The Complete List of Free Sample Libraries 2023
Freebies, Freebies Everywhere
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).
- “®” 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!!
Free Guitar Samples
|Ample Guitar M Lite II||κ||PluginBoutiques Free Guitar 14 Strum notes + 28 ways to play for every chord|
|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!|
|Sonas Ronroco||κ||NEW! Beautiful arped and ambient HQ guitar samples. A must click!|
|E-Ukulele||κ||NEW! Electric ukulele sample pack for kontakt.|
|Ample Sound||κ||NEW! Several guitar and bass Kontakt libraries. Go for it!|
Guitar MIDI Controller
Play these samples libraries with the guitar midi controller Jamstik from Zivix. You don’t need to be limited to a midi keyboard. If you come from a guitar background playing sample libraries with a guitar can be a viable alternative and lots of fun.
Free Bass Guitar Samples
|Ample Bass P Lite II||κ||Fender Precision Bass|
|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)|
|Kontakt Libraries||k||NEW! Free bass guitar libraries.|
|Bigcat||k||NEW! A collection of free Kontakt and SFZ bass guitar libraries|
|Rekkerd||k||NEW! Free acoustic bass kontakt library.|
Free Orchestral Samples
|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 …|
|Carpenter Trombone||κ||Ivy Audio Carpenter Trombone! Pretty awesome.|
|Clare Solo||κ||Vocal samples of a professional classical female vocalist named clare.|
|Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra||κ||NEW! Full orchestral sample library|
|Glockenspiel||κ||NEW! Jonathans glockenspiel. Le German instrumentname|
|Feroyns Flute||κ||NEW! FFFFFFFlute|
|Rosinspiel||κ||NEW! Bowed Glockenspiel.|
|Angels Harp||κ@||NEW! Harp alarm. 662mb sized well programmed harp kontakt library.|
|Total Composure/a>||κ||NEW! Complete free orchestral Kontakt sample library!|
Wind MIDI Controller
How about adding the natural velocity of a wind instrument to your MIDI lines? The Akai Professional EWI easily connects through USB to your setup and it even has multiple fingering modes: sax, traditional EWI, flute, oboe, and EVI brass.
Free Keys and Piano Samples
|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|
|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)|
|Hugokant||Toypiano, Fender Rhodes, Balafon, Vibraphone & more!|
|Baby Grand||k||New! Free Baby Grand Piano|
|Townhall Organ||k||New! The Leeds Town Hall Organ 3.2GB Monster.|
|Mellotron||k||New! You gotta love the Mellotron. You don’t know it? Go do your research now!|
Free Drum and Percussion Samples
|60s Rogers Pop Kit||κ||Pop Kit Replicates the Drum Sound From Old 60s Pop Records|
|Free Drum Kits||Absolutely awesome site!!!!!|
|Free Triangle Samples||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|
|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.|
|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|
|Big Mono||κ||Free acoustic drumkit|
|Bits and Beats||®||Kero’s Bits and Beats|
|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|
|Volkoaudio||κ®||A darbuka-nut with very neat sounding loops|
|Samplekatra||κ@||Handclaps what else|
|Scott Drums||κ||BAM! Ivy Audio again with a function clean drumkit.|
|NS Drums||κ||NEW! pretty tight well programmed acoustic drum kit kontakt library|
|Drummica||κ||NEW! Complete Kontakt drum kit.|
|Gameboy Drumkit||κ||NEW! Gameboy Drumkit for Kontakt|
|Wave Alchemy||κ||NEW! Vintage tape drum machine kpr 66|
MIDI Drum Kit
Even if you are not a drummer by heart playing your drum lines with a touch sensitive MIDI drum kit like the Pyle Pro PTED01 can add a natural feel that programmed lines are lacking. Badum-tsss
Free Synths and FX Samples
|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|
|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,|
|Awolfe||NEW! A bunch of old vintage analog synthesizer samples|
|Karanyimusic||NEW! Free Oberheim, DSI, Yamaha DX7, Roland Super JV & Moog patches for your Kontakt|
|Ample Percussion Cloudrum||® κ||Pretty Hangdrum Instrument by PluginBoutique|
|Music Box Wavesfactory||κ||Beautiful sounding old music box recorded in stereo, sleep now!|
|Wavesfactory Freelodica||κ||Freelodica (melodica, duh)|
|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)|
|Kong Audio||Get the china feel!|
|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!|
|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|
|Stylusbeats||κ||Kontakt library of a Stylophone, whatever that is|
|The Mither||κ||NEW! The Mither is a unique plucked instrument for Kontakt derived from a mandolin.(I copied that)|
|Ethnic Flute||NEW! Ethnic flute samples perfect for hip-hop|
Free Sample Player and Instrument Collections
|Kontakt 5 Player + 50 Instruments||@κ||Native Instruments gives away the Kontakt 5 Player for free + 50 of their instruments|
|SampleTank||®||Virtual instrument and sound workstation with several sample libraries|
|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|
NEW! Other Free Sample Library Collections
|Pluginboutique||k@||Several free Kontakt instruments like a huge organ|
|VST Buzz||k@||20+ high quality kontakt instruments. Respect!|
|Cymatics||k||A huge collection of high quality sample libraries. I’m a little jealous, cause they have pictures. (cmd+f+”free” to find the free gems)|
|Samplephonics||A good bunch of 100% royalty free samples and instruments. Worth a click.|
|Synthtopia||Free sample library for computer music|
|FLStudioMusic||k||38 Best free Kontakt libraries. Well they are the best, or aren’t they?|
|FactMag||k||25 Best free Kontakt libraries. So they are the best, too?|
|Productionmusiclive||k||The top 10 free Kontakt libraries. Well, well, well.|
|Bigcat Instruments||k||A hidden gem! A bunch of original kontakt libraries.|
|Kontakt Libraries||k||A bag full of free Kontakt libraries.|
|Bedroomproducer||k||A tight collection of free bass and guitar libraries.|
|Free Sample Packs||k||Kontakt library collection. They have stars for rating. I wanted stars for rating 🙁|
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!
Wow. Great selection of freebies. There’s also a nice free soundfont player called Sforzando by Plogue.
Hey Steve! THX for the hint. Greetings, Dario
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You have forgot the great Hephaestus Sounds, with wonderful freebies like Steinway Grand 3, Clean Guitar, Oboe…
But it’s a great list!
Thanks for sharing Ron!
It’s not Sonita Symphony, it’s Sonatina Symphonic Orchestral. Thanks for your great jobing!
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
Nonono, Thank YOU!
You saved my work man !!! 🙂
Thanks folks, great stuff!!
This very well might be the best post I have ever seen in my entire life. Thank you very, very much.
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
I love this list, and I hope it gets updated. Just sharing, I recently found nice free orchestral strings here:
Another one… http://soundethers.wix.com/soundethers#!freebie-free-fall/uyi14
wow thanks bro
this is so cool….dis is so dope… thumbs up
holy f..k! this is a huge amount of samples! thank you bro for what you do
” “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?
sure thanks for the hint
Also, you can add Sennheiser’s DrumMic’A (http://de-de.sennheiser.com/drummica) to the list, it’s Free and works 100% with Kontakt Players 🙂
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.
It was more a crapload of work rather than the work of a genius but thank you anyway 🙂
THNX a Lot !!!
Don’t forget our “The Hipster’s Bongos” free instrument! Find it at: http://www.rattlyandraw.com
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!
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.
Nick Dwyer aka flintpope
Thanks for the input!
THANK YOU SO MUCH 🙂
Link for Alchemy broken. Apple doesn’t have it.
Check out this free sub bass patch!!
Here’s a FREE Kontakt Instrument by SampleHero – https://samplehero.com/collections/free/products/vintage-toy-tambourine-red-free
Thanks a lot for this AWESOME list. Love.
Ample Percussion Cloudrum — fantastic new free instument by Ample Sound
https://cinematique-instruments.com/free_stuff_query/index.php — and more free instument there
8Dio CAGE Unleashed
8Dio Century Brass Try Pack v1_2
8Dio Century Strings Try Pack
Hi! Check out our Free Kontakt Middle Eastern Instrument at https://taqs.im/downloads/kontakt-free/
Hi! Great list!
Here’s a link to Typhonic Samples’s Free Bundle, with 500+ samples and presets.
Here is a website where you can download Autotune for free https://autotune.online/
SampleRadar has over 70K free samples, including many loops.
Thank you for this post. I have been looking for free samples for a long time now and now you have given me several options.
Addictive Drums portable is a complete and complete software that works with OS X and aims to provide you with all the instruments and highlights to make your drum tracks for various types of music. This is a complete and extensive OS X application designed to give you every instrument or spotlight you require to create your drum tracks to suit different kinds of music. It’s very simple to use. A great street way for music producers to enjoy and create their music using some electronic media plugins.
Often samplers offer filters, effects units, modulation via low frequency oscillation and other synthesizer-like processes that allow the original sound to be modified in many different ways. Most samplers have Multitimbrality capabilities