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The Berklee College of Music Sampling Archive (laptop.org)
155 points by jacquesm 7 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 20 comments

This is an excellent archive. Although, I find it a bit funny that they warn "over 8GiB (!!) of space" for the entire page of samples, while most commercial single-instrument sample sets these days are often 25GB+, and a symphony composer will easily have terabytes. But I suppose this is for the One Laptop Per Child project, so 8GB would be pretty significant.

Is there any information about the license of these samples? Should I treat them like wiki content and assume CC Attribution?

The download link for each sample collection points to an entry on archive.org which lists the license of the samples.

I've wasted a lot of time in the past year searching the net for individual instruments with a "Creative Commons" license. This is brilliant.

If you're an Ableton user, I wrote a script that will create and install instruments from the CC-licensed Philharmonia Orchestra samples:


Awesome! Do you think the script supports windows as well?

There exists a rather extensive free orchestral library for Korg Kronos.


The post says it is spliced from Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra samples and Free HQ Orchestra Soundfonts[1], so they must be pretty good. There are individual instruments, choral arrangements and orchestra sections there.

1 - https://sso.mattiaswestlund.net/

2 - http://the-filmmusic-group.deviantart.com/journal/Free-HQ-Or...

You've probably found it already, but you might also be interested in the Virtual Playing Orchestra, which is a compilation of various Creative Commons orchestra samples. It sounds a bit "General MIDI", but if you dive into the samples there are individual instruments and some usable stuff.


Unfortunately, the singing samples are very poor. Does anybody by chance know a good sample library of singer/choir with multiple samples per octave, with a license that allows re-distribution? Surprisingly hard to find.

I like this one for some things: https://realitone.com/realivox/

Sounds great. Unfortunately, samples are not redistributable.

My apologies, I apparently glossed over that item in your requirements list.

Has anyone tried these? If so, I'd love to hear some music created with them.

Thank you for posting this. A clean, curated set of samples is a valuable thing.

Check out Splice.com. It's paid but the range of samples is incredible. Most are also "production-ready"

Thanks for this

If someone wants to take the time to torrent this I'll be happy to seed the torrent.

At the top of the page are various torrent links. The first is broken (they say) and they've posted a magnet link + a link on Torrage.

None of them work, as far as I can see.

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