These are links to some of our favorite resources for royalty-free sample and beat downloads as well as a great free program to sequence them.
MusicRadar / SampleRadar
MusicRadar offers a huge collection of free samples for you to use in creating your personal and commercial works. They are free to download and free to use for personal and commercial projects.
Freesound is a collaborative database of creative-commons licensed sound for musicians and sound enthusiasts. It could be a source of inspiration for your next project.
AKAI MPC Beats
AKAI’s MPC Beats is a free DAW that’s focused on beat making. It works rather intuitively with AKAI’s products, but they work with any MIDI controller, or even without one.