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SampleRadar: 587 free lo-fi samples

This week's sounds are anything but smooth.
This week's sounds are anything but smooth.

After a week away, SampleRadar is back, and its desire to furnish you with free, high-quality, royalty-free sounds remains as strong as ever.

On this occasion, we're getting gritty, delivering you a collection of lo-fi samples. There's a decidedly 8-bit theme to proceedings, and many of the sounds have been degraded to perfection with a range of audio processors.

What you need to know

The samples are split into four folders: Lo-fi drum loops, Sound FX, Construction kits and Bonus multisamples.

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 them in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

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

Example sounds

Drum loop

FX sound



Lo-fi samples: click to download

Lo-fi samples (168MB)

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

Lo-fi tutorials

9 crackly lo-fi production tips

How to make an 8-bit video game FX sound

For more than 50,000 more samples, head to our SampleRadar hub