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Free Sound and Sampling Sites

I was recently contacted about some sample web sites and decided to put a little review of the best ones here. has a nice collection of sounds categorized by large icons.

  1. Built-in audio player with a picture of the waveform makes browsing through sounds quick and easy.
  2. No signup required
  3. User-contributed sounds
  4. Tag cloud with popular categories of sounds
  5. All samples free for use under license similar to Creative Commons
  6. MP3 and WAV formats


  1. None that I can point out so far screenshot

The Freesound Project has been a personal favorite of mine for a while now. It’s got loads of sounds, from high quality field recordings to synthesized ambient soundscapes, they cover the spectrum of sounds, and best of all, they’re all Creative Commons licensed.


  1. Built-in audio player with a picture of the waveform makes browsing through sounds quick and easy.
  2. Geotagging capability
  3. User-contributed sounds
  4. Remix tree shows sounds that have been remixed by other users
  5. All samples free for use under Creative Commons
  6. Sample Packs offered for quick acquisition of multiple sounds


  1. Free signup required
  2. Design is a little dated

Freesound screenshot is a decent sized forum with user-uploaded sampls packs for download.


  1. Interesting collection of loops and samples cateorized by genre.
  2. About 400 sample packs available


  1. Made with a typical phBB style forum software, which isn’t necessarily the best format for downloading samples
  2. Downloads only in MP3 format, maximum 320kbps
  3. Registration required.

SampleSwap screenshot

SynthZone’s Sampling Zone is basically a huge list of small and amateur free sample sites.


  1. Sheer quantity of links to otherwise hard to find niche sample sites


  1. Design looks like it hasn’t changed since 1995.
  2. Ugly logo and ads

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