SampleRadar: 281 free dub samples

Welcome to another edition of SampleRadar, MusicRadar's regular giveaway of pro-quality, royalty-free samples. There's no catch: the sounds that you can download from this page are completely free, as you'll discover if you click on the links below.

Our subject this week is dub, the throbbing drum- and bass-heavy genre that grew out of reggae. Thanks in no small part to its influence on the 'so hot right now' dubstep sound, it's a style that's recently come back into sharp focus.

In fact, even if you're not a dub producer, you'll probably find that you can pilfer something from the genre, so make sure you take these sounds for a spin.

What you need to know

The samples are split across four construction kits, each of which contains drum, bass, guitar, keyboard and other loops, plus a selection of drum hits.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use them in your music in any way you like – all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The dub kits are supplied as separate zip files, so you'll need to extract them before you can see the samples. Enjoy!

Example loops

Bass 126bpm

Beat 130bpm

Guitar 133bpm

Piano 140bpm

Dub kits: click to download

Dub kit 126bpm

Dub kit 130bpm

Dub kit 133bpm

Dub kit 140bpm

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

Dub tutorial

25 dub tips

Next week: 357 Prodigy-style samples

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