Samples and loops are a great source of inspiration for starting a track. They can be sliced, warped and processed to create your own unique sounds. The websites listed below provide free files in the following categories:
- Loops are short, repeating sections of music with a tempo measured in beats per minute (BPM).
- One-shots are single sounds that are not looped e.g. individual drum hits (kicks, snares, cymbals).
- Sound effects (also known as “Foley”) are recordings of environments, people, animals and objects.
- Presets are banks of sounds stored in a specific format for VST synthesizers like Massive, Serum, Sylenth etc.
All the websites have terms and conditions stating how you can use the samples. Most are 100% royalty free and licensed for commercial use, but please check this.
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