Having a wide variety of drum samples at your disposal is extremely important, and downloading free drum kits is one of the best ways to accomplish this.
Drum samples are as important to a song as an engine is to a car. They’re the main element that drive a song forward.
If your song has an incredible harmonic and melodic foundation but the drums aren’t working with the rest of the song, it’s just like having a Ferrari with an old engine.
It would still be a functioning Ferrari, but we can all agree that it’s just not the same!
This is especially true if you’re doing any kind of electronic/club type of music. There’s absolutely no room for slacking when it comes to drums.
This can be quite a challenge if you’re producing multiple styles of music. Your dubstep library might have amazing samples while your Hip Hop library lacks those signature punchy drums the genre is known for.
In other genres like Future Bass, a lot of creativity is put into the drum fills, so it might be in your best interest to have a decent amount of quality samples to choose from.
Unfortunately, finding good and free drum kits can sometimes be hard and really time consuming.
But we’re here to help you out!
For that reason, we’ve created a list with some of the best free drum kits, drum machines and samples that you can get.
Check them out and make sure to share this awesome compilation with your friends!
Free Drum Kits by Cymatics
Our best FREE sample pack ever.
As a token of appreciation for reaching 100k followers on Soundcloud, we released this pack that includes over 1.2 GB of samples, loops, presets, project files and more!
25 carefully crafted kick drums that are useful for any style of EDM.
The second part to our original Kicks collection.
If you loved Vol. 1, make sure your sample library is complete with this pack!
Our first collection of snare drums.
You can use any of these for Dubstep, Trap, Future Bass and anything in between.
Is the buildup in your song lacking energy?
We have your back.
Use this collection of Buildup Drums to attain that pre-drop tension and excitement that you’re looking for!
10 hard hitting snare drums inspired by one of the biggest producers right now, NGHTMRE.
This free drum kit includes 75 Hybrid Trap Drum Loops including Perc Loops, Perc Fills, Hihat Loops, and Drum Buildups!
This free drum kit includes 10 808 samples that are great for Hybrid Trap!
Drum Kits by Academy.fm (Free for a Limited Time)
If you want the highest quality drum kits available online, you can access them with a free trial at Academy.fm!
Each pack includes hundreds of drum samples and loops that are perfect for any genre of EDM or Hip Hop.
Hip Hop is becoming more musical every single day…
A good melody, combined with quality drum grooves and a powerful 808 can turn an otherwise boring rap song into a stellar hit.
This newest evolution of dubstep samples was curated to help you reach the highest level of production without the time sink of intense sound design.
To help you sound like the pros, our production team spent the past few months making the heaviest and cleanest drums samples inspired by legends like RL Grime and Baauer.
Introducing House Essential Samples Vol 1: A revolutionary sample pack that takes House music to an entirely new level.
The drums and percussion samples in this pack were carefully synthesized while others were layered with live recordings to give you a wide variety of styles and textures.
This way you can create interesting and unique drum beats.
Is it just us? Or does every Pop Sample pack sound NOTHING like what’s charting?
We took matters into our own hands and made our FIRST EVER Pop Sample Pack.
Inspired by the classic passionate producers of Drum N’ Bass, our sound design team sat down and worked tirelessly to create one of the BEST Drum N’ Bass packs ever released.
Free Drum Kits & Drum Machines [Kontakt/VST]
MT Power DrumKit 2 by Manda Audio
MT Power 2 is one of the best free drum kits created for Pop, Rock, Metal, and Fusion – very similar to Native Instruments Studio Drummer.
Real Drum Samples by Line of Legends
Line of Legends features high quality drum samples from the eponymous free sample pack released by RealDrumSamples.com.
DrumTroop by Dub Turbo
DrumTROOP is just a straight out of the box weapon of mass production. It doesn’t fuss around with too many on board options unlike many other free drum kits – The interface is simple, straightforward, and easy to pick up.
Every kit has been meticulously crafted into their respective genre/sub-genre.
Vintage Drum Elements by Sample Science
Vintage Drum Elements is a virtual drum machine featuring the sound of the Yamaha RX5.
Sean Pandy Drums is a drum rompler plugin with a Kick, Snare, 4 Toms – and a Sub Blower that will do exactly as its name suggests.
Beat Factory Drums by Beat Skillz
Beat Factory Drums comes with 12 pads with samples from an original MPC 2500. These samples were created with high-end outboard gear.
T.Rex 606 by Max Project [Windows only]
The T-Rex 606 is a rompler of the classic 606 drum machine by Roland.
It has 7 of its classic sounds and a simple reverb.
LM-1 Linndrum Drum Machines by Jun’s factory, Simple Recorder and MH Music
Three different free drum kits that recreate the famous Linndrum LM-1 drum machine in the same place.
DRUM PRO by Studio Linked
20 free drum kits that spread over 12 pads with built-in effects.
The library contains samples of about 150 old, vintage, obscure, rare and hard to find drum machines.
Sounds From The Streetz DrumPack by SuperStar O
This is a 100% free release brought to you by IndustryKits & Global Audio Tools in Kontakt format or raw wav files.
The Single Hits Pack contains three different velocities of each drum hit and 138 mono samples.
Patches for the latest versions of Battery, Kontakt, EXS24, Maschine, Geist, Studio One Soundsets, Ableton Drum Rack, iDrum, Reason Refills and Renoise are also included.
The samples can also be loaded into any DAW, sampler or drum machine that reads WAV files.
Big Mono by Analogue Drums
Big Mono is a roomy rendition of a loveable vintage Ludwig kit with a Rogers Dynasonic snare, classic Zildjians, and a Sabian ride for good luck.
Two free drum kits that have 5 velocity layers per kit piece with a very small memory footprint, which makes them ideal for using with any DAW’s or Sequencers on most computers – new and old.
XoX Drums For Kontakt by Autodafe
Autodafe XoX Box is a drum machine for Kontakt. It’s based on samples of Roland drum machines of the XoX series (606, 707, 808 and 909).
All samples come from free sources and are believed to be free/public domain.
MDrummer Small by Melda Production
MDrummer Small is the little brother of the MDrummer Large, the ultimate drum machine and virtual drummer, and it’s completely FREE!
Mini909 – TR-909 Emulator by Monade Sounds
At its core, Pure909 uses a pristine set of TR-909 samples recorded at 24 bit, 44.1 khz.
The samples have been compressed to FLAC and embedded in a VST/AU instrument plugin.
Dopekitz Rupture by Dope Kitz
Rupture is a 100% free virtual drum machine developed by Dopekitz. It’s packed full of high quality, hard hitting, royalty free virtual drum kits!
A new version of G&S Custom Works drum kit for Kontakt 5.
Drum Taste Free by Acoustic Samples
The Drum Taste Free is a Rick Marotta Signature Hipgig drum set with paiste cymbals.
Brush Kit by Soniccouture
Brush kit was recorded at a top UK studio in 2001. It was engineered by Alan Fisher, the sound engineer for Bjørk, among many others.
The kit has a great sound, as you’d expect. The ambient room mics are left separate so they can be mixed to taste.
Ruffrider and Easyrider by Michael Kingston
Two very useful packs, both raw, edgy and natural sounding available in all major formats, including SFZ.
Dubstep Empire is possibly one of the most versatile free drum kits that you can find.
It’s an ultimate arsenal of free drum samples that will blend perfectly with dubstep, drum and bass, house, moombahton and other production flavors.
DataDrive has released 80s Retro Futuristic Drum Pack, a free drum kit designed for 80s and synthwave producers.
This drum kit includes a ton of one shot drum samples, 808 kicks, percs, fx and some rad ethnic drums. This kit is a must have for any Hip Hop producers sound arsenal!
Arab Percussion Loops comes with a nice stash of ethnic percussive drum loops ready to be chopped or usable as they are as an extra drum layer.
Known for his distinct 808’s and drum samples, this pack will not leave you disappointed if you’re cooking up some trap beats.
If you’re looking for a kit with unique sounds, hard kicks, and bangin’ 808’s this kit is for you.
This free drum kit contains a huge variety of one-shot drum samples inspired by legendary hip-hop producers such as J. Dilla, The Alchemist, 9th Wonder, DJ Premier and others.
This drum kit is an ode to New York hip-hop producers from the 90’s like Havoc, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Laze E Laze and others.
Distorted Drum Breaks contains an inspiring collection of drum breaks with various levels of distortion FX added to them.
Deep House Drum Samples features a fresh collection of one-shot drum samples for House producers and other styles of music.
Help Out A Brother Out Drum kit by Drum Kit Supply.
Kanye West inspired drum kit created by Drum Kit Supply.
The ultimate FREE producer drum kit by Drum Kit Supply. It’s one of the most versatile kits compared to many other free drum kits that you can find.
Don’t miss out on this one!
3 solid Drum Packs containing over 150 samples to remind you of the times when you were cruisin’ down the street in your ’64.
Free Analogue Drum Samples by Samplefino
50 Free Classic Hip Hop Break Loops Vol.1 by TheSample.net
A sick collection of classic break loops.
This pack includes BPM information and original artist info within each file.
Ultimate 808 Drumkit Free Sample Pack by The Sample.net
The Ultimate 808 drum kit features a ton of deep kicks, bass hits, thick snares/claps, hi hats, and much more.
Over 170 single hit samples for your enjoyment!
Sub Bass Free Sample Pack by TheSample.net
Some sick bass samples to get your beats pounding in those car stereos.
Lots of different variations to choose from to get that BOOM happening.
Vinyl Drums Free Sample Pack (8 Kits) by TheSample.net
8 sampled free drum kits from different vinyl records that are great for those grimey, dirty hip hop tracks!
500+ Dirty Drums Free Sample Pack by TheSample.net
500+ single hit samples of dirty, raw, hip hop kicks, hi hats, and snares.
A great addition to your audio production library.
Analog Kick Pack by Rekkered
The Rekkered Analog Kick Pack is a free sample pack featuring the sounds of a small analog drum synthesizer, the Jomox MBase 01.
99 Drum Samples by 99 Sound
99 Drum Samples is a free collection of electronic and acoustic drum hits which have been built from scratch and processed with internal and external audio gear.
345 Afrobeat Samples by Sample Radar (Future Music Magazine)
Hailing from Africa in the ’70s and christened by Fela Kuti, the infectious sound of Afrobeat combines elements of jazz, funk and traditional Nigerian music.
586 Free Analogue Drum And Bass Samples by Sample Radar (Future Music Magazine)
Digital musicians we may be, but for many, analogue sounds are still where it’s at.
280 Free Distorted Drum Loop Samples by Sample Radar (Future Music Magazine)
This distorted drum loop samples are divided into seven folders, each of which is labelled based on the tempo of the samples contained within it.
210 free Berlin Beats Samples by Sample Radar (Future Music Magazine)
Home to some of the world’s best-known music software companies – Native Instruments, Ableton, and upstart DAW developers Bitwig – this free beat samples will put the iconic Berlin sound in the palm of your hands.
355 Free Breakbeat Samples by Sample Radar (Future Music Magazine)
It’s the weekend, you’re ready to make some music and you’re looking for inspiration. Fortunately, MusicRadar is here to kickstart the creative process with a selection of pro-quality, royalty-free samples.
400 Free Broken Beat Samples by Sample Radar (Future Music Magazine)
SampleRadar also likes syncopation, the result being a sizeable collection of broken beat sounds for you to download.
277 Free Cyborg Beats Samples by Sample Radar (Future Music Magazine)
This bundle of beats features a cast of drum machines, but the rhythms have been given a human touch.
204 Free Dub Drum Samples by Sample Radar (Future Music Magazine)
Armed with spring reverbs and tape echoes, the SampleRadar team has set about producing a set of dub drum loops that will dominate your mixes.
1,000 Free Drum Samples by Sample Radar (Computer Music Magazine)
Around thousand drum samples are awaiting your attention: we’ve got single hits and completely free drum kits that can be loaded into your drum machine of choice plus a selection of ready-to-go loops.
200 Free Drum Break Samples by Sample Radar (Computer Music Magazine)
These were all recorded on a ’70s Ludwig Super Classic Kit and are supplied both clean and processed.
459 Free Instant Drum Fill Samples by Sample Radar (Computer Music Magazine)
Beats are the backbone of your tracks, driving the music and maintaining the pace, but there’s no joy in endless repetition.
This is where drum fills come in, adding variation and frequently indicating to the listener that a musical change is on the way.
301 Free Percussion Loops by Sample Radar (Computer Music Magazine)
If you want to make them a little more interesting and varied, throwing in some percussion loops can help enormously.
204 Free Percussion Samples by Sample Radar (Computer Music Magazine)
Nothing can spice up a drum track quite like a bit of percussion, so SampleRadar thought it was high time it paid a second visit to the world of supplementary rhythm sounds.
285 Free Real-World Drum Samples by Sample Radar (Computer Music Magazine)
It’s time to forget about kicks, snares and hi-hats and open your mind to the possibility of using a baby’s rattle, food mixer or tin lid sound to generate your beats.
494 Free Techno Drum And FX Samples by Sample Radar (Computer Music Magazine)
There are beats and hits aplenty for you in this bundle, plus a collection of FX stabs.
477 Free Ultimate Hi-Hat Samples by Sample Radar (Computer Music Magazine)
The humble hi-hat can add top-end spark, pace and personality to any groove you care to use it in, and is an essential rhythmic ingredient in modern music production.
229 Free Wavedrum Samples by Sample Radar (Computer Music Magazine)
Korg’s Wavedrum is one of the most inspiring electronic percussion instruments on the market, but if you don’t happen to own one (or you do own one but can’t play it very well), SampleRadar is here to give you a taste of what it can do.
50+ sounds inspired by The Weeknd’s XO producer Nav.
Free drum kit from Young Thug & Rich Gang’s producer London On Da Track.
Over 80 sounds from 808 Mafia’s TM88.
140+ Lo-Fi Hip Hop inspired sounds.
This drum kit includes over 50 sounds inspired by $uicideboy$.
Sounds inspired by XXXTENTACION, including some loops.
Over 90 Dubstep sounds including some loops.
This kit comes with over 180 ethnic sounds plus loops.
Platinum producer DJ Pain 1 has linked with HipHopMakers, a great resource for producers, to start 2017 off with a unique and high-quality drum kit.
Grammy-winning producer Boi-1da, from the OVO Sound team has packaged his sounds and made them available for music producers to download.
This is one of the best free drum kits you’ll ever download.
It includes brand new custom drum samples and sounds from the “$auce 4 Sale” drum kit, all created by DJ Shawdi P.
A free drum kit made by the producer Young Kico.
Another incredible free trap drum kit created by DJ Shawdi P.
Looking for that Chiraq sound to make a hard, drill type beat?
The new Young Chop collection is exactly what you need!
This is one of the hottest free drum kits available right now!
You’ll find 150+ samples including deep 808’s, banging kicks, smacking snares and funky percussion sounds inspired by Carmack!
10 rare drum breaks from beatproduction.net’s vinyl stash.
If you’re producing jazz music, this might not be enough for you, but for the rest of all hip hop and sampling heads, here’s a kit that will cover you on the jazz drum sound.
DJ Mustard inspired drums, percussion, transition FX, and vocal shots.
Trap Drum Kit Sample Pack by Producer Spot
This Trap Drums collection is specially designed and crafted for any Trap/Hip Hop music producer.
EDM Drum Kit by Producer Spot
This drum kit is great for any EDM producer who needs quality one shot samples.
808 Drum Kit by Producer Spot
This drum sample pack features over 200 one shots of drum samples and a bonus of 10 Trap drum loops.
Free Tribal Drum Kit by Producer Spot
This free drum kit contains over 400 one shot drum and percussion samples.
Game Boy Drum Kit is a free collection of 8-bit drum samples which were recorded from a black Nintendo Game Boy running LSDJ software.
Ground Your Sound by The Pro Audio Files
100+ hand-crafted drum samples, loops, effects, transitions, impulse responses, reverb tails, synths, harmonies and more from Cristofer Odqvist.
The Buchla Music Easel isn’t known as a drum machine, but YouTube channel “100 Things I Do” has released a free library of percussion samples made with this synth.
Abstract Percussion Freebie by Samplephonics
A selection of free percussion loops from Abstract Percussion. This free percussion library features a hand-picked selection of sounds from the full sample pack.
Live Jungle Breaks by Samplephonics
A selection of free Jungle drum loops from Live Jungle Breaks. This free Jungle sample pack features a hand-picked selection of wav files from the full sample library.
Class Reborn – Boom Bap East Coast – by JG Beats
East Coast Drum Kit “Classic Reborn” comes with 222 high quality drum sounds including some extraordinary vinyl breaks which will drastically help your hip hop production!
FourOneSix (Drum Kit) by TopSounds
All the sounds in this drum kit are original and in the style of OvO and Toronto artists.
Knights Of Trap Vol.1 by Beats 24-7
This drum kit comes with 73 high definition drum sounds and 10 dope bonus melody loops! Use these high quality sounds straight out the box for your next Hip Hop, Rap or Trap Beat.
1st Aid Kit by Beats 24-7
This free drum kit has everything you need to start making your next hit!
Trap Honor Drum Kit by JG Beats
Step up your production game with smashing 808’s, snares, hats, kicks, and more!
Trap Attack I by Stefan Guy Audio
Trap Attack is a fully programmed Trap drum kit for Logic Pro X. Trap Attack gives you the ability to create authentic Trap beats with clean samples, pitched 808s, hi-hat rolls and snare rolls.
Soul M8 808 by Stefan Guy Audio
93 free drum samples from a TR-808 all in one kit. If you’re using Logic Pro X, these samples already come synced up with the mixer.
8 – Free Hip Hop Drum Kit – by JG Beats
JG Beats proudly presents his 3th drum kit pulled out from his stash called “8“.
With 83 quality Hip Hop drum sounds and samples, this kit will support your music production without any cost.
Free Drums 2017 by WeGotSounds
This FREE drum kit has 100+ incredible drum sounds that’ll give you an idea of how other WeGotSounds premium drum kits sound like!
Free Jazz Funk Drum Sample Library by Orange Tree Samples
Long ago, spurred by the lack of high-quality jazz drum samples, Orange Tree Samples recorded a jazz/funk drumset.
It’s a relatively small kit – a kick, snare, two toms, and two cymbals – just like something a jazz drummer would play at a gig or low-key recording session.
Vintage Funk Drum Samples by Drum Samples
Super fly funk drum samples to use in your very own drum tracks.
Sonor Force 3001 is a sampled drum kit and painstakingly placed into EXS24.
There at least 4 velocity levels for each sound and many more for the snare and kick.
Thousands have gone before you – download it with the assurance that you’ll have tasty drums coming forth from your amplified speaker system.
Dean (aka ‘Nekro’) wrote in to share a nice collection of acoustic drum samples that were recorded a few years ago when he was working with Pro Tools HD, using Drumagog & Sound Replacer.
Several acoustic free drum kits and multi-samples available in 16-bit aiff, ReFill, and EXS24 formats.
If you know about any other incredible free drum kits, drum machines or drum sample libraries please let us know in the comment section below – we’ll keep updating this list!
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