Whether you’re looking for somewhere to start a new track, or maybe just looking for some new sounds to tinker with, the big players in the sample game are always trying to give their stuff away as a taste test. Here are 6 of the biggest (and best) websites where the most you need to do is give up an email address for some great free stuff.
1. Rankin Audio
Started by the illustrious High Rankin, this guy is always giving away some really stellar stuff. What’s noticeable about Rankin Audio’s offerings are not just the quality, but the diversity of genres that’s constantly being put out. Whether you’re looking for the perfect snare to punch up a Drumstep song, or maybe some nice effects to fill out something more chill, Rankin Audio’s definitely got you covered.
For every producer, Vengeance should be a well-known name. They’ve been around the game for a long time, and have garnered praise for their quality (albeit among hate for being so widely used). There’s an endless supply of great stuff to work with, and the free stuff they offer is a great place to jump in and feel out how you like their sounds.
3. What About Productions
Arguably a little less-known than Vengeance, these guys have a stellar selection of samples and tools for any level of producer. Whether you’re looking for something to play around with in your favorite VST or just want some samples to dive right into, you could easily get lost in their library.
These guys have been making waves in the producer community recently with some really clever marketing and endorsements. It also helps that they give away a crazy amount of their stuff for free. If you felt like downloading just the stuff they have in their vault, you’d be sitting pretty on a mountain of really great sounds to play with.
5. Prime Loops
Another well-known player in the sample game, there’s no end to the variety these guys offer. Don’t be fooled by the name, you can get a lot more than just loops to get your tracks popping the fuck off.
Yeah, yeah I’m sure everyone knows about Loopmasters. But have you seen the amount of stuff they have to offer? Even if you’re feeling thrifty, they’re constantly having sales on different packs that always feel like one hell of a bargain.
Honorable Mention: Splice Sounds
The lovely folks over at Splice have a ridiculous amount of samples you can access for less than a Netflix subscription. Yeah, it’s not quite free, but boasting over a million royalty-free samples is something that’s at least worth a look. For that cheap, how could you not want to at least give them a whirl?
There are plenty of places to get your samples, but these are just a handful of the obvious ones. Did I leave out your favorite? Be sure to share a link and spread the wealth!