Freebies - Samplers and Sample Libraries

Well, now days you can make music for free if you have a good computer.

All tools that you need you can get for free, sequencers like Reaper or Mu.Lab free are just few examples of what I’m saying.

Still, when comes to sounds people might find a bit hard to get the instruments they want, so, that’s why I make this thread (ain’t I a good guy?).

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    Yellow Tools Independence FREE 2.5

Native Instruments, one of the biggest music software producers, took the decision to offer for free one of the best samplers, Kontakt.

The free version, named player, is stripped off some editing options and can load banks specifically designed for the “player” version (I say it’s a marketing trick, a silly one). All sound libraries are managed in a convenient graphical library browser.

Together with Kontakt player you can download a sound bank offered also free.

Kontakt Player Download Page

<a href=">Free Kontakt Factory Selection.

UVI Workstation is a multi-timbral instrument that provides unlimited parts, integrated effects, live performance features, and a smooth real-time workflow.

• Cross Platform compatible with Mac and Windows.

• Supports all major plug-in formats (Audio Units, VST, RTAS, MAS)

• Works as stand-alone application

Some of it’s features include:

• Up to 64 MIDI channels

• Disk streaming per part

• Multiple separate outputs

• MIDI learn

• Complete professional effects arsenal, with easy editing
(delay, reverb, phaser, chorus, EQ, filter, drive, distortion, compressor…)

• Excellent sounding convolution reverb

• Direct sync to host: tempo & transport

• State-of-the-art real-time time-stretch algorithm

• Real-time sync to the beat: loops are always in time

Import REX files, Apple Loops, AIFF, WAV and more.

UVI Workstation Download Page

This comes with a “tutorial soundbank” that have one of the best electric piano sounds I’ve ever heard.

But there is more, there is also a 415MB demo sound bank you can download for free:

UVI Soundpack demo (415 MB)

A sampler that blew me away with the quality of the sound is Shortcircuit by Vember Audio. Shortcircuit has been discontinued. It is now freely available for download, but Vember Audio does not offer any support for it.

Shortcircuit was created as a reaction against the ongoing trend where software samplers are being designed with the primary intent of library playback. It is intended for people who, like us, consider a sampler to be a musical instrument in its own right, and not just a way to emulate other instruments. It has been a very high priority to make sure that adding and editing individual samples is as fast and logical as possible.

There are curently two versions (well, f you count the “in between” versions then there are 3), my personal favorite is version 1.1.2 because in version 2 I got “tangled” in too many options :D.

Shortcircuit VST official page

Now several samples and loop libraries:

Samplemagic put several packs of loops for free, mostly techno, rave, minimal…etc.

Wave Alchemy’s Drum Tools Teaser samples not loops, 24 bit. Need registration on the site, registration is free.

Sidsonic libraries - Free Sample Kits X-mas special.

X-mas sample kit downloads.

The audio files are in wave format 24bit 96khz and mapped in exs and nki format.

Just found out that Cakewalk SFZ is free now O_o !!!

Outstanding sound quality, stereo built-in effects, adjustable CPU/quality settings to adjust it to your hardware, fully multitimbral operation, multiple stereo outputs, several loading modes including direct-from-disk streaming and a beautiful interface make sfz+ the perfect choice for SoundFont users and professional composers.

SFZ official page

Paax Free

An interesting sampler that can play 8/16 bit, mono/stereo, 11/22/44/48/96 KHz wav file. It can also import Soundfonts and AKAI S5/6k programs.

Up to 128 presets per bank.

Up to 84 splits per preset and 8 dual velocity-layers (16 samples) per split.

64 simultaneous voices.

Plays 8/16 bit, mono/stereo wav files @ any sample rate.

Low CPU consumption.

Low aliasing resampling technology, 32 bit audio engine.

3 envelope controls (DAHDSR) per preset: amplitude, pitch and filter cutoff.

3 configurable LFOs per preset: tremolo, vibrato and filter cutoff with optional delay.

All envelopes and oscillators can be synchronized to MIDI tempo.

New Micro-Granular pitch-shifting option for transposing sounds without affecting duration/timbre.

New bank format offers choice for embedded or referenced samples.

Capable of importing SoundFonts (.sf2) and AKAI S5000/6000 programs (.akp)

Fully automatable.

VST 2.3 compatible.



Peruvian Ocarina free from Precisionsound.

Official Page

The Peruvian Ocarina SampleSet contains 56 24bit mono WAV samples. 4 articulations, normal, legato, glissando and staccato.

Articulation keyswitshes are mapped at C1,C#1,D1 and D#1 for EXS24, HALion and Kontakt.

The HALion and Kontakt versions also has the glissando articulation mapped on the modwheel.

Peruvian Ocarina:

1 program for Logic EXS24

1 program for HALion

1 program for Kontakt

4 programs for SoundFont 8 (16bit)

Hollow Sun put for free several packs for Kontakt, so you might want to get those:

Soni Musicae have several VERY interesting packs for free download.



-Small Italian XVII

House organs:

-Orgue de salon

-Diatonic accordion


-The Ghent Carillon

And the best free piano samples:

  • Maestro Concert Grand, a Yamaha CF3, recorded with two Neumann KM84 microphones, disposed in X/Y, with 5 velocity layers, and weighs 932 MB.

Cinematic Strings Monster Staccato FREE

patch for Kontakt 3.5+

You have to register in order to download it but registration is free.

Hello mister Sorohan, nice to talk to you…

So, latest find, a tuba sample and several patches for Kontakt.
Philharmonia Orchestra: Sample Library:Tuba Samples

A nice and informative website about symphony orchestras, concerts, instruments, venues and conductors. A “must have” bookmark in the internet browser.

Hello Mister Sorohan :smiley:

Keep up the great work :slight_smile:

here’s my contribution to your thread :

EastWest/Quantum Leap’s Symphonic Orchestra Free Play Edition

“Answer a short survey and get a FREE starter version of the most popular professional symphonic orchestra virtual instrument ever made.”

… the instruments sound great,
but the engine can be CPU intensive (depending on your machine)
if you stack too many instruments …

Mihai - thanks a lot for this thread! Great contribution.

Great thread- good spot with kontakt player!

Check out also KORE player by NI too, which comes with 400MB samples:


Thanks Tom for the link.

ore is not a sampler but can work as a sampler too. Actually Kore have several sound engines, including Absynth engine…

Anyway, here’s another find:

Pettinhouse Free Samples

AcousticGuitar FREE for NI Kontakt

WarmJazzFREE for NI Kontakt

ClassicGuitarFREE for NI Kontakt

DirectBass 2.0 FREE for NI Kontakt

HumbuckerFREE for NI Kontakt

DirectGuitar 2.0 FREE for NI Kontakt

Vinyl Drumkits Electronic - Electro Dark Kit

Vinyl Drumkits Electronic - Electro House Kit

Vinyl Drumkits Electronic - Deep House Kit

Vinyl Drumkits Electronic - Modem Kit

Vinyl Drumkits Electronic - Trance Kit

Vinyl Drumkits Electronic - Spit Kit

Vinyl Drumkits Electronic - House Kit

Vinyl Drumkits Electronic - CASIO SK1

Vinyl Drumkits Electronic - Scratch kit

Vinyl Drumkits Electronic - RnB Soul

Vinyl Drumkits Electronic - Air Ambient

Vinyl Drumkits Electronic - C64

Vinyl Drumkits Electronic - Indastria

Brush kits for NI Battery and Kontakt

Vinyl RnB Drum kit

Garage Vinyl Full Kit for Kontakt 2

Vinyl Funky Drum kit

Vinyl Hammond for Kontakt 2

Yamaha kit for Battery and Kontakt

Pro MIDI patterns for jazz brush kit

Now that’s quite an impressive list, isn’t it ?

So, if you use a lot of those, I hope you’ll donate something to keep them coming :wink:

Precisionsound is an independent soundware company based in Rimbo, north of Stockholm, Sweden. They are specialized in sound design and sampling. Their products are multi sampled instruments and loops in different formats: HALion, Kontakt, NN-XT, Battery and Gigastudio.

Thei offer also some freebies that sounds amazingly good:

Cretone Time Tapper in WAV & Rx2 format

Obscure analogue drumbox with built-in amplifier.

26 WAV loops and 17 of them also in Re-cycle Rx2 format.


Koestler Rigoletto

The Koestler Rigoletto is an air driven portable organ from the -50’s -60’s made in Germany.

A fan is spinning around inside and make noise if you press the key.

To get the free Koestler Rigoletto you have to take a survey.


Red Grand

The “Red Grand” toy piano.

All notes has been sampled in 2 velocity layers and mapped in SoundFont format.



The free Magic Music Box, Chatedral Chimes and a Chimealong toy instrument.



The Peruvian Ocarina SampleSet contains 56 24bit mono WAV samples. 4 articulations, normal, legato, glissando and staccato.

Articulation keyswitshes are mapped at C1,C#1,D1 and D#1 for EXS24, HALion and Kontakt. The HALion and Kontakt versions also has the glissando articulation mapped on the modwheel.


As a release and launch E-MU’s next generation Emulator X3 Streaming Sampling Synthesizer software, E-MU announce that they will be providing the full version of their Proteus VX Software Sound Module software which includes the enhanced v2.0.1 Proteus X Composer Bank.

Proteus VX is not copy protected or card locked like other versions of their instrument and sampling software, and can be used either as a VSTi or in stand alone mode.

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Dude, You are genuinely awesome. Thanks for all the free stuff! And all your help :slight_smile:

Dude, You are genuinely awesome. Thanks for all the free stuff! And all your help :)

Yes, yes… I love you too, now get your ass HERE and start recording stuff and put here, you… you… “Exclusive Author” with no music on your page>

Shame on you ! :stuck_out_tongue:

Eh, just joking… but serious, put some music man.