these contains drum, bass and guitar loops.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The amped samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Dub drums (60bpm)

Jazz bass (120bpm)

Experimental tone (100bpm)

Funk guitar (100bpm)

Amped samples: click to download

Amped samples (628MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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The 10 best amps for blues guitar

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462 free pop samples

There's not much room for subtlety in many of today's pop records: they sound big, brash and ballsy, taking inspiration from dance music, hip-hop and R&B.

This is reflected in this week's SampleRadar collection, which gives you the sonic building blocks you need to craft a pop smash.

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What you need to know

The samples are split into four construction kits, each of which contains bass, beat and synth samples at a specific tempo (90, 100, 120 and 130bpm).

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The pop samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Synth 90bpm

Bass 100bpm

Beat 120bpm

Beat 130bpm

Pop samples: click to download

Pop samples (283MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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8 steps to producing a pop record


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713 free robotic synthpop samples

At the risk of sounding like your dad, SampleRadar likes to think it's a pretty groovy kind of cat. However, you can only have so much of hanging loose and there are times when a bit of rigidity is in order.

Times like this in fact, as we present a collection of old-school robotic synthpop samples that were inspired by German pioneers Kraftwerk. Quantise your download finger and read on to find out more.

What you need to know

The samples are split into nine folders, each of which is named to give an indication of the type of samples that are contained within. The likes of drum machines, FX, speaking toys and vocoded vocals (some in German) are all here.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The robotic synthpop samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Korg KR55 beat

FX sound

Speaking toy

Vocoded vocal

Robotic synthpop samples: click to download

Robotic synthpop samples (185MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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26 essential synth tutorials


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437 free chunky guitar and drum samples

Forget subtlety: for this stop on the SampleRadar journey, we're going for bold and brash drum and guitar sounds.

We'll think you'll hear echoes of Led Zeppelin in some of the beats, and in honour of Solo Week, we've even included some lead guitar snippets alongside the heavy riffs and chugs.

What you need to know

The samples are split into seven folders, each of which is named to give an indication of the type of drum or guitar sounds contained within.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The chunky drum and guitar samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Zeppy beat (80bpm)

Rocky Beat (120bpm)

Guitar chug (160bpm)

Guitar lead

Chunky drum and guitar samples: click to download

Chunky guitar and drum samples (191MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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382 free ambient samples

As you'll know if you've been following it for a while, SampleRadar loves to shake a leg on the dancefloor. But there are also times, just like for everyone else, when it likes to relax and have a nice sit down.

This is just one of those times: we've casually rifled though the vault marked 'ambient' and lackadaisically put together this calming collection.

What you need to know

The samples are split into two construction kits of different tempi (80 and 120bpm). These contain arpeggiated synth, bass, drum, pad, Rhodes, guitar and other loops

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The ambient samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Synth arp 80bpm

Beat 80bpm

Bass 120bpm

Rhodes piano 120bpm

Ambient samples: click to download

Ambient samples (502MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorial

27 essential ambient production tips


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393 free soul and funk samples

Soul and funk - two genres that go together like bread and jam. Or a pie and a pint.

That's what SampleRadar thinks, anyway, hence this collection of soulful sounds that simultaneously carry a serious amount of groove.

What you need to know

The samples are split into five construction kits of different tempi (90, 100, 110, 112 and 120bpm). These contain drum, bass, guitar, Rhodes piano and organ loops.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The soul and funk samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bass 90bpm

Beat 100bpm

Guitar 110bpm

Rhodes piano 112bpm

Organ 120bpm

Soul and funk samples: click to download

Soul and funk samples (213MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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10 songs that have been sampled to death


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227 free remix samples

Sometimes, getting a remix started is the trickiest part of the process, but if you're struggling for inspiration, SampleRadar can help.

This week's collection contains a range of loops that are perfect for kick-starting your latest remix, though obviously, you can also use them in original productions, too.

What you need to know

The samples are split into three folders that are labelled by tempo (90, 125 and 130bpm). These contain beats, bass and synth loops.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The remix samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 90bpm

Beat 130bpm

Synth 125bpm

Synth 130bpm

Bass 90bpm

Remix samples: click to download

Remix samples (213MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorials

18 pro remixing tips

How to make it as a remixer

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345 free Afrobeat samples

Hailing from Africa in the '70s and christened by Fela Kuti, the infectious sound of Afrobeat combines elements of jazz, funk and traditional Nigerian music.

The likes of Talking Heads, TV On The Radio and Vampire Weekend have all been influenced by the genre, and now it's making its presence felt on SampleRadar.

What you need to know

The samples are split into three construction kits of different tempi (105, 110 and 118bpm). These contain drum, bass, guitar, keyboard and percussion loops.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The Afrobeat samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Drums 110bpm

Bass 105bpm

Wurlitzer piano 118bpm

Guitars 110bpm

Afrobeat samples: click to download

Afrobeat samples (159MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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Percussion instruments round-up: the best in the world today


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266 free acoustic guitar samples

SampleRadar certainly likes its full-on electronic productions, but sometimes, all it wants to do is pull up a stool and have a play on its collection of acoustic guitars.

Hence this week's collection, which features loops recorded on a Takemine EAN45CX six string acoustic guitar, Yamaha FG-412-12 twelve string acoustic guitar and Terada six string (nylon) classical guitar.

What you need to know

The samples are split into two tempo-labelled folders: 85 and 120bpm. These contain mixes of several guitars, effected loops and single instrument loops.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The acoustic guitar samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Guitar mix 85bpm

Single instrument 85bpm

Guitar mix 120bpm

Effected loop 120bpm

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Acoustic guitar samples (406MB)

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429 free upfront house percussion samples

Just like those who listen to it, house music doesn't stand still, which is why it's a genre that SampleRadar feels compelled to revisit frequently.

This week, we're giving you a collection of bustling cutting-edge percussion loops, all of which were produced using Reason's awesome Kong Drum Designer.

What you need to know

The samples are split into three folders: these contain the original versions of the loops, processed versions and the individual parts for each loop.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The upfront house percussion samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

45 minute warning (original)

Disco teknastic (original)

Back to basics (processed)

Deep scouse (processed)

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Upfront house percussion samples (723MB)

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318 free old-school rave samples

For most people, the party season has just come to an abrupt end, but for SampleRadar, it never stops.

In fact, we're starting 2011 by getting our old-school rave on, with a collection of sounds that hark back to the early '90s. So, grab your whistle and dive in.

What you need to know

The samples are split into five folders: Beats, Drum hits, FX, Loops and Construction Kits (127, 135 and 140bpm).

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The old-school rave samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 140bpm

Lazer

Hoover

Bass 135bpm

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Old-School rave samples (108MB)

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200 free drum 'n' bass breaks samples

For the final SampleRadar of the year we return to the ever-popular genre of drum ‘n’ bass.

Rather than go down the construction kit route, this time we’re giving you 200 breakbeat-style loops that are ripe for twisting and reprogramming.

What you need to know

The breaks are numbered 1 to 200 - go ahead and do with them what you will.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they’re royalty-free, you’re welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don’t re-distribute them.

The drum ‘n’ bass breaks samples are supplied in a zip file, so you’ll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

DnB break 09

DnB break 30

DnB break 94

DnB break 136

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Drum ‘n’ bass breaks samples (110MB)

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236 free wonky step samples

It’s time to set your quantize option to ‘off’, throw out The Rule Book and get your wonk on.

Funky, frenetic and just a little bit out of control, this new SampleRadar collection will give you everything you need to create grooves that are crammed with ideas that compete with as much as complement each other.

What you need to know

The samples are split into three construction kits at different tempi (120, 130 and 140bpm). Each of these contains beats and a variety of other sounds.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they’re royalty-free, you’re welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don’t re-distribute them.

The wonky step samples are supplied in a zip file, so you’ll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 120bpm

Bass 140bpm

Whale synth 120bpm

Casio SA1 130bpm

Wonky step samples: click to download

Wonky step samples (80MB)

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358 free dark dub samples

The sound of dark dub blends hard electronica and dub reggae rhythms/production techniques into one sinister whole, and you can experience it for yourself in this week's SampleRadar.

We've got the loops you need to create your own grooves - get ready to step out of the light and into the darkness.

What you need to know

Beats, bass, keys 'n' synths and percussion folders are all on offer, with the sounds being supplied at three tempi (125, 130 and 135bpm).

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The dark dub samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 125bpm

Bass 130bpm

Synth chops 135bpm

Percussion 125bpm

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Dark dub samples (379MB)

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792 free carnival rave samples

UK users may be in the midst of an early bleak midwinter, but SampleRadar is here to warm things up with a sizeable collection of sun-kissed carnival rave samples.

To expand a little more, these sounds are tinged with ragga, reggaeton, breakbeat, house and basement flavours: click the download button and get the party started.

What you need to know

The samples are supplied in five folders: Extreme synth bass, Rhythmic loops, Single hits, Vox loops and Vox slices. All the loops are supplied at 130bpm.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The carnival rave samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Extreme synth bass (Mousey)

Rhythmic loop

Vox loop

Carnival rave samples: click to download

Carnival rave samples (384MB)

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162 free urban rock samples

Rock/hip-hop crossovers have been invading the charts since Run-D.M.C and Aerosmith pretty much invented the genre with their reworking of the latter band's hit Walk This Way.

And now said genre - or should that be fusion of genres? - is hitting SampleRadar, as we present a collection of sounds that we're choosing to bill as urban rock.

What you need to know

The samples are supplied in three tempo-labelled construction kits (80, 88 and 95bpm). Each of these contains bass, beats and guitar sounds.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The urban rock samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 80bpm

Bass 88bpm

Guitar 95bpm

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Urban rock samples (188bpm)

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466 free jazz club samples

SampleRadar is stepping away from both the dancefloor and the mosh pit this week, and into the smoky depths of the jazz club (actually, smoking’s now banned in public places so let’s make that the non-smoky depths).

And even if you don’t make straight-up jazz, the loops and riffs on offer here may still be useful for adding a touch of sophistication to your productions.

What you need to know

The samples are supplied in four construction kits, each of which is tempo-labelled. Inside the main folder for each of these you’ll find drums, guitar, bass and keys samples.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they’re royalty-free, you’re welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don’t re-distribute them.

The jazz club samples are supplied in a zip file, so you’ll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Guitar 95bpm

Bass 110bpm

Beat 120bpm

Electric piano 130bpm

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Jazz Club samples (460MB)

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199 free uplifting samples

There's a lot of misery in this cruel world, but SampleRadar remains positive. Witness this week's collection of high-quality, royalty-free sounds, which will lift even the gloomiest of moods.

If you're looking for samples that will put your music on the front foot and give it a lift, get ready to start downloading.

What you need to know

The samples are supplied in four folders: Arps (arpeggiated synths); ChorPad chords (vocal-esque pads); Pad loops; and String Filters.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The uplifting samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Arpeggiated synth

Choral pad

Pad loop

String filter

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Uplifting samples (674MB)

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338 free FX samples

Whether you're working on a soundtrack for a media project or your latest dubstep opus, FX samples can help to add interest and atmosphere.

If your sample library isn't yet stocked with such audio embellishments, don't fret, for SampleRadar has 338 of them right here.

What you need to know

The samples are supplied in six folders, each of which contains FX sounds of a particular type.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The FX samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Robot voice

Industrial ambience

Evil voice

Abstract

FX samples: click to download

FX samples (453MB)

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235 free songwriter's samples

SampleRadar would never go so far as to say that songwriting is easy, but if you've got a good selection of drum loops and acoustic guitar parts at your disposal, you do at least have plenty of starting points.

And wouldn't you know it, that's exactly what's on offer this week - all free for download, of course.

What you need to know

The samples are supplied in Drums and Guitar folders. In each of these are further folders that are labelled according to the tempo of the samples contained within them.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The songwriter's samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Drums 90bpm

Drums 120bpm

Guitar 105bpm

Guitar 120bpm

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Songwriter's samples (265MB)

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721 free electro house samples

After last week's foray into the world of minimal house, this edition of SampleRadar is tackling its more garish and brasher brother: electro.

Massive in its own right and currently influencing pop music around the globe, this is very much the sound of now.

What you need to know

The samples are supplied into eight folders, with each one labelled according to its contents: Bass loops, Beats, Drum hits, FX, Guitar chunks, Guitar loops, Processed beats and Synth riffs.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The minimal house samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 125bpm

Bass 130bpm

Synth riff 125bpm

Guitar loop 125bpm

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Electro house samples (250MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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18 kickin' electro tips


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350 free minimal house samples

Less cheesy than electro and funkier than funky house (really), minimal is all about infectious grooves and basslines.

SampleRadar is getting in on the minimal act this week, bringing you the sound you need to bring the house down.

What you need to know

The samples are supplied in 18 tempo-labelled construction kits (running from 118 to 135bpm), each of which contains bass, beat and percussion samples.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The minimal house samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bass 118bpm

Beat 125bpm

Percussion 130bpm

Synth 135bpm

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Minimal house samples (134MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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294 free filthy hippy samples

This collection takes inspiration from all over the place. The influence of psychedelia, rock and even electronica can all be felt at times, as the sound veers from gritty to mellow.

If you're still not sure what to expect, our advice is just to dive in and enjoy the trip.

What you need to know

The samples are supplied in five tempo-labelled construction kits, each of which contains drum, bass, guitar, keyboard and other samples.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The filthy hippy samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bass 110bpm

Beat 135bpm

Piano 120bpm

Drums 90bpm

Rhythm guitar 105bpm

Filthy hippy samples: click to download

Filthy hippy samples (230MB)

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303 free Hi-NRG samples

Like everyone else in the music world at the moment, SampleRadar has decided to step back to the '80s to bring you a taste of the up-tempo, synth-powered genre that was Hi-NRG.

Think Ian Levine and Patrick Cowley and you're in the right ballpark: if it's retro dance sounds you're looking for, you've come to the right place.

What you need to know

The samples are supplied in five folders: four of these are tempo-labelled construction kits, while the fifth is filled with multisamples.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The Hi-NRG samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Drums 132bpm

Arpeggio 130bpm

Bass 125bpm

Mini lead 130bpm

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Hi-NRG samples (298MB)

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243 free vinyl-style samples

Despite the fact that our computers enable us to produce music that sounds crystal clear, the crackle and hiss of old vinyl is still much in demand by many producers.

SampleRadar is celebratrating this by bringing you a collection of vinyl-style royalty-free sounds to save you the trouble of crate digging and ending up in court accused of copyright infringement.

What you need to know

The samples are supplied in five folders: crackle, drum hits, drum loops, hits and skipped stuff.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The vinyl-style samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Crackle

Drum loop

Skipped loop

Vinyl-style samples: click to download

Vinyl-style samples (106MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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1,338 free female vocal samples

Something a bit different for this week’s SampleRadar - a sizeable collection of vocal lines from singer Mandy Edge.

If your latest track is lacking in personality, these could be just the thing to give it some, and because each line is supplied in soft, medium and hard variations (and with two harmony parts), you’ve got plenty of flexibility.

What you need to know

The samples are supplied in six stylistically themed folders: just open them up and start exploring.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they’re royalty-free, you’re welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don’t re-distribute them.

The female vocal samples are supplied in a zip file, so you’ll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

All night (hard)

Do you feel the same (medium)

Gotta slow down (soft)

Forget about her (hard)

Female vocal samples: click to download

Female vocal samples (426MB)

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347 free prog rock samples

It's time to let your hair down and dig out your cape and velvet trousers, for SampleRadar is pulling up the portcullis and entering the kingdom of prog rock.

Taking inspiration from the likes of Yes, King Crimson, Rush and Dream Theater, these royalty-free sounds will take your music into psychedelic realms.

What you need to know

The samples are supplied in three construction kits (138, 150 and 132bpm). Inside their folders you'll find an assortment of guitar, drum, bass, organ and Rhodes loops, and there are some single hits and multisamples too.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The prog rock samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Drums 138bpm

Bass 150bpm

Lead guitar 132bpm

Organ 150bpm

Prog rock samples: click to download

Prog rock samples (352MB)

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A-Z of prog rock


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320 free ska samples

MusicRadar has already given ska the A-Z treatment, so rather than attempt to sum up the genre in a couple of lines, give that a whirl and you'll get a comprehensive 26-step guide.

Right here, though, we're exclusively about the royalty-free samples: dive in and download.

What you need to know

The samples are supplied in a massive 130bpm construction kit. In here you'll find Major, Minor and Percussion folders, which contain bass, brass, organ, sax, trombone, trumpet and drum loops.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The ska samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat

Bass

Organ

Brass

Ska samples: click to download

Ska samples (371MB)

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338 free house samples

It seems unthinkable that the all-conquering genre that is house has thus far slipped through SampleRadar's royalty-free sound-gathering net, but at least we can address this strange oversight right now.

Suffice to say, if you're looking for loops that will help you to produce your next club anthem, you've come to the right place.

What you need to know

The samples are split into five construction kits, each of which is supplied in a tempo-labelled folder. Inside these you'll find further bass, beats and synths/keys folders, and the samples are contained within.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The house samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 127bpm

Bass 128bpm

Synth lead 128bpm

Synth pad 127bpm

House samples: click to download

House samples (394MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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259 free country crunk samples

What is country crunk? To be honest, even SampleRadar isn't totally sure, but it feels like it should be wearing a Stetson, carrying a 909 under its arm and shouting a bit.

Perhaps the best thing to do is just check out these royalty free samples: you've got guitars of various flavours, beats, basslines, Rhodes piano progressions, organ licks and harmonica parts to get busy with.

What you need to know

The samples are split into four construction kits, each of which is supplied in a tempo-labelled folder (84, 110, 98 and 90bpm). Inside these you'll find further folders that are labelled by instrument, and the samples are contained within.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The country crunk samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Steel string acoustic guitar 84bpm

Beat 110bpm

Rhodes 98bpm

Bass 90bpm

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Country crunk samples (182MB)

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160 free dubstep bonus samples

Since SampleRadar began last year it's toured through a wide range of musical styles, but this week's instalment takes it back to the place it started: dubstep.

If you're been onboard from the start you'll know that 342 free dubstep samples have already been made available for download, but if that's not quite enough for you, keep reading (and clicking) for some extra bonus content.

What you need to know

The samples are split into four folders: Beats, FX, Loops and Percussive FX. Each of these contains samples of the type that the folder name indicates.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The dubstep bonus samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat

FX

Loop

Percussive FX

Dubstep bonus samples: click to download

Dubstep bonus samples (119MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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How to make filthy dubstep wobble sounds

How to make a dubstep bass sound

How to make a dubstep track with Rusko

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300 free twisted orchestra samples

The sound of a real orchestra is one that can't be matched - it's big, broad and beautiful - but we're bringing you a collection of synthetic symphonic sounds that have been royally messed with.

What you need to know

The samples are split into ten folders, each of which is labelled according to its tempo. In each folder there are sub-folders that contain different sound types, and the loops are contained within.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The twisted orchestra samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Loop kit 1, 120bpm

Loop kit 2, 100bpm

Loop kit 7, 170bpm

Loop kit 8, 80bpm

Twisted orchestra samples: click to download

Twisted orchestra samples (472MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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483 free movie soundtrack samples

Here's a collection of royalty-free samples that are ideal for use in soundtrack work, but we think they'll also slot perfectly into your standard compositions, too.

What you need to know

The samples are split into two folders: Sci-fi & Fantasy and Suspense & Horror. Each of these contains further folders that are labelled to indicate the type of sounds featured within them (atmospheres, bass, beats, FX, synths etc)

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The movie soundtrack samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Sci-fi & Fantasy bass

Sci-fi & Fantasy synth

Suspense & Horror orchestral

Suspense & Horror beat

Movie soundtrack samples: click to download

Movie soundtrack samples (298MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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215 free summer lovin' samples

This collection of royalty-free sounds has a smooth, relaxed, summery R&B feel, with an '80s vibe being evident in some of the samples. Roll the top down and give them a spin - or just listen to them while you're sheltering from the rain in your darkened studio.

What you need to know

The samples are split into four folders, each of which contains a construction kit in a specified tempo. Each kit features a selection of drum and instrument loops

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The Summer lovin' samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example loops

Bass 95bpm

Drums 110bpm

Guitar 86bpm

Bell piano 80bpm

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Summer lovin' samples (186MB)

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246 free italo disco samples

Conceived in the '70s, the futuristic electronic sound of italo disco has enjoyed something of a renaissance recently, with its influence being heard on work by artists such as Sally Shapiro, Glass Candy and even Little Boots.

What you need to know

The samples are split into four folders, each of which contains a construction kit in a specified tempo. Each kit features bass, beats, percussion and synth loops.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The italo disco samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example loops

Bass 120bpm

Drums 115bpm

Percussion 125bpm

Synth 120bpm

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Italo disco samples (167MB)

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212 free dancehall samples

SampleRadar is tipping its hat in Jamaica's direction, paying tribute to the reggae-derived genre of dancehall.You'll find everything you need to unleash your inner rudeboy: stick with us and you'll soon be ready to create your own bashment classic.

What you need to know

The samples are split into five folders, each of which contains a construction kit in a specified tempo. Each kit features bass, drums, lead and other loops, while drum hits are also provided.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The dancehall samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example loops

Bass 162bpm

Drums 122bpm

Lead 120bpm

IceCream lead 110bpm

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Dancehall samples (122MB)

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307 free loved-up samples

SampleRadar has always considered itself to be a lover rather than a fighter, and it's showing its sensitive side here by giving you a decidedly amorous audio collection.

These are the sounds of seduction: think Barry White, Isaac Hayes and Teddy Pendergrass and you'll be in the right ballpark.

What you need to know

The samples are split into six folders, each of which contains a construction kit in a specified tempo. Each kit features bass, drums, guitar and keyboard loops, while drum hits are also provided.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The loved-up samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example loops

Beat 82bpm

Bass 85bpm

Guitar 74bpm

Organ 90bpm

Clavinet 106bpm

Rhodes 80bpm

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Loved-up samples (264MB)

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252 free heavy metal drum samples

This is a varied collection of drum loops in this most brutal of genres - both acoustic and electronic beats are included, and they come at a wide range of tempi.

What you need to know

The samples are split into two folders: acoustic and electronic. Each of these contains sub-folders that are labelled by tempo.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The heavy metal drum samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example loops

Acoustic 120bpm

Acoustic 220bpm

Electronic 80bpm

Electronic 180bpm

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Heavy metal drum samples (123MB)

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316 free hip-hop samples

This blingin' collection includes drums, basslines, guitars, synths and keyboards - everything you need, in other words, to produce a hip-hop beat.

What you need to know

The samples are split into six construction kits that are labelled according to their tempo (85, 90, 94, 97, 100 and 110bpm). Each kit contains further folders labelled by instrument type.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The hip-hop samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example loops

Beat 85bpm

Bassline 90bpm

Guitar 94bpm

Keys 97bpm

Synth 100bpm

Hip-hop samples: click to download

Hip-hop samples (278MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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272 free guitar and bass samples

Rather than focusing on a specific musical style, here we're simply bringing you a broad selection of guitar and bass samples.

The guitar loops were recorded through a tube compressor and in some cases a Morley wah-wah was used. NI's Guitar Rig was used to warm up some of the samples, but most are totally clean.

The bass collection was played on a pair of vintage Music Man Stingrays and treated to some EQ and compression limiting. Some also feature distortion, while others were run through a phaser or an envelope filter pedal.

What you need to know

The samples are split into two folders: Bass Loops and Guitar Loops. Inside these, you'll find further folders that are labelled by tempo or tone/style.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The guitar and bass samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example loops

Bass 120bpm

Bass FX 170bpm

Driving guitar riff

Wakka guitar riff

Guitar and bass samples: click to download

Guitar and bass samples (95MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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Recording electric guitar

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212 free lo-fi punk disco samples

Here's a collection of James Murphy-inspired lo-fi punk disco samples - synths, drums, guitars and basses.

What you need to know

The samples are split into 7 folders, six of which contain construction kits, and one of which contains beats at various tempi. As well as loops, there are also some drum hits.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The lo-fi-punk disco samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example loops

Kit 01 (130bpm) full mix

Kit 02 (100bpm) full mix

Kit 03 (130bpm) full mix

Lo-fi punk disco samples: click to download

Lo-fi punk disco samples (94MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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301 free percussion loops

Your rhythm tracks needn't just be about kicks, snares and hi-hats. If you want to make them a little more interesting and varied, throwing in some percussion loops can help enormously.

Luckily for you, SampleRadar has a slew of shakers, snaps, bells and tambourines for you to drop in, as well as a few more unusual percussion elements.

What you need to know

The samples are split into 11 folders, each of which is labelled according to the type of percussive material it contains or the tempo of the loops within it.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bitWAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The percussion samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example loops

Tambourine

Shaker

Finger snap

Guiro

Percussion samples: click to download

Percussion loops (155MB)

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500 free loungekore samples

How's your week been? Stressful? Modern life certainly can be, so we'd recommend spending some of your weekend 'me time' with SampleRadar's royalty-free collection of loungekore samples.

As you'd expect, these sit towards the relaxed end of the sonic spectrum, and you can expect the tones to be smooth as opposed to spiky.

What you need to know

The samples are split into five construction kits, each of which contains percussive and instrumental sounds at a specific tempo (68, 70, 80, 112 and 120bpm). As well as loops, some of the kits also contain hits and multisamples.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The loungekore samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Elka synth (Kit 1)

Beat (Kit 2)

Guitar (Kit 3)

Mellotron (Kit 4)

Organ (Kit 5)

Loungekore samples: click to download

Loungekore samples (313MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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395 free FX and sweetener samples

Here's a selection of sounds that can be used to add an extra 'something' to your tracks. By that, we mean FX noises and sweeteners that will serve as the icing on the sonic cake (or, if you're more experimental, the egg and flour).

What you need to know

The samples are split into ten folders. Nine of these contain FX sounds, while the final one (which is in a separate zip file) contains the sweeteners. As well as loops, some of the kits also contain hits.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The FX and sweetener samples are supplied in zip files, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Alien Minstrals

Synth noise

Reversed piano chord

Radio noise

FX and sweetener samples: click to download

FX samples (263MB)

Sweetener samples (332MB)

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316 free Parisian-style samples

The collection we're giving you here has a distinctly French flavour, being inspired by the likes of Kavinsky, Justice, Mr Oizo and the artists on the Kitsuné label. Download it and give your music a sense of Parisian style - you'd be 'in-Seine' to miss out!

What you need to know

The samples are split into six folders, each of which contains a construction kit of samples at a specific tempo. As well as loops, some of the kits also contain hits.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The Parisian-style samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bass (Kit 01)

Prophetesque synth (Kit 02)

Guitar (Kit 03)

Beat (Kit 04)

Mashed loop (Kit 05)

Parisian-style samples: click to download

Parisian-style samples (123MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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How to make ea Justice-style bass sound

How to make a Daft Punk One More Time-style vocal effect


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546 free retro and degraded samples

Below is a vast repository of high-quality samples… of low-quality sounds. Confused? Think Atari, Casio, Commodore 64, Nintendo, Sega, Dr Who (version 1) and Speak & Spell. It's a combination of brutal harshness and delicate pathos that only 8-bit audio can bring.

The collection also features some more contemporary flavours, albeit rammed through all manner of corrosive hardware and plug-ins.

What you need to know

The samples are split into six folders, each of which contains a construction kit of samples (some also include a demo loop so that you can hear what you're getting into). As well as loops, each kit also contains hits and multisamples.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The retro and degraded samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bass (kit 1)

Drums (kit 2)

Lead synth (kit 3)

FX (kit 4)

Retro and degraded samples: click to download

Retro and degraded samples (312MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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502 free '80s samples

For a long time, a lot of the music produced in the '80s was held in low regard, but it seems to be an endless source of inspiration for many of today's artists. We're celebrating this new appreciation by bringing you a selection of samples that take their lead from the likes of David Bowie, Gary Numan, Michael Jackson and - gulp - Toto.

What you need to know

The samples are split into six folders, each of which contains a construction kit of samples at a defined tempo (93, 117, 118, 120, 125 and126bpm). As well as loops, each kit also contains hits.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The '80s samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Lead synth (93bpm)

Drums (117bpm)

Synth bass (118bpm)

Pad synth (126bpm)

'80s samples: click to download

'80s samples (432MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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10 synths that defined the '80s

How to make a Calvin Harris-style '80s lead synth sound

How to make an 8-bit video game FX sound

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504 free Balearic bliss samples

Here we're turning up the temperature and easing down the stress levels by bringing you a collection of chilled-out Balearic bliss samples. This is the sound of an Ibizan sunrise...

What you need to know

The samples are split into four folders, each of which contains a construction kit of samples at a defined tempo (100, 105, 125 and 135bpm). As well as loops, each kit also contains hits and multisamples.

All the hits and kits are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The Balearic bliss samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat (100bpm)

Pad (105bpm)

Flutey line (125bpm)

Bass (135bpm)

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Balearic bliss samples (506MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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1,007 free criminal damage samples

Below you'll find a load of mangled, crushed and generally messed-up sounds. Yep, our criminal damage collection was created by abusing all manner of different gear, some of which was harmed in the process.

What you need to know

The samples are split into 13 folders, and the name of each one should give you a good idea of the carnage that awaits within. As well as loops, some of the categories also contain hits, while there's a dedicated folder of multisamples.

All the hits and kits are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The criminal damage samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Drum loop

Circuit-bent Speak & Math

InDaTumbleDryer

QChord

Criminal damage samples: click to download

Criminal damage samples (865MB)

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1,000 free drum samples

Here a round thousand drum samples are awaiting your attention: we've got single hits, complete kits that can be loaded into your drum machine of choice and a selection of ready-to-go loops.

What you need to know

The samples are split into three folders: Assorted Hits, Drum Kits and Rex Loops. The first two contain further sub-folders that let you know the type of hit and kit you're dealing with (both acoustic and electronic sounds are on offer), while the third features drum loops in the widely supported REX format.

All the hits and kits are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. The REX files can be loaded into any software that supports them. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The drum samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Acoustic snare

Electro kick

Crash cymbal

Drum samples: click to download

Drum samples (254MB)

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376 free funk samples

Here's a brand new bag of funk samples that are guaranteed to leave you in a cold sweat. Put some of these in your tunes and the roof of the sucker will be well and truly torn off.

What you need to know

The samples are split into five folders. Four of these are labelled according to their tempo and contain instrument sounds, while the fifth is filled with beats.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The funk samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat

Bass

Guitar

Clavinet

Electric piano

Funk samples: click to download

Funk samples (164MB)

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400 free heavy metal guitar samples

What if you never got round to buying (and learning to play) that first real six-string? Don't worry - SampleRadar is here to meet your riff (and other) requirements, bringing you a mighty collection of royalty-free heavy metal guitar sounds.

What you need to know

The samples are split into three folders: Guitar A; Guitar B; and Guitar C. Each of these contains riffs, chugs, power chords and more.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The heavy metal samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Guitar A

Guitar B

Guitar C

Heavy metal samples: click to download

Heavy metal guitar samples (568MB)

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587 free lo-fi samples

With this collection, we're getting gritty, delivering you a collection of lo-fi samples. There's a decidedly 8-bit theme to proceedings, and many of the sounds have been degraded to perfection with a range of audio processors.

What you need to know

The samples are split into four folders: Lo-fi drum loops, Sound FX, Construction kits and Bonus multisamples.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The lo-fi samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Drum loop

FX sound

Bass

Lead

Lo-fi samples: click to download

Lo-fi samples (168MB)

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703 free grime samples

For this collection we've taken inspiration from East London, as our specialist subject is grime. Dizzee Rascal, its most famous exponent, may have diversified in recent years, but his 2003 debut Boy in da Corner was the album that helped to popularise the movement.

Since then, grime's 2-step beats and throbbing basslines have influenced a range of styles, notably dubstep.

What you need to know

The samples are split into seven self-explanatory categories: Bass, Beats, FX, Guitar, Kits, Synth and Vox.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The grime samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat

Bass

Synth

FX

Vox

Grime samples: click to download

Grime samples (380MB)

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Dirty grime production tips


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976 free classic synth samples

Here we're giving you a selection of classic synth sounds - these come from ARP's Odyssey and Solina instruments, and Roland's System 100. As a further bonus, you can also download single hits from some of history's finest drum machines, including Roland's TR-909 and 808 beatboxes.

What you need to know

The samples are split into four folders. Three of these cover the featured synths, while the fourth contains all the drum machine content. There are riffs, multisamples and single hits.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The classic synth samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract this before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

ARP Odyssey

ARP Solina

Roland System 100

Classic synth samples: click to download

Synth samples (287MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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462 free atmospheric samples

Here we're stepping off the music genre merry-go-round to bring you a wide selection of atmospheric samples. These sounds can be used to add interest to an existing track or, if you're feeling particularly experimental, serve as the basis for a new one.

What you need to know

The samples are split into 11 categories: Dark, Earoh, Harmoneutic, Light, Orgonite, OutSect, Pads, ReAtmos, Sweepa, SynAtmos and Textures.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The atmospheric samples are supplied in two zip files, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Pad

Synth atmosphere

Dark bells

Orgonite

Atmospheric samples: click to download

Atmospheric samples 1 (358MB)

Atmospheric samples 2 (348MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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293 free trance samples

Continuing our run through of some of today's most popular genres, here we're stepping into the euphoric world of trance. Born in the 1990s, this anthemic form of dance music has been a fixture in clubs ever since.

Its signature synth sounds are currently being used in hip-hop, too, while Calvin Harris's number 1 hit I'm Not Alone also features a classic trance riff.

What you need to know

The samples are split intro instrumental categories: Basslines, Drums, Explosions, Leads, Pads and Trance Piano. The Drums folder features both loops and single hits.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like – all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The trance samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example loops

Bassline

Explosion

Drum loop

Pad

Lead

Piano

Trance samples: click to download

Trance samples (510MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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355 free breakbeat samples

Here our sonic microscope is zooming in on breakbeat, which means not drums but melodic sounds, too. This is a genre that covers a lot of ground, so to give you an idea of what each of our sample kits contains, there are demo mixes for you to listen to below.

What you need to know

The samples are split across four construction kits, each of which contains breaks, basslines and synths (some contain FX sounds, too). As well as loops, there are single hits and multisamples.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like – all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The breakbeat kits are supplied as separate zip files, so you'll need to extract them before you can see the samples. Enjoy!

Example loops

Breakbeat kit 125bpm

Breakbeat kit 130bpm

Breakbeat kit 135bpm

Breakbeat kit 140bpm

Breakbeat kits: click to download

Breakbeat kit 125bpm

Breakbeat kit 130bpm

Breakbeat kit 135bpm

Breakbeat kit 140bpm

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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328 free drum 'n' bass samples

For this instalment, our musical microscope has fallen on drum 'n' bass. This may be a genre that had its big moment in the mainstream more than a decade ago, but it continues to thrive and its influence is felt on the likes of grime, dubstep and ghettotech.

What you need to know

The samples are split across two construction kits, each of which contains – appropriately enough – drum and bass sounds. As well as loops, there are single hits and multisamples.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like – all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The drum 'n' bass kits are supplied as separate zip files, so you'll need to extract them before you can see the samples. Enjoy!

Example loops

Beat 170bpm

Bassline 170bpm

Breakbeat 175bpm

Bassline 175bpm

Drum 'n' bass kits: click to download

Drum 'n' bass kit 170bpm

Drum 'n' bass kit 175bpm

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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357 Prodigy-style samples

Here we're taking inspiration not from a particular genre but a specific band: The Prodigy. The samples were created around the time of their Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned album, and come bathed in distortion and heavy limiting for some pure audio filth.

What you need to know

The samples are split across three construction kits, each of which contains the likes of drum, bass, guitar, keyboard and synth loops, plus multisamples and single hits.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like – all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The Prodigy-style kits are supplied as separate zip files, so you'll need to extract them before you can see the samples. Enjoy!

Example loops

Drums 115bpm

Bass 125bpm

Guitar 126bpm

Prodigy-style kits: click to download

Prodigy-style kit 115bpm

Prodigy-style kit 125bpm

Prodigy-style kit 126bpm

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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281 free dub samples

Our subject this time is dub, the throbbing drum- and bass-heavy genre that grew out of reggae. Thanks in no small part to its influence on the 'so hot right now' dubstep sound, it's a style that's recently come back into sharp focus.

In fact, even if you're not a dub producer, you'll probably find that you can pilfer something from the genre, so make sure you take these sounds for a spin.

What you need to know

The samples are split across four construction kits, each of which contains drum, bass, guitar, keyboard and other loops, plus a selection of drum hits.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like – all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The dub kits are supplied as separate zip files, so you'll need to extract them before you can see the samples. Enjoy!

Example loops

Bass 126bpm

Beat 130bpm

Guitar 133bpm

Piano 140bpm

Dub kits: click to download

Dub kit 126bpm

Dub kit 130bpm

Dub kit 133bpm

Dub kit 140bpm

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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360 free abstract samples

Here we're stepping left of field to bring you six collections of abstract samples. What does that mean? Well, they range in tempo from 90 to 150bpm, and each contains loops in Abstract, Atmospheric, High frequency, Low frequency, Melodic and Percussive folders.

The best advice we can give is to dive in and explore these sounds. Some of them may not to be your taste, but others will inspire.

What you need to know

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like – all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The abstract collections are supplied as separate zip files, so you'll need to extract them before you can see the samples. Enjoy!

Example loops

Abstract loop 90bpm

Atmospheric loop 100bpm

High frequency loop 120bpm

Low frequency loop 130bpm

Melodic loop 140bpm

Percussive loop 150bpm

Abstract kits: click to download

Abstract kit 90bpm

Abstract kit 100bpm

Abstract kit 120bpm

Abstract kit 130bpm

Abstract kit 140bpm

Abstract kit 150bpm

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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503 free techno samples

Below we're covering techno, focusing on the mid-tempo style that's currently very popular. Our samples range in tempo from 120 to 132bpm.

Although the techno sound is often thought of as minimal, it's also one that gives you plenty of scope for experimentation, so think of these sounds as a starting point for your productions and see where they take you.

What you need to know

The samples are split across four construction kits, each of which contains drum, bass and synth loops, plus bass multisamples and single drum hits.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like – all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The techno kits are supplied as separate zip files, so you'll need to extract them before you can see the samples. Enjoy!


Example loops

Bassline 120bpm

Beat 125bpm

Synth 130bpm


Techno kits: click to download

Techno kit 120bpm

Techno kit 125bpm

Techno kit 130bpm

Techno kit 132bpm

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.


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342 free dubstep samples

The theme here is dubstep, the much-talked-about style that features elements of garage, grime and 2-step. One of the great things about dubstep is that you don't need loads of gear to create it - in fact, many of the scene's most prominent producers make their music at home using little more than a computer and some software.

This being the case, pretty much anyone can try their hand at dubstep, but to give you a leg-up, SampleRadar is offering you 342 royalty-free samples for nothing.

What you need to know

The samples are split across five construction kits, each of which contains beats, basslines, synths and more. Use them together or pick and choose just one or two loops – it's completely up to you.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like – all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The dubstep kits are supplied as separate zip files, so you'll need to extract them before you can see the samples. Enjoy!

Example loops

Bass 140bpm

Beat 145bpm

Pad 145bpm

Synth 140bpm


Dubstep kits: click to download

Dubstep kit 01 140bpm

Dubstep kit 02 145bpm

Dubstep kit 03 145bpm

Dubstep kit 04 143bpm

Dubstep kit 05 140bpm

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.


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166 free lounge samples

At a time when every right-thinking person in the UK has been calling for calm, SampleRadar is doing its bit by bringing you a collection of anger-managing lounge samples.

Pull up your plushest studio chair, load it up with your plumpest cushions and prepare to ease yourself into some stress-busting music making.

What you need to know

The samples are split into four tempo-labelled construction kits, each of which contains bass, drum and other instrument parts.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The lounge samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Drums 80bpm

Bass 85bpm

Pad 70bpm

Electric piano 75bpm

Lounge samples: click to download

Lounge samples (230MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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136 free B-boy electro samples

This week, SampleRadar is taking you on a trip back in time to an era when the must-haves were Adidas tracksuits, Gazelle trainers, a huge boombox and your own roll of lino.

Yes, we've entered the '80s, the era of the B-boy, electric boogaloo and the 808.

What you need to know

The samples are split into five tempo-labelled construction kits, plus a bonus folder that contains beats, hits and robot vox.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The B-boy electro samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Drums 105bpm

Bass 118bpm

Vocoder 115bpm

Analog strings 122bpm

Robot vox

B-boy electro samples: click to download

B-boy electro samples (56MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorials

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176 free dirty grime samples

SampleRadar is taking its second trip into the world of grime this week, bringing you construction kits and more.

Drums come courtesy of Linplug's RMIV drum module (with layered claps and snares to add extra weight), while the basses and synths have been left deliberately simple using basic waveforms.

What you need to know

The samples are split into nine construction kits, and there's also a bonus folder of 'bits and FX'.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The grime samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bass

FX

Drums

Dark pad

Buzz stab

Dirty grime samples: click to download

Dirty grime samples (96MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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Dirty grime production tips

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223 free retro video game samples

As a child, SampleRadar spent more time than it cares to recall thumbing its Game Boy and loitering in the local arcade. It's with a degree of sentimentality, then, that it approaches this week's collection of retro video game sounds.

Created using a bevy of hardware and software synths and effects, this is just the sample set you need if you want to create a chiptune opus or give your productions a hint of that 8-bit flavour.

What you need to know

The samples are split into three folders: Beats, FX and Loops. Each contains sounds of that particular variety.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The retro video game samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Game Boy beat (120bpm)

8-bit style beat (130bpm)

FX

8-bit style loop (90bpm)

Game Boy loop (120bpm)

Retro video game samples: click to download

Retro video game samples (108MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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300 free hand control samples

Sometimes SampleRadar brings you collections that are defined by genre; in other cases the focus is on a particular instrument. On this occasion, however, the thing that links the sounds is the way that they were created: by the movement of a hand.

The gear involved includes a Theremin, an Alesis AirFX, a light dimension beam controlling various synths and an Ebow on a Fender Telecaster.

What you need to know

The samples are split into five folders, each of which is labelled according to its contents.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The hand control samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Light Theremin

AirFX

D-beam

Ebow

Hand control samples: click to download

Hand control samples (411MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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400 free broken beat samples

SampleRadar has been feeling a little syncopated this week, the result being a sizeable collection of broken beat sounds for you to download.

Those seeking rhythmic rigidity should look elsewhere, but if you want to stray away from the metronomic, this collection could be right up your street.

What you need to know

The samples are split into four tempo-labelled construction kits, each of which contains loops, hits and multisamples.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The retro video game samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 110bpm

Electric piano 93bpm

Guitar 108bpm

Bassline 118bpm

Broken beat samples: click to download

Broken beat samples (151MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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500 free industrial samples

SampleRadar hasn't done a day's manual labour in its life - it's every inch the delicate-skinned desk jockey - but that doesn't mean that it can't appreciate the value in a bit of industrial noise.

And that's precisely what's on offer in this week's collection: we hope you find these samples suitably nasty and in-yer-face, but if not, just distort them some more.

What you need to know

The samples are split into five tempo-labelled construction kits, each of which contains loops, hits and multisamples.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The retro video game samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Drums 120bpm

Bass 140bpm

Guitar 150bpm

Lead synth 174bpm

Arpeggiator 90bpm

Industrial samples: click to download

Industrial samples (466MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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352 free chillout samples

SampleRadar has had a bit of a week of it, so today's sample collection is designed to lower the stress levels and calm things down.

That's right: we're entering the blissful world of chillout: set the speedometer to 90bpm and relax.

What you need to know

The samples are split into four folders: Bass, Drums, Keys and Pads. These contain both loops and multisamples.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The chillout samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bass

Beat

Mellorgan

Pad

Chillout samples: click to download

Chillout samples (189MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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23 chillout and lounge tips

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382 free trance essentials samples

Armin van Buuren may have just been dethroned by David Guetta as the best DJ in the world in DJ mag's 2011 poll, but trance remains one of the biggest deals in dance music, and SampleRadar is doffing its cap to it for a second time this week.

Whether you're just starting your trance-making career or are an experienced producer looking for inspiration, there's something here for you.

What you need to know

The samples are split into six folders: basslines, beats, SH-101 loops, synth loops, TB-303 loops and trance FX.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The trance essentials samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bassline

Beat

Synth loop

FX

Trance essentials samples: click to download

Trance essentials samples (521MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorials

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263 free bassline samples

Growing out of speed garage, bassline (the genre, not the musical element) first came to prominence in the early part of the century.

Although it's recently been out-shone by dubstep, bassline shouldn't be forgotten, which is why SampleRadar is celebrating it today.

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What you need to know

The samples are split into three folders: Bass loops, Beats and Drum hits. The Beat loops are also supplied as REX files for maximum flexibility.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The bassline samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 02

Beat 19

Bass loop 4

Bass loop 20

Bassline samples: click to download

Bassline samples (87MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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193 free extreme bass samples

A good bassline is one of the cornerstones of many a great track (hence our recent celebration of the best basslines of all time), but if yours aren't quite up to scratch, this week's SampleRadar could provide some inspiration.

Many of the sounds in this collection move away from the vanilla bass tone, being heavily processed to give them extra bite and edge

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What you need to know

The samples are split into two folders: Live bass Biz and Low-end FX.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The extreme bass samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Live bass 109

Live bass 116

Low-end FX 17

Low-end FX 67

Extreme bass samples: click to download

Extreme bass samples (55MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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148 free cosmic soul samples

This week's SampleRadar collection isn't easy to stylistically pin down. But given that it takes inspiration from US genre-hopper Flying Lotus, that's hardly surprising.

Let's just settle for saying that if you're keen to get your glitchy LA hip-hop vibe on, this is a good place to start.

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What you need to know

The samples are split into three folders, each of which is tempo-labelled and contains bass, beat and synth loops.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The cosmic soul samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bass 75bpm

Beat 75bpm

Synth 80bpm

Bass 80bpm

Beat 135bpm

Synth 135bpm

Cosmic soul samples: click to download

Cosmic soul samples (98MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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289 free funk guitar samples

Whether you're producing taut funk or a house banger, the value of a good choppy guitar part can't be underestimated.

It's worth having plenty on your hard drive to be called upon when needed, then, and if you download this week's SampleRadar collection, you'll be all sorted.

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What you need to know

The samples are split into seven folders and are all at 110bpm.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The funk guitar samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Guitar A

Guitar B

Guitar C

Guitar D

Guitar E

Guitar F

Guitar G

Funk guitar samples: click to download

Funk guitar samples (273MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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441 free techno atmosphere samples

SampleRadar is channelling the spirit of Detroit this week, as it takes another trip to planet techno.

This time, it's atmospheric loops we're dealing with, all of which are designed to give your techno tracks that little bit of extra character.

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What you need to know

The samples are all supplied in a single folder.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The techno atmosphere samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Loop 14

Loop 123

Loop 237

Loop 349

Loop 448

Techno atmosphere samples samples: click to download

Techno atmosphere samples (560MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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200 free drum break samples

SampleRadar has been feeling a little sluggish this week (too many mince pies), so it's decided to try and put a spring back into its step by bringing you a selection of energetic drum breaks.

These were all recorded on a '70s Ludwig Super Classic Kit and are supplied both clean and processed.

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What you need to know

The drum breaks are split into two folders (Clean and Processed) and each has its tempo listed in the file name.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The drum break samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Clean break 11

Clean break 34

Processed break 75

Processed break 94

Drum break samples: click to download

Drum break samples (158MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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How to make old-skool jungle-style breaks

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204 free percussion samples

Nothing can spice up a drum track quite like a bit of percussion, so SampleRadar thought it was high time it paid a second visit to the world of supplementary rhythm sounds.

There are loops, fills, and single hits; everything you need, in other words, to give your beats some bounce.

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What you need to know

The drum breaks are split into three folders: Cajon, Conga and Djembe. Each of these contains loops, fills and hits played on that instrument.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The percussion samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Cajon loop

Conga loop

Djembe loop

Percussion samples: click to download

Percussion samples (39.2MB)

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223 free Jen SX1000 samples

SampleRadar is taking the slightly unusual step of featuring just one instrument this week. All the sounds in this collection were created using the Jen SX1000 monosynth, which was on the market in the late '70s and early '80s.

There's still plenty of variety, though, and many of the samples have been processed to give them extra potency.

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What you need to know

The Jen SX1000 breaks are split into three folders: Drums, Loops n Lines and Tape Echo Noises.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The Jen SX1000 samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Filtered lead

Fuzz bass

Drum FX

Tape echo noise

Jen SX1000 samples: click to download

Jen SX1000 samples (106MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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250 free modular synth samples

Continuing the synth riff from last week's SampleRadar, our latest collection features sounds from a modular analogue creation.

This Eurorack machine contains modules from the likes of Doepfer, Plan B, Make Noise and Bananalogue, and you'll be able to experience its charms very soon.

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What you need to know

The modular synth samples are split into two folders: FX and Loops.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The modular synth samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Loop 32

Loop 132

FX 14

FX 78

Modular synth samples: click to download

Modular synth samples (209MB)

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123 free Roland SH-101 samples

Released in 1982, Roland's SH-101 is famous both for its look - it could be strapped-on, keytar style - and sound.

Now you can experience the tones of this single-oscillator, monophonic bass synth for yourself, as SampleRadar gives the instrument its very own collection.

What you need to know

The Roland SH-101 samples are split into two folders: Loops and FX.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The Roland SH-101 synth samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Loop 8

Loop 66

FX 10

FX 35

Roland SH-101 samples: click to download

Roland SH-101 samples (157MB)

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398 free found sound samples

Featuring sounds that were captured in places as diverse as Paris, London and the ring road around Bristol, this week's beats and loops are unlike any you've heard before.

The loops were created with the aid of the Kurzweil K2600r effects engine, while the beats were made with the aid of NI's Kontakt.

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What you need to know

The found sound samples are split into two folders: Beats and Loops. The samples are then organised by tempo.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The found sound samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 90bpm

Beat 135bpm

Loop 120bpm

Loop 130bpm

Found sound samples: click to download

Found sound samples (221MB)

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How to make it as a sound designer

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285 free real-world drum samples

Continuing last week's 'found sound' theme, our latest SampleRadar focuses on rhythmic hits and loops that have been crafted by samples that were captured in everyday life.

It's time to forget about kicks, snares and hi-hats and open your mind to the possibility of using a baby's rattle, food mixer or tin lid sound to generate your beats.

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What you need to know

The real-world drum samples are split into two folders: Drum hits and Drum loops.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The real-world drum samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Baby rattle percussion

Sliding door kick

Drum loop 100bpm

Drum loop 130bpm

Real-world drum samples: click to download

Real-world drum samples (93MB)

Tutorial

How to make it as a sound designer

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152 free industrial metal samples

It's not just guitarists who can have fun in the world of metal, as SampleRadar is about to show you.

Click the download link below and you'll find a selection of no-holds-barred, amped-up beats, synths and basslines, all ready to let rip.

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What you need to know

The industrial metal samples are split into 100, 140 and 160bpm construction kits.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The industrial metal samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 100bpm

Bass 140bpm

Pad 140bpm

Screaming lead 160bpm

Industrial metal samples: click to download

Industrial metal samples (84MB)

Tutorial

20 hot metal production tips

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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392 free bass guitar samples

There are all kinds of ways to create a bass sound, but there are times when only the distinctive tone of a proper bass guitar will do.

When those times come, you can now reach for the sizeable collection of bass guitar samples that's available for download below.

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What you need to know

The bass samples are split into themed folders. Some of them conform to a set tempo, while others are more freeform.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The bass guitar samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bassline 80bpm

Bassline 110bpm

Minor bass arpeggio

Bass chord

Bass guitar samples: click to download

Bass guitar samples (231MB)

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The quick and easy guide to bass processing

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500 free IDM samples

In case you didn't know, IDM stands for Intelligent Dance Music and, if you're really smart, you'll soon have access to a whole swathe of samples that will help you to create it.

The download link below is your gateway to a wide selection of sounds that are inspired by the likes of Aphex Twin, Squarepusher and Mouse On Mars.

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What you need to know

The IDM samples are split into five key- and tempo-labelled construction kits. Each of these contains the Base kit - which contains beats, drum hits, bass loops, atmospheric sounds and two or three other instruments - and an Alternate folder that features a collection of loops made from the raw materials of the Base Kit

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The IDM samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 160bpm

Synth bass 120bpm

Pad synth 140bpm

Atmospheric sound 165bpm

FX piano 100bpm

IDM samples: click to download

IDM samples (292MB)

Tutorial

How to make Aphex Twin-style demonic vocals

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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229 free Wavedrum samples

Korg’s Wavedrum is one of the most inspiring electronic percussion instruments on the market, but if you don’t happen to own one (or you do own one but can’t play it very well), SampleRadar is here to give you a taste of what it can do.

Our sample team has got hands-on with the Wavedrum to bring you a selection of exotic-sounding loops that can be used to spice up your productions.

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What you need to know

The Wavedrum samples are named according to the type of sound used. The tempo of each one is listed as well.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they’re royalty-free, you’re welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don’t re-distribute them.

The Wavedrum samples are supplied in a zip file, so you’ll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Djembe 90bpm

Okokolo 120bpm

Big hand 90bpm

Cajon 120bpm

Wavedrum samples: click to download

Wavedrum samples (184MB)

Tutorial

12 drum pad controller tips

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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204 free world music samples

It's not just common-or-garden instruments that SampleRadar has a penchant for, as this collection of sounds demonstrates.

Click the download link below and you'll soon be experiencing the delights of the bodhran, jaw harp, thumb piano and udu.

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What you need to know

The world music samples are split into four instrument-themed folders of hits and loops. The BPM for each loop is listed in its file name.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The world music samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bodhran 100bpm

Jaw harp hit

Thumb piano 120bpm

Udu 120bpm

World music samples: click to download

World music samples (72MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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496 free random sequence samples

Believe it or not, SampleRadar's life is actually quite structured, but sometimes, it's time to throw caution and order to the wind and embrace the unpredictable.

Hence this week's collection, which gives you sounds that don't necessarily conform to any strict musical rules.

What you need to know

The random sequence samples are split into eight folders, each of which is named according to the type of sounds that are contained within. The BPM for each loop is listed in its filename.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The random sequence samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Arp beat 100bpm

Non 4 bass 135bpm

Rev monosynth 90bpm

Triple guitar 100bpm

Random sequence samples: click to download

Random sequence samples (254MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorial

6 'wrong' musical ideas that turned out right

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246 free dirty Dutch house samples

Say the words 'dirty Dutch house' to the average man on the street and he might conjure up images of a mud-splattered windmill (possibly with a set of clogs sitting on the doorstep), but SampleRadar thinks rather differently.

Dutch house is, of course, a hard-edged style of dance music from the Netherlands, and this week's collection takes inspiration from it.

What you need to know

The dirty Dutch house samples are split into ten folders: there are eight tempo-labelled construction kits plus FX and bonus beat folders.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The dirty Dutch house samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Kit 1 full mix (128bpm)

Kit 4 full mix (125bpm)

Kit 5 full mix (130bpm)

Kit 7 full mix (126bpm)

Dirty Dutch house samples: click to download

Dirty Dutch house samples (102MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorial

26 house production tips

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586 free analogue drum and bass samples

Digital musicians we may be, but for many, analogue sounds are still where it's at.

SampleRadar knows this all too well, which is why this week's collection is stuffed with clean and processed sounds that were created using a selection of vintage analogue drum and synth hardware.

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What you need to know

The analogue drum and bass samples are split into seven folders, each of which is labelled to indicate the type of sounds you'll find within it.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The analogue drum and bass samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

MBase Bug Crushed

PCK100 Big Muff

Vermona Misc

Synare

Analogue drum and bass samples: click to download

Analogue drum and bass samples (44MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorial

How to give your music analogue-style warmth

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253 free nu Balearic samples

Summer is here (apparently), so what better time to celebrate the upbeat sound of the Balearic Islands?

SampleRadar is bringing Ibiza to your desktop with this collection of beats, basslines, loops and hits.

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What you need to know

The nu Balearic samples are split into four folders: Basslines, Beats, DrumHits and Loops.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The nu Balearic samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bassline

Beat

Loop

Nu Balearic samples: click to download

Nu Balearic samples (112MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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284 free digital lover samples

SampleRadar could probably do without hearing any more songs about 'getting down in the club', but it can't deny that it likes to 'get freaky on the floor' once in a while.

This week's collection of sounds is designed to help you to create your own seductive grooves. Just make sure you use them responsibly, y'hear?

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What you need to know

The digital lover samples are split into three tempo-labelled construction kits (124, 128 and 130bpm), each of which contains beats, basslines, guitars, synths and other instruments.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The digital lover samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 124 bpm

Pad 124bpm

Clav 128bpm

Guitar 128bpm

Synth bass 130bpm

Mix filter sweep 130bpm

Digital lover samples: click to download

Digital Lover samples (480MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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494 free techno drum and FX samples

You probably don't need SampleRadar to tell you that the drums are an essential element of a techno track, but in case you do, allow us to inform you that drums are an essential element of a techno track.

There are beats and hits aplenty for you in this week's bundle, plus a collection of FX stabs.

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What you need to know

The techno drum and FX samples are split into four folders, each of which is labelled according to the samples contained within it.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The techno drum and FX samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 128bpm

Beat 132pm

Jomox kick

Snare

Fat rise

Techno drum and FX samples: click to download

Techno drum and FX samples (160MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Techno tutorials

33 classic techno creation tips

14 essential minimal house tips

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626 free jazz groove samples

A lot of people think that they don't like jazz, but while certain elements of this wide and varied genre can be challenging to say the least, SampleRadar encourages you not to dismiss the whole oeuvre out of hand (actually, we should probably encourage you not to use the word oeuvre as well).

So, even if you've had cold feet before, prepare to dip your toe in jazzy waters with our ice cool collection of chops.

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What you need to know

The jazz groove samples are split into six folders containing drum, guitar and keyboard sounds.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The jazz groove samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Brushed snare loop 140bpm

Drum loop 160bpm

Guitar loop 160bpm

Keys 160bpm

Jazz groove samples: click to download

Jazz groove samples (375MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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295 free dance/urban pop samples

Take a trip through the songs in the current Top 40 and you'll find that both dance and urban sounds are being used all over the place.

If your aim is to produce pop music, then, this week's shamelessly and brazenly commercial SampleRadar collection could come in very handy indeed.

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What you need to know

The dance/urban pop samples are split into six folders containing beats, drum hits, loops and one-shots.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The dance/urban pop samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Dance pop beat 130bpm

Urban pop beat 130bpm

Flabby strings 100bpm

Trancey synth 127bpm

Dance/urban pop samples: click to download

Dance/urban pop samples (141MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorials

How to mix classic pop vocals

8 steps to producing a pop record

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464 free out there FX samples

Sometimes, you're looking for a beat, chord or riff that you can use as the basis for a track, but on other occasions, what you need is a bit of other-worldly weirdness to add atmosphere.

It's those 'other' moments that we're catering for here, with sounds that might not make a lot of sense on their own, but in the right context, can take an existing production to another dimension.

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What you need to know

The out there FX samples are split into five folders, each of which is labelled based on the type of sounds contained within it.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The out there FX samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

'50s sci-fi

Feedback

K loop

Massverb

Eviltape

Out there FX samples: click to download

Out there FX samples (287MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorial

11 special FX design tips

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200 free experimental lead samples

If you're bored of the same old brash, in your face lead sounds and progressions, this week's SampleRadar could provide the perfect antidote.

Devised by experimental sound scientist rachMiel, it features lead loops in three categories: 12-tone mirrors (forward and backward versions of the same 12-tone rows); building blocks (short segments extracted from one long melodic line); and modals (rhythmically upbeat Aeolian, Dorian, Lydian and Phrygian fragments).

They might sound unusual, but indulge your adventurous side and give them a go.

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What you need to know

The experimental lead samples are divided into the three categories detailed above.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The experimental lead samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

12 tone mirror

Building block

Modal dorian

Modal phrygian

Experimental lead samples: click to download

Experimental lead samples (335MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorial

9 ways to create better sounds in your DAW

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563 free floor-filling samples

SampleRadar is well aware that, for many producers, the goal is to create tunes that people will want to dance to.

This week, would-be banger creators are getting another helping hand in the form of a collection that's full of floor-filling nu disco sounds.

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What you need to know

The floor-filling samples are divided into four folders containing beats, drum hits, loops and one-shot FX

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The floor-filling samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat (127bpm)

Clap

Bass loop (127bpm)

Synth loop (127bpm)

Nu-disco laser

Floor-filling samples: click to download

Floor-filling samples (264MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorial

VIDEO: How to make modern 'phat' house-style claps with Propellerhead Reason

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326 free jackin' house samples

SampleRadar is in the unfortunate position of being able to remember The Reynolds Girls' I'd Rather Jack, a particularly awful pop record from 1989.

Fortunately, this week's collection of jackin' sounds doesn't take too much inspiration from that song, as eager downloaders will soon discover.

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What you need to know

The jackin' house samples are divided into two folders containing beats and loops.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The jackin' house samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat (120bpm)

Bass (125bpm)

Synth (125bpm)

Stab

Jackin' house samples: click to download

Jackin house samples (92MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorial

26 house production tips

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327 free vocal ad-lib samples

While some songs sound just fine as instrumentals, many more could benefit from the addition of a vocal sample or two.

Predictably enough, SampleRadar can help you out on this particular score: we've got a selection of short vocal sounds that you can use individually, stitch together or process into oblivion.

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What you need to know

The vocal ad-lib samples are divided into three folders containing ad-lib, FX and spoken word samples.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The vocal ad-lib samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Ad lib 140bpm

Ad lib 103bpm

FX 170bpm

Good morning

Vocal ad-lib samples: click to download

Vocal ad-lib samples (237MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Tutorial

How to produce vocals

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195 free ambient allsort samples

You might think that ambient sounds have a habit of sounding rather nondescript, but if you check out this week's SampleRadar collection you'll discover that they can be just as characterful as more upbeat tones

Far more than lightweight tinkles, these are sounds that can be used in some serious productions.

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What you need to know

The ambient allsort samples are divided into four folders: Analog loops, Lengthwise loops, Processed vox and whisper sessions and Spherical loops.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The ambient allsort samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Down the rabbit hole 175bpm

Replicating ourselves 130bpm

Processed vox and whispers 115bpm

Jumping violins 125bpm

Ambient allsort samples: click to download

Ambient allsort samples (486MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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210 free Berlin beats samples

As well as being home to some of the world's best-known music software companies - Native Instruments, Ableton, and upstart DAW developers Bitwig are all based there - Berlin has a thriving techno scene.

We're celebrating that with this week's SampleRadar collection - just click the download link at the bottom of the page to join the party.

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What you need to know

The Berlin beat samples are divided into ten mini kits, while there's also a folder of bonus analogue percussion hits.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The Berlin beats samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Kit 01 full mix (125bpm)

Kit 05 full mix (130bpm)

Kit 09 full mix (120bpm)

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Berlin beats samples (85MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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33 classic techno creation tips

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545 free domestic appliance samples

What do saws, drills, extractor fans, an oven, a microwave, pots and pans and a breast pump have in common?

They were all sampled for this week's SampleRadar collection is the answer, and then processed using all manner of different effects.

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What you need to know

The domestic appliance samples are divided into four folders: Beats, Hit n One Shots, Loops and Verbed Out.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The domestic appliance samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 136bpm

Fan FX loop

Industrial mech

Drill verb

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Domestic appliance samples (509MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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10 found sound production tips

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201 free deep dub samples

Dub isn’t generally perceived to be the most joyous of genres, so it should come as no surprise that this week’s SampleRadar collection has a dark and brooding theme.

So, if you’re already in full ‘bah humbug’ mode and want to get your mood on, go right ahead.

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What you need to know

The deep dub samples are divided into four folders containing atmospheres, beats, FX and bass loops.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they’re royalty-free, you’re welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don’t re-distribute them.

The deep dub samples are supplied in a zip file, so you’ll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Atmosphere

Beat

Bass loop

FX

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Deep dub samples (161MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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25 dub tips

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384 free city nights samples

Much as SampleRadar enjoys living the country life, it's in the city where all the late-night action happens.

This collection of samples celebrates the sleazy concrete jungle soundtracks that you've heard in gangster movies, cop shows and crime-based videogames, so keep your wits about you and dive in.

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What you need to know

The city nights samples are divided into four tempo-labelled folders and contain bass, beat, guitar and keyboard samples.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The city nights samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Bass 75bpm

Beat 95bpm

Guitar 110bpm

Rhodes 130bpm

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City nights samples (315MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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225 free pure evil samples

SampleRadar generally likes to stay on the right side of the tracks, doing good turns and maintaining an amiable disposition.

Every once in a while, though, we have darker thoughts, and these are reflected in this week's collection of deliciously dark sounds.

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What you need to know

The city nights samples are divided into five tempo-labelled folders, each of which contains guitar and string sounds.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The pure evil samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Stratoblaster 85bpm

AgedViolins 95bpm

Baritorn 110bpm

CrunchCellos 125bpm

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Pure evil samples (148MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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190 free electronic percussion samples

Percussion to most people means congas, shakers and the like, but you can also add rhythmic interest using electronic instruments.

This week's SampleRadar illustrates this perfectly: our new collection features sounds from various drum machines and a whole lot of processing loveliness.

What you need to know

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The synth percussion samples are divided into three folders, two of which contain sounds from the Korg Wavedrum and Vermona DRM1 MkIII and another that contains miscellaneous loops.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The pure evil samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Vermona loop (120bpm)

Misc loop (100bpm)

Wavedrum loop (130bpm)

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Synth percussion samples (115MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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161 free stadium house samples

The term stadium house doesn't refer to a place of residence that doubles as a major sporting venue, but big, crowd-rousing music that's guaranteed to fill the biggest of rooms.

If its productions of this ilk that you'd like to concoct, SampleRadar has some sounds that will help you to do it.

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What you need to know

The stadium house samples are divided into two folders: Beats and Loops.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The stadium house samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 127bpm

Bass loop 125bpm

Synth loop 125bpm

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Stadium house samples (89MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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332 free hip-rock samples

Since Aerosmith and Run DMC kicked down the barrier between rock and hip-hop we've seen countless acts attempting to blend these seemingly distinct genres together.

Now SampleRadar is having a stab at it too, and you can enjoy the fruits of our labours.

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What you need to know

The hip-rock samples are divided into five folders: Beats, Distorted BonusBeats, Drum Hits, Hits FX and Loops.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The hip-rock samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 90bpm

Distorted beat 115bpm

Guitar loop 120bpm

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Hip-rock samples (256MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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586 free rise of the robots samples

With helmeted heroes Daft Punk breaking streaming records and set to score their first UK number 1 single this weekend with Get Lucky, what better time than now to bring you a collection of sounds that celebrates all things robotic?

Prepare for a distinctly vocoded vibe as SampleRadar becomes more machine than man.

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What you need to know

The rise of the robots samples are divided into four folders: Beats, Robot Voices, Synths and Vochordals.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The rise of the robots samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 120bpm

Robot voice

Polycoder synth 128bpm

Vochordal

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Rise of the robots samples (493MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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592 free tuneful toy samples

Certain musical instruments are often dismissed as toys, but there are also toys that can be used as musical instruments.

It's these bleepy funboxes that we're paying tribute to in this instalment of SampleRadar, as we take the electronic toys of your youth out of the attic and into the studio.

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What you need to know

The tuneful toy samples are divided into eight folders, each of which is labelled according to the type of sounds it contains.

All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The tuneful toy samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Casio SA-01 glitch jazz

Kids' tone phone

Stylophone FX

Talking Teacher vocal glitch

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Tuneful toy samples (150MB)

These samples originally appeared on Future Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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193 free trance basics samples

Trance is the electronic music genre that just won't lie down, with its sound continuing to pop up all over the place.

If you're a would-be trance producer this week's SampleRadar collection will give you the basic project elements you need to get started.

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What you need to know

The trance basics samples are divided into five folders: Beats, DrumHits, FX, Loops and Rolls.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The trance basics samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Beat 140bpm

FX

Loop 135bpm

Roll 140bpm

Trance basics samples: click to download

Trance basics samples (128MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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