Ableton comes preloaded with some great instruments and samples, but finding additional samples on the internet can be tricky. We thought we’d put a little list together of some great websites to get you started. Before you get into this, remember that the Ableton site itself has a healthy supply of audio inspiration.
Did you know there are 41 FREE packs on the Ableton site, check them out.
As well as some amazing paid for Packs, Puremagetik have some free foundation packs that include some really useful instruments, samples and more to get you started:
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“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.”
Loads of samples here, go wade through them all.
Remix comps is a great resource for samples, just make sure you have permission to use these, most are not royalty free.
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Grab a pack of free samples from here, some of them are well worth checking out.
Decent set of vocal samples if you’re into that kind of thing.
Creative commons samples and sounds. A lot of found sounds on here but there are beats and synths, click on Browse by Tag.
You find these on cover CDs a lot of the time, big variety of free demo loops on this page.
User uploaded royalty free loops and samples, you have to sign up, but it’s free.
We hope this has given you an idea of what is out there to legally get samples and loops for free. Happy music making!
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