Sound Samples of Musical Instruments

This collection of Musical Instrument Samples was created by Lawrence Fritts, Director of the Electronic Music Studios and Associate Professor of Composition at the University of Iowa in 1997. The collection is still being added to and soon recordings of all 371 Bach four-part chorales will also be available for download in 24-bit/96-Hz, 16-bit/44.1-Hz, and mp3 formats.
 
The instruments were recorded in the Anechoic Chamber in the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center at The University of Iowa. All samples are in mono, 16 bit, 44.1 kHz, AIFF format. The Steinway piano is a stereo, non-anechoic recording. The recordings may be used freely without any restriction.
 
Each instrument has multiple samples accompanied by detailed documentation. The following instrument samples are currently available.
 
Flute
Alto Flute
Bass Flute
Oboe
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon
Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone
French Horn
Bb Trumpet
Tenor Trombone
Bass Trombone
Tuba
Violin
Viola
Cello 
Double Bass
Piano
Balloon Pop
Bach Chorales
 
The site archives also host a Moog Synthesizer Demo (1979), created by Peter Tod Lewis, director of the Electronic Music Studios 1968-1980. The demonstration is divided into sections available as MP3 downloads.
 
 
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For a general sound sample search try sound samples contains:wav or aiff – this uses the MSN search operator contains: to find pages that link to wav or aiff files. You can change the query parameters to suit, for instance free drum loops contains:wav or aiff or mp3
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