Free Giga Samples

All of these giga samples can be opened with most zip programs, but if you are not sure or you haven't got a zip program you can use 7zip in windows or xarchiver in linux. I chose the .tar.bz2 format as it compressed to almost half the size of the original. Let me know if you have any problems downloading or extracting the files. These samples have been tested in Gigastudio 3 and LinuxSampler.

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Hear the samples used in a tune to get an idea of which samples you want to download. See demo details to see which samples were used on which demo and also what effects or other software was used.

 

If Quicksound Database Crashes

After reinstalling my Windows XP and GigaStudio 3 I have had a problem with the two Telecaster files in FS Collection 3 (FS Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar Neck Pickup Direct In & FS Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar Bridge Pickup Direct In). Every time the quicksound database came to them it would crash. In the end it was solved by taking the spaces out of the filenames. Maybe the filenames were too long. This may not happen to you as it didn't happen to me on my original install, but I thought I would mention it as it took me a couple of hours to work out what was wrong.

License

These samples are released under the GNU GPL license. The source code being the gig files (of which contain the audio samples and settings). The samples and settings can be accessed within giga editor on windows or gigedit on linux. This license means that you can do what you like with them but if you create any samples from them or improve on them then you have to use the same license in your projects. This way it keeps it open source (and therefore free). This license is only concerned with the source code. Any music you create with them is nothing to do with me (i.e. you take all the royalties and use whatever license you like).

FS Collection

If you download this file, FS Collection 2 and FS Collection 3 you will have all of the giga samples on this site. This file contains the following files:-

It expands to about 1 gig of data all together. See below for a description of each file.

526MB

FS Collection 2

If you download this file, FS Collection and FS Collection 3 you will have all of the giga samples on this site. This file contains the following files:-

It expands to about 1 gig of data all together. See below for a description of each file.

508MB

FS Collection 3

If you download this file, FS Collection and FS Collection 2 you will have all of the giga samples on this site. This file contains the following files:-

It expands to about 2.3 gig of data all together. See below for a description of each file.

1126MB

FS Ibanez Steel String Acoustic Guitar with Fender Reverb

An acoustic guitar suited to bluesy rhythms. Has quite alot of fret rattle with the high velocities but also a certain amount of mid to high frequencies which helps to give it its own place in a mix. You also have a choice of how much reverb you use just by using the mod wheel 2 (cc13) on certain presets. The reverb is a genuine old Fender Reverb unit. Which is a valve driven spring reverb. Not only is it a nice classic reverb but just putting the samples through it warms them up straight away. Mod wheel 1 (cc1) is the release. This is so that you can easily set the length of the notes as long as you need. Other presets include a fake twelve string (octave harmonies on each key), low pass filtered (for a more nylon guitar sound), split voices of muted fifths at one end and solo guitar at the other end of the keyboard (for quickly creating tunes and ideas) and alsorts of different combinations of presets to cover most options. The only two controllers you need for any of the presets are mod wheel 1 (cc1) and mod wheel 2 (cc13). The functions of these controllers are always part of the preset name.

210MB

FS Seagull Steel String Acoustic Guitar with Fender Reverb

Another acoustic guitar. This one sounds nice for fingerpicking arrangements and in general has a steadier sound than the Ibanez. If I had to choose just one of the acoustic guitars it would be this one. This one has a much rounder and fuller sound than the Ibanez. Both guitars go well together as they have different sounds to each other. This giga sample also has the same presets as the one above. i.e. A choice of dry or with Fender Reverb etc.. Both guitar gigasamples have dry, reverb and reverb release samples. I also have an impulse response of the Fender Reverb that I made with voxengo for download on the Other Stuff page. You can then use the reverb on anything. I cannot create a gigapulse as I only have gigastudio ensemble version. If anyone can create one with my impulse file I would be glad if you could send me a copy. At the moment I use freeverb3 for realtime impulse in windows and jconv in linux.

224MB

FS Washburn Acoustic Bass Guitar

This is a very rounded sounding electro-acoustic bass. Recorded straight without a mic, so there is no noise. This fits nicely with most types of music. Its deep but not overpowering, leaving room for other instruments. There is a choice of sample sets to choose from in this gigasample. Direct or through my j-station (which makes it sound more like its through an amp), or a mix somewhere between the two. The j-station samples are the same direct samples routed out and through the j-station and back in again, which is why it is possible to have a mix of the two. The same as what I did with the acoustic guitars and the reverb so as to control the level of the reverb. I have a bash script that automated opening each sample and recording the external fx on the Other Stuff page. The script saved alot of time and with some adjustments will be useful again for any tedious sampling jobs with lots of samples.

72MB

FS Ibanez Electric Bass Guitar

This is a more muffled bass, suited for blending in or behind distorted guitars but useful for any situation when a bass sound without so much clarity is needed. It is also a much smaller file than the rest. Originally I made this just for my own personal use but decided it might be useful to others as it fits some pieces where the washburn bass doesn't.

7MB

FS Kay 5-String Banjo

A friend lent me this banjo and I got it working and sampled it. It's a 5 string closed back banjo. The fifth string being tuned to a high "g" note (half the length of the neck). Its this string and the closed back that helps give you the bluegrass sound (the high string ringing the "g" note throughout each of the chords with syncopated fingerpicking patterns). There are 2 presets in this giga sample. One is straight forward. Each note is sampled at different velocities, making it good for any tunes or midi files etc.. The other is set in a way to sound like its played the way a banjo player would play it, even if you do not know any banjo. Only five keys make any sound, but other keys change the notes that these keys play. It is set so that E-D# play all the major chords and then the next E-D# above that plays all the minor chords. On each of the chords the five keys are playing the five strings (with the right hand), while the left hand does its single finger chord changing. The first note is always the high "g". So if the chords do not go with this high "g" then you only play the other four notes (making it more like an irish banjo). You have to try it to see what I mean. With it set like this the right hand can concentrate on fingerpicking patterns (like picking the five strings) and the left changes the chord or you can loop the fingerpicking patterns all ready recorded and then just choose the chords. I have included some classic bluegrass banjo finger picking patterns as midi files. All you have to do is loop it and select the chords (or draw them in). Its addictive playing with this preset, creating crazy banjo finger picking sounds.

13MB

FS Fender Jaguar Electric Both Pick-ups Guitar and Amp

This is a Japanese Fender Jaguar electric guitar played on the both pick-ups setting and is played through a Fender Bassman '59 Reissue with old valves in. This amp gives a really nice full clean sound. I have recorded it on the edge of break up so the low velocity samples come out clean and the high velocity samples come out with a bit of nataural power valve distortion. You can add more distortion with effects if you need it dirtier. It is hard to get this natural break up sound with effects which is why I have recorded it that way and if you add distortion it still has the natural bite of a valve amp (except with more distortion). This makes it very expressive just by the difference in tones at different played velocities. The lowest velocity is muted samples. Presets include split keyboard of muted 5ths at one end and solo guitar at the other end (good for jamming out tunes), muted samples preset, a fake 12-string (octave harmonies on each key), slaps and slides etc and a standard mapping. The sound is suited to a lot of types of music. These guitars have been used for all sorts of music over the years. It has not much sustain and makes a bright clean sound.

70MB

FS Fender Telecaster Both Pickups and Amp

This is an American Fender Telecaster electric guitar played on the both pick-ups setting and is played through a Fender Bassman '59 Reissue with old valves in. This gigasample has the same presets as the Fender Jaguar above and is also recorded with the volume on the edge of break up on the amp (read the Fender Jaguar above for description of amplifier setting). This guitar is suited to jangly indie sounds or clean country sounds but can be very rocky with more distortion added. This guitar is also a classic that has been used in alot of types of music.

97MB

FS Gibson Les Paul Electric Both Pick-ups Guitar and Amp

This is an American Gibson Les Paul electric guitar played on the both pick-ups setting and is played through a Fender Bassman '59 Reissue with old valves in. This gigasample has the same presets as the Fender Jaguar above (except it does not include the slaps and slides preset) and is also recorded with the volume on the edge of break up on the amp (read the Fender Jaguar above for description of amplifier setting). This guitar is suited to jazz and blues but can easily be used for rock if used with more distortion. It has a very full rounded sound with good sustain and when played harder has a bite to the attack. This guitar is a classic that has been used in alot of types of music.

109MB

FS Percussion

The single keys at the beginning of the keyboard (C2-C3 white notes only) contain a variety of percussion instruments (2 wood blocks, an Irish bongo, a mini rain stick, a mini swinging drum, a tambourine, a mini hollow wood log and a mini wooden scraper). Then the black keys further up are groups of instruments that cut each other off. For instance the first group of black notes (F#3,G#3,A#3) are all samples from the big conga but with different hit types. The next 2 black notes are a dear skin bongo. The next 3 black notes are the little conga. The next 2 black notes are a little metal bongo. The next 3 black notes are the medium conga and the next 2 black notes are a home made plastic shaker. This makes it easy to know the grouped instruments. It is also easy to whack a way at the congas (like real congas) as they are all the black keys in groups of 3 and each conga cuts its own keys off if another is played. I mainly recorded this for the 3 congas and then added the other bits as I had them laying around (some are even from my childrens musical instruments bag, i.e. wood blocks from the early learning centre and a home made plastic shaker). The congas are boomy when played hard but with a lot more delicate hand sound when played softly. It is possible to get a variety of sounds and styles with these conga samples.

2.5MB

FS Yamaha Electric Bass Guitar

This is a solid body bass guitar that has a full deep sound. There is not much middle to it which makes it less defined than a lot of basses but it does suit some music very well. There is a choice of sample sets to choose from in this gigasample. Direct or through my j-station (which makes it sound more like its through an amp), or a mix somewhere between the two. The j-station samples are the same direct samples routed out and through the j-station and back in again, which is why it is possible to have a mix of the two. The J-Station samples make a distorted beefy bass sound which can be useful for some music i.e. 3 piece bands where tha bass fills out instead of a rhythm guitar or just for a more lo-fi bass sound. The direct samples are not so distorted and can be used in alot more styles of music. You can use a mix of the direct and J-Station samples to get the balance of dirt just right on one of the presets (using mod wheel 2 or cc13). There is a preset that includes slaps and slides etc to help add some realism.

228MB

FS Fender Jaguar Electric Guitar Both Pickups Direct In

This is a Japanese Fender Jaguar recorded on the both pickups setting direct in and also through a valve driven Fender reverb unit. This can be used with software amplifiers such as the free fender and marshall vst plugins on this forum (there are lots of software guitar amplifier and pedal related things worth downloading on the Guitar Amp Modelling forum) or amplifier impulse response files with your convolution reverbs like Jconv on Linux or Freeverb on Windows. This giga sample also has presets that are through a Fender reverb unit. The reverb unit is designed to go before the amplifier so it is well suited to a direct in recording that is later going to be processed (i.e. put through a software amplifier). You also have a choice of how much reverb you use just by using the mod wheel 2 (cc13) on certain presets. Mod wheel 1 (cc1) is the release. This is so that you can easily set the length of the notes as long as you need. Other presets include a fake twelve string (octave harmonies on each key), low pass filtered, split voices of muted fifths at one end and solo guitar at the other end of the keyboard (for quickly creating tunes and ideas) and alsorts of different combinations of presets to cover most options. The only two controllers you need for any of the presets are mod wheel 1 (cc1) and mod wheel 2 (cc13). The functions of these controllers are always part of the preset name.

215MB

FS Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar Bridge Pickup Direct In

This is a Fender Telecaster recorded direct in using the bridge pickup (more treble than the neck pickup). It has the same presets as the Fender Jaguar Direct In above including Fender reverb samples also that can be mixed in with the mod wheel 2 on certain presets.

219MB

FS Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar Neck Pickup Direct In

This is a Fender Telecaster recorded direct in using the neck pickup (more bass than the bridge pickup). It has the same presets as the Fender Jaguar Direct In above including Fender reverb samples also that can be mixed in with the mod wheel 2 on certain presets.

249MB

FS Gibson Les Paul Bridge Pick-Up Electric Guitar Direct In

This is a Gibson Les Paul recorded direct in using the bridge pickup (more treble than the neck pickup). It has the same presets as the Fender Jaguar Direct In above including Fender reverb samples also that can be mixed in with the mod wheel 2 on certain presets.

206MB

FS Gibson Les Paul Neck Pick-Up Electric Guitar Direct In

This is a Gibson Les Paul recorded direct in using the neck pickup (more bass than the bridge pickup). It has the same presets as the Fender Jaguar Direct In above including Fender reverb samples also that can be mixed in with the mod wheel 2 on certain presets.

234MB