Over the years, I've been frustrated with how difficult it is to find good free samples. It turns out that there's some really great royalty-free stuff out there, if you can find it. This post is a categorized list of every single sample pack and soundfont I have that is royalty-free, and of reasonable quality in an effort to give beginner musicians a much better foundation to build their music off of. Some of these are soundfonts compressed with sfArk - just drag the file on to sfArkXTc.exe to generate a self-extracting executable that will create the sf2 file when run. Others are compressed using sfpack.exe. A few use the SFZ format (usually when the soundfont in question would take up too much RAM), which can be read by the free sForzando VSTi.
MIS Stereo Piano [ SoundFont | Directwave ]
MIS Orchestra Samples [Requires Directwave]
Nylon Guitar 1
Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra SF2 (original SFZ)
HQ Orchestra Samples
- Percussion 1 Percussion 2 Strings 1 Strings 2 Strings 3 Brass/Woodwinds Choir/SFX Bank 1 Bank 2 Bank 3
070 Bassoon Ethan Nando
Roland Sound Canvas
Maestro Concert Piano (SFZ)
PercussionSAMPLES - 5000 DRUMHITS
1400 Samples Drum Kit
JD Rockset 5
The Freq's Glitch Hop Sample Pack
VSTiWhile not samples, these are free VSTi plugins, compatible with most modern DAWs.
Reaktor 5 (free version)
Reaktor 5 Factory Selection
Mikro Prism [Requires Reaktor]
Jug Drum (free version) [Requires Kontact]
Dryer Drum [Requires Kontact]
The SimulAnalog Guitar Suite is very nice, but is for non-commercial use only.
What are these samples capable of? You know you can't ask me that without getting a bunch of disgusting self-promoting links for a programmer's pathetic music making attempts, right? Oh well, if you insist:
More songs like these can be found in their respective albums:
Solar Noise - EP
These samples are extremely versatile, so don't mistake my own laughable attempts at using them for some imaginary limitations. There are thousands of samples in these packs, so get creative!