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SampleRadar: 301 free percussion loops

Bez from the Happy Mondays: the world's most famous shaker shaker?
Bez from the Happy Mondays: the world's most famous shaker shaker? (Image credit: Kirsty Umback/Corbis)

Your rhythm tracks needn't just be about kicks, snares and hi-hats. If you want to make them a little more interesting and varied, throwing in some percussion loops can help enormously.

Luckily for you, SampleRadar has a slew of shakers, snaps, bells and tambourines for you to drop in, as well as a few more unusual percussion elements.

What you need to know

The samples are split into 11 folders, each of which is labelled according to the type of percussive material it contains or the tempo of the loops within it.

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

The percussion samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example loops



Finger snap


Percussion samples: click to download

Percussion loops (155MB)

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

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