Free Resources to Inspire Your Next Track
Beginning the production of a new track with a sweet sample is a surefire strategy for digging you out of the trenches of writer’s block. Sometimes hearing a jazzy flute lick or finding the right drum fill is all it takes to get the creative juices flowing. In this post, I’ll share with you a few of my favorite places to look for free samples online.
I could go on for hours about this incredible website. Freesound.org’s mission is to create the world’s largest database of Creative Commons licensed samples, recordings, bleeps, bloops, etc. Best of all, the site features a robust search engine. Say, for instance, you’re looking for the perfect sea lion sample for your next drop. Simply type “sea lion” into Freesound’s search bar and you’re all set. You can even sort the results based on rating, relevance or duration as well as filter the results based on file type, bit depth, and sample rate! I couldn’t recommend this resource more highly. Never be without inspiration again!
Here’s another of my favorite free sample resources. Over the last few years, the good people at Converse have been building a massive sample library of royalty-free loops, one-shots, and stems recorded by a diverse group of talented artists and musicians in professional studios. As of this posting, the library contains over 42,000 different samples! These samples range from entire 4 minute long stems of jazz piano improvisation to one shot samples of vintage synthesizers.
All one has to do to access the library is create a free account and start browsing! The only set back is that files from the library must be downloaded one at a time. My hypothesis is that Converse doesn’t want folks to visit the website once and batch-download every sample only to never return again. After all, this is a branded resource and though Converse making this resource available to aspiring creators is very very cool at the end of the day they are trying to sell us shoes.
Ok, so this one is only BRIEFLY free, but I had to include Splice.com in this post because it’s one of my favorite resources for music production. Splice is a resource that allows producers to share projects between computers and DAWs using a cloud-hosted browser-based interface. It’s an awesome way to make collaborating online easier and more efficient.
In addition to being a revolutionary tool for collaboration, Splice offers a massive database of samples and presets called Splice Sounds. Access to Splice Sounds costs $7.99 a month, but you can try it for the first month free. Much like a music-streamlined version of Freesound.org, Splice Sounds offers a search feature with genre-specific filter categories. Looking for a Trap-style hi-hat loop? Easy, just check the appropriate boxes and you’ll find hundreds of options. Not only does Splice offer tens of thousands of samples, it also features a library of searchable presets for popular synth plug-ins (Serum, Sylenth, Massive and Spire).
I hope this post sets you on the right track and guides you to the sample that sparks your next big hit!