We've uncovered the best plugins and sample packs that are sure to expand your creativity and give your tracks an exotic and alluring appeal. Come with us as we explore sounds from around the world with this, The Ultimate List of [FREE] Exotic Native Instrument Plugins & Audio Samples.
From Subaqueous Music - Mystic Melodies and World Samples. This collection comes with 48 ethnic and world melodic loops. Click HERE to download.
From Isaac Cotec - Frame Drums Rack for Ableton Live. This pack for Ableton Live comes with 7 different Frame Drums from around the world. These include Shaman Drum, Frame Drum, Bodhran, Bendir, and more. Click HERE to download.
From SamplePhonics - Eastern Percussion Freebie. This is a collection of free Arabic percussion samples from Eastern Percussion, featuring a diverse range of traditional drums and royalty-free percussion loops.
Click HERE to download.
From SampleFocus - Arab Percussion by Mlei. Check out 17 different audio samples and download them individually. Click HERE to download.
From One Man Tribe Sounds - Afro-Arab Free Pack. This pack comes with 10 loops in a variety of tempos and styles with a modern African concept as well as 40 One-Shot samples taken from a custom made African drum set. Inspired by Afro-Arab cultures of West African and the Sahara desert. Click HERE to download.
TAQSIM for Kontakt.
TAQSIM Free is a fully-playable NI Kontakt Middle Eastern instrument featuring select musical instruments and synth sounds used by keyboard players in both live and studio settings for Arabic, Armenian, Balkan, Greek, Persian and Turkish music. It features the ability to alter the quarter tones on the front panel of the instrument. For more information and to download, click HERE.
Egyptian Darabuka (Lite) V1.1
This requires a paid version of Kontakt. This is a sample library of a beautiful Darabuka. This Darabuka was recorded with 4 dynamic layers per articulation and with 2 dynamic layers for the rolls. You'll find that there are enough articulations and velocity layers to create a fairly realistic performance with it. For more information and to download, click HERE.
Artsonica, Indonesia VST
North Sumatra’s Musical Instruments Taganing or Tagading or Gondang is a set of fine-tuned drums from Toba of Sumatra, Indonesia. For more information and to download, click HERE.
Eastern One from Find a Sound
EasternONE includes middle eastern instruments with some velocity switch samples for some patches.
- Oud 8 Patches with different sounds.
- Accordion 3 patches.
- Semsemia 2 patches (never sampled before).
- Mejwiz (traditional Arabic woodwind instrument).
- Ney (traditional Arabic woodwind instrument).
- Qanoun (traditional Arabic String instrument).
- Kaman 3 patches (Arabic version of Violin).
This is available as a Windows 32 bit VST plugin. For more information and to download, click HERE.
Safwan Matni VST Plugins
This is a large selection of FREE plugins that include:
- Middle Eastern Strings
- Middle Eastern Drums
For more information and to download, click HERE.
Sam Cycle - Murali 2.
This is an ethnic wind VSTi plugin. For more information and to download, click HERE.
Sam Cycle - Samsara Sitar
A virtual Sitar VSTi plugin. This plugin gives you a choice of instruments to provide various sounds from a Sitar to a Tambura/Tanpura. For more information and to download, click HERE.
Nothing makes for a better sound that experimenting with other instruments and sounds. If you are ready to break out of the box and explore the world, we hope you enjoy this list of plugins and audio samples, and if you've used any from the list, post your track link in the comment section below.