For this edition of FSF we have a grab-bag of sounds ranging from the unusual to the familiar, that are perfect for adding a dash of color to your productions. These flute samples, house stabs and video game sounds work great on their own, but they really come to life as raw materials for re-pitching and warping. Drop them into your set as is, or bend them into something totally new.
First up we have a set of flute samples, whose breathy tones are ripe for unlikely uses. These samples are recorded from a human performer, so the timbre and articulation of these sounds has a distinct organic quality when compared to your average synthesized flute. Try layering thick chords in a cavern of reverb or put AfroDJMac’s drum rack of punchy, pitched samples through their paces.
Flute samples in action with AfroDJMac.
Download flute samples via AfroDJMac
The house stab is a stock yet timeless sound which is used as much today as it ever was in the ‘80s and ‘90s. It’s a sound that has moved far outside the confines of house music; you’ll find it in everything from techno to trap to EDM. Built from Operator, this patch has all the macros you need pre-mapped, but feel free to get in there and craft your own unique take on an old classic.
Classic house stabs in action on Inner City’s “Good Life”.
Download your house stabs from Audio Bombs
Zap, Blam, Pow
They may sound zany on their own, but this set of video game samples is more versatile than you may guess. Video game sounds play a huge part in modern genres such as instrumental hip-hop and grime, and with a little creative nous, you can repurpose these sounds into just about any musical context. From 8-bit explosions to ninja punches, this set has a lot of potential lurking beneath the surface.
Video game sounds from Dusty Room.
Download your video game samples from Dusty Room
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