We look at East London this week, as our sample pack spotlight is about grime samples. Dizzee Rascal, its most famous exponent, may have diversified in recent years, but his 2003 debut Boy in da Corner was the album that helped to popularise the movement. Since then, grime’s 2-step beats and throbbing basslines have influenced a range of styles, notably dubstep.
Grime Samples — The samples in this free download from SampleRadar are split into seven self-explanatory categories. You get Bass, Beats, FX, Guitar, Kits, Synth and Vox samples. A perfect starting point for your experimentation in the style that’s called grime. Download (380MB)
Dirty Grime Samples — Here’s another SampleRadar sample pack full of construction kits. The drum samples come courtesy of Linplug’s RMIV drum module (with layered claps and snares to add extra weight), while the basses and synths have been left deliberately simple using basic waveforms. The samples are split into nine construction kits, and there’s also a bonus folder of ‘bits and FX’. Download (96MB)
All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they’re royalty-free, you’re welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like. The ambient samples are supplied in a zip file, so you’ll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!