This Week in Free Stuff: 2 Found-Sound Sample Packs

Get these Artist-recorded Field Recordings from India and Russia, as well as the Remixable Stems from the Resulting Tracks
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During the no-man’s land of the end-of-the-year holiday season, the news cycle thankfully slows down, and there weren’t a lot of new free offers turning up. However, I did miss out on a very limited-time offer to get Arturia’s new Minifilter V ($49) plug-in for free. It’s a dedicated filter taken from the Mini V virtual synth, on which Arturia worked closely with Bob Moog to recreate the famous vintage Moog filter. Man, do I wish I had that one back. It just goes to show, even if you’re trying to find all the best giveaways, you’re going to miss one from time to time.

So now that we’re still in the post-holiday doldrums (it’s said that in music technology, the holidays aren’t over until the NAMM show is over), if the faucet doesn’t turn on for new free goodies, in the coming weeks, I’ll be re-visiting some of the really nice pre-existing freebies that don’t come with an expiration date. For now, enjoy these unique new found-sound packs and remix stems.

Free Sound Packs and Remix Stems from Ableton
Today’s interesting trove of field-recorded samples and resulting remix stems come from two features on Ableton’s blog, however, you don’t need Ableton Live software to use the audio materials. As part of a Searching for Sound series, the blog interviewed two young artists tracking down some of their local musical and cultural heritage with a microphone and recorder. Follow the links to the articles to get the download links for both the sample packs and the remixable audio stems from tracks that the musicians made using their samples.

Indian producer Sanaya Ardeshir, known as Sandunes, took her Zoom Handy Recorder around to the markets and work mills of the dense city of Mumbai and even took a more involved recording setup to the rock-cut Buddhist monument called the Kenhari Caves for some beautiful, naturally reverbed vocals. Sandunes put a out a generous 168MB soundpack with 268 WAV files. Highlights include its many found-sound percussive hits, naturally reverbed vocals and other real-world vocal drops.

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The second feature follows Russian Mitya Burmistrov as he captures samples and works with local musicians in the Tatarstan region of his gigantic country. Besides samples of the traditional local singers, stringed instruments and wind instruments he recorded, the 18MB sample pack includes other drum, bass, synth and guitar sounds that he used in the resulting song, “Omen Over Sky,” for his psychedelic space-pop band.


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