Free Taiko Drum Rack

Taiko is a powerful and big sounding drum that can captivate the listener. I created a Free Ableton Live Instrument Rack. I took my recordings of the Taiko Drum and made it into an easy to control and bad @%% sounding drum rack.

Use this instrument to add a unique and epic sound in your music production. Download the Live Pack or just the Wav samples below.

If you would like to see more tools like this come out, feel free to donate. ;)

Download Taiko Instruments v2
Download Taiko One Shots
Download Taiko SFZ Files and Project

Also Just added an SFV file thanks to Dennis Lauritzen. Check out his soundcloud to see what he is doing as well.

By |2019-02-14T11:23:18-07:00January 24th, 2013|Free Music Tools|82 Comments


  1. Genei January 24, 2013 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Love the Taiko!

  2. IN The Right January 25, 2013 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Like all the packs bro.

  3. Ben January 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    I was looking all over for a sample back of the Taiko. This is even better. Thanks!

    • Aslan July 19, 2016 at 12:20 am - Reply

      I read your post and wished I’d wrttein it

  4. Dennis Lauritzen March 2, 2013 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Hi there Subaqueous,

    I needed the Taiko drums for a project and since I don’t have Ableton Live (I have Cakewalk Sonar X2) I downloaded Live 8 trial and copied all the settings to a .sfz file that can be played in a number of players (VSTi’s usually).

    I you’re interested in the .sfz file (you may distribute it along with your own package for even wider audience) you can send me an email!

    I never did receive an email with like a “Welcome to the email list” so I do fear that your mail address gets eaten by the spam filter.
    If it does, then write here and I’ll reply with an alternative email address.

    Thank you for some VERY nice samples!

    • subaqueousmusic March 6, 2013 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      I emailed you about it and would love to grab that file and offer it to the community. Thanks man for the offer!

    • zs April 7, 2013 at 7:29 am - Reply

      Hi Dennis,

      are you able to share this .sfz file pack to me as well?
      I would appreciate it if you could email it at panzerjagerbob [at]

      • Lola July 19, 2016 at 12:15 am - Reply

        Great hammer of Thor, that is pourefwlly helpful!

  5. Lukas Prawetz March 25, 2013 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Hey Dennis you mentioned that you have these samples as .sfz…i would be very happy if you could give them to me as well.
    Maybe you can upload them somewhere?

  6. Dennis Lauritzen April 7, 2013 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Hi zs and Lukas,

    I shared them with Isaac (Subaqueous) and I would prefer if he distributes the file (perhaps Isaac wants to quality insure it first) or instructs me to share it somewhere – you need to sign up with email to get the Taiko samples either way.

    So what do you say Isaac?

  7. Subaqueous M April 13, 2013 at 3:52 am - Reply

    Thanks man for sharing! I just added it to the file. Thanks man!

  8. ORIBRN April 23, 2013 at 7:22 am - Reply


  9. zackboom2 June 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    how do I use use the SFZ file? there are no samples included. please help!

    • Nn-d June 18, 2013 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      There are samples in the ableton pack. What do you think Dennis?

      • Lukas Prawetz June 19, 2013 at 12:15 am - Reply

        Hey i tried to get the sfz working too, but it ended in an error that says he cant open die samplefiles from the taiko instrument project. maybe any idea why that happens? would be nice if i got it working ;)

        greets Lukas

        • Subaqueous June 19, 2013 at 5:59 am - Reply

          I will hit up Dennis. Sorry about that guys.

        • Dennis Lauritzen June 26, 2013 at 8:25 pm - Reply

          Hi Guys,

          Got contacted from Isaac about you have issues… sorry but for some reason I didn’t get any mail about new posts in here (hopefully I will now that I am sure I have checked the “Notify me” checkbox :)

          However – the SFZ file should be placed in the same folder (root) where the Samples folder is as the SFZ file points to the samples using a relative path (eg. SamplesProcessedCropTaiko Drum Sticks-1.wav).
          So I’m guessing you should have a folder where you have 2 subfolders: “Ableton Project Info” and “Samples”. So this root folder is where the SFZ file should be placed.
          Are you guys using Mac/Linux/Windows? Perhaps there is something with the paths? / or
          You can open the SFZ file in any text editor – it is just a text file.

          Hope it helps – or else give me a holla!

          • Bryson August 22, 2015 at 10:53 pm

            This is a very late post, but I just discovered these samples and am so excited to use them! But, I can’t due to the same sfz error that previous comments have asked about. Dennis, I can’t find the root folder that you talked about in this post. I don’t even know if you are still getting these messages, but if you get this, an in-depth walk through would be much appreciated!

  10. Quimfont July 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Hi, I can’t download the Taiko One Shots, I’ve already register in the web but the link is broken or something. Sorry my english I’m from South America. Please if you can fix the link I’m gonna be eternally grateful.

  11. Subaqueous July 23, 2013 at 3:53 am - Reply

    Ok… fixed that bug. It’s up and running now. Sorry about that guys and thanks for the heads up.

  12. Musashiden32 August 23, 2013 at 12:56 am - Reply

    I don’t run Ableton OR SFZ. What I need is this pack written in a VST format to work with MAGIX Samplitude. I’ve used the sample files but it’s a huge pain….

    • Dennis Lauritzen August 23, 2013 at 7:42 am - Reply

      Hi there Musashiden32

      The whole idea behind making the SFV file was to enable people like us, who don’t use Ableton Live, to use the free goodies.
      So to use the sfv file in samplitude you will need to go grab one of the free sfv players that are in VST format.
      The best one I’ve tried, yet, is the sfz player from Cakewalk but others will do fine for these one shot samples.

      • Musashiden32 August 24, 2013 at 1:24 am - Reply

        I can load the player, I can run it in samplitude, but I’m unsure as to how I get the sounds to come through. Samplitude has the sfv loaded but doesn’t play the samples when I add input.

        I figured it out lol! I looked up at the issues other people had and it resolved my own. Now I extend my gratitude for this amazing project. THANK YOU

        • Dennis Lauritzen August 24, 2013 at 6:37 am - Reply

          I am so glad to learn that it works for you as well.

          Just realized it is not called an sfv file… It is an sfz file.
          Lol a spelling error caught us both ;)

  13. Musashiden32 August 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    noticed that last night. Also, I was wondering if you could teach me to script SFZ files, or lead me to a site where I can learn because I have some projects that require some live recorded samples and when I tried copying what you had written in the Taiko project, it just didn’t work at all.

    • Dennis Lauritzen August 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Musashiden32

      Actually the source of information is from Cakewalk and is freely available:

      Since everything is text based you have to read as well as understand how the format Works.
      In the buttom of that page there is a link to a page where you can see some basic graphs of the basic opcodes’ function as well as links to example files.
      The important part (if you are trying to modify my file) is the relative file paths as well as the file names MUST be precise.
      Find me on twitter if you need my help (we should not steal the content of this page from Isaac): @InternalizedSun

  14. drokle October 13, 2013 at 2:49 am - Reply

    Thanks for this but the samples zip file seems to be broken. It’s downloading as 0bytes. Any suggestions?

    • amushel October 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      [quote name=”drokle”]Thanks for this but the samples zip file seems to be broken. It’s downloading as 0bytes. Any suggestions?[/quote]
      I’m noticing the same issue. I recently lost a lot of data when my hard drive failed and this is one of my favorite free sample packs. I would really love to be able to grab it again.

  15. peterpan October 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    great, thx a lot, nice taikos, i was looking for a long time for something like that

  16. peterpan October 20, 2013 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    yes with me the same, the rar is damaged with the sounds in it,

  17. mazoota November 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Hi there, i’m having a problem when I open the .alp file. Ableton 9 says the pack is corrupt. Does anyone else have this problem?

    • mlehmann November 8, 2013 at 8:56 am - Reply

      Have the same problem. The downloads seem to be all damaged. Sad.

      • mazoota November 8, 2013 at 10:57 am - Reply

        Thanks for verifying. Is there any chance we can get a re-upload? Or is anyone who has the ableton file kind enough to post a d/l link? Thanks. This kit sounds beautiful and I’d love to experiment with some digi-taikos! :)

  18. Jacko November 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Here guys, this is a rar with all the taiko drums samples that are included on the ableton file. I hope subaqueousmusic is cool with that!

    • mazoota November 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Wow, thanks so much Jacko! Hate to be a bother, but you don’t also have the Drum Rack do you? Isaac put a lot of work into customizing each pad for velocity and I’d love to give it a test drive. Either way, thank you!

  19. Jacko November 8, 2013 at 4:09 pm - Reply
    • mazoota November 9, 2013 at 1:23 am - Reply

      Dude, Jacko, epic thanks!!!

    • Andrew November 13, 2013 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Jacko, you are truly a god among men.

  20. din November 9, 2013 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Hey dude, firstly, thanks for an awesome pack!

    I was really inspired by one of the taiko loops included in a kit and was thinking of using it in a track i’m currently working on. If it all goes well, would you be alright if I released the track?

    Cheers and thanks again for an awesome kit :)
    – din

    • cotec November 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      Yeah man… Of course. This is all open for you to use on any music, live set, and such.

  21. Subaqueous November 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Sorry about all the broken link problems guys. I fixed it all. File got corrupted and not it’s up and working great.

    • antibiotica November 23, 2013 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      But the file is still corrupted :( It sounds awesome and i would love to use it in on of my songs! Please fix it!

    • stevecutler November 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Hey Sub, the link for the alp is still broken. Anyway I can get a hold of it?


      • bhalcomb November 30, 2013 at 10:45 am - Reply

        I hope this gets fixed soon! I can’t wait to use this rack – it sounds awesome in the video. .alp is still corrupted for me, which is a major-bummer. Best rack for Taiko drums all around from what I can see.

        • Jacko December 5, 2013 at 8:25 am - Reply

          Look for my dropbox link above guys… it Works fine ;)

  22. CommonCents Media December 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Can’t download the taiko drum samples
    Decompression failed.

  23. Rogr December 27, 2013 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    just what i was looking for thanks!

  24. Frizz January 9, 2014 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    This is amazing, thank you so much! All of the samples are wonderful!

  25. click April 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Remarkable! Its truly remarkable article, I have got much clear idea concerning from this paragraph.

    • Misty July 19, 2016 at 12:30 am - Reply

      Woah nelly, how about them aplsep!

  26. FallingLeaf September 2, 2014 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Hey! Awesome taiko drum! I’m really loving it. However it seems still 5 more samples are missing, the Taiko Drum Hit 4 and Taiko Drum Hit 4-1, 4-2, 4-3 and 4-4 :S I know quite some time passed from the first post, but is there any chance of getting the missing samples? :(

    • Subaqueous September 4, 2014 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      I do not know where those samples went. Let me look into it and try and update this soon.

      • FallingLeaf September 5, 2014 at 9:40 am - Reply

        Thank you :) I’m really grateful!

        • superphreak327 March 28, 2015 at 8:44 am - Reply

          Any word on these missing samples? Fantastic pack, by the way!

          • Subaqueous March 29, 2015 at 2:41 pm

            What missing samples? I see it all on my end.

          • superphreak327 March 30, 2015 at 6:01 pm

            Taiko Drum Hit 4 and Taiko Drum Hit 4-1, 4-2, 4-3 and 4-4. These were missing from the link provided by Jacko above. Which link do you see them in?

  27. pwwsun December 9, 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    wow, simply amazing.

    • Lorrie July 19, 2016 at 3:54 am - Reply

      This arltice keeps it real, no doubt.

  28. saurabh.seshan January 4, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

    thank you……………

  29. Kyng Cold January 14, 2015 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Having difficulty registering on the site. Password email isn’t being sent. Any help?

  30. rennmusic February 21, 2015 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    thanks.. I was just looking for some.
    Just use them on a record!

  31. AndyisnotKuhl March 3, 2015 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Disregard my previous comment. I got it working. Sorry.

  32. musicandculture March 6, 2015 at 7:25 am - Reply

    hey sub
    love the Taiko set But have a problem loading as an drum rack .I saved the alp file to a folder and made that folder one of my “Places” then right clicked to manage project , saw all the assets be there’s no option to save. I using Ableton Live Lite 9.1.7
    on a Mac OSX 10.8.5
    hope you can help

    • Subaqueous March 10, 2015 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      Open up the Live Set. Then press the Save Button on the instrument rack. That will add it to your user library.

  33. Roberto Monterrubio August 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Hi, this a nice nice Pack of Taiko Sounds, does any one have the sfz file that was commented by Dennis? can it be sent to my mail? [email protected]

    • Dennis Lauritzen August 29, 2015 at 1:51 am - Reply

      Hi Roberto and everyone else,

      I agreed with Isaac that I did the SFZ file, the midi examples and a folder called samples that contains the referenced samples in one complete package so there is no confusion about which files to get in order to get the SFZ file to work…

      Just unzip and point your player (sfz+ or sforzando etc) at the SFZ and it should now play out-of-the-box.
      I did fix an error with the references to Taiko Drum Hit 4-1, 4-2, 4-3 and 4-4 as mentioned above by superphreak327 – they now point to Taiko Drum 4-1, 4-2, 4-3 and 4-4 which are included in the package.

      Download by clicking the button at the top of this page called “Download Taiko SFZ Files and Project”.

      Hope that clears up problems and helps getting these lovely Taiko samples out into the world and into more music!


  34. Andrew.S December 19, 2015 at 2:27 pm - Reply


  35. Elisabeth Popp Sambleben January 1, 2016 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    WOW, just what I was looking for, thank you so much!!!

  36. gregory grey January 27, 2016 at 3:11 am - Reply

    first of all – thanks a lot for these!
    I wonder if anyone tried/succeeded at making a NI Kontakt library out of it?

    If not – can I? With full disclosure of authorship, of course…

  37. thirsty April 13, 2016 at 4:09 am - Reply

    always error everytime i do instaling this thing, can u telle how do i can the proper one
    big thanks

  38. Antandra May 9, 2016 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Wow, thanks! Works like a charm. Just what I was looking for.

  39. Peter Bull June 8, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Is this easy to use as a VST on Mac? or would I have to jump through a million hoops to make it compatible?

    • Subaqueous June 27, 2016 at 10:34 am - Reply

      Well it’s a device in ableton, so it should be easy as long as you have Live.

  40. Dan August 3, 2016 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    I cannot for the life of me figure out how to use these files. I’m on a Mac running Logic 9 Express. I’ve downloaded the SFZ player Sforzando and downloaded all the above files. I’m trying to trigger these sounds via midi controller to record into Logic. My problem is that I cannot get Sforzando to actually play the sounds once I’ve imported the file package. I’m new to all of this so I’m hoping somebody experienced can tell me how to go about this. It seems like a simple task.

  41. Mhairi September 5, 2016 at 3:16 am - Reply

    Would these samples work with Logic??
    Thanks in advance :)

  42. Charles October 17, 2016 at 5:23 am - Reply

    hey man, this is amazing, super super great samples! bought it instantly!!

  43. Havazli February 9, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Thamk you man.! Great samples!

  44. Andre Pulse Rodrigues April 2, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Please, someone know (or have to share? where can I get the Drum Rack Template for Ableton? I tried find in all this packs have just the Samples, MIDI and SFZ file. Not found the .adg file. Alson on this link “” is not found. Some other link to download? Thanks

  45. Gary Blake January 6, 2019 at 2:22 am - Reply

    Ok…found them and have now loaded into an NI maschine studio running on a PC so wondered if perhaps you would want it to add to the package.. its a small file 400kb links to samples.
    Great set of drums and really easy to use once I sorted it out…..

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