SYNTH ZONE - SAMPLING
Samples & Sampling Resources
Flame Studios have some free guitar Gigasamples. Wavosaur is a very useful free Windows sound editor supporting wav and mp3 files as well as VST. http://www.youtube-mp3.org provides free conversion of YouTube videos to MP3. Audacity is free digital audio recording and editing software for Win, Mac and Linux with VST support. See Synth Zone's Soundfont Page for links to sites providing .SBK files and related software.

Sampling & Sample Sites
  • Abstract Beats
  • Sell hip hop and urban sounds for Akai MPC and Triton in WAV format and also provide some free samples to download each month.
  • Audiobulb
  • Provide the ABulb VSTi softsynth, a Mac fractal tone generator and have some samples in WAV format to download.
  • AVSound
  • AVSound is an experimental DOS tool for producing unusual looped samples.
  • AWE & PC Samples Page
  • An archive of a past webpage. Samples include Roland 808 and 909 sets plus assorted synth samples.
  • Beatmatch.info
  • Provide high quality WAV & AIFF free loops for producers looking for cool sounds.
  • Bluesynths
  • Samples, reviews, pictures and info from a wide variety of vintage synths.
  • Blue Distortion
  • Blue Distortion provides sound samples from old school synthesizers like the Moog Modular, Emu Modular and the Prophet 5.
  • Deltaz-palaze de
  • Sound resource and archive site for soundprogrammers ! Download lots of samples for royalty free use.
  • DJMixSource.com
  • Sample packs to download containing WAV files.
  • Doru Malaia World
  • Sells sample CDs as well as providing a wide range of free samples to try out.
  • Drum/Rhythm Track Resources
  • My page here at Synth Zone covering drum samples, grooves & breaks, midi drum patterns etc.
  • Edge City Sound Vault
  • Archive of a past site with industrial samples & loops.
  • Electric Zoo - Animal Noises
  • Well, you never know when you may need one of these ..
  • F@ctory 42
  • A collection of loops listed by instrument (includes synths & drums) and are available in Real Audio & MP3 formats.
  • Findsounds
  • Findsounds.com provides a search engine to find samples online.
  • Flash Kit SoundFX
  • A selection of sound FX samples to download in WAV and MP3 formats.
  • FreeAcidLoops.com
  • Make some Acid loops available for download.
  • FreeLoops.c om
  • Sample loops for Rock/Pop, Hip Hop, House, Latin music production and more. They sell loop packs but also provide loops to download as MP3 and WAV files.
  • Funk Station
  • Funk-Station is an online resource for Electronic artists. You can find free audio samples, Tutorials and Refills for Propellerhead's "Reason" software.
  • Gigasampler - Worra's Place
  • Provides some free Gigasampler sounds to download plus a message board for Gigasampler users.
  • Gigasampler Users Site
  • A very useful site for Gigasampler owners, with info & sounds for Gigasampler as well as related coverage of hard drives, sound cards, editors plus more.
  • Glooped
  • Has downloadable guitar loop samples.
  • Hakachukai's Samples
  • An archive of a past site featuring heavy guitar and bass samples available as WAV files to download.
  • Hollow Sun
  • Descriptions of a number of vintage synths with some sound samples to download.
  • HuMaNwOrKsHoP
  • Has instrument samples, drum samples and FX available for download.
  • Internet Synthesizer
  • Create audio samples via forms from your Internet browser. An explanation of the settings is provided.
  • Jim Dooley - Free Loops
  • Jim provides some original Drum, Guitar, Bass and Hip Hop loops for you to download. Also Soundfonts.
  • J.P. Hovercraft's Mellotron Samples
  • Back online and once again presenting multisamples from the classic Mellotron, a very early analog tape loop based sample playback keyboard, used in many recordings during the '70s
  • Killer Beats
  • Have an archive of beats and synth sounds etc. in MP3 format. Free registration required for entry.
  • KB6
  • An excellent source of free drum samples from vintage keyboards and drum machines.
  • KVR Audio Forums
  • Some great forums for samples and sampling from KVR Audio which is also an excellent source for VST plugins.
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Master-Zap generously provides his shareware Windows rhythm/groove creation software which uses any WAVs or Stomper sounds as drum instruments.
  • Loopasonic
  • Drum, bass, guitar & synth samples & loops to download. Synth samples multisampled for a 5 octave range.
  • Looper's Delight
  • A website & mailing list dedicated to the art of building cool audio loops.
  • Looperman
  • Has a good selection of loops and samples to download.
  • Machine Noise
  • Blackstrobe provide machine noise samples ( blips, clicks, squeaks etc ).
  • Matrix-12 Resource Center
  • Includes many WAV samples of patches from the Matrix 12 synthesizer.
  • MEMI Makers
  • A German electronic music site with a collection of bass & drumkit samples taken from a number of different synths. Drumloops are also available for download.
  • Musical Drugstore
  • Musical Drugstore offers a large selection of samples covering all areas from drum kits to synths and FX.
  • Modarchive.com
  • A wide range of synth samples available to download.
  • Music Machine's Samples
  • Good collection of samples from a variety of well known synths and drum machines.
  • Oberheim Synth Sounds
  • HollowSun provide OB8 sounds in WAV, Akai, Gigasampler and Reason formats.
  • Ol' Scratch Recordings
  • Present an archive of synth samples in MP3 format as well as some tips on synth programming and home recording.
  • Patternbased.com
  • Sell sample CDs and also have some beats and loops available for download.
  • Phatso's Place
  • Free funky drumloops and samples.
  • Pinknoise Studio's Soundbank Page
  • This site offers instrument samples in various formats. Hungarian and English options are available.
  • Planet Superwavs
  • MP3 samples for fast download but retaining quality. Includes drum loops & analog samples plus a link to Winamp for MP3->WAV conversion for use in your sampler.
  • PowerFX
  • Develop sample CDs and also have an online database of sounds.
  • Professor Kermit
  • The Professor presents his demented audio textures in wav and Real Audio formats.
  • Pyraplastic Records
  • Pyraplastic Records provide free samples & breakbeats in ADPCM format and some breakbeat creation advice. Good for Drum 'n Bass fans.
  • Reactor Samples
  • Reactor provide some free sample sets including a Tom DeLonge Stratocaster, Tablas, Tamborine and Handclaps.
  • Red Faux Samples Page
  • Some drum grooves & also some synth samples from Red Faux which also has a discussion & midi basics page.
  • Recycle Loops & Samples
  • Propellerhead's make Recycle for recycling beats and provide some sample to download.
  • ReMixer
  • Offer drum loops in MP3 format to download.
  • Rhythm-Lab
  • Offer free samples to download including synth samples and more.
  • Sample Arena
  • A sampling resources site that also produces commercial CDROM disks of WAV and SF2 samples as well as making free samples available.
  • Sample Library
  • SampleLibrary.net supply a good selection of synthesizer samples for you to download.
  • Samples4u
  • Has bass, drum, synth sample loops in various styles available for download.
  • Samplenet
  • This site from FutureNet provides a very good archive of synth and electronic drum samples to download.
  • SampleOfTheDay
  • Shares an audio sample each day.
  • Samplepoolz
  • German online magazine dedicated to audio sampling. SamplepoolZ provides reviews of sample CDs as well as an extensive links database. English and German language options available.
  • Samplez.de
  • This site offers free samples to download in a variety of instrument categories. German language option only.
  • SampleSwap
  • Free professional quality audio samples. AIFF/WAV collection is currently 4.6 GB (7,579 sounds) including 1,420 drum loops, 950 drum hits, 874 sound effects, 581 instrument samples, 29 multi-sampled instruments, 579 vocal samples, 440 melodic loops, and 219 apple loops.
  • SaMpLisT
  • This site is devoted to grooves & breakbeats, plus keeps links to relevant software.
  • Sealed's Deep Synthesis Page
  • Provides info on a number of classic synth plus has some samples of them to download.
  • SimplyTheBest Sounds
  • A collection of FX sounds in WAV, MP3 and AIFF formats.
  • SonicHound
  • WAV sample packs of drum and synths sounds are available to download.
  • SoundDogs.com
  • Sell sound effects and royalty free music for film productions. They provide MP3 preview samples of all their sounds that you can download.
  • Sound Effects
  • Sound Resource Site. Tons of links to free sound effects sites and places to find sound effects.
  • Sound America
  • Good list of multimedia .WAV files (sound fx, TV & movie clips etc).
  • Sound FX Page
  • A select list of classic sound fx eg. gun shots, car noises, laughs, clocks etc.
  • SoundSnap
  • Sounduser CD reviews
  • A Sample CD review site with reviews for you to check out.
  • Soundwave's Samples
  • Synth samples. Various sample rates from mod tracker up to 16bit 44K. The first links in the index section don't work but the SiteA links to the sample packs lower on the page work fine.
  • SSEYO Samples
  • A large collection of MP3 samples and loops in various styles.
  • Squidoo
  • Links to free downloadable samples.
  • Synthesis
  • Soft synths, wavetable synths, sampling and other related info. Also now featuring online calculators for digital music
  • VIP Zone
  • Sell commercial multisamples in SF2 format and also provide free samples in WAV format to download.
  • Virtual Bass Player
  • Provides free high quality single shot sample sets and loops played on a variety of basses including Alembic and Carvin.
  • Wavsamples
  • A collection of bass and drum samples to download.
  • WD-1 DJ Trainer
  • DJ trainer to match beats to loops. An online musical instrument with 10 professional soundbanks. Make your own club, dancemusic, trance, reggae or even jazzdance and samba.
  • Xelenio
  • Provide a good list of links to soft synths, effects plugins and samples.
  • Yahoo's Samples & Sampling Links
  • Yahoo is worth checking for new samples & breakbeat sites online.
  • Ziggus Loops
  • Guitar loops and samples in .WAV .OGG and .MP3 formats. Includes single shot chords and clean/distorted loops.

    Sampling Related Software
  • Acid Music
  • Sonic Foundry's Acid Music provides advanced loop editing capabilities for digital audio production. Also see AcidFanatic for links to Acid resources.
  • ATRip
  • ATRip is Windows CD audio ripper software from Voice Crystal designed for sampling musicians.
  • Awave - FMJ Software
  • Author of the audio format converter Awave for Windows This is a great tool for any PC & sampler owner. Huge list of supported formats including Midi SDS Dump, Akai .SND files and much more.
  • Cool Edit
  • A very capable wave editor for Windows.
  • Digidesign
  • Makers of Sample Cell sample RAM hardware for the Mac & PC. New PCI See Support for support & software updates.
  • D-SoundPro
  • Professional shareware sound editor for the Mac. Supports AIFF & midi standard sample dump. Demo version can be downloaded for a 15 day trial period.
  • Extreme Sample Translator
  • Extreme Sample Converter is a multifunctional audio program, browser, player, and program editor with advanced conversion between different sample formats. It supports most sample formats including Giga, Akai, SoundFont and Halion. Also provides an autolooping function.
  • Gigasampler
  • Sick of trying to loop sampled instruments ? Nemesys present software polyphonic sample playback for Win95 that supports samples up to 2 GB in size. See Sonic Control Gigasampler Users Networkand the Gigasampler Users Site for more info & support, as well as Worra's Place which has sounds and a message board for Gigasampler users. Also check Glasstrax for sampling tips and Bigga Giggas sample CDs. AudioHeadz also provides sample packs in Gigasampler format. There is also a Yahoo Nemesys Group for discussion of Nemesys products.
  • GoldWave Digital Audio Editor
  • Another very good Windows audio editor
  • GrooveMaker
  • Real time remixable groove-generator using random combinations of loops using pre-arranged studio-ready sample collections. Includes Techno, Trance, Dub, Progressive Hardcore, House, Jungle etc. Also see Virtual Synth Arpeggiator and the virtual DJ V-Mix software. And now new sample libraries just available for the GrooveMaker, the IG Interactive-Groove series.
  • Infinity
  • Antares presents DSP looping tools for the Mac. Highly rated in reviews, Inifinity takes all the pain out of finding/creating that seamless loop. A very unique product.
  • Mellosoftron
  • Software sampler for Windows. Download free to try it out. Turn's any WAV file into an intrument you can play from your midi keyboard.
  • Mixman Studio
  • Presentation software that allows you to build & mix a CD audio track. Libraries of source material avilable including hip hop, dance & techno etc. Great for DJ mixes and includes tempo matching and more. Demo available. Also see Mixlab.
  • Rramm Drrumm
  • An archive of Sisusoft's freeware Rramm Drrumm for Windows is a dedicated tool for playing drum (and any other one-shot stereo) samples via MIDI. It can be used as a drum machine with a sequencer.
  • SampleCalc
  • UCSoft presents their shareware Win9X program to perform calculations on sample rate to BPM and vice versa. Also includes a time/tempo sample stretch rate calculaor.
  • Samplifier
  • A Midi/SCSI transfer utility for the Mac that supports MIDI Sample Dump Standard.
  • Sample Tank
  • Windows software that provides all the features of a hardware sampler. 100's of sounds available.
  • Sample Wrench
  • Dissident's sound sample editor which supports SDS, SMDI and other samplers. Available for Windows 95/NT and Amiga.
  • SMIDI
  • SMDI is able to exchange samples between your Mac and your SCSI equiped Sampler.
  • Sound Forge
  • Sonic Foundry's Sound Forge sample editor (demo available) Available for the PC, with full plugin support this is a heavyweight sample editing application and a must to check out. Now includes CD mastering facilities.
  • Translator
  • Sample Tranlator will convert between many different sample file formats including Akai, Roland, EOS & Kurzweil. Some retrictions still apply on which conversions are available.
  • Tuareg
  • A Win9x software device called "interactive phrase sampler". Demo available for download. It is a sequencer/loop-composer/remixer that creates tracks out of the loops, samples and short sounds you feed it.
  • Unity DS-1
  • A full featured software sampler for Win95 and Mac platforms.
  • Wave Extractor
  • Wave Xtractor is a handy Windows audio tool which lets you extract RAW sound data (.Wav) from popular File formats including Sound Font 2, Korg PA and Yamaha Tyros series.
  • Wave Surgeon
  • Wave Surgeon for Win95 is a breakbeat splitting and loop finding tool , which allows you to change a breakbeat`s pitch without changing speed + vice versa.
  • Wavosaur
  • Wavosaur is a free Windows sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Has VST and Asio support.
  • Xloop Converter
  • Free Windows sampling calculator. Enter one field: BPM, number of samples, number of bytes or duration and Xloop Converter will calculate the other fields.
  • Zero-X Seamless Looper
  • Windows software with SCSI support for creating sample loops.
  • Zero-X Groove Editor
  • Atari software with SCSI support for creating drum grooves. Support for AKAI S900 & up, Ensoniq EPS & up, EMU, GEM, Kurzweil K2000 & up, Roland S7xx, Yamaha and any sampler that supports Standard MIDI Sample Dump.

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