The Complete List of Free Sample Libraries

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Free Sample Libraries

Freebies, freebies, freebies. Before you start buying the most expensive sample libraries check out my list of free sample libraries first. I hope you find the instrument you need here.

I subdivided the list into categories of instruments: Guitar, bass, orchestral instruments, keys and piano, drum and percussion, synths, other instruments (think of world instruments, tiny instruments, weird instruments and everything else), sample player and instrument collections (on some websites there are just too many sample instruments to categorize them).

Also consider:

  • “®” stands for registration required
  • “@” stands for email address required
  • “κ” stands for instrument compatible with Kontakt

Feel free to add missing instruments or report broken links in the comment section below!!

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Free Guitar Samples

Name Info Description
Pettinhouse Guitars κ Pettinhouse, the place to find your guitar samples: Acoustic guitar, warm jazz guitar, classical guitar …
Power Guitar κ Wavesfactory’s Power Guitar
Trash Guitar Power chords, palm muted power chords, single strings palm muted …
Flamestudios Great collection of guitars and bass guitars: FS Fender Telecaster, FS Seagull Steelstring, Gibson Les Paul (SFZ)
Old 32-String Kanteles κ A very very old form of a guitar
indiginus κ 3 free guitar libraries, you need them!
Audiowiesel κ Free e-ukulele

Free Bass Guitar Samples

Name Info Description
Pettinhouse Bass κ And more of Pettinhouse: Direct Bass
Flamestudios Great collection of guitars and bass guitars: FS Washburn Acoustic Bass Guitar and FS Ibanez Electric Bass Guitar (SFZ)

Free Orchestral Samples

Name Info Description
Tuba κ Pretty awesome sounding tuba samples. A present from the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Philharmonia Orchestra Sample Library The Philharmonia Orchestra offers a wide ranged sample library for free! Almost an entire orchestra!!! Only restriction: They give them away as loose samples. You have to create the instrument for Kontakt or other samplers yourself.
Sonita Symphony Complete SoundFont orchestra 440MB of size
Linux Sampler Project piano, violin, cello and at the very end the open orchestra
BedroomProducer κ Collection of free Kontakt instruments: Cinema Strings, Warm Pentode Brass and other non orchestral instruments
Intimate Strings Lite ®κ Nice sounding string instrument with several expressions
ikmultimedia ®κ Piano, drums, vocals, brass, organ …
Karoryfer κ A cello.

Free Keys and Piano Samples

Name Info Description
Ivy Audio κ I have to write in bold because this piano is sooo awesome and free!! Thx Simon Dalzell
Soni Musicae κ Soni Musicae specialized on harpsichords, organ and piano samples. Check out their freebies.
Armore Grand Piano κ Great sounding piano for ballads and more
Wavesfactory Free pipe organ sample library
Rock-Si-Chord κ From Soniccouture
Magnus Chord Organ κ A 1970’s reed organ
Tape Loop Organ κ Sounds interesting. Check out the description for more information
KVR Audio Piano One – the VST piano
Retrosampling κ Some electric pianos and other piano instruments free to download on retrosampling.se
Supertone Babypiano VST for Windows with samples of a baby piano (toy piano)
UVI Analogic Piano 09 (electric piano)
Hugo Kant κ Another Toy Piano
Mkhitaryanpr κ Poorly produced demo songs but yet some nice instruments like the soft and grand piano

Free Drum and Percussion Samples

Name Info Description
Free Drum Kits Absolutely awesome site!!!!!
Free Triangle Samples/a> Bing, bing! Orchestration
LoopsDelaCreme Claps & Stomps  κ®  If you fill in a survey you can get this awesome clap and stomp Kontakt instrument for free!
Waves Alchemy Drum Tools Teaser ® Drum sample packs for electronic productions
Free Sidsonic Libraries κ X-mas special. 1 GB full of surprises.
Pettinhouse Drums κ And even more from Pettinhouse: Several Vynil Electronic Drumkits
Atom Hub κ Wow, you have to check this one out! Very creative rhythm samplepacks like Mr Pot and Bus Stop Booth!!
VST Buzz  κ Free Egyptian Darabuka Library
Wavealchemy ®κ Wavealchemy gives away several different sample banks like: Club Kicks, FX’s, 606 Drums, 808 Tape, Wired Electronics
Tongue Drum κ Asian idiophone that sounds like TH’s Whale Drum.
Mkhitaryanpr  Poorly produced demo songs but yet some nice instruments like the ballad drums, shakers, …
Acoustic Drumkit κ NSA Custom Series Drumkit by Dean aka “Nekro”
Perculiar Percussion Wooden Door, Wooden Railing, Metal Lid, Trowel … like their samples like their name: Sample Oddity
MASSIVE Drumcomputer Library 282 Drum Sets / 24.331 WAV Samples / 2.87 GB
Worlds Percussion ® Check out this site! Plenty of free stuff (not only drums)
Jackie FX Bank 81 free fx sounds
Big Mono κ Free acoustic drumkit
Bits and Beats ® Kero’s Bits and Beats
Jackie FX Bank 81 free fx sounds
Big Mono κ Free acoustic drumkit
Xtan Audio African Slit Drum: A high quality African slit drum for Kontakt.
XLN Audio ® Addictive Drums demo version
Twisted Tools  10 Drumkits
Precisionsound Bells Tibetan Meditation Bells
Alanvista  κ Hand Crash
Volkoaudio κ® A darbuka-nut with very neat sounding loops
Cinesamples κ@ Triangle!
Samplekatra κ@ Handclaps what else

Free Synths and FX Samples

Name Info Description
Hollow Sun Kontakt Samples κ Check out those free sample libraries. Hollow Sun is giving away 11 different treasures from PolyMoog Strings to the Novachord
Electronic Loops/Samples/FX’s ® Hip-hop, Dubstep, RnB; Soundsondemand.com
Modularsamples κ Pretty interesting page with allot of free stuff
Protone Elements κ Dirty 808, Analog LoFi Bass, Virus Hypersaw, Synthetic Guitars, …
Nord Modular Samples ®κ Free Nord Sounds; A collection of great Clavia Nord Modular G2 multisamples from Wavescape Studio
Free Arp Odyssey For Kontakt κ Vintage analog synthesizer from 1972
Retrosampling κ Oscillator pak – sampler synth elements v1.0 (VST instrument that uses waveforms for experimental synth sounds)
BedroomProducer κ Vintage synthesizer and samplers
Fairlight CMI IIx κ Fairlight CMI IIx for Kontakt. Fairlight is the mother of all samplers
Noizefield κ GameBoy and Nintendo samples
Durk Kooistra Extreme Bass FX Samples
Genobass Genobazz 2 is a free monophonic bass synthesizer plug-in
Genobass R Genobazz R is a free monophonic bass synthesizer plug-in
VST Buzz  κ@ Granulate & Shortnoise more than 6 gb of synth sounds and a granulator how awesome?
99Sounds κ Modern bass sounds for all edm lovers
Hollowsun κ® Synths, Vox, Moog Strings, Aeropad,

Other Instruments

Name Info Description
Ivy Audio  κ Beautiful experimental vocal samples
Wavesfactory A big black clock
Bolder Sounds ®κ Unbelievable! They give away 23 Instruments for free: Bavarian Zither, Buffalo Accordion, Electric Sitar, Harmonica, Mini Sax, Thumb Piano and many others. Check it out!
Sonivox κ Free soundfont samples from flutes to synths a colorful collection
RECsopran Free recorder sample library (I know you love those)
Wavesfactory Music box sample library, sleep now!
Wavesfactory Freelodica (melodica, duh)
Kong Audio Get the china feel!
Cinematica κ Check out these massive sample library containing several instruments like Xylophone, Metallophone, Electric Guitar, Piano, Organ, Bass, Steel Drum
Digitalsoundfactory ®κ Don’t know exactly what you can get here but it sounds promising
Tekit-Audio κ Soprano recorder! Everyone needs a recorder in his instrument library!
Solo Guitaret κ Nine Volt Audios Guitaret. Strange instrument but pretty interesting as well
Embertone ®κ Four free instruments: Atmoraffe, Kitchen Sounds, Jug Drum, Intimate Strings
Brendanjhogan κ Some Kontakt instruments with strange names: FlyinaBottle, CardboardTube, WarpedKalimba
Rekkerd κ 9 World Instruments for Kontakt
Precisionsound Toy Instrument A collection of toy instruments
Precisionsound Music Box Free music box sample library
Precisionsound Ocarina Free peruvian ocarina sample library
Atom Hub  κ Wow, you have to check this one out!!! Very creative high quality tonal Kontakt libraries
Pluginboutique κ® Several free Kontakt instruments like a huge organ
Stylusbeats κ Kontakt library of a Stylophone, whatever that is

Free Sample Player and Instrument Collections

Name Info Description
Kontakt 5 Player + 50 Instruments Native Instruments gives away the Kontakt 5 Player for free + 50 of their instruments
Cakewalk SFZ Player Simple and free high quality sfz player with additional effects (Windows)
SampleTank ® Virtual instrument and sound workstation with several sample libraries
Alchemy Player + Instruments 1GB sample library with 200 sounds
Beat Zampler Sfz Sample Player
Free Sound Samples Huuuuge sample library! 8 GB and over 8000 samples of all kind!
SFZero Simple Soundfont Player for mac

I hope you could find something valuable on this list. If there are any broken links or you free sample libraries that are not listed please let me know in the comments below!

By | 2017-10-10T18:57:35+00:00 April 9th, 2015|Categories: music production|Tags: , |34 Comments

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Who is writing? Dario, a german-born internet citizen, professional music producer, composer, teacher, blogger and internet entrepreneur who likes to help you become a well rounded music producer!

34 Comments

  1. Steve May 10, 2015 at 2:28 am - Reply

    Wow. Great selection of freebies. There’s also a nice free soundfont player called Sforzando by Plogue.

  2. […] I celebrated successes like the two articles, 210 awesome open guitar chords and the complete free sample library list that went viral and attracted more than 230k visitors. It took me more than a week to collect all […]

  3. Ron June 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    You have forgot the great Hephaestus Sounds, with wonderful freebies like Steinway Grand 3, Clean Guitar, Oboe…

    But it’s a great list!

    Ron

  4. Jurandir June 17, 2015 at 5:15 am - Reply

    It’s not Sonita Symphony, it’s Sonatina Symphonic Orchestral. Thanks for your great jobing!

  5. fasil August 25, 2015 at 11:18 am - Reply

    thanks///

  6. Nathan September 29, 2015 at 10:56 am - Reply

    There’s a nice VI called “DrumMic’A”. The website is in German (nothing google can’t fix) but the instrument has an English version

  7. Olaf November 4, 2015 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Thank you!

  8. BeatMaker December 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    You saved my work man !!! 🙂

  9. Corjar December 13, 2015 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks folks, great stuff!!

  10. Andrew January 16, 2016 at 6:07 am - Reply

    This very well might be the best post I have ever seen in my entire life. Thank you very, very much.

  11. gedbenerneo.science February 10, 2016 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    After so many free acoustic piano sample packs available for free, the list of free epiano samples appears to be much smaller. Perhaps there are a few more dozens of crappy soundfonts available, but following the

  12. tom March 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    I love this list, and I hope it gets updated. Just sharing, I recently found nice free orchestral strings here:
    http://sig-ex.com/2016/02/01/sustain-strings-sfz/

    🙂

  13. Matteo March 22, 2016 at 2:43 am - Reply
  14. dartey davida luigi April 19, 2016 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    thanks bro

  15. dartey davida luigi April 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    wow thanks bro

  16. Ray May 7, 2016 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    this is so cool….dis is so dope… thumbs up

  17. ramzbeatz May 7, 2016 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    holy f..k! this is a huge amount of samples! thank you bro for what you do

  18. DYURY June 9, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    ” “κ” stands for instrument compatible with Kontakt player ”

    Most of the instruments with “k” are compatible with kontakt FULL, not PLAYERS.

    Can you fix it, please?

    🙁

  19. Martin Ried July 26, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Dario, do you know, what you are? A genius!!! Thank you sooo much you can’t imagine how! You saved houndreds of my dollars literally.

    • Dario Brandt November 24, 2016 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      It was more a crapload of work rather than the work of a genius but thank you anyway 🙂

  20. Rsotomedina September 19, 2016 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    THNX a Lot !!!

  21. Rattly And Raw October 2, 2016 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Don’t forget our “The Hipster’s Bongos” free instrument! Find it at: http://www.rattlyandraw.com

  22. Erik Sumo November 4, 2016 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Hello Dario,

    Thanks for this nice gigantic collection. I’ve already found some really interesting synth libraries I’ve not been aware of.

    We’ve just released Gombulator, a free Kontakt Instrument that is based on a rare portable Yamaha synth from the 80s, the Yamaha psr15. It is really really simple but beautiful. Has one knob, that is the moon on the right side and you can dial in all 6 preset sounds of the Yamaha synth, plus the drums also.

    Its’ free and requires Kontakt 5.6.1 Full version. Would nicely fit into the ‘Free Keys’ section.

    Here’s the download link: http://finecutbodies.com/?p=sound_gombulator

    Good luck with the blog!

  23. Nick Dwyer November 8, 2016 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Hey Dario,

    Great site here. Please take a look at http://www.flintpope.com or free library content for Ableton and Native Instruments.

    All my own work.

    best,

    Nick Dwyer aka flintpope

  24. Jamie January 19, 2017 at 2:28 am - Reply

    Aweeeeeesome
    THANK YOU SO MUCH 🙂

  25. Derek January 25, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Link for Alchemy broken. Apple doesn’t have it.

  26. Nathaniel August 14, 2017 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Check out this free sub bass patch!!

    https://irmgaudio.com/collections/all

  27. Dan Brown Jr October 1, 2017 at 4:28 am - Reply

    Here’s a FREE Kontakt Instrument by SampleHero – https://samplehero.com/collections/free/products/vintage-toy-tambourine-red-free

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