99Sounds (my indie sound design label) has introduced 99 Drum Samples, a free collection of drum samples which I’ve created for personal use and decided to release as a free download on the site.
The library contains 99 individual drum samples, created with a variety of analogue and digital instruments such as the Lell UDS analogue drum synthesizer, Korg MS2000 synthesizer (keyboard version), an acoustic drum kit and the Korg Electribe ER-1 mkII drum machine, among others. Some of the sounds were also passed through my Echocord Mini tape delay unit and recorded to a cassette deck (and then sampled to digital format). The sounds were originally created for my personal use, but they’re now free to download and use in your music projects.
One of the main reasons for releasing these samples for free was the launch of a music making contest on 99Sounds, in which the goal is to create an entire music track using only the samples and loops which are available for download on the site. I figured that the entrants would need some additional drum samples, so I’ve decided to compile all of these drum samples in a nice free sample pack.
To join the music contest on 99Sounds, you’re free to create a track using any DAW and any number of internal or external effects, however don’t use any synthesizers and any additional samples apart from the ones found on 99Sounds. The deadline for submitting your entry is November 15th. The prizes include Propellerhead Reason 8, Plug & Mix VIP Bundle, Cableguys Bundle, FXpansion Bloom, AAS Ultra Analog VA-2, AudioThing Valve Filter VF-1, Sugar Bytes Effectrix, an exclusive sample pack by Generdyn (creator of the brilliant Cinematic SFX pack) and a subscription to AskVideo. You’ll find more info about the rules and available prizes on the contest page.
I’d love to see some BPB readers joining the contest! It should be loads of fun to try and create a track without any additional samples, definitely a nice way to change your usual workflow and try something new.
Check out the 99 Drum Samples audio demo:
99 Drum Samples is available for free download via 99Sounds (6.86 MB download size, ZIP archive, contains 99 drum samples in 24-bit WAV format).