Now That's What I Call 80's Drums
There are many iconic events of the 80s that have gone down in history and many that we’re happy to forget about, but if there’s one thing that stands out the most, it’s the music. Whether you liked it or not, this synth-fuelled, gloriously glam decade played host to a multitude of new music styles, with developments in pop, dance and new wave, having emerged from the Punk era of the late 70s.
The 80s was the era of the superstar. Thanks to the launch of MTV in 1981 and the rise of music video culture, bands and artists were able to reach new heights of fame and stardom than ever before. This decade saw superstars such as Madonna and Whitney Houston’s careers begin, whilst Prince continued to have huge influence in the USA and UK. Meanwhile in the UK, The New Romantics genre erupted on the scene with bands like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club and Adam & The Ants at the forefront.
So as a homage to this iconic era, Drumdrops has collated the ultimate in 80s style to bring you ‘Now That's What I call 80's Drums’. Featuring twenty classic 80s Pop drum tracks from the decade, ranging from 71BPM to 179BPM, this is the essential collection. Taking influences from some of the most memorable acts of the 80s, the album nods towards drum grooves synonymous with the styles of George Michael, De La Soul, Soul to Soul, Happy Mondays, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode, to name a few.
The incredible drumming skills of Steve Sidelnyk (Madonna, Annie Lennox, Massive Attack), who began his career in the 80s, were used to record this album, taking advantage of his huge wealth of experience in this field, and engineering / producing the album was the hugely experienced Brit award winning Chris Potter (The Verve, U2). Recording took place at Miloco’s Sofa Sound studios in West London, owned by the legendary engineer and producer Hugh Padgham (The Police, Genesis, Phil Collins).
Based around an SSL E-Series console and complemented with a rack of vintage Neve 1081s and 1064s, they were able to record a truly authentic 80s Pop Drum sound in the studio. All of the drum tracks were recorded to 2" 24 track tape on a Studer A800 tape machine, while the live room added a perfectly controlled drum sound.
Now for the main event you’ve all been waiting for – drum roll please…the kit! A DW Collector Series was used for this recording; a classic kit, perfect for the job. On the snare drum front, a Ludwig Black Beauty, Ludwig Coliseum and a DW Craviotto were used. The kit was setup and delivered by the London Based Drumhire. The kit was fitted with Evans drum heads, and nineteen microphones were used to record the kit, ensuring the best sound possible – just have a listen for yourself!
Heard all you need to hear? Then there’s only one thing left to do; get this album in your sample collection! It’s available to purchase as single tracks or you can save a nifty 20% off when you buy the album in full.
Drumdrops offers the album as drum multi-tracks, mixes, drum stems and drum loops. All of the multi-tracks come with session templates including Pro Tools, Cubase, Ableton Live, Reaper and Studio One. An OMF file is also provided should you need to export the 24 bit 44.1 WAVs into any other DAW. To make life that little bit easier, a beat tempo map is included to help sync -up the drum machines.
The Stem and mix packs come with the full mix of drums, as well as separate drum stems of each individual drum component. These stems are ideal for those who want the ready mixed versions of the track and will help build your track at super speed.
The drum loops packs contain about 86 different 4-bar loops taken from each track and are provided as seperate mixes of the individual drum parts, as well as the full mix. Available formatted as WAVs, Apple Loops and Rex2 files, they can be dropped into any software easily.
Now That's What I call 80's Drums – the essential addition to your drum library.
Check out Steve Sidelnyk discussing the recording process here.