Free Audio Samples / Fun with Drums


(No, this picture is not one of our drum kits!)


If you`re wanting a few bits and bobs because your sample library is looking a little bare then we have your back covered! We`ve trawled t`net and come up trumps (no.. no.. not that loser) with a selection of audio samples which are FREE and LEGAL because…corporations don`t like it when you post stuff with audio featuring recorded snippets that they own – and neither do a lot of musicians who own the song…and who wants to give people with money, lots more out of your pocket? Sod that. Eyes down for some goodies

Drums that sound like “classic” Prince.. basically its the LM-1 Linn drum machine - but treated in the way Prince did back in the day. Made for ableton users but the samples are easily got at for everyone else who use other programs.

Big collection in a small space. 99 hits ranging from electronic to Acoustic. There`s a few percussion hits too…. Some of these samples have been recorded to cassette tape before being sampled – a nice touch for something that costs yer nowt, love.


Boxed ear have given away samples of revered drum machines – because they`re nice folk an` all that. They offer only 3 for free, but the ones they have given away are the big guns of the 80/90s – if retro is the way you play it then you ought to plunder this gem.


Do you want a FREE acoustic drum kit, on par with EZDrummer and addictive drums. Yeah, someone had gone to the trouble to construct a massive sample library …in different formats..that`s as standalone WAVS, Kontakt 5 format, SFZ format and TW16 format. This was make with REAPER in mind, so this actually is set up to be like a built in drummer for the DAW. follow the instructions – be sure to have at least SIX GIGS free on your hard drive. Yup. It`s huge.


A selection of kicks, snare, and toms for the heavier muso`s amongst us,
this is the free kit that they offer but there are other paid – for kits on the same site.


A nicely kitted out studio and a lovely drum kit…recorded onto tape through a neve desk and recorded onto tape. Ludwig snare? Oh yeah. As the name suggests its in mono, but a lot can be done with mono - and well placed reverbs will put the stereo "room" back into the sound - so really.. considering this is fer nowt you`ll get a versatile set of samples that can be put through any room reverb you like. Been using it for years. Plenty of multisamples here. If you have the paid version of Kontakt then this kit comes the mappings you need – otherwise, you`ll just get the samples which can be put in any`ll just have to do it manually.


…and there you go, a short but varied selection of good quality samples which should cover most modern styles of music making. There are much more drum samples/libraries out there that we will share with you.. and we will cover other kinds of samples in the future.



Downloads From SoundCloud #2

Hello! Welcome to this weeks found gems from Soundcloud. If you`ve ever been waiting on band members to arrive in the office then you`ll likely to find the music being played from behind the counter on these blog posts. You`ll find all different genres popping up here so always check back if this weeks music isn`t your bag 😉

Here we go…

A spoken word number, from a dairy written by the speaker in 1972, only recorded 5 months ago. Combined with ambient music, this feels very intimate.

Has the the lo – fi feel of an early 90s single, with a simple – yet – cool chord structure looping through it. Pretty hard to pull off something like this and not sound contrived – hats off to you mate!

A nasty electro fuzz rock song from France, another lo-fi production – but only for those who like in – your – face music…and don`t mind listening to music in a foreign language – which has never been a barrier to me personally. Menacing beats and snarling guitars weave through this song – a perfect song for fighting through the rush hour crush.

Summer Special Daytime Offer!

As we have Rock School UK in over the summer, we are unable to open our doors at their usual time.

Until the end of August our opening times during the week will be 4pm-2am.

So we are extending our student/unemployed daytime deal. You will be able to get a 4 hour session from 4pm-8pm for:

£20 – Small Room

£22 – Medium Room

£25 – Large Room

As always, these prices include PA, Drums, Bass Amp, Guitar Amps and Mics.

Call to book 0113 2319326.


The download choice – A selection of the best downloads from Soundcloud

Cutting through the rubbish you get on Soundcloud is a chore. It holds many gems, but first you have to navigate it`s not – so -great search feature.
But that`s where we step in and save you the bother. Curated by “the Polymammals” we have got for you a wide selection of music the spirit of the “calamity” compilation albums we released…oh..many moons ago!

All the tracks are downloadable – just press the arrow.
We`ll be sharing more music on a regular basis now – finally got the hang of posting SC embeds into wordpress (arghh!) so keep checking each week for more free music.

Furr – Think Sharp Kid

Circus regulars Furr (previously Humans as Ornaments) have released their first video titled ‘Think Sharp Kid’ (Filmed in our studios btw).

We’ve known these guys for a long time and they write good fun rock tunes, if you like your music loud and full of power chords, check this out.

You can buy the single ‘Think Sharp Kid’ at

Learn More.





Rock School UK! Summer Courses.

Rock School UK is a week of Jammin’, Recordin’ and Giggin’ at The Rock & Roll Circus Studios, with the finale performance at The Wardrobe.

For young musicians aged 9-16, any instrument and any ability.

Learn more from their information video.

Rock School UK will be running all through the summer holidays. For more information or to sign up, head to:

It is the most fun you can have making music in the school holidays!


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