New sounds always spark my creativity. So whenever I feel like i’m the suckiest producer in the world, I start scouring the internet for new sounds. Of course you can shell out some doe and buy some samples but there are a bunch of sites out there that offer free samples as well. And since i’m always down with FREE, i’ve compiled a list of sites that offer free downloadable EXS24 Instruments. Chick-ity check it out!
1. Ontology - I downloaded Ontology’s “Atomhard hits,” “Atomhard fx,” “Buttload of hits,” and “filthy drums.” I hear his sound effects in hip hop tracks on the radio all the time.
2. El hombre Clandestino – Dude has alot of stuff on his site for download. Is it for everybody? Probably not but I like having a bunch of random samples in my library. The “grandfather clock” and “computer alphabet” stuff has come in handy for me a couple times. I haven’t had the time to jump into any of the “classic funk” or “assorted vinyl” samples yet….if anybody checks it out, let me know what you think.
3. Echochamber – Everything on the site is in German but I know what Casio and SP1200 mean.
4. Realfeel/Reactor – Just go get the “handclaps demo,” it’ll be worth it.
5. Join the Yahoo! EXS24 Sampler Users Group – It doesn’t seem that there’s that many new posts going up at the user’s group but there are tons of files on there for the taking. After you join the group, go to the files and/or links section and start sifting. The “freebie drum kits” are decent and worth the effort.
6. GNX Music – GNX Music has a pretty dope hip hop drum kit for free download in EXS, Battery, Soundfont, and Wav formats. I was impressed with the free kit so I went back and bought a couple of their sample packs.
Some other sites that offer free EXS24 downloads that I can’t personally vouch for:
Go download the sounds, tweak, and create!