Every music producer needs high-quality quality drum kits in their sample arsenal.
That said, it’s easy to download hundreds of drum sample packs that will add nothing but clutter to your music production workflow. The trick is to download only the best-sounding drums and have them ready to go in your DAW the moment your inspiration kicks in.
So the right question to ask yourself is, what are the best free drum kits that you can download right now?
Free Drum Kits
Here are the best free drum kits available in 2021:
- Free Sample Packs by Goldbaby Samples
- 99 Drum Samples by 99Sounds
- Analog Drums by Six Bit Deep
- Reverb Drum Machines by Reverb
- Free Samples by Black Octopus Sound
- Gratis by That Sound
- Free Drum Kits by Samples From Mars
- Free Drums by BVKER
- Modern Funk Kit by Drumdrops
- Free Drum Samples by Organic Drum Loops
- Drum Kits by Wave Alchemy
Goldbaby is the living legend among drum sample library providers. Their Cassette808 samples are still some of the best around, and their MPC drums perfectly capture the old-school sampler’s lo-fi grit.
There are dozens of free drum kits available on Goldbaby’s website and they’re all worth downloading. You’ll find classic Roland drum machines record to tape, drum hits sampled from rare synthesizers, vintage drum machines, and more.
The difference between Goldbaby’s drum sample libraries and many others is that the processing quality is top-notch. These drum hits are ready to drop in any project and they will instantly sound amazing.
If you produce hip-hop or any style of electronic music, Goldbaby’s Free Sample Packs page should be your next stop.
Download: Goldbaby Samples
99 Drum Samples
99 Drum Samples is a free drum collection that consists of two drum kits: 99Drum Samples I and 99 Drum Samples II. The bundle contains 219 royalty-free drum samples in 24-bit WAV format.
The included drum sounds are royalty-free and suitable for use in a variety of music styles. You will find hip-hop drums, punchy techno kicks, heavy dubstep snares, as well as some crunchy lo-fi drum samples.
99Sounds captured the source drum samples from analog and digital synthesizers, acoustic drum kits, and field recordings. They applied various sound design techniques to make the drums sound unique, including resampling to tape, transient shaping, layering, amping, and more.
Download: 99 Drum Samples
Analog Drums by Six Bit Deep is a personal favorite of mine. The collection consists of three free drum kits: Analog Kicks, Analog Snares & Claps, and Analog Hi-Hats.
Six Bit Deep is a professional mixing and mastering studio, so it’s no surprise that their drum samples sound amazing.
They sampled the drums from various electronic and acoustic drum kits using high-end recording equipment, then applied their mastering magic to make the drums sound as good as possible.
As for the processing, Six Bit Deep saturated, compressed, and equalized the drums using studio equipment manufactured by Neve, Fairman, and Pultec, to name a few.
The result is a relatively small but excellent sounding set of electronic drums. There’s plenty of punch to cut through a busy mix but still enough headroom to allow additional processing.
Download: Analog Drums
Reverb Drum Machines
Reverb Drum Machines is the ultimate collection of drum machine sounds. It features hundreds of drum kits sourced from over 50 legendary drum machines and synthesizers.
From 808 drums to those classic LinnDrum sounds, there is a drum kit for everyone in this collection. And if you prefer less popular drum machines, how about checking out the Panasonic RD-9844 drum kit?
The library also features some more recent drum instruments, such as the AdrenaLinn and the MFB 503.
All included drum sounds are royalty-free and available for use in your music projects. It’s also worth noting that the drum kits come in WAV format.
Download: Reverb Drum Machines
Black Octopus Sound
Black Octopus Sound is a sound design label that specializes in crafting royalty-free sound libraries for modern electronic music.
The label’s most popular release to date is the Leviathan series. It has become a go-to sample library for numerous music producers and beatmakers due to its sound quality, versatility, and organization.
So, why not get some of those drums for free?
The good news is that Black Octopus Sound offers a free 1.5 GB sample library containing various percussion sounds, loops, and, you guessed it… drum kits.
You’ll find a wide selection of drum sounds, including Tuned Kicks, Snares, Electronic Percussion, Hihats, Drum Fills, etc.
You will need to submit a valid email address to download the free Black Octopus Sound sample collection. It’s well worth the effort, though.
Download: Black Octopus Sound
Gratis is a free drum sample collection by That Sound. I’m a big fan of That Sound’s sound design work, as they focus on providing production-ready drum sounds that sound fat and punchy out-of-the-box.
You can get a free taste of That Sound’s stellar sound libraries with Gratis, a free drum kit that contains 500 drums.
The free drum library contains a selection of sounds from the label’s commercial releases. You’ll find hip-hop drum kits, acoustic drums, electronic drum hits, and more.
Samples From Mars
Samples From Mars offer one of the largest online repositories of drum machine kits. They deeply sampled dozens of popular drum machines, from Roland’s classic TR series to Drumtrax, DMX, and some more exotic instruments.
Most of their products are fairly priced, but the website also offers a free downloads section which is what we’re focusing on in this article.
The freebies section offers six high-quality free drum kits, including the Free 808 From Mars sample library which is one of the best free 808 kits available right now.
Thanks to BPB reader Max Eibel for suggesting Samples From Mars in the comments section.
Download: Samples From Mars
BVKER offers a range of free drums on its website. Some are available for direct free download and you’ll need to input your email address for some of the older ones.
There are around twenty drum kits available at the moment, covering trap, hip-hop, and electronic drums.
You’ll find a fresh selection of modern urban drum hits, some classic drum machine sounds, tuned 808s, and even a set of li-fi vaporwave drums.
Drumdrops offers affordable drum kits for Kontakt. Their free offering is called Modern Funk Kit and it’s a fantastic source of punchy acoustic drum samples.
Be sure to opt for the “One Shots Sample Pack” version of the product, as that’s the one that is free to download.
If you’d like some free bass sounds to go with your free drum kit, check out the 1960s Precision Bass sound library by Drumdrops.
Thanks to BPB reader K-Dot for suggesting Drumdrops.
Download: Modern Funk Kit
Wave Alchemy offers a selection of free drum kits on their Free Samples page. The samples are sourced from Wave Alchemy’s paid products.
You should definitely check out the 808 Tape kit and the Club Kicks sample pack. Both feature some of the best analog drums available on the market.
The 808 samples were recorded to a 1/4″ analog tape and then resampled for added saturation and grit. Wave Alchemy’s 808 Tape, Goldbaby’s Cassette808, Samples From Mars 808, and our BPB Cassette 808 will be enough to provide all the 808 samples you’ll ever need.
Pro tip: almost every Wave Alchemy sound library comes with a freely downloadable demo pack. Visit the individual product pages in Wave Alchemy’s online store to find and download all the freebie packs.
Thanks to BPB readers Benn and Max Lake for suggesting Wave Alchemy in the comments section.
Download: Wave Alchemy
Organic Drum Loops
Organic Drum Loops features dozens of multi-sampled acoustic drum kits. The provided sound libraries include drum loops and one-shot samples.
These are mostly acoustic drums, but they cover a variety of styles, from jazzy and funky to heavy and gritty.
If you don’t want to download separate drum kits, check out the free VST plugin that is also available on the website.
Thanks to BPB reader Fotis for suggesting Organic Drum Loops in the comments section.
Download: Organic Drum Loops
Free Drum Kits – Your Favorites?
What are your favorite free drum kits? You’re welcome to share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below.