The Complete List of Free Sample Libraries

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Free Sample Libraries

Freebies, freebies, freebies. Before you start buying the most expensive sample libraries check out my list of free sample libraries first. I hope you find the instrument you need here.

I subdivided the list into categories of instruments: Guitar, bass, orchestral instruments, keys and piano, drum and percussion, synths, other instruments (think of world instruments, tiny instruments, weird instruments and everything else), sample player and instrument collections (on some websites there are just too many sample instruments to categorize them).

Also consider:

  • “®” stands for registration required
  • “@” stands for email address required
  • “κ” stands for instrument compatible with Kontakt

Feel free to add missing instruments or report broken links in the comment section below!!

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Free Guitar Samples

Name Info Description
Pettinhouse Guitars κ Pettinhouse, the place to find your guitar samples: Acoustic guitar, warm jazz guitar, classical guitar …
Power Guitar κ Wavesfactory’s Power Guitar
Trash Guitar Power chords, palm muted power chords, single strings palm muted …
Flamestudios Great collection of guitars and bass guitars: FS Fender Telecaster, FS Seagull Steelstring, Gibson Les Paul (SFZ)
Old 32-String Kanteles κ A very very old form of a guitar
indiginus κ 3 free guitar libraries, you need them!
Audiowiesel κ Free e-ukulele

Free Bass Guitar Samples

Name Info Description
Pettinhouse Bass κ And more of Pettinhouse: Direct Bass
Flamestudios Great collection of guitars and bass guitars: FS Washburn Acoustic Bass Guitar and FS Ibanez Electric Bass Guitar (SFZ)

Free Orchestral Samples

Name Info Description
Tuba κ Pretty awesome sounding tuba samples. A present from the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Philharmonia Orchestra Sample Library The Philharmonia Orchestra offers a wide ranged sample library for free! Almost an entire orchestra!!! Only restriction: They give them away as loose samples. You have to create the instrument for Kontakt or other samplers yourself.
Sonita Symphony Complete SoundFont orchestra 440MB of size
Linux Sampler Project piano, violin, cello and at the very end the open orchestra
BedroomProducer κ Collection of free Kontakt instruments: Cinema Strings, Warm Pentode Brass and other non orchestral instruments
Intimate Strings Lite ®κ Nice sounding string instrument with several expressions
ikmultimedia ®κ Piano, drums, vocals, brass, organ …
Karoryfer κ A cello.

Free Keys and Piano Samples

Name Info Description
Ivy Audio κ I have to write in bold because this piano is sooo awesome and free!! Thx Simon Dalzell
Soni Musicae κ Soni Musicae specialized on harpsichords, organ and piano samples. Check out their freebies.
Armore Grand Piano κ Great sounding piano for ballads and more
Wavesfactory Free pipe organ sample library
Rock-Si-Chord κ From Soniccouture
Magnus Chord Organ κ A 1970’s reed organ
Tape Loop Organ κ Sounds interesting. Check out the description for more information
KVR Audio Piano One – the VST piano
Retrosampling κ Some electric pianos and other piano instruments free to download on
Supertone Babypiano VST for Windows with samples of a baby piano (toy piano)
UVI Analogic Piano 09 (electric piano)
Hugo Kant κ Another Toy Piano
Mkhitaryanpr κ Poorly produced demo songs but yet some nice instruments like the soft and grand piano

Free Drum and Percussion Samples

Name Info Description
Free Drum Kits Absolutely awesome site!!!!!
LoopsDelaCreme Claps & Stomps  κ®  If you fill in a survey you can get this awesome clap and stomp Kontakt instrument for free!
Waves Alchemy Drum Tools Teaser ® Drum sample packs for electronic productions
Free Sidsonic Libraries κ X-mas special. 1 GB full of surprises.
Pettinhouse Drums κ And even more from Pettinhouse: Several Vynil Electronic Drumkits
Atom Hub κ Wow, you have to check this one out! Very creative rhythm samplepacks like Mr Pot and Bus Stop Booth!!
VST Buzz  κ Free Egyptian Darabuka Library
Wavealchemy ®κ Wavealchemy gives away several different sample banks like: Club Kicks, FX’s, 606 Drums, 808 Tape, Wired Electronics
Tongue Drum κ Asian idiophone that sounds like TH’s Whale Drum.
Mkhitaryanpr  Poorly produced demo songs but yet some nice instruments like the ballad drums, shakers, …
Acoustic Drumkit κ NSA Custom Series Drumkit by Dean aka “Nekro”
Perculiar Percussion Wooden Door, Wooden Railing, Metal Lid, Trowel … like their samples like their name: Sample Oddity
MASSIVE Drumcomputer Library 282 Drum Sets / 24.331 WAV Samples / 2.87 GB
Worlds Percussion ® Check out this site! Plenty of free stuff (not only drums)
Jackie FX Bank 81 free fx sounds
Big Mono κ Free acoustic drumkit
Bits and Beats ® Kero’s Bits and Beats
Jackie FX Bank 81 free fx sounds
Big Mono κ Free acoustic drumkit
Xtan Audio African Slit Drum: A high quality African slit drum for Kontakt.
XLN Audio ® Addictive Drums demo version
Twisted Tools  10 Drumkits
Precisionsound Bells Tibetan Meditation Bells
Alanvista  κ Hand Crash
Volkoaudio κ® A darbuka-nut with very neat sounding loops
Cinesamples κ@ Triangle!
Samplekatra κ@ Handclaps what else

Free Synths and FX Samples

Name Info Description
Hollow Sun Kontakt Samples κ Check out those free sample libraries. Hollow Sun is giving away 11 different treasures from PolyMoog Strings to the Novachord
Electronic Loops/Samples/FX’s ® Hip-hop, Dubstep, RnB;
Modularsamples κ Pretty interesting page with allot of free stuff
Protone Elements κ Dirty 808, Analog LoFi Bass, Virus Hypersaw, Synthetic Guitars, …
Nord Modular Samples ®κ Free Nord Sounds; A collection of great Clavia Nord Modular G2 multisamples from Wavescape Studio
Free Arp Odyssey For Kontakt κ Vintage analog synthesizer from 1972
Retrosampling κ Oscillator pak – sampler synth elements v1.0 (VST instrument that uses waveforms for experimental synth sounds)
BedroomProducer κ Vintage synthesizer and samplers
Fairlight CMI IIx κ Fairlight CMI IIx for Kontakt. Fairlight is the mother of all samplers
Noizefield κ GameBoy and Nintendo samples
Durk Kooistra Extreme Bass FX Samples
Genobass Genobazz 2 is a free monophonic bass synthesizer plug-in
Genobass R Genobazz R is a free monophonic bass synthesizer plug-in
VST Buzz  κ@ Granulate & Shortnoise more than 6 gb of synth sounds and a granulator how awesome?
99Sounds κ Modern bass sounds for all edm lovers
Hollowsun κ® Synths, Vox, Moog Strings, Aeropad,

Other Instruments

Name Info Description
Ivy Audio  κ Beautiful experimental vocal samples
Wavesfactory A big black clock
Bolder Sounds ®κ Unbelievable! They give away 23 Instruments for free: Bavarian Zither, Buffalo Accordion, Electric Sitar, Harmonica, Mini Sax, Thumb Piano and many others. Check it out!
Sonivox κ Free soundfont samples from flutes to synths a colorful collection
RECsopran Free recorder sample library (I know you love those)
Wavesfactory Music box sample library, sleep now!
Wavesfactory Freelodica (melodica, duh)
Kong Audio Get the china feel!
Cinematica κ Check out these massive sample library containing several instruments like Xylophone, Metallophone, Electric Guitar, Piano, Organ, Bass, Steel Drum
Digitalsoundfactory ®κ Don’t know exactly what you can get here but it sounds promising
Tekit-Audio κ Soprano recorder! Everyone needs a recorder in his instrument library!
Solo Guitaret κ Nine Volt Audios Guitaret. Strange instrument but pretty interesting as well
Embertone ®κ Four free instruments: Atmoraffe, Kitchen Sounds, Jug Drum, Intimate Strings
Brendanjhogan κ Some Kontakt instruments with strange names: FlyinaBottle, CardboardTube, WarpedKalimba
Rekkerd κ 9 World Instruments for Kontakt
Precisionsound Toy Instrument A collection of toy instruments
Precisionsound Music Box Free music box sample library
Precisionsound Ocarina Free peruvian ocarina sample library
Atom Hub  κ Wow, you have to check this one out!!! Very creative high quality tonal Kontakt libraries
Several free Kontakt instruments like a huge organ
Stylusbeats κ Kontakt library of a Stylophone, whatever that is

Free Sample Player and Instrument Collections

Name Info Description
Kontakt 5 Player + 50 Instruments Native Instruments gives away the Kontakt 5 Player for free + 50 of their instruments
Cakewalk SFZ Player Simple and free high quality sfz player with additional effects (Windows)
SampleTank ® Virtual instrument and sound workstation with several sample libraries
Alchemy Player + Instruments 1GB sample library with 200 sounds
Beat Zampler Sfz Sample Player
Free Sound Samples Huuuuge sample library! 8 GB and over 8000 samples of all kind!
SFZero Simple Soundfont Player for mac

I hope you could find something valuable on this list. If there are any broken links or you free sample libraries that are not listed please let me know in the comments below!


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