One of the most important parts of any beat is the foundation, namely, the drum samples. Getting this part right ensures that all other elements you add sit nicely in the mix, while giving your bass frequencies the punch and power modern genres require.
Here we’ll be looking at the best free drum kits. Most of these are suited to electronic genres – pop, hip-hop, R&B, trap, and more. But you never know – you just might find a perfect fit for other genres and tracks too.
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Free UK Drill Drum Kit “Drillers” by BVKER
UK Drill takes influence from Chicago Drill, except with a bit of grime and UK garage thrown in for good measure. The Free UK Drill Drum Kit “Drillers” is a trap sample kit at 140 BPM, along with a sliding sub bass, hard hitting kick, a second snare that hits later than normal, and a closed hi-hat in a 3/16th pattern.
Altogeher, Drillers has a dark, aggressive sound, utilizing reverse effects, piano chords, etc.
Drillers includes 64 drum one shots (kicks, snares, claps, cymbals, and more). Some dirt was added to the post-processing (especially the kick) to fit the style, and the package also includes 30 hat, snare, and 808 loops, as well as matching MIDI files. Finally, there are 16 melodies and matching MIDI files too.
At 154 files, 210 MB, and a heavy electronic vibe, Drillers might just be perfect for your next trap project.
Wheezy Inspired Drum Kit (Free) by BVKER
As the name would suggest, the Wheezy Inspired Drum Kit was inspired by none other than Wheezy (Wesley Tyler Glass), one of today’s most successful hip-hop producers. He’s worked with the likes of Young Thug, Drake, Meek Mill, Future, 21 Savage, and many others.
The drum kit comes with 66 one shot drum samples (15 tuned 808s, 13 kicks, 15 snares, 15 claps, eight percs), and 36 cymbals (eight crashes, 10 closed hats, nine open hats, nine rides) for a total of 102 files. There’s also a free FLP if you want to know how the demo track was created. The kit is royalty-free, so you’re welcome to use it in your productions however you want.
At 35.1 MB, the Wheezy Inspired Drum Kit is perfect for trap and hip-hop.
Travis Scott Type Drum Kit by BVKER
Travis Scott is well known for experimenting to find his own style that now adorn his trademark beats.
In creating this kit, developer BVKER created the sounds from scatch to ensure they’re 100% unique. And that’s great news because it means they haven’t already been used in millions of tracks.
Travis Scott Type Drum Kit features the hardest, gnarliest 808s they’ve ever created. They also rendered two full audio construction kits from their demo beats. One-shots, loops, and stems are all included!
Altogether, you get 40 drum shots, 23 cymbals and hats, 10 tuned 808s, and two construction kits. With 168 files and 373 MB of content, this kit is perfectly suited to trap and hip-hop.
Nick Mira Inspired Drum Kit by wavbvkery
The Nick Mira Inspired Drum Kit was inspired by Nick Mira as well as other Internet Money producers. This kit is named “dreams” because of the dreamy and melancholic quality Mira’s beats are known for.
In developing this kit, wavbvkery listened to all of Mira’s most prominent tracks. Once they were certain they had captured his style, they got to work on distorted 808s, crispy hats, snappy claps, and other tools the producer will find useful.
The pack, of course, was not made by Nick Mira himself, so make no mistake.
This free download includes 10 tuned 808s, 10 claps, 10 crashes, 10 closed hats, 10 open hats, 10 rides, 10 percs, and 10 snares, for a total of 80 files. Use these for trap and hip-hop. They’re royalty free.
Free Murda Beatz Type Drum Kit by BVKER
Inspired by Canadian beatmaker Shane Lindstrom, Free Murda Beatz Type Drum Kit, or “Butterfly,” takes after the work of one of the all-time most successful hip-hop producers. Murda Beatz has probably worked on some of your favorite tracks!
BVKER listened extensively to Murda Beatz' catalog in creating this kit, and as a result, the free kit comes with a wide variety of great samples.
Free Murda Beatz Type Drum Kit comes with 11 tuned 808s, 11 claps, 10 kicks, 10 percs, 11 snares, 10 crashes, 10 closed hats, 10 open hats, and 10 rides. The 93-file kit is 100% royalty-free.
Free Ronny J Inspired Drum Kit by BVKER
If you’re looking for a Ronny J inspired kit, this one certainly covers the gamut. BVKER listened carefully to his production techniques to replicate his best sounds. The samples were all rendered in C, and BVKER threw in punchy drum hits, melodic hooks, and matching MIDI files for your convenience.
Ronny J, of course, has worked with the likes of XXXTentacion, Iggy Azalea, Kanye West, and others.
The “Trap Devil” kit includes 12 gnarly 808s, 16 claps, 16 kicks, 11 percs, 10 rimshots, 10 snares, 12 closed hats, 10 open hats, 20 melodic loops (and 20 matching MIDIs). It comes with 145 files total, and of course, the pack is 100% royalty-free.
200+ Free Trap Samples & Loops BVKER
The 200+ Free Trap Samples & Loops “Chaos Trap Sample Pack” is compatible with all DAWs!
With trap fast becoming the dominant genre, this free drum kit is sure to help you cover your bases. As you well know, production techniques have changed since the genre emerged in the late 90s, and producers require modern sounds to keep with the times.
The “Chaos” pack comes with over 200 free trap samples and loops, and essentially all the tools you would need to make your modern trap beats rip!
Chaos features 150 drum one shots (kicks, snares, claps, random percs, closed hats, open hats, rides, crash cymbals), 20 key-labeled 808 bass samples, 30 mix-ready drum loops (divided into cymbal, full, kick, percussion, and top loops), key-labeled mmelody loops and 37 matching MIDI files.
With a total of 257 files at 369.2 MB, this sample pack ought to keep you busy for a while!
Pierre Bourne Type Drum Kit by BVKER
Pierre Bourne is well known for his heavily distorted 808 sounds and devastating basses, as heard on tracks like “Magnolia,” “Gummo,” and “Watch.”
BVKER got a lot of requests to create this kit after releasing their “Driller” kit, and they delivered on a pack that includes 808 shots, claps, cymbals, kicks, random percussion, and snares.
In total, Pierre Bourne Type Drum Kit comes with 15 key-labeled 808s, 17 claps, 42 cymbals (eight crashes, 15 closed hats, 10 open hats, nine rides), 11 kick drums, six percussions, and nine snares for 101 files at 30.8 MB. The kit is perfect for hip-hop and trap, and it’s royalty free.
Free Metro Boomin Type Drum Kit by BVKER
A highly requested kit, BVKER created the Metro Boomin “Drip” kit with 100 drum one shots and cymbals to fill this void in the market. This kit comes with cleaner sounds than most, making it a great choice for classic trap beats.
Metro Boomin, of course, is one of the top trap and hip-hop producers in America, having worked with Future, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Drake, Kanye West, and others.
The “Drip” kit comes with 15 808s, 12 kicks, 10 snares, 18 claps, six percs, and 39 cymbals. There are 100 royalty-free files perfectly suited to hip-hop and pop productions in this kit.
Deep Trap Freebie by Théos
Free to members of the Samplephonics community, Deep Trap Freebie features 100% royalty free loops and samples stemming from their premium “Deep Trap” library. If you want to know what the premium version is like, the best way is obviously to demo some of the freebies for yourself.
Said full version, by the way, comes with 198 beat loops and samples in 24-bit WAV format.
Free Trap Drum Kit “Car Drum Kit” by Kimbo Beatz
Kimbo Beatz’ Free Trap Drum Kit “Car Drum Kit” comes with 50 drum samples (seven snares, five snaps, nine hi-hats, four FX sounds, four kicks, and 21 percussions).
The kit is compatible with all DAWs, and they come in high quality WAV formats.
Download: Kimbo Beatz
808 Trapstep 101 by TriSamples
If you’re into heavy trap, hip-hop, and future bass, then you’ll probably dig TriSample’s 808 Trapstep Vol 1.
This kit includes nine kick drums, 10 808 basses, 27 claps / snare drums, 23 cymbals, 18 vocal chants, 13 FX, and three instruments.
This is a favorite kit of many, including BVKER.
808 Trapstep Vol 2 by TriSamples
With sampled, synthesized, and mangled 808 and 909 drums, 808 Trapstep Vol 2 comes with even more samples for hip-hop, trap, and future bass. The files have all been named and organized into folders to help you find exactly what you need for your next project.
This volume includes drums, FX, and chants, with a total of 40 808 basses, 46 kick drums, 51 snare drums, 58 claps, 64 percussion, 24 FX, and 51 chants. That’s over 300 files totaling 162.9 MB!
Free Lo-Fi Sample Pack “Lunar” by BVKER
With more than 100 drum one shots, tuned 808s, cymbals, melodic loops, and ambience recordings, the free and royalty-free “Lunar” sample pack is well worth a look for those seeking kits for their hip-hop projects.
Naturally, the included samples are lo-fi, but conveniently, it includes everything you need to make great beats. Whether analog drum machins or acoustic drum kits, “Lunar” features all types of processed sounds with analog compressor, distortion or saturation, fitlers, or sample / bitrate reduction.
Some of the one shots were even layered with field recordings, for a more organic sound.
But that’s not all that’s inside Lunar. You also get melancholic melody loops derived from various instruments and synthesizers. BVKER didn’t have access to tape machines, so they took advantage of noise recordings, vinyl crackles, saturation emulations, and various plugins and racks to give the samples an aged feel to the extent possible. Files are also labeled by key signature and BPM.
To top it all off, you get ambience recordings – a collection of random sounds and noises, for a total of five ambiences. BVKER’s premium “Afterlife” kit contains the many other ambiences they captured on this occasion.
All in all, you get 80 drum shots, five top loops, 30 FX samples, five melodic loops, all bundled up in a 120-file kit. It’s great for lo-fi hip-hop.
Urban Drum Samples by Tony Starks
Tony Starks’ Urban Drum Samples drum library features many one shot drum samples, 808 kicks, percs, FX, and even some ethnic drum samples.
With 316 samples at 35.89 MB, Urban Drum Samples is ideally suited to hip-hop and trap projects.
Free Boom Bap Drum Kit (Old School Samples) by wavbvkery
wavbvkery’s “Old School” drum kit takes after the likes of DJ Premier, Havoc, and J. Dilla. There are 106 old-school royalty-free samples, with kicks, snares, and more.
In creating the Free Boom Bap Drum Kit (Old School Samples), wavbvkery recorded various drum machines, and took samples from old vinyl records. Then they processed the samples using analog and digital gear.
The must-have snappy snares and hard-hitting kick drums are here. The kit can obviously be used for boom bap (the wavbvkery website features a friendly tutorial for creating boom bap beats), but it is a competent lo-fi hip-hop or West coast old school kit too.
“Old School” comes with 25 hats, 30 kicks, 20 percs, and 31 snares.
50 Free Classic Hip Hop Break Loops Vol.1 by TheSample.net
With 50 unprocessed loops, 50 Free Classic Hip Hop Break Loops Vol.1 features samples that have been used in countless hit hip-hop records.
These loops are fun to play with, but they are for personal use only. The samples have not been cleared, and they are not royalty-free.
50 Free Classic Hip Hop Break Loops Vol.2 by TheSample.net
Back by popular demand, TheSample.net returns with another great set of hip-hop break loops to satisfy their community’s insatiable appetite.
Again, while artist information is included in the kit, the samples have not been cleared. Unless you intend to go through what could be a rather lengthy process of clearing them yourself, you should only use these for personal use.
50 Free Classic Hip Hop Break Loops Vol.3 by TheSample.net
Two volumes obviously weren’t enough, and TheSample.net returns once again to answer community demand with 50 Free Classic Hip Hop Break Loops Vol.3.
The same rules apply here as the others. These are great for personal use. If you want to use them in a commercial capacity, expect to require proper clearance.
50 Free Classic Hip Hop Break Loops Vol.4 by TheSample.net
Once again, TheSample.net rises to the occasion with another kit to satisfy growing demand. Vol.4 contains another 50 unique break loops, perfect for personal use.
If you want to use these in your own tracks, be sure to go through the right channels to obtain proper permissions. These loops are not royalty-free and have not been cleared through official channels.
Free Vinyl Drum Kit – One Shot Samples by ProducerSpot
For all those who require that classic crackle and hiss vinyl sound, there’s always ProducerSpot’s Free Vinyl Drum Kit.
These royalty free vinyl style sounds have been organized into six folders – vinyl claps, vinyl drum loops, vinyl hats, vinyl snares, vinyl kicks, and vinyl percussion.
There are a total of 10 vinyl claps, 95 vinyl hats, 110 vinyl kicks, 35 vinyl percussion, 100 vinyl snares, and five vinyl drum loops, totaling 39.3 MB.
1st Aid Kit by PABLO
PABLO’s 1st Aid Kit features drum sounds, high quality WAV loops, 3x Osc, and FL Studio presets.
In total, it comes with 33 one-shot WAV samples (kicks, snares, claps, 808s, hats, FX, percs), and 17 WAV loops (with key and BPM info). Overall, there’s 126 MB of content that’s usable in all DAWs, and it’s 100% royalty free.
Free Hip Hop Drum Samples by r-loops
r-loops’ Free Hip Hop Drum Samples comes with 349 sounds for hip-hop, RnB, trap, and west coast music. More than a mere drum kit, you also get organ, guitar, strings, brass, and percussion to round things out (inspired by the likes of Timbaland and Drumma Boy).
The files are royalty free, so you can use them however you please!
200+ Free Roland TR-909 Samples by BVKER
The 200+ Free Roland TR-909 Samples pack features 110 drum shots and 100 drum loops.
The TR-909, of course, is one of the most iconic of all Roland drum machines, having influenced the development of various genres like techno, house, or acid house.
The TR-909 is punchy and saturated compared to its cousin, TR-808. The dirty kick and open hat, specifically, are practically a thing of legend. Its shuffle mode also became a fast favorite.
Most of the samples in this pack were processed using modern production techniques, but BVKER also threw in some lo-fi and old-school sounding samples to give you access to more sounds.
In total, the kit comes with 110 drum shots – 30 kicks, 24 snares, five claps, 14 toms, six rim shots, 10 closed hats, 11 open hats, five crashes, and five rides. Of course, you’ve got your 100 drum loops too – 20 cymbal loops, 20 full drum loops, 20 kick loops, 20 percussion loops, and 20 top drum loops, for a total of 210 files at 123.9 MB.
Top Free Drum Kits, Final Thoughts
These drum kits ought to keep you busy for a while, don’t you think? There’s just so much available for free nowadays, you’ll never be starved for free beat making tools.
Now, the question is, what are you going to do with them? Making great beats is all about practice and experimentation. You must work on your craft if you want to catch the attention of your listeners and fans.
So, spend plenty of time creating different kinds of beats. Everything you learn can benefit you, even if you only ever hope to be able to create great hip-hop beats.
Enjoy, and we’ll see you again soon.