Library Samples: My Top 10 Sources I Trashbbx

Headline of my blogpost "Library Samples Top 10 Sources To Get Samples From

What To Expect?

Who else wants some cool library samples to build hip hop beats? I definitely do! In this article, I am giving you a list of some cool sources to find interesting library samples.

Hope that you’ll like it – Have fun!

Table of Contents

  1. Library Music History
  2. Library Music FAQ
  3. YouTube
    1. Vinyl Frontier
    2. Sonne Immage
    3. Riccardo Marana
    4. Adventures In Sound
    5. Soft Soul Library
  4. Spotify
    1. KPM Records
    2. Bruton Music
    3. Piero Umiliani
    4. Piero Piccioni
    5. Bruno Nicolai
  5. Conclusion

Library Samples: A Brief Look At The History

Before will come to my top 10 sources to find interesting library samples, lets have a short look at the history of this mysterious music genre. According to Wikipedia, you can define library music as followed:

Production music (also known as stock music or library music) is recorded music that can be licensed to customers for use in film, television, radio and other media”

Source: Wikipedia

And that’s what makes it great for sampling! When digging library samples, you will dive into a universe of some rare and undiscovered instrumental music, that is ideal to manipulae it with advanced techniques for music production.

There are a lot of great sources on the internet

Library Samples FAQ

To sum it up – Here is a short overview of the ost commonly asked questions about library music:

What are library samples?

library music is a genre that has been written for film, television, radio and other media. If you are sampling one of these records, you are using library samples.

Where to get paid library samples?

There are a lot of great labels, like the kingsway library, that offer a great variety of library music pieces. You will definitely find something if you’re just searching for “library music samples” on Google.

Where to get free library samples?

There are a lot of great sources to get your library samples for free. In this article, I am showing you my top 10 channels on YouTube and Spotify that are worth having an eye on.

Quick tip: If you want to get some cool recommendations for digging samples online, make sure to check out my article about e-digging.

Library Samples On YouTube

YouTube is a great source for finding cool library music. In my experience, it is best to look for some channels that upload fresh content regularly. To make it short, here are my top 5 sources to find library music on YouTube:

Vinyl Frontier

Who doesn’t know vinyl frontier? This channel has been on the internet for many years and became famous by providing beatmakers some 1st class samples to make beats from.

A lot of the stuff that’s uploaded on there is some excellent library music that is ideal for making hip-hop beats. Definitely worth checking out!

  • Uploads: 1.982
  • Activity: upload regularly
  • Vibe: happy, dangerous, relaxing, epic

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Sonne Immage

If I should describe the channel sonne immage in two words, it would be “Soft and Smooth”. This yYouTube Channel offers a great variety of excellent samples to take your sound arsenal to the next level.

With more than 1.000 Uploads, you will definitely have some material to dig through.

  • Uploads: 1.074
  • Activity: last upload in 2020
  • Vibe: relaxing, chilled, smooth, funky, mellow

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ricardo Maraña

The Archive of Riccareo Maranas YouTube-Channel is big! You can dig through more than 1.800 tracks that have some great sampling-potential. It offers a huge variety of different samples, also with some great library music material.

If I should describe this awesome source with one word, it would be: “diverse”. In my experience, ou can find some rare gold on this channel, but you will definitely have to search for a while to get what you probably want.

Overall: One of the top sources to find some inspiring library sampling-material on the web.

  • Uploads: 1.843
  • Activity: uploads regularly
  • Vibe: smooth, epic, funky, relaxed

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Adventures in Sound

The name speaks for itself. If you want to go on a little sound-adventure, this channel will take you in a world full of exciting sounds to choose your samples from. It is actually not as big as the ones I have mentioned before, but you will definitely find some inspiring samples on there!

It has uploaded around 300 videos from lots of great records that are worth chopping on your sampler.

  • Uploads: 301
  • Activity: uploads regularly
  • Vibe: funky, emotional, epic, soulful

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Soft Soul Library

Last but not least I want to introduce you to the smooth “spft soul library” YouTube-Channel. If you should describe this amazing resource with one word, it would be: “relaxing”

You will find some inspiring laid-back library music on there to use for your next project.

  • Uploads: 132
  • Activity: last upload in 2020
  • Vibe: soft, smooth, jazzy, laid-back

Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Library Samples On Spotify

Whem I’m digging samples on spotify, I usually tend to search for some cool labels or hot artists, who have a great dscography to dig in.

In the following section, you will find a small selection of different labels and library music artist, to get some cool samples from.

Quick tip: If you want to get some more recommendations, search on the related artists tab to explore even more sounds for your upcoming projects.

KPM Records

If you have heard of Library Samples, you have probably already listened to a track published by KPM-Records. This British record label has specialized in producing library music and has already published more than 500 records. Definitely, a big resource to get some serious inspiration from.

The label actually doesn’t have a Spotify account, but I have found a playlist with around 200 tracks that were produced by KPM. If that isn’t enough for you, I would also recommend you to check the label’s site on Discogs and search for those artists on Spotify as well.

  • Tracks: 1.403
  • Vibe: Happy, Jazzy, Funky, Epic, Soulful
  • Activity: Still Active

Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Bruton

What I wrote about KPM, can also be applied to Bruton Music. This awesome label was founded in London in 1977 by a guy named Robin Phillips and was named after Bruton Street where it was originally formed.

Funfact: Did you know that Michael Jackson purchased the label in 1982? But because he focused on other projects, he sold it three years later… But if the purchase isn’t a sign of high-quality music, I don’t know what else it would be.

Also, make sure to have a look at Brutons Discogs-Page to get even more cool potential records to sample from!

  • Tracks: 265
  • Vibe: Funky, Soulful, Laid-Back
  • Activity: Still Active

Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Piero Umiliani

If you are searching for great library music, digging for film composers is always a good idea. One thing I really learned loving through all the years of my music-making career are soundtracks of Italian gangster movies.

You can find a lot of unbelievably great sampling material from these composers, and Piero Umiliani is one of them. Just listen to the tracks listed below. I am sure, that you will not regret it!

  • Releases: 96
  • Vibe: Happy, Jazzy, Dangerous, Epic
  • Activity: Died in 2011

Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Piero Piccioni

Since the 1950s Piero Piccioni has been a truly innovative composer in film music. Along with Piero Umiliani, he has composed lots of great records, that are ideal for creating sample-based beats.

From jazz to funk, fusion, bossa, etc. he has produced tracks in a wide range of different genres. If you want to learn more about this extremely talented musician, you can also have a look at his website, to learn more about his life and his projects.

  • Releases: 99
  • Vibe: Epic, Smooth, Jazzy, Soulful, Dangerous, Laid-Back
  • Activity: Died in 2004

Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Bruno Nicolai

The last film composer I want to introduce you is called “Bruno Nicolai”. Like the artists before, he is also from Italy and has been involved in a lot of col film projects like Kill Bill Vol. 2 or 100.000$ for Ringo.

  • Releases: 24
  • Mood: epic, smooth, dangerous
  • Activity: Died in 1991

Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Conclusion

Library samples are basically pieces of music that was especially written for films. If you want to dig for some cool library music on YouTube, you will probably go best by searching for some channels that upload different record samples regularly. On Spotify, you can search for labels and individual artists, to get some inspiration.

In this article, I have shown you my top 10 sources to dig library samples on. But you will see, that the potential is endless. I am pretty sure, that you will fin d some cool stuf on here! With that being said, happy diggn’ y’all!

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