Free Drum Samples! (Acoustic Drum Kits)


When it comes to working with acoustic drum samples, the advantages of using commercial software like EZdrummer, Addictive Drums, or BFD2 are more than obvious. But not everyone can afford these, as they all come with quite a big price tag. These virtual instruments are available in multiple formats, they feature loads of velocity layers, but they also come with a price tag. You could always get yourself a cheaper alternative like the Premier Outfits Kit by Drumdrops for example, but sometimes even a small amount of money is too much.

Luckily, though, there are now numerous free alternatives available online. I selected only the best free drum sample sample packs for this list, picking the ones which come with mappings in fully supported formats like SFZ, SF2 and NKI (for Native Instruments Kontakt).

If you don’t own a commercial sampler like Battery or Halion, I recommend using the free Shortcircuit 1 sampler, as it supports the SFZ format and also offers multiple outputs (or check out BPB’s round-up of the best free sampler VSTi plugins for more alternatives). If you use Kontakt, make sure you take advantage of the multi-out functionality. This way you’ll be able to treat individual drum elements like kicks and snares with 3rd party effects.

Free Drum Sample Packs

Although the list featured below is organized so that my personal favorites appear at the top, my advice is to download all listed sample packs and see how they perform inside your DAW. After that, keep the ones you like and you’ll have an amazing collection of drum samples which you’ve downloaded for free!

60s Rogers Pop Kit (Single Hits Pack) by Drumdrops – One of the best sounding free acoustic drum collections available at the moment. This is the completely functional free version of the 60s Rogers Pop Kit by Drumdrops. Create a free account at the Drumdrops website and the free kit will be added to your account automatically, ready to download.

FREE Rogers 60s Pop Kit by Drumdrops!

The freebie kit contains 138 mono samples and comes with instrument patches for all major sampler instruments. To grab your free copy of the 60s Rogers Pop Kit (Single Hits Pack), simply sign up for a free user account at the Drumdrops website. You will receive the freebie drum kit, along with a nice selection of free acoustic drum loops and drum stems (over 1 GB of audio material in total).

Big Mono by Analogue Drums – A rich sounding drum kit recorded through a vintage Neve desk, available for free download. How cool is that?! These samples sound really amazing and the only (potential) drawback is that they come with a lot of room reverb which is there to stay.

Big Mono by Analogue Drums

But check out that fatso kick! If you don’t mind a bit of reverb, this free drum kit is still one of the most solid choices. Big Mono features native support for Kontakt and Battery, along with custom SFZ format mappings by Peter L Jones which can be downloaded here. The kit will work for 15 minutes in the freeware Kontakt Player version.

DrumMic’a by Sennheiser – A breathtaking collection of acoustic drum samples for Native Instruments Kontakt and full support for Kontakt Player. It is a huge 4 GB download (over 9 GB of data when extracted), containing over 13,000 individual samples in 24-bit quality and up to 25 velocity layers per articulation. Easily the best free acoustic drum sample pack out there. You can watch a video review here. The download page is in German and you will need to go through a registration process, so be patient.

AVL Drumkits – Two free acoustic drum kits in SFZ and Hydrogen formats. A compact set of drum hits that doesn’t take a lot of memory resources, but still offers five velocity layers per piece. Definitely worth the download. Many thanks to our reader GhostInTheShell for the tip!

G&S Custom Drum Kit by Salvador Peláez – One of my favorite free drum sample packs. I love jamming with these samples! They sound just the way I like it and the available mappings feel very natural. These drums sit really well in the mix too. The original download location is no longer available, but we can still get these, and all the custom mappings, thanks to Autodafe.

Salamander Drumkit by RytmenPinne! – A great sounding sampled acoustic drum kit in SFZ format. No compression or EQ, just a set of high quality natural sounding samples ready to be played and mixed to your preference. It is a rather large kit, so make sure that you have enough RAM memory for loading up big sample collections.

Free Jazz Funk Drum by Orange Tree Samples – Completely different than the previously listed packs, these drum samples come from a rare jazz/funk kit. And I somehow always come up with great beats when playing with these. They were created with special attention dedicated to expressive playing, so get your shuffle on and make some groovy beats! Mappings in SFZ format are available here (made by PL Jones).

Vintage Funk Drum Samples by – Perhaps the best free acoustic drum pack for Ableton Live users. Features a set of samples from a vintage Pearl drum kit, formatted into an Ableton Live drum rack. You’ll find two more awesome free kits on the same site. Registration is required, but well worth it! Thanks to BPB reader stldrms for suggesting this kit in the comments section.

12 Piece Pearl Master Custom Drum Kit by 1313 – 1313 is a blog mostly known for offering high quality impulse responses of various expensive pieces of gear. But besides that, there are many other goodies on that website, including these great samples of a custom Pearl acoustic drum kit with Zildjian cymbals. A set of SFZ mappings made by SWTrex can be downloaded here.

Basement Drums by Sounds Outside The Lines – A dirty sounding acoustic drum kit sample set available in EXS24 format for Logic Pro users. Recorded with a pair of legendary Shure SM57 microphones and an Apogee Duet, the kit sounds great and catches all those sweet imperfections for a more realistic sound. Great choice for rock and indie tracks!

Free EXS24 Drumkit and Samples by Sam Greene – A Sonor Force 3001 drum kit sampled with care and available in EXS24 instrument format, released under a Creative Commons licence. Sam is offering another, more lo-fi drum kit (recorded with a single overhead microphone) which can be downloaded here.

Dry Studio Kit SL Sample Set by Smart Loops – Unreleased samples which were created during the same recording sessions as the commercial Dry Studio Kit. It’s a fairly compact library, containing 3MB of samples. They’re not breathtaking, but I use them from time to time. Please note that you’ll need to subscribe to the Smart Loops mailing list in order to get the freebie samples.

The Open Source Drum Kit by Real Music Media – A great sounding 600 MB acoustic drum sample pack containing more than 700 samples. I still haven’t had the time to test the mappings for this kit, but the individual samples sound very good.

NSA Custom Series Drumkit by Dean aka ‘Nekro’ – Whooping 777 samples grouped into separate folders for cymbals, hi-hat, kick, snare, and tom sounds. This 132 MB sample pack doesn’t come with any mappings, but that shouldn’t stop you from testing them in your favorite sampler and building your own mappings.

Big Daddy Drums by Bulldawg Sound Design – Several acoustic drum kit multi-samples available in 16-bit AIFF, ReFill, and EXS24 formats.

DrumTaste Free by AcousticsampleS – A Rick Marotta Signature drum set with Paiste cymbals. It weighs around 80 MB and comes with NKI, EXS and SFZ mappings with 6 velocity layers and 2 round robin variations per sample.

1965 Ludwig Super Classic by Plutonic Lab – An awesome free vintage Ludwig drum set for Kontakt 4, made by Plutonic Lab. Uses some custom Kontakt scripts and will only run in demo mode in the freeware Kontakt Player.

Brush Kit by Soniccouture – A full brushed drum kit, with some great articulations, available for Kontakt, Reason, and Battery. You’ll need to register for a free Soniccouture account in order to download the drum sample pack. The registration process is quick and completely free.

Free Drum Kit by Tchakpoum – A free drum kit available for Shortcircuit, Groove Agent One, Drummagog, Battery 3 and Kontakt 4.

Ruffrider and Easyrider by Michael Kingston – Two very useful packs. While Ruffrider is a very raw sounding kit, the Easyrider samples are less edgy and sound more natural. Both are very good though. I like using these two for creating custom breaks. Available in all major formats, including SFZ.

Drum Pack Volume 1 by SmithULTD – A cool collection of drum samples recorded by Riley Smith. Contains 1.8 GB of well organized acoustic drum samples. An optional donation is welcomed as support for creating Drum Pack Volume 2.

Jazz Kit by Gigfiles – A free jazz drum kit with patches available in all popular formats, including NKI, SFZ, EXS-24, Halion, SF2, etc.

Drum Samples Meta! by Ultimate Metal Forum – A collection of links to lots of free custom-made acoustic drum samples posted by Ultimate Metal Forum members.

Groove Bias Mini by Impact Soundworks – A free 150MB version of the large Groove Bias drum sample library, available in Kontakt format. You’ll need to download the complete Trial Pack by Impact Soundworks in order to get the sounds.

Slingerland Drum Kit by Indie Drums – A set of 23 acoustic drum kit samples in 24-bit WAV format. Features a nice Ludwig Black Beauty snare drum and Sabian cymbals.

Culture Collection by The Lower Rhythm – A collection of 158 free drum samples recorded from 3 different acoustic drum kits.

Free Drums by Pipelineaudio – An old set of free acoustic drum samples by Pipelineaudio, revamped in a KVR Forum thread with permission of the author.

MF Natural Drumset by Markus Fiedler – A natural sounding acoustic drum kit, currently hosted by Terz Magazine. Many thanks to BPB reader George for sending me the link!

Drumkits by DrumGizmo – A free collection of acoustic drum sounds for the DrumGizmo virtual instrument. They can be used in other samplers as well. Thanks to BPB reader dk for providing the link!

Bonus #1 – Acoustic Snare Samples

There are a couple of free acoustic snare sample packs available online. These can work come handy as layering tools.

Snare 04 by RW5 Samples – A lovely free snare instrument with 24 velocity layers. Fits like a glove in various styles of rock and pop music. Super warm and fat with GOG and NKI mappings, along with individual WAV files.

The Real Snare Drum by Real Music Media – Mapped multi-samples of a vintage 1972 Slingerland Sound King snare drum.

Tiny Snare by AcousticsampleS – 150 untreated samples of a 12″ snare in EXS24 and NKI formats. Recorded using a pair of Neumann KM184 microphones.

The Cracken by Signals Audio – A set of raw Sonor Chrome metal snare samples with Kontakt, Drumagog, and Trigger mappings (24-bit WAVs included).

Free HQ Snare & Kick Samples by Supersonic Samples – A series of acoustic drum kick and snare samples, recorded from three different kits using various high quality pres and industry standard mics.

Free Acoustic Snare Samples by Anemic Studios – A free set of Vinnie Paul (Snakeskin) 14×8 acoustic snare samples in WAV format.

Free Acoustic Snare Samples by Sylvain Raulin – A set of free acoustic snare samples processed with some high-end audio gear.

Erkan’s Cymbal Pack by Erkan Dogantimur – A set of 615 free cymbal samples recorded by Erkan Dogantimur from Ultimate Metal Forums.

Bonus Feature #2 – Free acoustic drum VSTi plugins

In case all of these samples aren’t enough, here’s a short list of freeware acoustic drum VSTi plugins until I make a bpb Freeware Studio entry about ’em.

Addictive Drums Demo by XLN Audio – Demo version of Addictive Drums. It includes one kit without toms, but the samples are really good.

DrumCore Free by Sonoma Wireworks – A lite version of DrumCore, comes with two kits.

MDrummer Small by MeldaProduction – Contains several drum sets and rhythms taken from its larger brother MDrummer 3.

MT Power Drum Kit 2 by Manda Audio – THE BEST free virtual drum module, period. Features a nice sounding drum kit for rock and pop, along with a handy collection of drum grooves in MIDI format.

My Drumset VSTi by Bluenoise plugins – Bjarte Ludvigsen (aka Bluenoise Plugins) has recently re-released this amazing free acoustic drum module in VSTi plugin format. A must-have freebie!

That’s all we had in store for the second episode of Free Sample Shootout. Enjoy the samples, comment, subscribe, and support BPB by sharing a link to this article on your favorite social network or audio related forums! Also, check out all the other Free Sample Shootout articles by clicking here!

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About Author

Tomislav is a journalist, music producer, and web designer from Belgrade, Serbia. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief here at Bedroom Producers Blog.


  1. rabbitearsmotel


    i am loving your blog. no need for drum samples (up to my ears in them), but just the fact that you bother doing these lists is awesome. thanks.

  2. Dean aka Nekro


    Great site, I have quite literaly just found it via at 6 in the morning (i do not sleep much!). I have Bookmarked for future exploring, resources and reading material. I really appreciate the work it must take to do this gratis and can feel the passion. It is this sort of community vibe which i love and the straight up information with a very fairly judged and non-biased opinion plus links is just executed very well

    All the best and look forward to keeping up with your blog as and when i can in the future :D



    • bedroomproducers


      thanks. :]
      i will need to add loads more stuff here in order to make this blog a truly great resource. but even the way it is now, i think it’s a fun read. mostly because of my perfect engRish. ;]
      enjoy your stay and thanks for yor awesome free drum samples!

      • Nekro aka Dean


        Anytime bpb/Its a pleasure to give something back to a great community (KVR, Rekkerd, Here and all the other places). Off to check out the Mic’d Speaker Cabinet IRs roundup :D

        Dean aka Nekro

  3. hello,
    In your list you miss my free samples drum kit avalaible and in my website Tchackpoum :(
    For Short Circuit, Groove Agent One (Cubase user), Drummagog, Battery 3 and Kontakt 4.

  4. Wow! Thank you so much for listing all of these great resources! It’s very kind and respectful of you to put them up on this blog. It’s much appreciated. :)

  5. I wonder how anyone is sorting their drums.
    I have at least 25 drumkits and I just can’t remember the sound of them, simply choose one by random and mostly leave it that way.

    I listen to a lot of various music styles, but when it comes to choose a proper drumkit, well I simply can’t make a choice.

    Does anyone sort them by sound or what?

  6. the 12 piece pearl kit link doesn’t seem to work for me. :/ If it doesn’t work, can you find/recommend another free/cheap pearl kit samples?

  7. Justin Levitt


    Thank you so much for this! It helped me immensely. In particular, the “1965 Ludwig classic” as I’ve been looking for something like that for a long time.

    Thanks so much!


  8. Hello,

    I know that you are almost always reliable; I have visited this site many times before and received many good pieces of advice. But when I tried to download The Open Source Drumkit, I was redirected to KVR – usually reliable as well – but then, when I clicked the link, strange things happened. An extension was installed in my browser (could be some kind of virus?), but when I finally got through to whatever it was called, no drum samples was to find. Have you heard about this before? Best regards, Per

    • Unfortunately, the Open Source Drumkit has been beset by hard times. I cut and paste from the KVR forum, in a post written by “herodotus” dated 25 Feb 2019:

      “I am the OP. The domain that everything was on was lost in a trademark dispute.

      And then I put them up again, and that domain and space disappeared when my wife and I both got laid off in the same week and were broke for the next 6 months while we caught up.

      At present we are sort of living on our hump so to speak. The only internet I have is on my phone, and my data plan has only 6 gigs of high speed per month, which I really don’t want to use reuploading the same free samples yet again.

      I have a great deal of work scheduled for March and April, and so financial normality should return to our household, bringing permanent webspace and Wi-Fi service with it. But until then, sorry.”

  9. Dean Frogzwell (aka Nekro)


    Tomislav my friend, it is Dean (Nekro Sounds Audio), I recently noticed that the developer of RW5 Samples has released the entire collection of multi-sampled acoustic drum kit pieces which are provided in Kontakt, Drumagog & WAV Format for free now, here if you’d like to add it your great list –

    This website really has become a staple/stalwart in the realm of resources and knowledge altogether, so BPB is now absolutely essential which I genuinely strongly felt it would become when I initially commented on this tread which would have been many, many years ago, therefore somewhere well above this comment reply now of course!
    Your good self now has been able to expand via adding extras members of the BPB team which is great & goes to show the hard work that you and now the team all put into BPB.
    I mean you have collaborated on many sample packs, released BPB sample packs along with some very useful Sampler/ROMpler plugins and have worked with plugin developers on some really good sounding distortion/THD/saturation along with a quality filter plugin amongst others and no doubt that shall only continue, leading to more quality.

    I have nothing else to say to yourself or any of the other BPB team members other than thanks/much appreciated the work that you quality people along with other others in the community that have released & continue to bring ITB only even more top-notch quality freeware to commercial releases of course but it is top-notch stuff and at superb price points/extremely fair pricing IMextremelyHumbleHO such as the great trio of dark arts masters of coding that makeup Tokyo Dawn Records/Tokyo Dawn Labs being just one of many, their releases to me are as good as it gets as well as Fabian, Vlad.G and Ohl being quality human beings too :)

    All that along with/on top of the now vast range of choices/options that we all have available to us which for my needs and wants have easily managed to cover such and then some, so far easily covered every need/want which has ever come along actually, the quality hasn’t stagnated that’s for sure.

    I’m looking forwards to the KVR Developer Challenge, it is always is a lot of fun as well as providing at least a few gems when all the contestant’s entries begin becoming available.
    I do hope that your self and your family and loved ones are all well and life is treating you all right, the same sentiments go to everyone else too, cheers!

    \m/ Dean and family \m/

    • Tomislav Zlatic


      Hey Dean, good to hear from you man! That’s such a nice find, too! I’ve been a big fan of RW5 Samples acoustic drums, used them in a few projects. This will definitely be added to the list.

      All the best to you and thank you so much for the support. Really means a lot! :)

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