Where to find good (public) sample sets?


So, I’m just trying to make my livecoding language more accessible, and one thing that’s somewhat missing is a good, basic set of samples.

I could just use the Dirt samples, I guess … but on the one hand, they are heavily used already, and on the other hand I’m never too sure about their license status etc.

My (private) set is mostly compiled from public sources (including Dirt) and rather idiosyncratic field recordings that might not be very useful to anybody but me.

I wouldn’t mind curating my own (public) sample set, but maybe someone has a hint for sources :slight_smile:




Hi there. I had the same issue - the licensing of the Dirt samples is unclear, as Alex confirmed. Sam Aaron has a good set of samples that he used for sonic-pi that have clear provenance, and you can find at

I’ve done some further curation of these and the Dirt samples with my node-red-music project. The meta-data for these (plus the synthdefs I use) can be found at

and the samples themselves are at

Note that this is not a good source for the Dirt samples as I’ve stripped out the ones I don’t use, to make download faster.

Hope this is of some use to you. I’d definitely be up for a community effort to pull together a public library of samples.





@stevenaeola Thanks!

If you’re more into orchestral stuff, you might check out these:




Thanks they’re great, I’ll add adding those to my todo list!



As @parkellipsen noted, the VSCO Community Edition is widely regearded as an excellent orchestral sample library. I first got into these when Sonatina came out, the original author now recommending VSCO and Virtual Playing Orchestra - see related links at the bottom: