There are so many tools and services online that artists use to create killer beats. But sometimes those sites can be pricey and maybe even not high quality. As a struggling musician myself, I’m always looking for deals and easy ways to spice up my music production. I’ve come across some great tools that help you produce some awesome creations!!
1. Sound Proz
“Updated daily, Soundproz brings free audio samples to help you improve your productions and inspire you.
If you use tools like Ableton, Renoise of Fruity Loops, you’ll love this site packed with vocals, effects, drums, loops, strings, pads.”
“I am a drummer based in Boston, Massachusetts. I previously lived in NYC and Los Angeles where I had the chance to record, collaborate and tour with a wide range of artists. I started this blog with the intention of sharing, transferring and exploring musical ideas with my friends around the world… as well as anyone else who might stumble across this site.”
“We are a small, hard working team of sound designers, musicians and general audio nerds who provide a range of tools for music producers, sound designers and composers. Our goal is to create fresh, unique sounds that inspire creativity and push the boundaries of music and sound.”
Download loads of drum samples.
“Free Sample Shootout is a series of articles covering the best free samples in different categories. The most popular Free Sample Shootout article is the list of free acoustic drum kit multisamples, shortly followed by the list of free drum machine samples.
“BPB Samples is a section in which you’ll find various free sample packs made by me. My personal favorite is the Game Boy LSDJ Noise And Glitch Sessions sample pack.
“Free VST Plugins Archive allows you to browse through all previously published BPB articles covering free sample packs and loop libraries.”
Audiotuts+ reader Peter Simcoe comments: “I’ve bought some loops from loopmasters.com – they’re usually pretty good and at a reasonable price and have a variety of formats including Reason Refill which is great.”
“Twenty-five years ago, we recorded and created the first commercially available virtual instrument, the Prosonus brand of orchestral libraries. Since 1986, Big Fish Audio has consistently produced the highest quality sample libraries available. Over the years, our sounds have been featured in hundreds of charting songs and top film and television soundtracks. We are the largest distributor of sample libraries in the world, and we create the most up-to-date loop and virtual instruments libraries using our extensive recording facilities and team of producers. As when you hire a musician or engineer in the studio, experience is vital.
“And from the very beginning, Big Fish Audio has sold license-free sounds. Your purchase of our product IS the license: if you’ve bought our product through a legitimate source, you have the unlimited right to use it in your musical compositions. Unlike some companies, Big Fish Audio does not require you to fill out clearance forms or pay additional license fees, even if your song goes straight to number one on the charts! Please see our license agreement for full details.”
“Sounds/To/Sample is a one-stop pro-audio download resource developed by the team behind award-winning sound design company Sample Magic. In an age where media is increasingly delivered and consumed online, Sounds/To/Sample’s mission statement is simple – to bring the sample industry in-line and up-to-date with the remainder of the creative industry. In putting sample libraries online we cut the costs associated with duplication, packaging and shipping – offering a better, fairer deal for the producer and the end user.”
“We sell 5114 LEGAL downloads from 263 Sample Pack Labels. Our catalogue includes the world’s largest and most comprehensive range of Sample Packs for Download. Shop here and Download Sample Packs, Sample CDs, Drum Samples, Acid Loops, MIDI Loops, Reason Refills, Synth Sounds, Virtual Instruments, Audio Plug-ins, Video Tutorials and more. All products on this site are available for Immediate Download to your PC or Mac.”
10. Wave Alchemy
“Wave Alchemy offer a unique selection of award-winning sample cds and royalty free sound libraries to download. Our wav samples are suitable for music production, sound design, media production and DJ use.”
Audiotuts+ reader Greg comments: “For drum hits / loops I can look no further than http://www.wavealchemy.co.uk. Simply the best quality I have come across.”
100% acoustic drum loops available in WAV, Apple Loops, REX2 formats.
Audiotuts+ reader Billy Shuler comments: “I sometimes use Beta Monkey drum loops for songwriting.”
“This 100% free AIFF/WAV collection contains 7.5 GB of sounds — including 2,430 techno, hiphop, rap, trance, and drum and bass drum beats / loops, 1,265 drum hits, 95 drum kits, 2,214 sound FX, 1,207 instrument sounds, 1,006 vocal samples, 1,255 melodic parts, fruity loops and more.”
“Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds.”
Audiotuts+ reader Charles comments: “I likelots of cool samples to find, and stumble upon…”
“analogfactory is a brand of the in Munich/Germany based company Diginauten UG (haftungsbeschränkt) which was founded by Metalhead, Linus and Adam in 2010. We have the goal to produce professional sounds for synthesizers and samplers at an affordable price. The team consists of experienced musicians with years of studio experience and classical musical training who work also active as composers for film music.
“Our focus is on the music itself and not on economic success. We’ve paid a lot of money in the past for low quality patches and samples and we thought that other musicians might have the same problems with that. That’s why we always adapt our standards of quality to our products. Thinking about seeing you smile and being satisfied with one of our products is worth the effort.”
“Soundiron is a labor of love, owned jointly by Mike Peaslee, Gregg Stephens and Chris Marshall. Soundiron is the result of over a decade of sound design experience, including the design, recording, editing and programming of close to unique 80 high-quality professional-grade deep-sampled virtual sample instruments in the last 3 years alone.”
Got any others?! Comment below and tell us your favorites!