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Announcements!

Garritan Orchestral Libraries is offering a free orchestration course online, using an interactive edition of "Principles of Orchestration" based upon Nicolay Rimsky-Korsakov's text and examples from his own works.

Musician's Tech Central is a major and growing information resource for recording, MIDI, digital audio and indie how-to.

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Drums/Beats Samples

Beta Monkey Music Acoustic drum loops and samples CDs for alt and modern rock, hard rock, classic rock, funk, country and bluesy-rock tracks.

Breakbeat-Cafe Breakbeats, drum loops, sample CDs, and music production.

Breakbeat Vault Download original vinyl breakbeats and raw hip hop drum loops in WAV and REX2 format. All breaks and loops have been pressed to vinyl before re-sampling to create a warm, authentic and "true to source" sound. You can audition every drum loop/break before ordering and get instant access to the sounds after purchase.

Crate Kings Hip Hop/Rap Beats, Breaks, Samples, and Drum Loops by DJ Semantik. Also, Hip Hop production resources and tools. Lots of info.

DooleyDrums.com Download acoustic drum loops and drum samples by Jim Dooley. Variety of styles. Some free downloads.

Drums On Demand A new low-priced drum loop CD of high-end Drum Track Construction created from studio recordings of contemporary songs. Also, check site for free MP3s and sample loop downloads.

Loopasonic Free drum loops, samples and more.

ModernBeats Professional, downloadable Hip Hop libraries for virtually all software samplers and music software, such as HALion, EXS24, Kontakt, Battery, Reason, Acid Pro, Fruity Loops, Sonar, etc. Also, check site for ways to get some free sounds.

MPCsounds Up-to-date, professional-quality Hip Hop sounds for the MPC 1000, MPC 2000, MPC 2000xl, MPC 3000, and MPC 4000, plus MPC accessories. Also, check site for free MPC sounds, and free MPC owners manuals.

Music Machines Drum samples and more.

Phat Drum Loops Free funky drum loops and samples.

SessionDrummer Drum kit samples and more.

SessionLoops Loop libraries that capture famous drummers laying down essential rock beats.

Tubab Muso Sound Samples Large number of West African drum and percussion samples for free. Site written in English and Dutch.

Zen Monx Squadron Sample Library Percussion.

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Guitar Samples

Looperman Audio Resources Hundreds of free loops and samples (guitar, bass, drums, FX, synth, vocals, etc.) and much more.

Loopasonic Free guitar and bass loops, samples and more.

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Music Samples

AbstractBeats.com Royalty-free Hiphop and Urban Sounds for Akai MPC 2000/XL, 3000, 4000 and Software Samplers. Available in downloadable WAV files. Also, check periodically for free files.

Accent Music Productions Royalty-free music for film, TV, radio, video and multimedia. Preview, purchase and download MP3s, or buy themed and customized CDs.

Crank City Music Royalty-free production music library. Some free downloads available.

Digital Redux Developers of professional-quality, royalty-free sample libraries, covering many genres. Some free downloads.

Flying Hands Music Royalty-free production music on CD and downloadable MP3s. Search and preview over 2200 tracks; buy and download individual tracks or a song bundle. Check out site for available freebies.

FreshLoops Download unique royalty-free loops legal for use in commercial music production.

Garritan Orchestral Libraries Complete orchestral libraries. See, also, the free orchestration course offered online, which uses an interactive edition of "Principles of Orchestration" based upon Nicolay Rimsky-Korsakov's text and examples from his own works.

Groovy Loops Royalty-free music tracks, music loops and sound effects for use in television, radio, video, documentaries, advertising, music on hold, music for flash, multimedia, games and movies. Downloads and CDs.

Hip Hop Drum Loops and Samples Download professional-quality, royalty-free Hip Hop loops and samples in WAV format for use with the Akai MPC series and with various software samplers. Some free sounds available with registration.

Hip Hop Music Samples Multi-track Loops Fruity Loops MPC Sounds Drum Loops @ P5Audio A professional sound font development and music production company specializing in hip-hop beats, music production, MIDI, and sound effects - available as downloadable loops, samples and sounds for a variety of software and hardware. Custom beats also available.

Hip Hop Samples and Sounds Download Hip Hop samples and sounds in WAV format for use with the Akai MPC series and with software samplers, such as Fruity Loops and Reason. Some free sounds available with registration.

iamusic.com Wide variety of royalty-free music for download in MP3 format. Entire library is fully accessible and downloadable to buyers. Optionally, place your order on a custom-made audio CD. Some free music downloads, plus free "How-To Guides" for download.

iBeat Open Music Download free loops and samples in 16-bit, 44kHz WAV format (check site for conditions on use). Site includes forum, news and other resources of interest to musicians.

Instrumental Music Clips High-quality, low-priced, royalty-free instrumental music clips for producers, web and game developers, businesses, etc. - from piano music, to jazz, to world music and more.

Looperman Audio Resources Hundreds of free loops and samples (drums, FX, guitar, synth, vocals, etc.) and much more.

Loopmasters Pro Sample CDs and Sound Libraries Copyright-free sample CDs in many formats and styles, such as House, Trance, Dance, Drum and Bass, Jazz, Lounge, etc.

Massivetracks - Royalty-free Music/Gemafreie Musik Royalty-free production music, flash loops and sound FX optimized for video games, websites, animation, post production and film. All original and in broadcast quality. Buy online and download immediately.

ModernBeats Professional, downloadable Hip Hop libraries for virtually all software samplers and music software, such as HALion, EXS24, Kontakt, Battery, Reason, Acid Pro, Fruity Loops, Sonar, etc. Also, check site for ways to get some free sounds.

MPCsounds Up-to-date, professional-quality Hip Hop sounds for the MPC 1000, MPC 2000, MPC 2000xl, MPC 3000, and MPC 4000, plus MPC accessories. Also, check site for free MPC sounds, and free MPC owners manuals.

The Music Bakery Royalty-free production music library featuring exclusive performances by professional ensembles and studio musicians - classical, high-tech, new age, jazz, rock, country, geographical, historical, ethnic, sports, industrial, etc.

Opuzz Production Music Royalty-free production music from Bebop to Hiphop, Dance to Trance, Rock to Classical. Loop lengths of 10, 15, 30, 60, 120 seconds. Each track can be previewed in its entirety and purchased individually. Some free tracks available.

Royalty Free Music Royalty-free and buyout music library for production, multimedia projects, film, television, video, advertising, music on hold, and background music applications. Some free samples.

Royalty Free Music - Whitebeetle.com Royalty-free music in a wide variety of styles (especially useful for media projects), available as downloads in WAV format or on CD. Also, commissioned music tailored to your specific requirements. See site's FAQ for details.

SampleNet Wide variety of free samples, plus sampling info.

Samples FAQ Catalog about origins of samples and remakes of rap, soul, and pop music.

Soundtaxi - Royalty Free Music Instant download of royalty-free music for broadcast, film, video and multimedia productions. Wide variety of music genres.

VIP Zone Techno, Trance samples, loops, Reason refills, MIDI, etc. Also, assorted free samples.

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Sound and Sound Effects Samples

ACIDPlanet This interesting site is dedicated to users of loop-based ACID software and offers many interactive services, including free loops. Also, download demos of ACID software, or download the free ACID XPress, a streamlined version of ACID. While you're at it, you might want to visit acidfanatic.com. This user-based ACID musician's resource site offers free ACID music loops, tips, tutorials, effects, MIDI DLS, tools, resources, chat, and forums dedicated to ACID software.

Akai MPC Samples & Sounds Thousands of affordable, high quality audio samples in Akai MPC format available as Sample CDs and instant download packs. Also features tutorial books for the MPC range and VIP account membership.

Akai Samplers Sound Downloads Free sounds for Akai samplers (look under libraries), plus manuals and software updates (look under support).

Beats By Mail Low-priced, royalty-free Hip Hop sound sample packs for sale by e-mail subscription. Check site for free demos.

Blastwave FX A sound library company headed by acclaimed sound designer Ric Viers and dedicated to providing audio professionals with the widest, freshest and highest-quality selection of royalty-free sounds on the market.

Creative Sound Design offers The Recordist series of sound effects libraries on audio CD and CD-ROM. Also, custom design of sound effects.

Creative Support Services Royalty-free music and sound effects on CD. Wide variety.

Current Pre-Programmed Instruments & Drum Sounds Sounds, samples, tracks, & training. Hip Hop, R&B, Dance, Reggaeton styles. No programming involved, free sounds available, 24/7 email support, instant downloads.

EarthStation Huge sound & picture archive of the audio-visual history of the media age. A must see!

F7 Sound and Vision More than 1,700 royalty-free sounds, featuring sci-fi tracks, drones and ambiences - in both AIF and WAV formats.

FindSounds.com lets you search the Web for sound effects and sample sounds. It allows you to search for audio files based on how they sound, and you can even create your own sounds and use them to find similar sounds on the Web.

forwardinoutback Sample CDs of unique didgeridoo and percussion sounds. They also make and sell handmade wood, bamboo and metal didgeridoos.

Fresh Music Library Royalty-free production music and sound FX CDs.

Fullblownkirk.com Samples An archive of original loops and samples - free.

Futurity Sound effects CDs for use in film TV, radio, music, games, and software development.

Groovy Loops Royalty-free music tracks, music loops and sound effects for use in television, radio, video, documentaries, advertising, music on hold, music for flash, multimedia, games and movies. Downloads and CDs.

JamSync Surround effects and 5.1 effects services, or CDs and digital tapes.

Killer Tracks Sound effects available as a CD collection - released in 5.1 channel surround.

Manhattan Production Music Audiophile sound effects series on CDs.

Music 2 Hues Royalty-free music and sound effects production library.

Music for Video Production music library for Video, Television, Film, Commercials and Multimedia. Extensive catalogue and free sound effects.

Musicstuff This site - written in German, but including some text in English - offers free samples and soundsets, as well as various freeware and shareware downloads.

Network Music Production music and sound effects.

Omnimusic Production music library on CDs.

PowerFX Large library of SFX and music samples available by CD or download.

Rarefaction Sound sample libraries on CD-ROM.

Samplecraze.com SoundFont developers for Emu/Ensoniq offer a collection of Emu-sound ROMs and license-free sample CDs in a variety of sound formats.

Sonic Reality Sound libraries for use with digital samplers, Mac/PC software samplers, sequencers, and digital recorders.

Sonic Science SFX libraries on CD.

SONiVOX MI Provider of virtual instruments for musicians.

Sonomic Royalty-free samples and sound effects in WAV and AIF formats for purchase. Buyer can store, organize and access all of their purchased sounds at the site.

Sound America Over 28,000 sounds.

Sound Central Sound samples in various formats.

Sound Dogs SFX, music, samples, loops on CD or by download - some free downloads.

Sound FX Page Sound effects files.

Sound Ideas More than 60,000 sounds available on CD. Individual effects are available for download through Sound Dogs.

Sound Loops Studio Royalty-free music loops for multimedia projects. Some free downloads.

Soundrangers.com Royalty-free sound effects and music optimized for interactive media, and the web. Instantly preview and download from the online library. Weekly free sample download.

Sounds Online Large selection of music and sounds CDs. Some free downloads.

Soundsnap An online sound library and community for sound designers and producers. Upload and download sounds for free. Read the FAQ for details.

Spectrasonics Wide variety of sample libraries on CD.

TweakHeadz Lab Samples CDs from a sound developer and composer who also makes highly rated MP3s.

Valentino Production music and sound effects libraries on CD.

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Synth Samples and Patches

J. P. Hovercraft's Mellotron Sample Page An archive of Mellotron samples.

Kurzweil K2000 Sounds

One Stop Beats Hip Hop and R&B sounds for Akai MPC 4000/3000/2000 and all major samplers. Some free downloads.

Sound Central Sound samples.

Also, check out our list of Manufacturers of Synthesizers. Many of them provide samples and patches at their sites.

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