How Do I Get Free Audio Samples?

First the basics.
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This is what a kick sample looks like.  Note, the image is not my own.

What is a Sample?

A sample is an audio segment.

Who uses samples?

Madeon, Skrillex, Ramses B.  All my favorite artists.  Think of an electronic music producer you like, they use audio samples.

So how do I get samples?

Fret not producer.  Samples are EVERYWHERE.  I take samples and use them in a good portion of the tracks I make, it humanizes the music.  The kick drum sample I use is a digital sample from a recorded kick drum.  Same with the snare, and cymbals.  Another obvious and well used sample is rain, like in Bring the Rain (Candyland Remix).  All you need is a phone, laptop, or microphone to do the same.  Take a recording of the ambient sound and you’re on your way to making a quality song.

Where Do I Get Them?  What Do I sample?

Anywhere and everything.  I record the ambient sounds around me if I want to use them in a song as background noise.

One of my favorite place for samples is Freesound.org.  There are so many legal free audio samples, I often browse to stimulate my creativity.  It helps bring on new track ideas I hadn’t pictured in my minds ear.

So go ahead and sample!  Leave a comment below if you have any questions or comments.

 

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