So, I found this AMAZING post recently, and felt I had to share it.
TONS of free samples, cut from jungle records from 1989 through 1999 (pretty much the bulk of the jungle years, IMO) and when I say ‘jungle records,’ I mean it – no MP3’s were used for these samples. Blu Mar Ten put them together, and the release is called ‘JungleJungle.’
Here’s what they said, from their website:
“This pack is made up of samples taken from tracks in our record collection. It started as a bit of fun to kill time in between proper music work and suddenly became quite large, so it seemed a shame not to share it.
These are not some secret special sounds only available to ‘jungle legends’. Anyone with the tracks and some time to waste could have made this pack.
• Size – 390mb
• Contents – 650+ breaks, basses, pads, riffs, hits, vocals & FX
• Format – All samples taken from vinyl or CD and saved as 16bit WAVs.
• No mp3s were involved at any point in the process.
• All samples are cropped & normalized.
• The earliest sample in the pack is from 1989 and the latest is from 1999.
• This pack was created for fun and is not to be sold. All rights remain with the original creators of the samples. If you use these samples for commercial purposes you need to seek the appropriate clearance.
“If you’re not already familiar with how drum & bass came into being we encourage you to go back in time and explore the history. There’s some amazing music waiting for you there.”
So…are they public domain? Copyright free? There’s a question! They just said in their post that these are not cleared for your usage, so that pretty much sums it up, eh? Here’s the thing: many of these samples (cut from jungle records) are samples cut from older records. So they’re samples of samples. (kinda skwunc, eh?) Does that mean they’re cleared? For you? No. But I say it’s ‘not simplistic’ simply because many of these samples would not have to be cleared by the jungle producers, as, in many cases, they didn’t create them – many of them would have to be cleared by unidentified artists from the 60s, 70s, and 80s…. So, as far as copyright, you need to do your own research on that, as I can not help you with all of these samples, and the two guys who cut these samples say they don’t want to bother with identifying the originals, either. So, just thought I would mention all of this. They’re still fun samples to play around with. So, have fun!