The original Roland 808 drum machine was introduced in 1980, and ever since, the 808 kick sound has become arguably one of the most iconic and widely recognized sounds in music production.
These days, the 808 drum kit is still used everywhere and especially in modern hip hop music. Even if it isn’t a direct sample from the original 808 drum machine, most people refer to any sine wave in the sub frequency range as an “808”.
In recent years, producers have been stretching the limits of 808s and using distortion, saturation, eq, and compression to shape them into sounds very different from the original Roland 808 drum sample.
If you are looking for a wide variety of 808 samples that represent all of the different forms of the 808, without going through the same recycled 808s that just get renamed and put in different sample packs, here are some recommendations on our favorite free 808 drum kits.
Make even more hit records with 808 Trapstep Vol 2. Also available for free download. This pack has 4x the number of sounds and includes a demo project made in Ableton Live. Check him out below as he shows you how to create thumping 808-style kick samples using Ableton Live's new Wavetable soft synth and native plugins, tweaking those envelopes to perfection and generally making things go boom, all for your production pleasure! Electric Keyboards is a new Pack featuring three legendary multisampled instruments: two electro-mechanical pianos and one tonewheel organ. Special attention was given to making this Pack sound as true-to-life and organic as possible. The result is characterful electric keys for any genre. Included in Live 11 Suite. Turn back the analog clock and introduce your DAW to the golden age of crunch and punch with our latest Mini Pack collection, Cassette 808 Drums! Featuring 112 royalty-free drum samples lovingly recorded by running our 808 drum machine through a vintage Tascam 4 track cassette machine, we haven't held back on driving signals into the red to capture all the nostalgic joy of tape hiss. '808' features 50 key-labeled 808 bass samples produced with Roland TR 808, Jomox MBase 01, Elektron Analog Rytm, and then processed with Elektron Analog Heat - analog distortion, filter and EQ. Whether you're making Hip Hop, Trap, Pop, Future Bass or EDM, these 808s will help you to add extra low-end to your mixes!
Cymatics Free 808 Drum Kits and Sample Packs
Oracle 808 Sample Pack
We had our production team listen to and analyze 808s used in tracks from some of the top hip hop producers in the game.
They identified the key characteristics that make an 808 hit hard and loud so that you can have the perfect collection of 808s to work with.
Our Oracle pack contains 34 free 808 samples and much more!
Cobra Hip Hop & 808 Drum Kit
Cobra is an all encompassing hip hop sample pack that was created to include every element you need to make placement ready trap beats.
Not only does this pack include free 808s, but it also has melody loops, midi chord progressions and other drum one shots.
19 free 808 samples
24 guitar and flute melodic loops
29 melody loops
100+ drum one shots
24 Midi melodies + 5 Midi files
50+ trap drum loops
14 hi hat midi patterns
808 Mob Trap and 808s Sample Pack
This 808 sample pack is a collection of drums, melody loops, 808s, MIDI files and Serum presets, all inspired by the 808 Mafia team.
These sounds will take your beat productions to the next level.
This free sample pack includes:
17 808 samples
50+ drum one shots
18 hip hop drum loops Euro truck simulator 2 - actros tuning pack download.
17 melody loops
13 FX samples
16 MIDI progressions
13 Xfer Serum presets
Astro Hip Hop and 808 Drum Kit
Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” was a production marvel when released in 2018 and featured some insane 808 samples to drive the songs behind it. In this sample pack you’ll find 85 amazing sounding samples and loops inspired by the sounds used in Astroworld.
7 free 808 samples
19 drum loops
40 drum one shots
10 melody loops
10 fx samples
9God Hip Hop and 808 Drum Kit
Inspired by Drake’s impressive resume of countless incredible songs, our production team created a premium collection of 100+ samples, loops, MIDI, and even Serum presets that capture the quality and feel of Drake's recent biggest records.
While making “9God”, our production team carefully studied top hits like Portland, Gyalchester, and Fake Love to make sure every drum one shot, drum loop, melody loop, and more sounded fully authentic.
7 free 808 samples
39 drum one shots
10 melody loops
11 serum presets
8 fx samples
Premium 808 Drum Kits and Sample Packs
Diamonds Vol. I
& Diamonds Vol. II
Two of our most popular Hip Hop and 808 sample collections of all time.
Each member of our team carefully studied top Hip Hop producers like Metro Boomin, London On Da Track, and Murda Beatz while making this pack to make sure every sound was as authentic as possible.
They constructed unique melody loops, fully fledged drum loops, powerful 808 samples, and everything in between so you can make better beats more quickly.
In Diamonds Vol I:
Ableton 808 Pack Free
50 high quality drum loops
90 drum one shots
25 free percussion samples
40+ melody loops
25 MIDI progressions & more!
In Diamonds Vol II:
110+ drum loops
147 drum one shots
23 free percussion samples & 16 loops
55 melody loops
25 FX samples
Ableton 808 Pack Download
15 vocal samples
Trap & 808s
808 Sample Pack For Ableton
The entire collection is extremely diverse, giving you everything from Trap synth drop loops and soft modern Hip Hop melody loops, to crisp drum one shots, organic FX, and MUCH more.
Not to mention, the 808s in this pack are without a doubt the best we’ve ever created.
You’ll find rich 808 samples in every single key, and our team put extra emphasis on making sure the sub and harmonics came through for all of them -- even for the lowest notes.
We hope this blog has brought you some value.
If you’re looking for other samples & resources feel free to check out our other blogs below.
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He's back! Our man Flying Soulo returns to the video tutorial hotseat to serve up another slice of music production inspiration, this time turning his attention to some serious low end theory.
Check him out below as he shows you how to create thumping 808-style kick samples using Ableton Live's new Wavetable soft synth and native plugins, tweaking those envelopes to perfection and generally making things go boom, all for your production pleasure!
Be sure to download the free 808 kick samples used in tutorial below but for now, hit play and enjoy:
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