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Neuro Bass Synthesis With Slynk

Want to know some killer neuro bass synthesis techniques?

In today’s sneak preview from the BassGorilla Full Access Pass courses, Slynk reveals some epic ways to design moving, morphing, living, breathing neuro basses.

And the coolest part is that you can use these amazing sounding basses for any style of music! From dubstep to drum n bass, electro house to bass-heavy techno, even future bass tracks can benefit from having some neuro basses carefully placed here and there.

[This is a sneak preview from the BassGorilla Full Access Pass member’s area].

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15 Minute Track Challenge With Harvey From Ekcle

Watch the masterful Harvey from Ekcle create a brilliant track in this 15 Minute Track Challenge video below!

15 Minute Track Challenges are a new section of tutorials in the BassGorilla members area. They give you tons of ideas that will spark your creativity and help you to get into a highly productive flow for getting new musical ideas from your brain into your DAW.

Harvey is one half of the Inspected Records signed duo Ekcle from the UK. Keep an eye out for big things from Ekcle this year!

Big New From BassGorilla – 

If you’re an aggressive learner who’s serious about boosting your music production skills, you’ll be excited to know that enrolment to the Full Access Pass is opening soon. Join the Early Bird List to see more sneak previews like this tutorial.

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Mr. Bill Sound Design Tutorial – Clicks, Pops And Glitches

Find out how Mr. Bill create clicks, pops and other glitches in this tutorial excerpt below from his Sound Design & Arrangement series, available exclusively for BassGorilla Full Access Pass members.

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BassGorilla Is Closing. Here’s Why.

You may know that we just finished our 5th Year Anniversary Remix Contest. We released the stems of finished tracks from three of our courses – a neuro dubstep track by Joe Ford, a future bass track by Killabyte and a glitch hop track by Slynk.

A shortlist of top entries will be announced in the next 24 to 48 hours, and the official winners will be announced on Monday 11th December. Prizes include a Moog Sub Phatty, Maschine Mikro, SubPac S2, and premium software tools from iZotope and FabFilter.


The last five years have been an amazing journey, but after careful consideration we’ve decided to close BassGorilla for the foreseeable future. Watch the video below to find out why.

If you’re surprised by this news and worried about missing out on the very best BassGorilla has to offer, there is some VERY good news – watch the video to find out more.

(After you watch this video, click here to find out how you can take advantage of this opportunity before we close)


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Free VST Plugins – Complete List

If you’re looking for a huge list of free VST plugins that you can use to create music with, you won’t find a better list than this one anywhere!

There are thousands of free VST plugins on the web. So many that you might not know where to begin. To make things easier for you, we have put together a huge list of VST plugins on this page. And yes, they’re all free!

VST, or Virtual Studio Technology, is like a recording studio inside your computer. It allows music creators to add instruments and studio quality sound to their tracks all from their home. These VST plugins are a lot like studio hardware, only they’re much more practical and in many cases, much more affordable.

Thankfully, there are a lot of free VST plugins available today. Enough that you can create and tweak your own music without spending a dime. In the following list, you will find free synth, compression, and limiter plugins, just to name a few!

We’ve broken the list down into different categories so you can find just what you’re looking for.

Free VST Synth Plugins

Liven your music up with these free VST synths. You are no doubt familiar with those pricey synthesizers you see in studio production. Now you can do everything you can with that equipment with these free synth plugins.

Now of course these synths won’t have the capability and power of a synth like Xfer Serum, but they do have some very nice oscillators and some great effects that make them very useable right out of the box.

Tyrell N6 – Racer with U-HE Engine
Helm – Polyphonic Synthesizer
Synth1 Synthesizer
Esfera Synthesizer
Burt 2.0 – Distortion Synthesizer

Free Effects Plugins

Take your tracks to the next level with these free effects plugins. Add glitch or electric sound effects to keep the beats flowing.

Amplio 2
Seism SFX
Spore SFX
Shadows SFX

Free VST Plugins For EQ

You can use these free EQ plugins to tune and shape your music. They work just like real equalizers. Just turn the digital knobs until you find the perfect balance of harmonics in your sounds.

Dust Equalizer
Luftikus – Analog EQ
Brainworx bx_cleansweep EQ
Marvel GEQ – Graphic EQ
SPL Free Ranger EQ
Elysia Niveau Filter EQ

Free Compression VST Plugins

Add depth and gain to your tracks with these free compression plugins. Just like an amplifier, you can adjust the depth, time, and gain within your music. These free compressors are great for dubstep.

Dancing Boy Compressor
Xfer Records OTT Compressor
Stereo Buss Compressor
NastyVCS Compressor
DepthCharge Compressor
WTComp Compressor

Free Reverb VST Plugins

Whether you want to make your tunes wet or dry or adjust the width and more, these free reverb plugins are for you.

Ambience Reverb
Abstract Reverb
Black Water Reverb
Wollo Spacer

Free Delay Plugins

These free delay plugins will let you make up for latency and add echoing to your songs. There are a lot of ways a delay can make your tracks stand out.

Valhalla Freq Echo
Stereo Touch
Sound Delay – Multi-Channel Delay
Latency Delay
ZA8 Dual Delay
Voxengo Sound Delay

Free VST Saturation Plugins

Make your music shine with some fine tuning of the bass and treble. These free saturation plugins give you all the options of high end equipment.

X-Tube Amp Saturation

Free Distortion Plugins

Add fuzz and boost your tracks using these free distortion plugins. You’ll be able to tweak your music and give it an extra crunch.

Delta Modulator
Tube Amp
ClipShifter 2.3.3
TAL-Tube Amplifier
8-Bit Shaper

Free Limiter VST Plugins

With these free limiters, you have control over your music. You’ll be able to limit the volume or range to your liking.

Limiter Snapin
Limiter No6
A1StereoControl Limiter
ATKS Stereo Limiter
4L2 Limiter
SimpleSqueeze – One Knob Limiter

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Free Sample Packs [Over 5000 Free Downloads!]

If you are looking for free sample packs, look no further. This page is home to a complete list of samples that are free for the taking.

The popularity of electronic music has exploded over the last few decades. These days anyone with the right software and equipment can make it right from their home. As a result, the web is ripe with free samples that you can use while making your own music.

Whether you are looking for free drum, vocal, or synth samples, this list has it all! We dug through the web to find as many sample packs as we could.

We have separated the links below into different categories to make things easier. Each category will have links to free samples. All the packs will come with multiple files, sometimes hundreds, so you will have a lot to try out in your own music.

Free Sample Packs From BassGorilla

First of all, you’ll want to grab this free sample pack made by chart-topping bass music producer SKOPE (A.K.A. MALUX) exclusively on BassGorilla.

The sample pack contains reese basses, kicks, snares, atmos and FX. You can tweak these sounds and use them to create your own dubstep, drum and bass, drum step, neurofunk, neurohop or any other style of heavy bass music you like.

They foley samples are truly awesome for adding alien-like textures over the top of your basses, drums, leads, pads and atmos. Click below to get both sample packs now:

Bass Music Sample Pack By SKOPE (A.K.A. MALUX) + Free Foley Samples

Free Drum Samples

Step up the beat in your music with these free drum packs. Each pack contains multiple samples, which in total gives you over a thousand to choose from!

1,000 Free Drum Samples

50+ Deep House Drum Samples

1,000+ Dubstep Drum Sample Pack

42 Lo-Fi Hip-Hop Drum Sample Pack

80’s Retro Futuristic Drum Pack

300+ Urban Drum Sample Pack

OP-1 Drum Sampler Patches

Metro Boomin Drum Kit

250+ Trap Ghosts Drum Pack

Ultimate Boom Bap Drum Kit

Lust Luxure Drum Kit

Apashe Drum Sample Pack [Dubstep, DnB, Glitch-Hop]


Free Bass Samples

Whether you are looking to drop the bass or just add some thump to your tracks, these free bass packs have you covered.

Each one comes with loads of samples that are all ready to go.

Bass Pad Sample Pack

100+ Dynamix Bass Samples

Future Bass Drops Pack (Requires SoundCloud Account)

Bass City Sample Pack

Bass Essentials Sample Pack (Requires SoundCloud Account)

HexLoops Future Bass Sample Pack

EDM Bass Drops Pack

Hotbox Freebie  Pack

Cities Freebie Pack


Free Lead Synth Samples

These free synth packs give you a lot of options to try out. You will find thousands to listen to and use in your own music!

Synthwave Samplepack (Requires SoundCloud Account)

160+ Synth Orchestra Samples

438 Cheap Synths Sample Pack

900+ Classic Synth Samples

250 Modular Synths Sample Pack

700+ Robotic Synth Samples

Roland SH-101 Synth Sample Pack

Arpeggio Synth Sample Pack

190 Synth Percussion Samples


Free Vocal Samples

If you are looking to add some dialog to your music, these free vocal packs will help you out. There is a wide range of options to pick from, enough to cover as many tracks as you can make!

You can also check out our complete list of free vocal samples here.

Festival Pre-Drop Vocals Pack

G-House Vocal Chops Pack

G-House Phrases Vocal Pack

1,000+ Free Female Vocals

300+ Vocal Ad-Lib Samples

Vocal Hazard Sample Pack Volume 2

188 Free Vocals Sample Pack

Future Vocal Chops (Requires SoundCloud Account)

Future Vocal Chops II Pack (Requires SoundCloud Account)

Euphoric Trance Vocals Pack (Requires Free Account)


Free Special Effects Samples

These sound effect packs are perfect for spicing up your music. Whether you are looking to add some background effects or some extra depth, you will find hundreds of samples to choose from.

100 Garage Foley Samples

50 Special Effect Samples by Antigen

350 Samples by Digital Malfunctions

50 Drone Sound Effects

99 Cinematic Loops

Radiophonic Atmospheres Sample Pack

123 Sound Effects by Atmospherik Mekanisms

Samples of Tenalach – 91 Sci-Fi Effects

MFG Audio – 137 Glitch Effects

Simply Space – 60+ Atmospheric Effects

Punching Percussion – 47 Fight Sound Effects

62 White Noise Samples

37 Vinyl Samples

97 Feedback Sound Effects


Free Mix Sample Packs

Sometimes the best packages are the ones that come full circle. Each of these sample packs comes with a little bit of everything, including drums, vocals, bass, and more!

808 Trapstep Pack Vol. 2 [Drum, Bass, FX, Vocals]

Sir J Sessions Sample Pack [Brass, Vocals, Drums]

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Free Trap Samples – Complete List

If you’re looking for free trap samples, you won’t find a list this complete anywhere else!

I’m sure you’ll agree that trap and hip-hop production has surged in the last decade.

Digital audio workstations (DAWs) like Ableton, FL Studio, Pro Tools, and Logic Pro have made it easier than ever to produce great sounding beats and songs.

To produce this kind of music, you’ll need an arsenal of high quality trap samples, drum kits, loops, sound effects, and more.

But where can you find high quality trap samples to use in your music?

Luckily, the Internet is full of free trap samples and trap sample packs. Some are more comprehensive than others, and not all of them are free.

First of all, everything listed here is royalty-free, so you don’t have to credit anyone for the use of these sounds. And best of all, most of them are completely free to download and use anyway.

Within this list you’ll find some generic trap sounds and 808 kits, but you’ll also come across Christmas and holiday sound effects, gun noises, and head-rattling drum rolls.

Take a look and prepare to make your next track something totally unique!

Trap 808 packs

In 1980, manufacturer Roland introduced the TR-808, a completely analog drum machine that would become the gold standard for hip-hop producers everywhere.

The 808 allowed users to program unique rhythms for personal or commercial use. Even some rock bands found great use for the TR-808, such as Nine Inch Nails.

free trap 808 kicks

Producers today still use the sounds of the 808, especially in trap music. Below are several resources for some great downloadable trap 808 packs.

808 Trapstep Pack Vol 1

This trap 808 pack that includes 103 samples, including 9 kick drums, 23 cymbals, 27 claps and snares, 13 FX, and more, absolutely free for download.

Soundpacks Free 808 Drum Kit

This is an entire 808 drum kit complete with bass, kicks, snares, hats, and percussion. These samples are in WAV form and very high quality.

Loopmasters Trap Essentials Vol 3

This 808 sample pack isn’t free, but it’s loaded with content. There are 70 percussive samples and 50 loops included here, all at 24 bit quality.

Hip-hop Makers Free 808 Drum Kit (227 Samples)

Here’s a free Roland 808 trap drum kit complete with 227 drum samples! Perfect for trap and hip-hop production.

The Highest Producers 808 Mafia Sound Kit

To download this trap 808 pack you need to share it via social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), so why not spread the love?

Once you do, you can instantly download this pack for free, which includes everything you’d expect from an 808 kit and also piano and bell sounds.

Producer Loops Trap Veterans 808 Mood

This 808 kit will run you about 13 bucks, but it’s completely royalty-free; Not only that, the kit gives you options, offering every key signature and tempo as well as WAV, MIDI, and FLP formats. There are 111 trap sample files to explore here.

808 Sounds (55)

Here are 55 808 sounds for purchase. There are plenty of snares, snare rolls, claps, and loops. Each sample has a short description attached to it to give you a quick read of what it is. Both MP3 and WAV formats are included.

Producer Spot Free Download 808 Drum Samples Kit

More than 200 808 trap samples, including 50 snares, 10 claps, 30 toms, and more. This is a free download, and the site encourages you to share it with friends via social media.

SMD Records TR-808 Samples

Another free download of several TR-808 sounds. This pack includes 116 samples, including rim shot, maracas, and cowbell all at 16-bit, 44.1 kHz resolution.

Trap snares

A good, punchy snare sound is vital to an effective trap or hip-hop track. Fortunately, there are hundreds of royalty free trap samples of snares for free download. From high frequency rolls to classic 808 snaps, this list has a snare for every producer.

Roqstar Audio 12 Free Trap Snares

This site offers 12 free trap snare samples for download in both Acid and WAV formats. All you need to do is register with Roqstar and log in! The site also encourages you to share your creations with them using their samples.

Splice Sounds Prime Loops Trap Snare Rolls

This site features 40 trap snare samples, heavily focused on snare rolls. There are rolls of different tempos, frequencies, and tones. Each sample is in WAV format.

Royalty Free Trap Snare Loops

20 royalty-free snare sounds, including fills, rolls, and loops! Each sample also has a little description below to give you an idea of its usefulness and type before even listening or downloading.

Overused Trap Snare

A simple and quote, “overused,” snare sample for trap music. Nevertheless, it’s very sought after and versatile. Simply use a plug-in to download the sound off of Youtube for use.

Trap Snare Rolls, Trap Samples and Drum Loops

This video is filled with trap snare roll samples. There are links to free snare sample downloads as well as snare rolls you can purchase.

Stay on Beat Trap Snare Sample Pack

Here are 35 royalty-free snare samples in WAV format for $9.99. The file downloads in a zip folder, and they can all be used in DAWs like Ableton, Logic, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Garageband, and more.

Sample Focus Trippy Trap Drum Loop

A small but free collection of drum sounds and loops with a few snare rolls in the mix. There is a pitched snare roll, marching roll, and even a pencil roll.

Soundsnap Snare Roll

Here are 39 trap snares for download in both MP3 and WAV formats. These aren’t free downloads, however.

There is an option to pay different amounts for a specific number of downloads, such as $15 for 5 downloads, $29 for 20 downloads, $35 for a monthly membership, and $199 for an annual membership.

Trap loops

Music production has gotten so much easier by using loops.

Using loops saves a ton of time when writing, recording, and programming. Having just one loop is also a great way to come up with new ideas.

Loops can also be manipulated in terms of pitch, tempo, and EQ. Here are a handful of sites with trap loop downloads to get you rolling on your next track.

Free Trap Samples – Complete List For Music Producers

Samplephonics Free Trap Bleep Bloop Loops

This site allows you to try some of their trap loops and samples before you purchase them.  You can browse sample packs by format, instrument, genre, and mood.

Free Beats and Samples Free Trap Loops

Enjoy this massive selection of free loops and samples. There are over 600 included here, with 100 synth loops, 106 chant sounds, and so much more. These will keep you busy for a while.

Producer Grind 28 Free Trap Melody Loops

Get these 28 free trap melody loops in WAV format designed by producer Mo General.

Free Trap Drum Loops (Video)

This video features free trap drum loops with a link in the description for free download.

Stay on Beat Free Trap Loops Download

Grab these 10 free trap loops that are also royalty-free. You can download them into a .zip folder. Simply unzip the folder after downloading and the loops are ready to go in any DAW.

Splice Sounds 100 Trap Loops

This pack offers 100 trap loops for download. You need to sign up on the site, and membership is $7.99 a month. This grants you access to over 1 million samples. You can divide packs up by individual sample so you can pick and choose which loops you want.

Fat Loops

This is a massive library of loops for free download organized by genre and tag. There’s EDM, Trap, Glitch, House, and more.

Trap sound effects

A solid trap track depends on many variables, like a punchy snare and deep bass tones. But what really makes a track stand out is using sound effects.

Sound effects like voice samples, strange instruments, and real-life noises can all contribute to the song in cool new ways.

trap sound effects samples

Sometimes you might want to throw in a vocal line just before a hard-hitting breakdown. Or you might mix in a unique sound with a snare or hat to create a blended note on syncopated beats.

Whatever you use the effects for, they’ll be key to making a memorable track. Here you’ll find a ton of chant and vocal samples as well as cartoonish sound effects and mechanical noises.

Trap Sound Effects–Merry Christmas

This video will get you in the holiday spirit with 13 Christmas themed trap sound effects created with the Drum Pads 24 app. If you’re looking to start your 2017 holiday album or mixtape, this is a great place to pick up some bells, horns, and jingles.

Pond5 Sound Effects

Nearly 2,000 royalty-free trap sound effects, including trap door sounds, animal noises, metal impacts, and so much more.

Each sample varies in price from $0 to $20. The site also offers a monthly and yearly membership for 10 free downloads per month, rollover downloads, and access to a huge library of 200,000+ sounds!

The Highest Producers Gun Sound Effects (231 Samples)

If you’re making a violent, edgy track, this site offers more than 200 samples of gun and knife noises.

SoundBible Trap Sound Clips

A small but varied collection of free trap samples of sound effects. Includes robot noises, whips, and fireworks sounds, both in WAV and MP3 formats.

Free Trap Chants and Vox Sound Kit (Free Download) (Video)

A video showcasing primarily vocal and chant samples. The free download link is in the description of the video.

The Highest Producers Trap Vox Chants

Another free download of vocal and chant trap sound effects. This one includes almost 100 samples from moans, laughs, and “hey”s.

Producer Gring C-Ram’s Trap Vox and Chants Sound Kit

A nice little collection of free trap chants and vocal samples.

Stay on Beat Free Sounds and FX

A meaty list of free trap samples of sound effects from transition sounds to emergency sound effects. Thrown into the mix are some brass, nature, and ambient sound effects as well.

Looperman Royalty Free Trap Loops Samples and Sounds

This page is full of various royalty-free sound effects, loops, and snares from multiple users. There are bells, voices, pads, piano sounds, and more, all for free download.

This list just scratches the surface of all the great royalty free trap samples, loops, kits, and sound effects out there.

Finally, there is an enormous amount of content listed here, enough to keep you busy for a very long time.

Be on the lookout for even more free trap samples, because new ones come out all the time.

Until then, feel free to consult this list whenever you need inspiration and fresh sounds.

These free trap samples are sure to bring new life and energy to your future trap and hip-hop productions.

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Let’s Learn: Frequency Modulation Synthesis

In this article, I will try to explain the basics of frequency modulation synthesis using plugin FM8. Altough very complicated and not so logical like subtractive synthesis, where you take sound from the osciliator and cut off frequencies you don’t want to hear, frequency modulation is doing exactly opposite thing. You add up parts of spectrum using modulators (or operators), which results with more unique, but also darker kind of sounds because of its complex waveforms that are distorted. That’s why it is so popular in Bass music, because it’s easy to achieve dark vibe with it.

History of FM

Frequency modulation is mainly used digitally, because pitch in analog gear wasn’t stable. First most popular instrument was DX7 by Yamaha, one of the most popular synth. It was actually pretty hard to program, but rewarding. Sound that was getting out was very metallic and analog because of thickness it had. Most popular FM software instruments are FM8, Sytrus and Operator. Altough I will use FM8 you can apply this tutorial to any FM synth. But unlike subtractive synths, frequency modulation synths are very unique and each to their own. It takes time to master each of them and understand their power which lies in endless options.

Basic Principle

In FM8 we have 6 Operators in Matrix (A, B, C, D, E, F, I will explain X and Z later). We are going to divide them in carriers and modulators. Now, when you start up FM8 and press expert mode, which is most important mode here, you can see F is being routed out. That means it will act as a carrier, because it carries the sound out of the synth.

So, currently, F is carrier. if I route for example B out, it will also become a carrier. But, now I will route operator E in F. That means operator E will act as a modulator, modulating operator F and adding frequencies, while F carries the sound out. I will also route B into F and that means B is now a modulator, but also still carrier. Now we got 3 operators, F which acts as carrier, E which acts as modulator, thus changing the shape and sound of carrier, and B which acts as both.

Perhaps, when things are a bit cleared up with modulators and carriers, you can see how many options there are when using FM. We will now move onto waveforms, offset and ratios, which can be edited for each operator separately. So let’s click on F.

Waveforms in FM8 aren’t really regular waveforms, they are more of a shape in which operator will modulate. Offset and ratio both affect pitch, but differently. Offset will affect exact frequency you’ve set, while ratio uses ratio system. Increasing it by 2 will pitch up sound by octave. Now double the value. You get 4, and that is a ratio which will pitch up sound by two octaves. Ratio 8, three octaves and so on. Little bit lower, you can find envelope that will shape or modulate the amplitude (value in matrix).

Now imagine the possibilities in FM8. Let’s take a look at X and Z now. X is a noise operator, and Z is a filter. Altough, earlier versions of frequency modulation synths didn’t include filters, FM8 has one. By routing operators into them and routing X and Z out, you can get some interesting variations in sound.

FM8 also includes pitch section, which can be used to set up the pitch and modulate it. It’s pretty usefull when creating short wacky stabs, or long rolling basslines to keep them interesting.

In envelope section, you can automate the volume of each operator and master sound.

You can see arpeggiator which FM8 also includes and effects, which can be used to save a bit of CPU or if you like to do everything in your synth. In master section, you can change some basic parameters like pitch, portamento and volume of your patch.

And that’s pretty much everything to get you started in FM8. It isn’t so complicated but takes time to learn and understand. Only disadvantage when using FM8 is that you can’t add your harmonics, or draw your own waveforms like in sytrus and operator. But still, it’s very powerful and rewarding, it will take your production to the next levels and you tunes will definetely sound diferent. Also be careful because it is very easy to mess up a patch in FM8 by turning on some parameters too high.All that is left now is some experimenting. Thanks for reading and hope you’ve learned something.


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NI Massive Tutorial: Trippy Trap Pad

Last time we heard from SUB-T we got our 808 learn on. Now in the same vain of trappy-ness. We’re going to check out how to construct a trippy pad that will fit well in not only Trap but any genre as far as I’m concerned. Break out the Godfather vst Massive and lets get trippy.

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Hip Hop Tutorial: How To Make Virtual Instruments Sound Vintage

In this tutorial John Hanson (aka Subterranean) will tell you how to take any piece of audio, and give it vintage grit and crunch. This popular sound can be achieved with some chosen processing.

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