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The Best Free Drum Kits for Download

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The Best Free Drum Kits for Download

A drum kit or a drum set is a set of percussion instruments, mainly different types of drums and cymbals. Drums are used in many genres of popular music by a range of musicians however, classic drums are being replaced more frequently with electronic drum kits and drum kit software

Virtual drum kits are a type of audio software that imitates the sound of a drum kit using synthesised sounds or electronic samples of acoustic percussion instruments. Some drum kit software programmes include a recording function, the choice of distinctive sounding drum kits (e.g., jazz, rock, metal), and the ability to add in music into a session.

Free Drum Kits for Download

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Here at Music Gateway, we have many free drumkits for drummers and musicians that are available for download – we’re sure you will find the right drumkit to suit your sound and style.

Simply click on the links to download the zip files and you’ll be off to making tracks in no time!

Disclaimer – these downloads are available for download free on the internet, please check with the respective owner for any useful information and if they are royalty free for use within your productions as we accept no responsibility for providing this collection to save you time and give you free advice.

80s Retro Futuristic Drum Pack

Want a trip back to the 80s? The free 80s Retro Futuristic Drum Pack is created for producers who make songs with an old school feel. 

This kit includes high-quality samples ranging from snares, kicks, hats, claps, falls, risers, TR-808 drums and much more. If you are creating 80s inspired tracks, this is the kit for you! 

Download 80s Retro Futuristic Drum Pack here

Lil Wayne Drum Kit

A popular hip-hop drum kit on the list, the Lil Wane Drum Kit will have you making hits like Lollipop and Go DJ instantly! 

This free drum kit has a more modern feel to it compared with other packs with contemporary kicks, snares, hi-hats, and unique hip-hop samples inspired by some of the biggest artists in this music industry.

Download Lil Wayne Drum Kit here 

Alchemist Drum Kit

The Alchemist Drum Kit was inspired by musicians such as Dj Premier, Mobb Deep, Havoc and 9th Wonder. Along with a drum kit, this free hip-hop sample pack also comes with Alchemist sounds and samples. 

The kit is comprised of hip-hop drums, claps, snares and hi-hats, and many modern hip-hop sounds. 

Download Alchemist Drum Kit here

MT Power Drum Kit 2

Ideally suited for metal, rock and pop productions, the MT Power Drum Kit is a free drum sampler offering a variety of high-quality realistic sounding drum effects. 

This drum kit is unique, compared to other rock drum kits because the samples have already been pre-processed with compressors and EQs to make them ready to be used straight away in your next mix!

Download MT Power Drum Kit 2 here

Sean Pandy Drums for Rock and Metal

As the name suggests, this drum is best for rock and indie artists. The Sean Pandy Drums plugin is based on a free set of metal drum samples that were released some time ago in the heavy metal production forum. 

This rompler plugin comes with a kick, snare a sub blower and 4 toms. 

Download Sean Pandy Drums for Rock and Metal here

Vintage Hip-Hop Kit

If you are looking to produce tracks that have vintage hip-hop and R&B feel or want to get into Lo-Fi music, then this is the free drum kit for you. 

This library is packed with drum samples, hi-hats, dirty snares and dusty kicks and a range of different samples that give of a classic hip-hop vibe

Download Vintage Hip Hop Kit here 

Dubstep Empire Drum Kit

This free drum kit is the ultimate tool of free drum samples that blend drum and bass, dubstep, house, and similar production styles. All the samples have been categorised into folders to help you find particular sounds quickly. 

Not only does Dubstep Empire Drum Kit come with a range of kicks, snares and hi-hats, but the kit is also overflowing with loads of FX samples. 

Download Dubstep Empire Drum Kit here 

West Coast Drum Kit

West Coast Drum Kit brings the California ambience right to your studio with production-ready drum samples. This free drum kit includes sounds that are inspired by rap music in the early 2000s from the west coast rap scene.

Download West Coast Drum Kit here 

Wu-Tang Clan Kit

Another popular free hip-hop drum pack, the Wu-Tang Clan Kit comes with all the drum sounds and effects you need to create old-school hip-hop and boom style tracks in the style of the Wu-Tang Clan. Expect to find a huge collection of vintage kicks, snares and percussion sound to be used however you choose. 

Dreaming of making smash hits like CREAM and Gravel Pit? Download the Wu-Tang Clan Kit now! 

Download Wu-Tang Clan Kit here 

Line of Legends Real Drum Kit

With over 70 “monster” 808 sounds and hundreds of kicks, snares, claps and finger snaps, this free drum kit can be used for any genre of music. The Line of Legends Real Drum Kit is your one-stop-shop for all the drum sounds you could ever imagine! 

Download Real Drum Kit here 

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AVL Drumkits from Band Shed 

This free drum set consists of two kits: Led Zeppelin and Black Pearl. The AVL Drumkits from Band Shed is recommended for producers who use many plugins and older computers as both libraries have five layers per drum with small memory footprints. 

AVL Drumkit is free to download however they are licensed, so any music you produce using these samples will have to be credited.

Drum Drops 60s Rogers Pop Kit

This is another free pack aimed at retro-loving producers who are after that classic rock sound. The Drum Drops 60s Rogers Pop free drum kit uses a Power Tone from the late 60s.

Although the Wav files, audio files and elements are limited in this pack, this kit is true to the 60s indie rock era. 

Conclusion and advice 

Still wondering which free drum kits are best for you? 

We didn’t make the choice easy as we’ve listed loads of great options! 

The good thing about the range of kits out there is the quality of these packs is getting better and better as more kits are made. So why not try out as much of them as possible! 

The best way for drummers and producers to determine which kit is right for them is by firstly matching up your style of music to the type of instruments and sounds in the free drum kits. And before you download anything, make sure these packs are compatible with your DAW software and computer.

After downloading the free drum kits, if you are still struggling to get the creative juices flowing, why not listen to the actual music that inspired many of these drum kits. From taking in these songs and playing around with the drum kits you can almost deconstruct the music based on the sounds and instruments heard. 

Maybe plugin in the drum beat from a beat maker, drum machine or midi and chords and then play around with arrangements – this can really get you off to a rolling start on your next track.

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