Hardware sampling was invented in the 1940s by Harry Chamberlain and rose to popularity with 80s and 90s hip-hop and dance music. Today, sampling is used in a variety of musical genres, be it R&B, rock, country, classical music, or otherwise.
Samplers are first and foremost used to trigger different sounds. But there are also a lot of producers that think of them as instruments unto themselves.
Not surprisingly, as “in the box” digital recording grew in popularity, software samplers also became more commonplace. Today, you can even get them as free VST plugins, and as you’re about to see, there are even some samplers with unique features out there!
In this guide, we’ll look at the best free sampler VST plugins.…