Free Audio Samples / Percussion Passion


You need a shaker, or marimba..or a clave on a track..and its the middle of the night and you cant make much noise..or you just dont have such instruments to hand..Well lucky for you its the 21st century where well recorded percussion is available to you …as samples…. for free.

In the second part of our free audio sample series we are sifting through the best of the least expensive sample packs featuring single hits and loops. You can always chop loops into bits so even the most cheesiest loop can me remodelled as something else



This link neatly dovetails with previous sample free – for -all blog post, you get some interesting found sound percussion samples and in addition,  several more drum kits – more geared towards hip hop and dance than a collection of “room” kits. This ought to take you a wee while to get through – should you choose to download them all.



This pack is more for EDM/Electronic/Techno tracks, so don`t expect beautifully recorded acoustic recordings – you get 130MB worth of samples consisting of

  • 74 bongos
  • 138 congas
  • 10 cymbals
  • 143 kicks
  • 28 sticks and rims
  • 48 shakers

Get some tasteful reverb and EQ and you`ll be able to make these samples come to life.



Yup, someone sampled a propane tank, and yet the results are quite pleasing.. check out the audio file with

a demo of how these samples sound like together. This is percussive AND also melodic, if you were wanting to give a “far east” feel to something then these sounds could be built upon – no problem.



This guy needs no introduction to those who love Soul, northen soul, funk, samba..hes been around so many different scenes..worked with so many top notch musicians..and compiled many albums. In that time he worked with some Cuban percussionists and hes offered up stems from that session for free. There`s a request not to use them with copyrighted material - i.e don`t use them in mashups, but other than a  request to use their hashtag on twitter if you do use them, there appears to be no restrictions on their use.



Last and not least is this offering – which is a generous free pack by Dubspot. Featuring percussion from all around the place and some really odd sounds that don`t belong anywhere but are weird and wonderful enough to add “a little something” to an atmospheric song. Also has a few kits too – again for the electronic side of things

  • All loops are tempo-labelled
  • Royalty-Free
  • 145 MB Download
  • 65 24-bit / 44.1 kHz Wav files
  • 15 Drum Loops
  • 5 Ghost Rhythms
  • 30 Hybrid Hits
  • 15 Texture Loops

Hopefully that should be enough to get you going until our next instalment of “free things from the web that musicians can make use of”

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.