10 Best Free Sample Packs for Ableton Live

Sample packs can easily expand your creative horizons in Ableton Live. Finding good options you don’t need to pay for is worth it for any DJ, musician, or producer. There are hundreds of free sample packs available. 

My name is Donovan, and I’ve spent endless hours working in Ableton Live over the last few years. I’ve also explored hundreds of sample packs to find the best options and the ones you don’t need to pay for. 

This post will show you the best free sample packs for Ableton Live. I’ll highlight what stands out about each pack to give you a better idea of why or why not you might want to download it. I aim to help you have more creative tools to use in the DAW. 

Let’s get started. 

My Favorite Free Sample Packs for Ableton Live

Here are all of my favorite free sample packs for Ableton Live. These aren’t ranked in any particular order, and I think getting any or all of these is a good idea. The more samples you can access, the more tools you’ll have for creating amazing music. 

Samples are a vital aspect of using Ableton, and although you can create your own or pay for others, taking advantage of the many good free options out there is highly recommended. There is literally no risk in trying all of the options here. 

1. Eternity Lofi by Cymatics

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I love LoFi samples, and this Eternity LoFi sample pack by Cymatics is all-around excellent. Many hip-hop artists and producers have used these samples to create hit songs, and you can access all of these for free with this pack. 

I like all of the analog sounds in this pack. Whether you want something simple and classic or need to dig around to make a track stand out, this pack will have you covered. There are some samples here that you will surely recognize from your favorite records. 

This one comes with 62 different drum loops, 102 drum sounds, 48 vocal samples, and 30 guitar loops. That’s on top of several other loops, tones, and sounds you can use to create whatever soundscape you are working up. 

2. Mad Beatz by KJ Sawka

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Another excellent free sample pack to take advantage of for Ableton Live is this Mad Beatz by KJ Sawka. Sawka is a pretty solid drummer and producer, and he custom-made this pack for Ableton users, so you know it will be good. 

This is primarily a drum and general beat sample pack, so it’s great for laying down the groove of any type of track you are working on. Whether you want a full kit or just that one special drum sound, you’ll easily find it in this pack. 

There are a lot of dubstep and backbeat samples in this one that I really like. They are unique and bumping at the same time. Plus, you get plenty of basslines and keyboard samples to build a track from the ground up. 

3. Solid Sounds by Ableton

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This pack comes directly from Ableton, and it has a lot of sweet samples that beginners and professionals can both take advantage of. Solid Sounds is intended for all types of musical styles and works with various versions of Ableton as well.  

This was made in collaboration with Loopmasters, a well-known sample bank I’ve used multiple times over the years. They deliver consistent quality stuff, and I was more than pleased that this was available for free. 

You get a lot to work with here, including 400 loops, 128 Simpler presets, and 12 creative instrument Racks. This is a solid foundation to build any type of track or musical journey you want to go on and is a highly recommended option. 

4. Trip Hop Drums by Brian Funk

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There is a free version and a paid version of this pack, but the free version has plenty to work with and will give you a ton of different drum sounds to implement into an Ableton project. Trip Hop Drums is a fun and exciting free option. 

This one isn’t as expansive as some of the other options you’ll see on the list, but it’s still free, so well worth exploring. You get access to three drum racks, an EZ beat Oven MIDI FX, three samples, and three clips. 

That was plenty for me to work with, and sometimes, using less is more if you are ever in a creative funk. A lesser-known provider makes this pack, but I still recommend it because it sounds solid and is good quality. 

5. Infinity Beta Pack by Cymatics

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This is another awesome free pack from the guys at Cymatics, and it’s full of amazing vocal samples that can add a lot of depth and texture to your Ableton projects. The Infinity Beta Pack is a super helpful tool that I’ve used in a number of different situations. 

To be honest, I was pretty surprised that this one was free. It’s one of the larger vocal sample packs I’ve ever seen that doesn’t cost a thing. All the samples sound fantastic, and there is more than enough for artists of all sizes to work with. 

All of the samples in the one are entirely royalty-free, so you don’t need to worry about getting in trouble. You can also access 10 vocal loops, 10 distorted vocals, 8 vocal chops, 17 vocal FX, and 11 Vocal One shots. 

6. Bongo Sample Pack and Drum Rack by Subaqueous

If you like the sound of bongos, then this free sample pack is for you. The Bongo Sample Pack and Drum Rack is a simple and smaller pack, but it will get you hooked up with that classic bongo sound you hear on so many good recordings. 

This one is a little dated, so compatibility with Ableton 11 might not be complete. But I got the pack to work just fine with my setup. If you are using Ableton 9 or 10, you shouldn’t have any problems at all. 

This isn’t an extensive pack, so the quantity won’t impress you. But the quality is what counts when you are deep in the beat, making creative flow. And I think this pack has a solid place in my library, and I highly recommend it. 

7. Beat Selection by Sample Magic

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This is another excellent drum loop-based sample pack that you can get your hands on for free. It’s a pack that I highly recommend, and I would have easily paid for the quality and caliber of sounds that come with it. 

Sample Magic is a well-known sample and beat maker, and they partnered with Ableton to offer this pack for free. The pack will hook you up with a ton of different electronic drum-style samples that will easily beef up your beat-making capabilities for the better. 

I like the Sunset Sessions collection a lot. It’s a little old-school and has that laid-back vibe that I work with often in many of my creations. But there are over a dozen other collections and tons of drum sounds to take advantage of here. 

8. Life Ambient Recordings by Cymatics

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If you love nature sounds or just want some ambient flow on any of your tracks, this sample pack is a great place to start. Life Ambient Recordings is another solid free pack from Cymatics, so you know it’s going to be full of good stuff. 

There are over 150 nature sounds and ambient noises on this one. Maybe you want some pouring rain on an intro? Or a thunderclap in the chorus? Or 148 other nature noises to use for creative inspiration? 

This is a fun one, and even if you don’t like the sound of nature, I still recommend giving it a shot. You can sample one of these to create unique noises that might stand out on a track. You never know. 

9. DM-307A by Heavyocity

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Another free drum pack that I highly recommend is the DM-308A by Heavyocity. This one has a ton of amazing drum sounds, ranging from classic sounds to drum machines to modular synths. If you can dream it up, you’ll likely hear it here. 

This is a good option for anyone looking to make techno and house music. The drum sounds in this pack have a gritty and crunchy sound that fits those genres perfectly. There are some more natural drum sounds, too, if that type of music isn’t your thing. 

Another cool thing about this one is that you can easily tune the drum sounds that come with it to your liking. They are all easy to mold and shape until you find the one that fits your project perfectly. 

10. Vibrations by ModeAudio 

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Vibrations by ModeAudio is a fun pack to work with, and it has a lot of sounds that you can craft and shape into a dreamscape all your own. This one has a lot of depth, and I think it can be used in a number of creative ways. 

It’s hard to explain this pack in just a few words because you can find so many different sounds in it. The loops are rich and spread across multiple genres, while the synth sounds are warm, rich, and ready for anything you can throw them on. 

The pack comes with 28 live clips, 32 presets, and 5 live sets, so there is plenty to get you pointed in the right direction. This is a good one for newbies to dive into if they want creative inspiration. But it also works well for seasoned pros. 

Final Thoughts

Anytime you can find a free tool to give you more capabilities in your favorite DAW, it is a win. And all of the free sample packs on this list hit that mark and more. I recommend getting all of these to expand your library and enhance what you’re capable of in Ableton Live. 

If you are worried about how much memory these sample packs take up, there isn’t much to be concerned about. Most of them are under 1GB, so they shouldn’t take up that much room compared to the rest of your Ableton Library. 

Do you know of any good free sample packs for Ableton Live that aren’t listed here? Let me know in the comments below.

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