If you’ve been on the hunt for the best free drum sample packs and loops, you’ve come to the right place.
As you work your way through this guide, we think you’ll be surprised, just as we were, to discover how many high-quality free entries are out there.
While you may not require all of them for your next project, whether you’re looking for acoustic or electric, jazz or trap, hand claps or finger snaps, percussion or 808s, you simply won’t be disappointed. You’ll even find a few oddballs towards the end of the guide.
So, let’s look at the best free drum sample packs and loops.
SampleRadar: 1,000 free drum samples by MusicRadar
MusicRadar’s SampleRadar project has brought countless usable samples to the masses, including this – 1,000 free drum samples.
This collection comes with complete kits (load into your drum machine or electronic drums) as well as single hits.
All the files have been split into three main folders – Drum Kits, Assorted Hits, and Rex Loops. Both the Drum Kits and Assorted Hits folders come with sub-folders so you can easily navigate the array of acoustic and electronic sounds available.
Everything is available as a WAV file so you can easily transplant them into your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).
The REX files can be used with any application that supports them.
You can use this pack however you wish, but MusicRadar requests that you not re-distribute the files.
Having listened to a few of these myself, I can honestly say this isn’t your ordinary, run of the mill, free collection. There are some legitimately great sounds available in this expansive, valuable toolkit.
SampleRadar: 494 free essential drum kit samples by MusicRadar
SampleRadar’s 494 free essential drum kit samples collection features 18 kits along with an array of one-shots you can use in any host.
The files have been split up into 18 folders, each with its own one-shot drum and percussion samples, each with enough sounds to constitute an entire kit on its own.
Conveniently, the audio material has been supplied as WAV files. That should make it easy for you to add them to your projects in your DAW!
The royalty-free samples can be used however you like, but MusicRadar does request that you not redistribute these suckers.
From 808 kicks and chip tune snares to urban cymbals and hand darbuka, this is an extensive and unique collection that can add some serious color and flavor to your projects.
400+ FREE Acoustic Drum Samples (WAV) by wavbvkery
As the story goes, wavbvkery was at Jon Sine’s B Studio recording drum packs, when they discovered a vintage Ludwig drumkit set up in Sine’s office.
On a whim, they asked whether he’d be amenable to letting them record his kit. He agreed, and thus, wavbvkery dragged pieces of his kit, one by one, into the studio to capture their sounds.
These sounds were recorded in a vocal booth using nothing but a large diaphragm condenser mic.
The “possibly from the 70s” kit is suitable to most major genres, be it jazz, rock, or indie. The developer assures us, though, that the cymbals were either maintained and replaced, and so were the drumheads.
The snare had been tuned and optimized for tone, but wavbvkery found that other elements couldn’t quiet live up to the quality of the great sounding snare.
Of course, it was all recorded with one mic. That’s a constraint if there ever was one. There are no overhead and no room samples, you get what you get. Chances are it won’t sound like a realistic live kit.
There are still some good samples, though, and if you are a studio wizard, who knows. You might be able to doctor these up and make them sound like a killer kit yet.
The 100% royalty free collection comes with snares, sticks, kicks, toms (high, low, mid), crashes, cowbells, hi-hats, and rides, for a total of 445 44.1 kHz / 24-bit WAV files at 345.9 MB.
Free Jazz Funk Drum Sample Library by Orange Tree Samples
It may be an oldie, but it’s still a goodie. Free Jazz Funk Drum Sample Library was created simply because there was a complete lack of jazz funk style drum sets out there.
It’s not a big kit by any means. This free collection features the sounds of a snare, kick, two cymbals, and two toms. Of course, an experienced drummer (especially a touring drummer) knows to keep their kit small, and this would not be an unusual setup for a laid-back recording session or performance.
A pro drummer can draw several different sounds out of a single element. That being the case, the goal here was to sample the dynamic, expressive sounds of a skilled player, giving you fewer pieces to work with, but of greater quality, and with more timbres.
The tone, of course, is well suited to jazz and funk genres.
The pack is available as WAV files, but you can also get it for Kontakt and SFZ.
The drumkit does indeed sound suitable to the dynamic requirements of jazz- and funk-oriented styles.
Download: Orange Tree Samples
Reaper: Trap Hi-Hat Loops & MIDI by Cymatics.fm
When it comes to trap music, hi-hats are super important. Obviously, you can’t rule out the importance of the snare or sub kick either, but you need some killer hi-hat patterns to make your beats work. You can program or sequence them, of course, but if you don’t have prior experience with it, it can be a pain.
Here, Cymatics.fm has generously provided 20 hi-hat loops (along with MIDI files) you can use to enhance the feel and groove of your beats. Of course, the MIDI files allow for further customization, so you can make these hi-hat patterns all your own.
Co-founder Drew Cymatics himself drew from his own beats to put together this thrilling collection.
Cymatics says this offer may not be available for long, so get it while the getting is good and head on over to Cymatics for 20 free trap hi-hat loops and MIDI files.
Blaze Free Sample Pack by Cymatics.fm
Drawing from his own beats, Cymatics co-founder Drew Cymatics put together the Blaze Free Sample Pack, a collection of free hi-hat loops, drum loops, and hi-hat MIDI. These were created in the hotel room, on the plane, and during studio recording sessions in LA.
As with some of the other Cymatics entries, this one may not be free forever. So, set your hands on the 57, royalty-free drum samples before they go away.
Percussion Toolkit Vol. 1 by Cymatics.fm
Sometimes mixes can sound a little empty or hollow. So, what can you do to fill them out? Of course, you can add some nice pads and set it behind everything in the mix… that is, of course, if you’re not already using pads as one of the key elements in your mix!
Percussion, believe it or not, is another strong alternative that can help bring some needed life to your mix. Percussion Toolkit Vol. 1 features Drew Cymatics’ personal collection of percussion one shots, instruments (bongos, djembes, gongs, jingle bells), and much more.
Two Earthworks QC50 microphones and a Sony C800G microphone were used to capture these 100% royalty free samples.
In total, you get 110 WAV samples you can drag and drop into your DAW at will.
Go ahead, add some needed texture to your tracks now. Take advantage of Percussion Toolkit Vol. 1.
Trap – Starter Pack by Cymatics.fm
Trap – Starter Pack aims to set you up with all the building blocks necessary to creating killer trap. When you’ve got the right samples, it’s a thrill to make trap. Otherwise, it can be a grueling process.
So, that’s where Trap – Starter Pack comes to the rescue. You aren’t working with any old material here; you’re working with great quality sounds that will inspire you creatively.
In creating this kit, Cymatics sound designers looked at all the top trap artists, so they would know exactly what targets to hit, and then went to work on this collection.
There’s a large array of sounds here – a total of 200 trap samples and loops. You’ll find drum loops, drum one-shots, brass loops, vocal loops, lead one-shots, and more.
If trap is your game, then this kit will help you get off to a running start. Grab it.
Lofi – Starter Pack by Cymatics.fm
With melody loops, guitar loops, snare one-shots, drum loops, percussion loops, and more, Cymatics’ Lofi – Starter Pack comes with 154 WAV samples you can use on any track you need to ignite with a lo-fi vibe.
Cymatics has a ton of experience with lo-fi, and this is just one of many packs they’ve released to date. So, you can rest assured you’re getting quality samples. This package comes with some of their favorite, hand-picked samples from their premium packs.
Whether you’re looking to try out some of Cymatics’ best material, or just want to add some solid lo-fi audio material to your personal sample library, we’re not here to judge. This is an excellent starting point to get going with nostalgic, crackly, warm, wobbly, relaxing sounds.
Cobra – Hip Hop Sample Pack by Cymatics.fm
Cobra – Hip Hop Sample Pack is practically a go-to so far as hip-hop collections are concerned. This selection aims to help you find that elusive “X factor” that’s going to make your song stand out from the rest.
Cobra focuses on artistry and musicianship. Cymatics spent days in the studio looking to capture a variety of instruments, including flutes, pianos, guitars, and others, to develop a versatile library.
Once the sounds were captured, the team went to work on creating highly usable textures and melody loops.
Of course, it wouldn’t be much of a drum sample pack if it didn’t also come with 808s, drum loops, and drum one-shots. Good news – it does!
Within the pack, though, you will also find FX, instrument melody loops, and MIDI files to round out the offering.
Astro by Cymatics.fm
The Travis Scott-inspired Astro pack is sure to captivate anyone who was wowed by his number one album, Astroworld.
Cymatics set to work to find out what made this work so inspirational and so good. They looked at all the minute details of production and how the individual sounds were put together. Soon, they were creating their own Astroworld style beats.
Astro comes with 85 samples and loops, which include drum loops, melody loops, 808s, melody loops, drum one-shots, and more.
If you’ve ever wanted to dig in yourself to find out how Astroworld became such a phenomenon, this collection will light you up like Christmas.
Will this pack be free forever? Hard to say. Take advantage of it while you can!
Free Finger Snaps Samples by wavbvkery
The Free Finger Snaps Samples is exactly as it sounds. For all those times you need to add a little something to a beat, there are always finger snaps!
Hilariously, wavbvkery started off with some single snap sounds before recording double snaps and even quadruple group snaps. Well, if this isn’t the ultimate finger snap sample pack, then I simply don’t know what is!
Try panning these babies across the stereo spectrum and adding a bit of reverb to them. Before you know it, you’ll have your hipster indie pop rock on lock.
This collection comes with 30 44.1 kHz / 24-bit WAV files.
Free Boom Bap Drum Kit (Old School Samples) by wavbvkery
The Free Boom Bap Drum Kit was inspired by various hip-hop producers, be it The Alchemist, DJ Premier, or J. Dilla. There are 106 royalty-free samples in this collection, all in their old school glory. You’ll find snares, kicks, hats, and percs you can use to develop your own lo-fi, old school, and boom bap tracks.
In creating this selection, wavbvkery recorded multiple drum machines and cut samples from vinyl record. The samples were processed using a mix of analog and digital gear. The kicks are impactful, and the snares are snappy, and therefore genre appropriate.
This baby is versatile enough to work in a mix of hip-hop projects.
Nick Mira Inspired Drum Kit by wavbvkery
The Nick Mira Inspired Dream Kit, also known as “Dreams,” was inspired by Internet Money producers including E-Trou, Taz Taylor, and of course, Nick Mira. Generously, this kit includes all the ingredients you need to cook up your own trap beats, from 808s to one-shots to cymbals.
Dreams was named after the moody, dreamy qualities heard on Nick Mira’s beats. There is also a loose connection to Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams.”
wavbvkery wanted to go deep with this one, so they meticulously studied Mira’s work and put together a collection of some of his go-to sounds.
Of course, the pack was not created by Nick Mira himself. As a result, the sounds are a close emulation of his, not necessarily an exact match.
Altogether, you get snares, 808s, closed hats, open hats, claps, crashes, rides, and percs.
Free Bongo Sound Samples, Bongo Drum Kit by wavbvkery
Here’s another percussive entry that has the potential to add a nice African / Cuban flavor to your beats.
For this collection, a large diaphragm condenser mic was used to capture a bongo in an acoustically treated vocal booth.
The bongo used wasn’t a top-of-the-line instrument, but it does have a certain charm to it. The developer opted to capture hits at varying velocities, so altogether you get 22 bongo sounds alongside two bongo rolls.
The collection is royalty free, and the samples are all at 24-bit / 44.1 kHz.
Hand Clap Samples by wavbvkery
Hand claps are a popular addition to a wide array of genres – hip-hop, pop, electronic, and more. Most sounds heard on these types of recordings are synthesized. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but wavbvkery’s Hand Clap Samples library lets you add a more organic sound to your projects.
wavbvkery warns these sounds may not be mix ready out of the box, but if you layer them in and add your favorite effects chain, you’re guaranteed to add a fun texture to your mixes. In a way, it’s an advantage that the samples are raw and unedited, because you can do with them as you please.
This selection comes with both single clap samples and double clap samples. One condenser mic was used for the entire recording.
Get the party started with Hand Clap Samples.
Retouched Linn Drum Samples (Free Download) by BVKER
If you’re familiar with 80s music production, then there’s no way you don’t know about the legendary Linn LM-2 drum machine. It could be heard on numerous Billy Idol, Madonna, and A-ha recordings, among many, many others.
With this collection, though, BVKER wasn’t merely looking to put together yet another LinnDrum sample pack. They wanted to take the sounds that made the original drum machine so great and take advantage of various processing and sound design techniques to make these even more compelling.
BVKER manipulated the sounds in a variety of ways to modernize them – whether adding tape saturation, changing pitches, optimizing transients, adding top layers, or otherwise. Reverb and compression were also added.
So, if you’re looking for a pack that will enhance your synthwave or synthpop tracks, this is a great one to get your hands on.
Retouched comes with snares, kicks, claps, toms, hi-hats, and cymbals. This thing sounds great!
Elevate Beatmaker Kit by BVKER
For this selection, BVKER hand picked some exceptional sounds from their premium Elevate Beatmaker Kit, and supplied us with 235 files – 808s, tonal loops, tonal one-shots, drum hits, cymbals, effects, and even Serum presets, for free.
If you’re about to light up your studio with some killer hip-hop and trap beats, it’s well worth adding this sample pack to your collection.
Travis Scott Type Drum Kit by BVKER
Not settling for the average or mediocre, Travis Scott experimented endlessly to come up with his own distinct sound. The Travis Scott Type Drum Kit, “Astro,” was of course inspired by the already much-emulated Travis Scott himself.
This kit was created from scratch by the BVKER team, making the sounds as fresh as they could be.
This pack comes with some of the hardest hitting 808s BVKER has ever experimented with. They tried a variety of distortion modules until they came up with what they thought were the gnarliest of 808s.
BVKER even threw in two construction kits, complete with loops, one-shots, and stems from their demo beats.
Overall, you get a mix of drum shots, 808s, cymbals and hats, and two construction kits well-matched to hip-hop and trap productions.
Free House Drum Kit by Diode Eins
Diode Eins presents Free House Drum Kit, featuring a mix of drum loops, drum shots, melodic loops, tonal loops, and FX. Many of these sounds were hand picked from Diode Eins own Golden Hour.
The bass, chords, and pads are served up as bonuses, but they are certainly complementary to the drum material. All the files have been key- and bpm-labeled as well.
The FX folder comes complete with atmospheres, sweeps (ups, downs), risers, FX one-shots, as well as melodic effects.
You can use these for house, deep house, progressive house, melodic house, techno, and anywhere else, as you see fit!
Lex Luger Inspired Drum Kit (Free) by BVKER
BVKER’s Lex Luger Inspired Drum Kit, or “Platinum,” features a solid array of drum sounds that were popular during the last decade.
This kit features cleaner 808s in the style of Luger himself, alongside essential various drum shots and cymbals for creating your own 2010s style trap beats.
All in all, you get access to a mix of 50 808s, kicks, snares, claps, closed hats, open hats, crashes, rides, and percs.
Free Future Bass Sample Pack by BVKER
BVKER’s Free Future Bass Sample Pack offers up a ton of great material to help you dive into the genre. There are, of course, multiple 808s, drum hits, and cymbals, but it wouldn’t be a future bass sample pack without melodic loops, melodic MIDIs, and a construction kit as well.
The “Awakening” collection features material from their premium “Tranquility” pack. Files have been labeled by key and bpm
Free Murda Beatz Type Drum Kit by BVKER
Free Murda Beatz Type Drum Kit, also known as “Butterfly,” was inspired by beatmaker Shane Lindstorm (Murda Beatz). He’s one of the most successful hip-hop producers out there, right alongside the likes of Metro Boomin, Pierre Bourne, and Ronny J.
Having studied his work, the BVKER team developed an array of samples that take after Murda Beatz’ signature sound.
Free Ronny J Inspired Drumkit by BVKER
Inspired by none other than Ronny J, the free “Trap Devil” kit features incredible 808s, punchy drum hits, melodic loops (with matching MIDI files), and more.
Take advantage of this 100% royalty free selection if you want to create your own Ronny J inspired tracks.
Free Vapor Wave Drum Kit by BVKER
“Aesthetic” features the sounds of classic drum machines, including LinnDrum, Oberheim, E-MU, and Roland.
In creating this selection, BVKER dove through their premium packs and hand-picked material that would be perfect for vaporwave. All the files are in 24-bit / 44.1 kHz WAV format.
Expect to find 110 WAVs in total, including snares, claps, kicks, toms, closed hats, open hats, crashes, and rides.
For all your 80s inspired synthwave, vaporwave, and pop productions, this is a must have.
Free Lo-Fi Sample Pack “Lunar” by BVKER
Given that this is a lo-fi sample pack, you can expect to find all the goodies necessary to building your own lo-fi pack in this guide.
That said, BVKER did put some muscle into the drums with this orbital entry. “Lunar” comes with a mix of snares, kicks, and one-shots, all presented in low fidelity warmth.
They utilized both acoustic drum kits and analog drum machines in coming up with these sounds. Of course, they’ve been processed through distortion and saturation units, analog compressors, filters, sample / bitrate reduction, or some combination thereof.
In some cases, even field recordings have been used to adorn tracks with a more organic character.
As I hinted at earlier, Lunar also features synth and instrument melodic loops. For these, vinyl effects, noise recordings, saturation emulations, various plugins, and custom Ableton racks were used to gracefully age the material.
To top it all off, they’ve also thrown in some random field recordings.
Altogether, you get 120 top loops, drum shots, FX samples, and melodic loops in WAV format.
Free Metro Boomin Type Drum Kit by BVKER
The “Drip Kit” was a much-requested BVKER entry featuring clean drum sounds well suited to classic trap. These, of course, they were inspired by Metro Boomin, one of the most successful hip hop producers out there.
There are a total of 100 royalty-free files in this pack. Expect to find 808s, kicks, snares, claps, cymbals, and percs you can drip into your own projects.
Wheezy Inspired Drum Kit (Free) by BVKER
BVKER’s Wheezy Inspired Drum Kit is another best hip-hop producer entry for those who simply can’t get enough. The Bad Kit takes after Wesley Tyler Glass, who has worked with the likes of Young Thug, Drake, Future, and many, many others.
This collection will set at your fingertips all the tools you need to set up your own Wheezy style beats. With 102 files, inside the package you’ll find 808s, kicks, snares, closed hats, open hats, claps, percs, crashes, rides, and a bonus FLP.
Pierre Bourne Type Drum Kit by BVKER
Pierre Bourne is well known for having worked with the likes of Travis Scott, Kanye West, and Playboi Carti, among others.
The “Born Kit” was requested by BVKER users, and in this kit, you will find some heavy 808s, along with all the essentials you need to make your own trap beats.
Inside the Pierre Bourne Type Drum Kit, you will find 808s, kick drums, snares, claps, cymbals (crashes, closed hats, open hats, rides), and percussions.
Free UK Drill Drum Kit “Drillers” by BVKER
The Free UK Drill Drum Kit “Drillers” is another entry into the trap sample pack domain. Of course, this one takes after the explosive sounds of UK drill. With a sliding sub bass, impactful kick, closed hat, and a syncopated snare, drill is a dark, moody, aggressive genre.
Inside this pack you’ll find 154 files to get you into the style – more than enough for creating your own drill! You’ll get access to drum loops (with MIDI), drum shots, and melodic loops (with MIDI) for a holistic drill sound.
200+ Free Trap Samples & Loops by BVKER
The Chaos trap sample pack brings together the elements necessary to creating beats in the style of one of the most popular genres of our time.
This kit features all the elements you need to create a trap beat that rival modern productions. BVKER was sure to hit us up with only the best sounds available, so we can rest assured incorporating them into our projects would be sheer delight and creative inspiration.
The drum kit makes up the bulk of the collection, with 150 one-shots. You’ll find snares, claps, kicks, percs, closed hats, open hats, crashes, and rides, along with key labeled 808 basses and 30 drum loops. These have all been processed to conform to modern requirements.
There are, however, 40 key and bpm labeled melody loops as well to round out the collection.
200+ Free Roland TR-909 Samples by BVKER
Just as it sounds. This collection features classic Roland TR-909 samples you can use in your projects. This 80s drum machine is iconic, and it’s well-known for having stimulated the growth of techno, house, and acid house.
Where the TR-808 was cleaner, with a longer sub bass, 909 features a more saturated and punchy tone.
The dirty kick drum and open hi-hat are probably the most infamous elements of the TR-909. Its shuffle mode was also a favorite for creating a different kind of groove.
The 909 sounds are rather dated by today’s standards, but with this entry, these sounds have been punched up to meet modern production requirements.
Inside this collection, you’ll find 110 drum shots (including snares, claps, kicks, toms, rim shots, closed hats, open hats, crashes, and rides), as well as 100 drum loops (full drum loops, top drum loops, kick loops, cymbal loops, and percussion loops).
CR-78 Drum Kit by Alex Ball
A vintage CR-78 drum machine was utilized in creating this 230-sample collection. This kit is perfect for a variety of genres, be it pop, rock, electronic, 80s, or otherwise. If you need that vintage drum machine sound (or want to process and mangle it to your liking), then Alex Ball’s CR-78 Drum Kit is well worth a look.
House Drum Loops by AudioVat
Whether house, minimal house, or deep house, AudioVat is sure to tickle a sweet spot when it comes to house drums. These free drum loops are gritty, warm, and punchy.
The 100% royalty free collection features 100 drum loops at 125 bpm.
To download any of AudioVat’s freebies, you will need to register a new account with them.
Drum Loops Freebie by AudioVat
AudioVat’s Drum Loops Freebie is a simple package that’s perfectly suited to house, minimal house, deep house, tech house, and even techno.
While the 17-file collection is relatively minimal, you are given some quality sounds to work with – kicks, hi-hats, claps, and percussions.
EDM Big Room Kits Freebie by AudioVat
For all your EDM sample needs, there’s EDM Big Room Kits, a collection with all the building blocks necessary to setting up your own big room projects.
This selection features three construction kits with drum loops, bass loops, melodies, synths, leads, plucks, and FX.
Beer Can Kit Free Drum Sampler Pack by Caelum Audio
Here’s a distinct entry that’s sure to tickle your funny bone. In creating this selection, Caelum Audio took the last can of beer in their fridge to create 31 bizarre WAV files. Hilariously, they have been labeled snares, snaps, kicks, toms, hats, and miscellaneous.
This is what you get when you shake, tap, flock, crunch, and drop a cold can of beer and add some deep processing to it. Enjoy!
Download: Caelum Audio
DrumBrute Kit by Matthew Belousoff
Created using the Arturia DrumBrute synthesizer, this 265-file pack features analog drum samples in all their glory and purity. Give this a go on hip-hop, electronic, ambient, and more. If you know your way around editing and processing drum sounds, the only limitation is your own imagination.
DrumBrute Kit features snares, claps, kicks, closed hi-hats, and open hi-hat sounds to meet all your old analog drum machine needs.
Top Free Drum Sample Packs, Final Thoughts
From the standard to the obscure, from the mainstream to the bizarre. We’ve looked at a ton of drum kits, drum samples, drum loops, percussion loops, and more. Some of the packs even come with melody loops and other goodies to round out your collection.
And now you should have all the tools you need to make some legitimately killer beats. Regardless of genre or style, the necessary ingredients are mostly but a click away. So, now it’s time to start making some mind-bending drumbeats.
Have fun, and don’t forget – pioneers and innovators always walk their own path instead of copying everyone else. Cheers!