Over 60 drum shots, 30 drum loops and more will get you producing beats in the emerging UK Drill genre inspired by Grime and Chicago Drill.
UK Drill has spawned out of it’s US counterpart and become it’s own unique and famously underground genre. Connecting with the Grime and Garage scenes, it is bringing a new life to the UK’s rap and trap communities and with this immense free pack of sounds you can start honing your Drill sound.
The creator, a producer, DJ, and sound designer who goes by BVKER has made his pack of 64 drum shots, 30 drum loops + MIDIs, and 16 melodic loops + MIDIs completely free for anyone to download.
Describing the pack, he says:
The tempo is based around 140 BPM and you’ll often hear a sliding sub bass, combined with a hard hitting kick and a closed hat, that is placed in a 3/16th pattern. A lot of time the second snare hits a bit later than usual and the overall vibe is rather dark and a bit aggressive. This “dark” vibe is often created through piano chords, reverse effects etc. Popular rappers include Krept & Konan, Headie One, Digga D or RV. Whereas some of the pioneering producers were Carns Hill, QUIETPVCK and Mazza.
Sound packs feature Sia, Just Blaze, Kimbra, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and many more in a bid to share creativity and raise money for COVID-19
Native Instruments have launched their ‘Community Drive’, a campaign bringing sounds from huge creators to you in a bid to raise money for good causes. All the sounds in the impressive pack are free but they’re encouraging the people who are able to, to give a donation to specified music charities.
14 artists have come together to contribute sounds to the pack from some of the world’s most notorious producers, to huge pop stars, and more. It’s an incredible range of quality sounds that is definitely worth downloading when it’s completely free.
Of course, if you’re able to spare some money to charity for the privilege then do. Native Instruments have got things started with a massive $100,000 donation to their causes.
Audiobridge have upped the capabilities on their mobile-only music recording app with 4 new effects available now.
Audiobridge is a mobile app that is designed to make collaboration easy from afar. With shared projects users can record and edit recordings together to create a collaborative track simply and quickly.
They’re making the potential even greater for musicians and creators with the brand new addition of Audio Effects. Packaged into the Experimental Settings suite, four new effects will give users far more options as to how they edit and record their songs.
They surveyed musicians and audio engineers from around the world to select the four favourite effects to add to their app. They chose Reverb, Delay, EQ, and Compression; the staples of music production.
Their app uses artificial intelligence to help its users add details to their tracks. Audiobridge founder and CEO, Matt Miller said: “We have built a tool that guides musicians through music creation. It will be like having an audio engineer in your pocket.”
They hope that their app provides a simple and intuitive way for people to record music that sounds good without the high costs of recording studios and expensive equipment. Miller adds: “We are breaking down the barriers of entry, making the process more accessible for all. We want to replace the 1,200 page Pro Tools user manual with a red record button.”
Explore hundreds of thousands of samples you can do whatever you like with and it won’t cost you a thing with these 5 great sample sources.
Chopping and sampling is like it’s own instrument in creating music nowadays. There’s infinite possibilities available when you’re sampling sounds and music, but if you want to release anything containing samples you have to make sure you have the rights to do it.
Sampling big label music or finding quality one-shots and cool sounds to use can cost a pretty penny and if you want to create without having to dig deep then thankfully there are loads of royalty-free and free to download samples out there.
This only came out this year in beta and already we’re in love with it. The website features thousands of copyright-free sounds from the US Library of Congress including orchestral recordings, old sound effects, and notable speeches.
There are so many collections to explore and so many unique sounds to inspire you to get creating with – but there’s another secret weapon from the Library of Congress!
Their website features a built-in beatmaker so you can snap up samples and preview them in a hip-hop mix straightaway. It works so incredibly efficiently and really helps inspire you in how you might use this vast library of samples in a creative way.
We’ve shared SampleRadar quite a few times before and that’s because they’re bloody brilliant! They have such a wealth of really good, high quality samples covering just about every sound or loop you could think of wanting to produce with.
There are packs full of drum loops and hits, guitar samples that cover Western to heavy metal, house music samples, keys loops, fx shots, vocal recordings, and so much more!
It’s really worth exploring what they have available and if you have a certain sound in mind then they probably have something that will fit the bill that you can download and mix with – completely free.
For all the hip-hop producers out there, Hip Hop Makers bring together thousands of wicked samples of all sorts. They don’t release them themselves but collect some of the finest free sample packs from around the web so you don’t have to go searching for each one.
You’ve got more drum breaks and hits than you could fit in a Lil B album including packs from some of the genre’s biggest producers. Beyond that there’s loads of vocal samples to flip, instrument loops and more.
Looperman has a ridiculous range of loops, samples and sounds that you can preview and download easier than ever. The range of content on here is so varied that just looking at the first page you’ll find an inspiring sound to enliven some creative spirit in you.
Unlike the others, you can search Looperman for keywords to find exactly the sound you’re looking for if you have something in mind. They also have a huge category and genre list you can explore to browse by type.
Gameboy sounds, ‘type beat’ snippets, instrument melodies, ringtones, and more. All sorts of interesting sounds are to be found here and it’s just a fun website to explore.
Hold on, isn’t this a photo website? If that’s what you’re thinking then I was right there with you but lo-and-behold they have a great selection of free music samples that are completely copyright clear to use however you like.
There’s drum and bass samples to pick from, tropical guitars to get juicy with, gorgeous flutes to fit into your mix, and a lot more. It’s a treasure trove of high quality music samples that you can explore and use to your hearts content.
If you’re feeling generous, they take submissions if you’d like to add your own high quality recordings to be made available for free on their page! It’s a music source built on the generosity of others, how lovely.
Download IK Multimedia’s incredible distortion from their digital AmpliTube series for free but act quickly!
IK Multimedia have a real treat for you; whether you’re recording instruments straight into your DAW or want to add some grit to your digital sounds this is not to be missed.
Simply sign up to IK Multimedia’s newsletter to gain free access to this powerful distortion processor packed with 48 quality and face-melting amps, cabinets, stompboxes and pristine effects modules.
If you’re a guitarist then this is unmissable as you can shred to your hearts content with models of some of the best equipment in the world. Even the slightest bit of gain can transform the sound of both virtual and real instruments in the final mix.
AmpliTube Metal features extremely rare and collectible models of metal stompboxes, amp heads and cabinets, from the legendary, hard-to-find Japanese originals to classic British and American essentials, including models based on the ProCo RAT, Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi, Digitech Whammy, several vintage BOSS effects, Randall Warhead, Peavey 5150™, Mesa/Boogie Triple Rectifier, and other great models of metal gear.
Or if AmpliTube 4 is already installed and authorized, open the Custom Shop inside the AmpliTube section and do a Restore My Gear
AmpliTube Metal gear will be unlocked and ready to be played inside of AmpliTube 4! Enjoy.
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Cassette Roads offers a beautifully unique sound to play around with and record for completely free.
Listen to the demo below and you’ll see why this is an exciting plugin to add to your collection. A beautiful addition to lo-fi mixes or to add some texture to your melodies with a powerful level of customisation so you can get precisely the tone you want with it.
Cassette Roads is available as a free download from SampleScience with the option to donate a small amount if you really like it.
Here’s what you get:
65.8 MB of samples (16-bit, 44.1kHz stereo Wav files)
Amplitude range controls
3 voice modes: polyphonic, monophonic, and legato
Available as a VST/VST3/AU plugin for Windows and macOS (High Sierra and Mojave, macOS Catalina via the Maize Sample Player)
Not all of us have a sweet guitar we can plug in to record with or a premium amp to play through, thankfully these plugins solve your instrument and amp qualms – and they’re free!
Thanks to digital music software and the internet there is a wealth of possibility at your fingertips. Even adding a guitar or a real bass track into your mix is possible without spending an extra penny.
We’ve rounded up some our favourite and most authentic guitar and bass plugins so that regardless of your setup you can write and record your very own instrument tracks – for FREE!
Some of these are sampled instrument plugins so you can create guitar and bass sounds from scratch, others are amps/effects that can enhance your guitar recording – whether from a real guitar, free plugin, or sample – to go from plain to stadium sound!
We’ve provided a sample of each of the plugins below so you can hear them in action.
This incredible plugin from Ample Sound uses a massive library of real guitar samples for an unbeatably authentic sound. This is a ‘lite’ version of their fully fleshed out and paid instrument sampling plugins but the sound you get from this free version is incredible.
It is the ideal solution for creating an amazing sounded guitar piece with your track. There is the option to use it as a MIDI instrument, you can program in chords with it, and you can even use tablature to give it an entire piece of music to play full with sliding notes and hammer-ons to play.
Better open a window, because this plugin is smokey. It’s a fully premium amp and effect modelling plugin that sounds better than half the real amps I’ve heard people chugging through!
Perfect for if you’re a guitarist recording clean straight into your software of if a recording needs some spicing up. Put it onto any VST instruments or recordings to give them some warmth, boost, delay and much more.
As a free user you’ll have access to an impressive number of effects, rigs, presets and control over the amps, stompboxes and controls of these elements. There is a whole lot more if you pay but I assure you that you will be shocked at the quality and quantity of what you get using AmpliTube for free.
You need to register for a free account to use it first but considering the power you get here it’s more than worth it. I’ve used the sample from Ample Guitar above to show off a few off the sounds in Amplitube – there’s a whole lot more possibility than shown off in the audio clip including distortion pedals and funky sounds.
Blue Jeans & Moonbeams… This isn’t a sampled instrument like the others so it doesn’t sound quite as authentic. But don’t let that deter you if you’re looking for a cool electric guitar plugin to play with because this little baby is full of surprises.
Whilst the sound isn’t sampled there is a massive range of what you can do with the sounds you get. You can play in harmonics, you can play with a pop, you can even imitate the sounds of string scratches and pops. You choose between an electric guitar imitation or an acoustic.
Once you get used to it and maybe add some amp modelling or effects on top you won’t be disappointed with what this sweet and, most importantly, free plugin can do.
Guitar Rig Player
This hefty package comes free with Native Instrument’s KOMPLETE START package. Something truly worth adding to any producer or music makers library when it’s FREE!
It’s a free processor giving you a free amp to play through and 3 effects with 50 presets included for a huge range of sounds whether you’re recording guitars, drums, vocals, or anything else.
Of course you can upgrade and get so much more but you’re already provided with enough to make your real life pedal-board blush from the off.
To show you how good it sounds I’ve used the BJAM VST so you can see how even with a completely artificial sound it beefs it up and enhances it.
Got your own favourite which we didn’t include? Let us know in the comments below and share the love.
No more pre-editing audio tracks, Neural Mix from the Djay app, allows you to isolate vocals, drums and harmonics in real-time without leaving the mix.
Algoriddim have recently updated their Djay app on iPhone and iPad to support Neural Mix. Neural Mix uses AI technology to automatically separate musical elements. This will deconstruct any track into three parts: vocals, beats and instruments, allowing you to view the individual waveforms and solo/mute any part with a single tap. No more filter, EQ, looping sections or third-party software to help isolation.
The demo given below proves impressive. The video shows how it’s possible to quickly slide or push a button between two elements: acapella-to-instrumental or drum-to-harmonic, or three way control of drum, harmonic and vocal parts.
Ableton’s new video series explores how nine very different creators create music from the very bottom with insightful tips and creative inspiration.
Made In Ableton Live is an awesome new video series on YouTube that you can watch right away. Full of unique tips, creative tricks, and inspiring work with virtual instruments, samples, and recording techniques from nine professional artists.
Each artist creates a track from scratch so you can see all the processes and techniques that they use to provide you with fuel to enhance your tracks or give you the motivation you need to start a new track with methods in mind.
We’ll post them all below for you to explore and hopefully take some creative inspiration from:
Bad Snacks uses live takes from her electric violin as a starting point for a warm and melodious house track. With methods like creative panning, MIDI effects and lo-fi processing, she brings warmth, vibrancy and character to her creations.
Eomac creates a full-frequency sample pack using field recordings captured in the street on his phone, and produces a techno track with it. Watching his methodology in action is a valuable lesson in sound design, and a perfect demonstration of the idea that there is music everywhere.
Rachel K Collier
Rachel K Collier guides us through intuitive audio routing and live improvisational looping to craft a distinctive, uplifting club track. She introduces the concept of cue mixing, demonstrates her workflow on Push and layers up vocals in this expressive performance.
Abayomi integrates analog hardware and in-the-box sequencing and synthesis to make a detailed, melodic techno track. He guides us through practical project templates, creates unique presets and employs sound design to achieve a style all his own.
Keychee builds up a hard-stepping hit of hip hop-flavored funk using drum layering, automated envelopes, sidechain compression and master effects chains. The end result is a textured, dynamic track layered with rich synth hooks, all created in the box.
Novaa showcases inventive ways of processing her voice while remixing her own track for a brooding take on hyper-modern pop. Using effects like autotune and vocoder, she takes her singing in new and exciting directions while promoting the idea of embracing imperfections.
Underbelly structures his track composition around different energy levels. Organization is key as he shows us how he builds Instrument Racks and navigates his library, but equally important is the sound design involved in making a killer bassline.
Anna Disclaim turns samples and her own voice into data using audio-to-MIDI techniques to craft a distinctive strain of pop-noir. As well as creating melodic elements using her voice, she also highlights the creative potential when re-sampling existing parts of a track using Simpler.
Freddie Joachim chops up some Rhodes samples, slices drum breaks and lays down some live guitar. From turning shakers into hi-hats to creative quantizing and creating stereo width, his session is loaded with classy techniques to make a seriously smooth jam.