Drum Samples by 99Sounds!

99Sounds is proud to release 99 Drum Samples, a multi-genre collection of free drum samples in 24-bit WAV format.

The Library

99 Drum Samples is a free collection of electronic and acoustic drum hits that were built from scratch and processed using internal and external audio gear. I’ve been making this personal collection of drum samples for years, and it is now released as a free bonus sample pack for the first music-making contest on 99Sounds!

The sounds were recorded from various analog and digital sources and processed with multiple onboard effects and external gear. My favorite parts of the pack are the drum machine sounds and acoustic drum hits, which I’ve recorded to a cassette tape to enhance them with a bit of punch and grit. Some of the included drum hits were also passed through an old tape delay unit, resulting in a warm organic sound.

The pack also includes a selection of modern electronic drum samples, as well as some acoustic drums (captured with my trusty Edirol R-09 recorder. You will also find a set of fat analog and digital drum samples that were synthesized using various hardware instruments (including the Korg Electribe ER-1 drum machine and the Lell UDS analog drum generator). I’ve also included a small set of lo-fi drums that were recorded from various toy instruments, such as the Yamaha DD-5.

Technical Details

The library includes 99 individual drum samples in 24-bit WAV format. The samples have been carefully edited, trimmed, and normalized to -0.1 dB (except for some of the cymbal hits which are peaking around -3 dB).


99 Drum Samples contains 99 freely downloadable drum hits, including six clap samples, one cowbell sample, four crash cymbal samples, 11 closed hi-hat samples, 26 kick drum samples, five open hi-hat samples, ten percussion samples, two ride cymbal samples, three shaker samples, 22 snare drum samples, and nine tom samples.

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  1. First off, I am an amateur. I have been making music with a pirated copy of Ableton Live, a measly M-Audio Profire 610, and cheap midi controllers for a couple of years in my free time. My progress has been so slow because don’t do this full time. So take what I say with a grain of salt. If a studio engineer wants to tell me I’m full of s*** and not appreciating gold, please do.

    These too processed for my taste. I am not saying every drum pack should be completely raw, because Vengeance has some very cool processed sounds for example, but this collection is just a bit much. There are better ways to get “grit” and “punch” than by putting them on a cassette tape and ripping them back off. Some of the more gimmicky sounds are cute though, I guess.

    • Well, we all have different tastes! I’ve made these sounds so that they’re punchy and tight, according to my taste. I needed them to cut well through a mix without muddying up to the low end and they’ve been processed with these qualities in mind.

      • Brendan

        Thank you for these samples. I have every library conceivable and always come back to these. Super solid – love your work.


    • Bro…are you kidding me lol.that was the most arrogant, ignorant…garbage i have ever read. You literally talk yourself down and then give negative feedback on a FREE sound pack. Lol people like you should just say nothing.please and thankyou

    • You’re probably recording a guitar that’s missing a couple knobs that you picked out of a dumpster, played through a lamp cord made into a guitar jack, cause it was free, so why complain about your drum sound?

  2. LOVE thank you free is wonderful… and to the nay sayer; just don’t; , you catch more bees with honey,,, you know?
    I believe the point here was QUALITY sound design,

  3. I’m having trouble figuring out how to install these. I get a .zip file and when I extract it, I get a .rar file. I’ve never installed anything like this, I usually just use what’s natively inside Logic so sorry if it’s a stupid question!

    • Hi Joy, you should download a file labeled “[99Sounds] 99 Drum Samples.zip”. After extracting the ZIP archive (there’s no RAR archive inside it) either load the provided WAV files in your DAW or use a sampler instrument such as NI Kontakt to play them via MIDI.

  4. First of all, thank you so very much for the clap machine and the free sounds! I really, really appreciate them. I just wanted to get your attention to a typo, you wrote “enternal” where I think you must have meant “internal”.

    Thanks a million, again!

  5. Was looking for drum samples, and I found this. Just what I wanted, and it sounds great! Just what I needed! Especially since my Nektar Impact LX25 has 8 little pads on it.

  6. Cheers guys! I’ve just started making electronic music ( I play instruments mostly) and these samples have been a great help, I can’t believe they’re free. Again cheers you guys rock!

    KUBE :)

  7. I was just reading the comment from Austin. You offer him something for free, and he still manages to complain about it.
    I think he is crying for help. He doesn’t want drum sounds. He wants somebody to teach him to make those drum sounds. If we do that for free, do you think then he will say thank you? Probably not.

  8. Probably good for pop, RnB and hiphop.. but there’s nothing in the sample pack for replicating acoustic kit for indie, rock or alt.

    Thanks for the free try though.

    • A good way to get started would be to download a freeware digital audio workstation such as Tracktion 5, MuLab Free or Podium Free and use their built-in sampler instruments to load these sounds and start sequencing beats. Search YouTube for “drum sequencing tutorial” and I’m sure you’ll find some decent videos to get you started.

  9. great stuff, i was using the built-in modules in sunvox almost exclusively, and i like building my own thing with their basic building blocks, but i can only go so far with their signal processing, so i was happy to find this sample pack, i found some sounds that fit what i had in mind pretty quickly.

  10. Firstly, thank you so much for the samples. I almost can’t believe that you offer so many on a pay what you want basis. You saved me on a current project (used in Structure Free) and I’ll be back to purchase more.

    I have a question that’s maybe off topic… I was impressed by how your digital download cart worked. I wanted to offer digital downloads on my site but I wasn’t sure how the confirmation email, link to the download etc. was set up. I can code a little. I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of how you guys set your downloads up? Is it custom coded?

    Anyway thanks again 99 for running an awesome site!

  11. These beats sound amazing! Question though: I’m learning to code, and want to use these samples to learn to build a fun web-based drum kit. Would this violate the License by using the samples as source material for a virtual instrument? This would only be for me to learn, but if I’m successful, I’d want to display it for user interaction on my personal website. I wouldn’t stand to gain from it, wouldn’t offer the ability to record beats, and would give credit to 99sounds for the samples. Would this use of you guys’ awesome product be okay?

    • Hi Whitney, thanks for asking. We will gladly allow you to use the 99 Drum Samples collection for this purpose. Please let us know when the instrument is ready and we’ll showcase it here.

  12. Thanks for providing the drum samples. Can i use this to create commercial music and upload on my channel and my personal music site? Waiting for your answer. Who holds the rights for this samples?

  13. Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
    Finally found well designed, sampled and balanced drums & perc samples!
    Well fixed, ready for use, clean as is / as was :) , directly from the good times …
    Thank you for this work and that you sharing with all the World!

  14. Downloaded Garage Foley and I love the sounds so much!!
    However, I’m using Kontact 5 to run it into my DAW and it’s telling me that Garage Foley is a demo version and it’s expired…
    What do I do? Thank you!

    • Sorry about that. Most free libraries, such as ours, only work in demo mode in the free Kontakt Player. You need the full version of Kontakt to remove this limitation.

  15. Can these be used in music that will be licensed as Creative Commons? The reason I ask is because Creative Commons does allow for commercial usage and sampling. Technically someone could try and rip one of the instruments from a Creative Commons song and use it in their own VST or sample pack. Of course, I don’t think most people would do that considering how many layers of noises would be on top of it rendering the sample not as useful. Please leave a response. Thanks!

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