I usually find myself using a lot of samples nowadays to enhance my productions - I find that it adds more life to them. In this post I will list my
top 3 favorite websites where anyone can download free audio files.
Audio Archive contains over 270,000 free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these files are available for free download.
Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds where you can browse, download and share all the audio files.
Definitely can't forget Looperman. Looperman is a Free pro audio community for musicians, film and video producers, djs and multi media designers.
Vocal Samples has a few samples from some commercial songs (East Clubbers, etc). Some of you might find these useful.
Acapellas4u has a lot of files for download, but the site is so annoying with all the ads and popups, that I try to avoid it at all costs.
Do you know of any other places? Please let me know in the comments below and I will update this post with a link.
SampleSwap is a pretty cool members-only resource with A LOT of interesting samples. Registration if free!
Black Octopus Sound
Besides their several premium samplepacks, Black Octopus Sound offers some free samples of anything ranging from vocals to one-shots.