Let’s face it, the 808 has been taking over bass frequencies in music for a while now, ever since the original TR-808 by Roland came out in 1980 it quickly grew in popularity and has become one of the most recognisable sounds in music.
Fast forward to the present day and 808 drums show no sign of slowing down, whether that’s 808 kicks or synthesised samples, if it takes over the sub frequencies of your beat, these days it’s commonly referred to as an 808.
With drastic changes in DAW’s and the general advancements of technology, producers and sound designers now stretch the limits of how an 808 once sounded.
In modern times, the 808 is no longer just a kick, it’s the entire bass section of our beats, and having hard-hitting samples ready to go is vital for improving your workflow and finishing projects.
So if you’re looking for quality 808 sample packs that are filled with sounds worthy to be in your collection, this list will not only help you find them, but you’ll also never need another 808 pack again.
It doesn’t matter what DAW you use, Ableton Live, FL Studio or indeed anything else, with this collection of samples, we’re certain you will be able to source your new favorite sample.
1. Warm 808’s by Your Local Musician
FREE 808 Bass Samples for Hip-Hop & Trap Production
This FREE Warm 808 Bass Samples pack contains 500 royalty-free music production ready 808 sounds giving you everything you need to be able to make smooth Hip Hop, Future Bass, Trap, and more.
Get creative and go beyond by adding your favorite synths such as Nexus, Sylenth, Massive & Alchemy.
Finding the perfect 808 can be a difficult task for any musician or producer, with our pack of 500 premium quality 808 bass samples the right 808 is right here right now!
- 100% royalty-free,
- 24-bit High Definition clarity.
- 1.5 GB download, production-ready.
Number 500 is without doubt my favorite sample.
2. SampleRadar: 378 free 808 drum samples
Not everyone is lucky enough to own a Roland TR-808 drum machine, but everyone can have access to its sounds.
We say that with confidence as you can download a library of them right now. The samples have been processed with a variety of analogue and digital effects and are ready to drop into your productions right away.
The 808 samples are divided into two main folders: hits and loops.
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 808 samples are supplied in a zip file, so you’ll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!
3. 808 TrapStep Vol. 1 by Trisamples
Everything you need to get started making 808 heavy trap, hip hop & future bass. Just add your favorite synths, Nexus, and sound fonts. Get creative and go beyond. All samples are free to use in your Productions.
4. 808 Tape by Wave Alchemy
808 Tape serves up over 300 drum samples from the classic TR-808 drum machine…
All drums have been recorded directly to 1/4” analogue tape via a Studer A80 Mk1 tape machine with each sound boasting multiple saturation settings!
What’s included in the pack?
- 318 24-bit 100% royalty free tape drum samples!
- 87 kick drum samples
- 90 snare drums
- 42 toms
- 39 hi-hats
- 60 percussion hits including clap, clave, cowbell & crash
- Clean, saturated, and driven variations of each sound
5. BPB Cassette 808 by Bedroom Producer Blog
Lo-fi cassette goodness from Bedroom Producer Blog, this pack comes as a free Kontakt instrument with controls for extra FX like reverb and delay, as well as the sounds themselves.
6. Sub Bass Free Sample Pack by The Sample
A free collection of thick sub bass samples to get your beats shaking the house and pounding in those car stereos. Contains different bass variations to choose from to get that earth shaking sound.
7. 15 Free 808 Samples by Angelic Vibes
This sample pack has 15 custom-made 808s that you can use in all your beats. We’ve also included the corresponding key for each 808 for easier use. Each 808 has been EQ’d and compressed giving it a really high-quality and trendy sound. Now you can give your beats that hard low-end you’ve been looking for.
- 15 808 samples
- EQ’d and compressed
- Key labeled for easy use
- 100% original royalty-free
8. 808 by Abletunes
“808” features 50 key-labeled 808 bass samples produced with the Roland TR 808, Jomox MBase 01, Elektron Analog Rytm, and then processed with Elektron Analog Heat – analog distortion, filter and EQ.
Whether you’re making Hip Hop, Trap, Pop, Future Bass or EDM, these 808s will help you to add extra low-end to your mixes!
9. Lit 808 by Echo Sound Works
Lit comes with 20 production ready 808’s. These have been processed and made with you, the producer in mind.
That means you’re not going to have to spend a bunch of time processing these to get them to hit right in your music.
10. FREE 808’s by Samples from Mars
16x hit 808 kits – recorded through an API console to tape, with a variety of high-end hardware processing along the way. These are our best sounding 808s yet. The kits feature clean, coloured, and supersaturated 808 samples.
If your DAW system accepts, WAV FIles, you’ll be able to run with these samples, Ableton Live Users, FL users, and Logic users will be in for a treat.