The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the music world hard. Clubs are closed. Festivals and tours are canceled. Uncertainty looms about how and when musicians can get back to work.
To help musicians during this difficult time, Native Instruments has launched Community Drive, a free sound pack featuring over 200 samples, 67 loops, 35 kits and 58 presets created with the help of 14 artists from varying genres: Sia (pictured above), Take A Daytrip’s No Idle Crew, Just Blaze, Richard Devine, Miquela, DJ Dahi, BT, Philomene Tsongui, Junkie XL, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Peaches, Laurel Halo and Kimbra.
“I wanted to take part and give and support all the artists I’ve worked with, that I’ve collaborated with, that I’m inspired by, that I love, who are struggling right now,” says Peaches of her involvement. “So I made presets for Massive and Monark, and they’re dark and they’re nasty and I love them. I also learned a lot, so that’s really cool! So, check ’em out, donate as much as you can so we can get back to making inspiring, creative music, and fighting the good fight.”
While there is no charge for the sample pack, users who can see their way clear to donate a few bucks are encouraged to contribute to a GoFundMe supporting several organizations supporting musicians during the pandemic: The MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund (USA), Musicians Without Borders (NL), Keychange (EU), Black Trans Femmes in the Arts (USA), KUUMBA In Motion (USA), In Place Of War (UK) and Heart N Soul (UK).
Native Instruments have already donated €100,000. More info is available here.