When it comes to creating forward momentum, it’s easy to get stuck on the drums. But percolating percussion is just one way to make your tracks move. Diversifying your sound sources will help you build unique beats with a tactile twist. To really make waves, think outside the box with kinetic keys, dynamic drones, full-throttle frequencies, and experimental effects.
Whether you’re seeking ambient accents, vintage vibes, or legendary leads, we’ve got you covered. Just make sure you’re running a full version of KONTAKT.
Alluringly atypical, exceptionally eccentric, and curiously off-kilter, here are five of our favorite free beat making tools from the KONTAKT library.
1. The Drill Drop
Looking for a legendary lead to pump up your tracks? Look no longer! Boasting high-quality samples nudged to neverending sustain, this ambitious instrument offers up a wide palette of tonal options – with Cutoff, Resonance, ADSR and Filter Envelope controls, and independent volume controls for each layer – all perfectly packaged in a strikingly psychedelic interface.
2. MS20 Drums
If you’re in search of seriously vintage vibes, pianobook has you covered. This creative kit is actually two instruments in one: the first is packed full of the monstrous high-octane distortion that put the Korg MS20 mini on the map, while the second is flush with subdued sonics for lush low-key soundscapes – and both feature cutoff filter, saturation, reverb, and delay to take your effects-laden expeditions further.
3. GR808 KICK
Finally, an 808 that covers your ambient needs. Painstakingly processed through the Little Labs Voice of God Bass Resonance Tool, this avant-garde instrument adds an explosive, saturated quality to each 808 note while simultaneously generating celestial sounds in the lower resonating frequencies. Not sure where to start? Simply smash the Random button to scramble all parameters.
4. Signal Free
Test drive the world’s most powerful pulse engine! This slimmed down version of Output’s groundbreaking rhythm instrument combines fat analog synths and exceptional effects that are perfect for sculpting assertive arps, powerful plucks, and everything in between. Plus, it’s bursting at the seams with creative features – like 2GB of free content, 4 sound sources, 25 pulse instruments, LFOs, and Step, Arpeggiator, and Looper functions – perfect for dipping a toe into Output’s vast sonic ecosystem.
5. 99 Sound Effects
The name says it all. Experience the motherload of cinematic sound effects – from domineering drones and bellicose braams to action-packed impacts and newfangled noises. This colossal collection comes fully loaded with retro-inspired SFX sourced from vintage analog synthesizers, and it’s top to bottom tailored for trailers, film scores, offbeat excursions, and cutting-edge sound design.