A drum kit historically has been a set of drums, cymbals, and other percussion instruments, used with drumsticks in jazz and popular music. The most basic components are a bass drum, a snare drum, a suspended cymbal, and one or more tom-toms. So what are free drum kits?
In the digital age, where most music is produced in the box (your computer), a drum kit is a collection of WAV audio files that you can import to any hardware or software sampler. Usually they are organized into folders of kicks, snares, hats, percussion, foley and sound effects. There is no particular naming standard, so sometimes you nice and easy to remember file names, other times you have to remember cryiptic drum names and figure out by yourself what drum hit you are hearing.
We have always offered most of our drum kits for free. Even with the recent additions of premium kits which require a purchase, we are still committed to supply free drum kits for everybody.
The 60s Roger Pop Kit by Drum Drops replicates the drum sound from the old 60s pop records. Drum Drops provide really high quality, multi sampled acoustic drum kits which are an excellent starting point for sound design. The Single Hits Pack contains three velocities of each articulation and contains 138 mono samples. It comes with patches for ten different types of sampler software and is ideal for working with drum machines such as the Akai MPC. You can also get patches for working in the latest versions of Battery, Kontakt, EXS24, Maschine, Geist, Studio One Soundsets, Ableton Drum Rack,Reason Refills and Renoise but the samples can be loaded into any DAW, sampler or drum machine that reads WAV files.
Big Mono by analoguedrums.com is a roomy rendition of a loveable vintage Ludwig drum kit, the setup that none other than Questlove is very fond of. You get a Rogers Dynasonic snare, classic Zildjians, and a Sabian ride for good luck. Recorded in mono with spot mics for detail, this kit sounds organic and retro with a spacious vibe.
Here is a drum machine for Kontakt, based on samples from the ever popular Roland Drum machines series. All samples come from free sources and are believed to be free/public domain, so they are royalty free to use. Aside from the drum samples, you also get Level, Pan and Tune controls as well as simple tone shaping controls for Attack & Sustain to shape the transients. Add to that the built-in filter, distortion and reverb and you have a pretty complete drum instruments completely free! Note: The FULL version of Kontakt 5.6+ is needed – it will not work on the free Kontakt player.
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