Free Percussion Virtual Instrument

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Spitfire Audio has shared a percussion virtual instrument, Labs Percussion, as a free download.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“This incredibly versatile selection of percussion instruments will provide the backbone to your next track, for media composition and electronic production alike. From essential drum hits to shakers, timbales, cowbells and congas, these instruments have been expertly recorded by producers and multi-instrumentalists Edward Scull and Sebastian Truman at Rosewood Studios, UK — a studio purpose-built for pristine percussion recordings.”

Pricing and Availability

It’s available now as a plugin for macOS or Windows. Registration is required.

Free Vaporwave Drum Sample Library

Sound design label BVKER has shared Aesthetic, a free Vaporwave drum kit that features over 100 kicks, snares, claps, toms and cymbals.

All sounds are created using vintage gear, including vintage drum machines from E-MU, LinnDrum, Oberheim and Roland.

You can preview the free vaporware drum sample pack below:


  • 100% Royalty-Free
  • For Vaporwave, Synthwave and 80s Pop
  • 24 Bit / 44.1kHz Quality
  • 110 Total Files

Aesthetic is available now as a free download.

Free Moog Grandmother Sample Pack

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Joey Nelson at Wavparty let us know that they’ve released a free sample pack, featuring sounds from the Moog Grandmother synth.

The pack includes:

  • An Ableton pack with 11 instruments
  • 49 synth samples (tuned to C)
  • 5 noise samples
  • 3 samples of the spring reverb clankin’

These are 44.1kHz 16 bit mono WAV files, so they should work with most samplers.

Audio Demo:

This demo track was put together in Ableton Live, using just the instruments and sounds from this sample pack.

It’s available now as a free download.

IK Multimedia Shares Free UNO Drum Sample Library By Suit & Tie Guy

‘Suit & Tie Guy’ of STG Soundlabs with his MU modular system

IK Multimedia has released a free sample library for the UNO Drum, created by STG Soundlabs head and Knobcon founder Suit & Tie Guy.

The sound library features 54 samples for the UNO Drum, created using Suit’s STG Soundlabs MU analog modular synthesizer.

IK describes the analog drum sounds as ‘punchy, warm and aggressive’.

“I really stretched myself on the modular,” notes Suit & Tie Guy about the sounds. “I hope a lot of people make music with these sounds.”

The UNO Drum is a 12-voice analog drum synth, offering 6 analog drum synth voices and 6 sample-based voices.

The sample pack is a free download for all UNO Drum users. You can download the sound content installer from your User Area and run it to automatically install the bank. See the IK site for more info.

Free Sound Library A Tribute To Florian Schneider Of Kraftwerk

Symplesound has released a free sound library, Honoring Florian, as a tribute to the late Florian Schneider of Kraftwerk.

“Kraftwerk was one of my primary influences as a young artist getting into electronic music,” notes SympleSound sound designer Francis Prève. “Florian Schneider helped create the template for much of the electronic music we listen to today, so I wanted to honor his legacy with this free pack for the fans.”

Honoring Florian includes:

  • An Ableton Drum Rack (inside a Live Intro compatible project file);
  • Roland TR-8S kit and pattern (with installation instructions); and
  • A collection of 18 .wav loops, derived from the Ableton and TR-8S patterns, for use in other DAWs.

“What’s most striking about Kraftwerk’s music is that from Autobahn (1974) to Tour De France (1983), nearly all of their drum sounds were created using analog synths and sequencers, not drum machines,” adds Prève. “So the drums in these packs were also synthesized in my studio, then sampled and used to create the libraries.”

Ableton Live Preview:

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Roland TR-8S Preview:

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In addition, Prève let us know that he’s posting regular updates to his Watch+Learn video series, which features mini-tutorials for Phase Plant, Serum, and Ableton Live. The series is aimed at the beginner and intermediate crowd, with one minute tutorials for iconic sounds like 808 basses, supersaw plucks, and 303 acid sounds.

You can view these on Youtube or via the embed below:

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Prève also let us know that he’s permanently lowered the prices for his commercial Symplesound products. See the Symplesound site for details.

Free Sample Pack Features ‘Busted’ 808 Sounds

Wavparty has released Busted Fake Oh 8, a sample library that captures what happens “when you take a perfectly good drum machine and run it through a gauntlet of Eurorack filters, effects, wavefolders and compressors”.

The library features 369 sounds, including:

138 kick drums (87 tuned to C)
58 snares
36 open high hats
26 claps
24 closed high hats
23 toms (tuned)
16 cymbals
13 claves
13 cowbells
12 maracas
10 rimshots

Audio Demo:

The samples are available as 44.1kHz 16 bit mono WAV files.

Busted 808 image via rokuez

The Library Of Congress Intros Legal Sample Library, Citizen DJ

The US Library of Congress has introduced Citizen DJ, a project currently under development that promises to let you make sample-based music using the Library’s public audio and moving image collections.

The website will include three ways of accessing the sounds identified :

  • An interface for quickly exploring a particular collection by sound and metadata
  • A simple music-creation app that let’s you remix collections with beats
  • “Sample packs” that you can download which contain thousands of audio clips from a particular collection that can be used in most music production software

Developer Brian Foo says that the project is driven by the ‘golden age of hip hop’:

“Since its beginnings in the 1970s, hip hop has become today’s dominant worldwide music genre and cultural movement. At the center of this movement is the DJ, whose role is to excavate, transform, and collage disparate and obscure sounds from current and past cultures to create wholly new, relevant, and infectious music.

The golden age of hip hop was said to be in the late 80s to early 90s when DJs had unconstrained creative freedom to collage from found sounds. This small window of time produced landmark albums such as Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet and De La Soul’s 3 Feet High & Rising, both considered to be culturally significant and selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. These albums were dense and intricate sonic collages composed of hundreds of found sounds.

However, the increasing popularity of hip hop in the following decade gave rise to high profile lawsuits resulting in excessive restrictions on how audio could be sampled. Today, collage-based hip hop as it existed in the golden age is largely a lost (or at best, a prohibitively expensive) artform.

I believe if there was a simple way to discover, access, and use public domain audio and video material for music making, a new generation of hip hop artists and producers can maximize their creativity, invent new sounds, and connect listeners to materials, cultures, and sonic history that might otherwise be hidden from public ears.”

Available collections include: The Early Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies; Variety Stage Sound Recordings and Motion Pictures; The Free Music Archive; and The National Screening Room Government Film collection.

Citizen DJ is available to preview now and is expected to be available in Summer 2020.

Free Sound Library Of African Instruments For Ableton Live

Johannesburg-based producer Emile Hoogenhout (a.k.a Behr) has shared a free sound library, featuring four African instruments, developed into unique Ableton Live Racks.

The Live Racks are based on samples made over five days in Nairobi. The Racks are set up so that you can morph from pure, multi-sampled recordings to heavily treated, filtered and arpeggiated forms.

“I wanted to approach this project with the utmost respect to the culture and history behind the instruments and musicians, but with the ability to push the sonic boundaries with the use of Ableton Live. I sat down with all the artists and asked them about the history of all the instruments – everyone was very happy this vision of cross-pollinating the traditional with music technology.”

Audio Demos:

The behr – Santuri Safari – Instruments Pack is available now as a free download.