SampleRadar: 243 free vinyl-style samples

He'll get fingerprints all over that record if he's not careful.
He'll get fingerprints all over that record if he's not careful. (Image credit: Cheryl Maeder/CORBIS)

Despite the fact that our computers enable us to produce music that sounds crystal clear, the crackle and hiss of old vinyl is still much in demand by many producers.

SampleRadar celebrates this today, bringing you a collection of vinyl-style royalty-free sounds to save you the trouble of crate digging and ending up in court accused of copyright infringement.

What you need to know

The samples are supplied in five folders: crackle, drum hits, drum loops, hits and skipped stuff.

All the samples are supplied as WAV 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 vinyl-style samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds


Drum loop

Skipped loop

Vinyl-style samples: click to download

Vinyl-style samples (106MB)

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


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Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.