Music copyrights and sampling: What you need to know

In the digital music age copyrights and sampling laws have become a much more prescient issue in music. Producer Abid Hussain summarises what you need to know in his great talk at Ableton’s Loop summit….

The first music from Mars is out of this world… literally!

Andrew Huang is back at it with another awesome video that breaks new ground for music. This time he has left the atmosphere to create a new track using real sounds from Mars. If you…

The best sites for free samples and loops to download

Loops and samples are a producers best friend, providing endless opportunities to use and rework unique sounds, melodies and rhythms into a new surrounding. But quality samples are hard to find without denting your wallet,…

Mix it up with 275 free retro drum machine samples

SampleRadar are back with an awesome bundle filled with great sounding samples that will spice up your mix and it’s totally free to download. There’s a great new pack out on MusicRadar’s awesome sample site…

Get 16,000 of the BBC’s sound effect samples for free

As you can imagine the BBC have a massive collection of sound effects for use in all of their shows, now they’re free for you to download and do anything you like with. The BBC…

8 of the best and most popular Hip-Hop sample packs

Hip-Hop and R&B is now the most popular genre in the world, here are some of the greatest sounds that are making the hits of this generation. Last year Hip-Hop/R&B overtook rock as the most…

The 100 most sampled tracks in music history

Sampling music is an art-form in it’s own right and it’s everywhere nowadays. This Spotify playlist¬†features all of the most used songs in sampling history. Samples are used everywhere in music today: in Hip-Hop, dance…

How to legally use music samples in your tracks

Sampling has become a massive part of music but the legalities of when and where you can use samples can be confusing so here’s a guide to make sure your music is all good. Sampling…

How a site selling samples made a No.1 hit and $35m in funding

Splice has grown from a site offering samples to creating a number 1 hit with Demi Lovato and a massive round of funding. Splice creator Steve Martocci started his entrepreneurship with a text messaging service,…

Roland’s new electronic drum pads could change the way you drum

Roland are taking digital drums to the next level with their new SPD::ONE pads putting realistic drums at your fingertips. Roland’s new SPD::ONE series is a range of digital percussion pads that gives drummers authentic…