Canton Becker has been maintaining this site by hand since 2001.
SampleSwap first started in 2001 as a folder of audio samples hosted on a hotline server running on a computer in Canton's basement. In 2003, the collection was uploaded to the WWW for the first time. The entire collection has always been made available for free.
Over the past 16 years, members have uploaded their own creations and rare finds for consideration in the collection. Canton listens to every upload, and decides which ones should be folded into the master collection.
Every sample is trimmed, normalized, renamed, and organized by hand.
Send us samples! You can upload your own original samples for consideration in the collection.
Add your music to the library! You can upload your own music to the creative commons licensed library of music on this site for peer review, remixing, or use on other people's projects.
Become a paying member! You can make a donation to help offset the costs of running this free service. Donors also receive nice gifts, such as the ability to download the entire collection as a single ZIP file.
In two words: Not necessarily. Our policy is to require that contributors only upload original sounds that they are giving up into the public domain, but there's no way for us to be sure that 100% of the sounds on this site are free and clear from any copyright restrictions. You'll have to use your own judgement.
Many of the sounds on this site are 16-bit 44khz AIFF format sounds. AIFF is very similar to WAV, and most programs that can read one file type can read the other. If your software can't deal with AIFF or WAV files, do a quick google search for 'free software convert aif wav' and you'll find many options for converting from one format to the other.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") provides a mechanism for notifying service providers of claims of unauthorized use of copyrighted materials. Under the DMCA, a claim must be sent to the service providers Designated Agent. If you believe in good faith that SAMPLESWAP.ORG should be notified of a possible online copyright infringement, please notify SAMPLESWAP.ORG's Designated Agent:
65 Cibola Circle
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Please be aware that, in order to be effective, your notice of claim must comply with the detailed requirements set forth in the DMCA. You are encouraged to review 17 U.S.C. Sec. 512 (3) which requires:
- A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner
- Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of the infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled as well as information reasonably sufficient to permit SAMPLESWAP.ORG to locate the material
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address
- A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or law
- A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed
UNDER FEDERAL LAW, IF YOU KNOWINGLY MISREPRESENT THAT ONLINE MATERIAL IS INFRINGING YOUR COPYRIGHT, YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO CIVIL PENALTIES. THESE INCLUDE MONETARY DAMAGES, COURT COSTS, AND ATTORNEYS' FEES INCURRED BY US, BY ANY COPYRIGHT OWNER, OR BY ANY COPYRIGHT OWNER'S LICENSEE THAT IS INJURED AS A RESULT OF OUR RELYING UPON YOUR MISREPRESENTATION. YOU MAY ALSO BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION FOR PERJURY.
ZIP files are compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and more.
When you download a .zip file and double-click on it, it should automatically expand to reveal all of the individual samples you marked for download.
More information about our ZIP files:
- "Zipping" files is a way of taking a bunch of individual files and folders, and combining them into a single file. Math wizardry is used to further compress a zip file so that it actually takes up less space (and downloads faster) than the sum of its parts.
- Zipped files usually end with ".zip". When you download a zipped
file from Sampleswap, it will probably be named something like
Where 'bob' is your username, and the subsequent digits are the date & time you asked your basket of samples to be processed.
- When you "unzip" your file, it will expand into a folder named "SAMPLESWAP", which will contain additional folders with all of the sounds you elected to download. The folder hierarchy will mirror how these files are stored on the sampleswap server, which may make it easier for you to organize the files on your own computer.