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Now That's What I Call 80's Drums

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 nd drum stems, drum loops and MP3 practice tracks. 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.

The new practice tracks format provides each drum track as a full length 44.1kHz 320 kbps MP3. Where applicable we also include the full mix without percussion. All the MP3s come with a count in at the head of the MP3 making these ideal for jamming along to.

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.


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Title Description Genre
NTCD 179 80S POP 20
Cocteau Twins 3/4 beats that leave plenty of room for drama and progressing and building with the ride cymbal. 80s Pop 179 M S L P More Info Save Favourite
NTCD 141 80S POP 02
Joy Division groove that has plenty of space and quirkiness and very minimal and industrial. 80s Pop 141 M S L P More Info Save Favourite
NTCD 135 80S POP 13
Aha inspired pop-tastic uptempo beats with some nifty tom action. 80s Pop 135 M S L P More Info Save Favourite
NTCD 130 80S POP 06
Depeche Mode type tom-tom shuffle groove that has plenty of movement and fills for those stadium moments. 80s Pop 130 M S L P More Info Save Favourite
NTCD 123 80S POP 22
Bring on the groove! Minimal beat that just keeps on moving with some subtle addition and building all the time. 80s Pop 123 M S L P More Info Save Favourite
NTCD 122 80S POP 21
Developing very usable dance beat which breaks out into a nice four on the floor stomper! 80s Pop 122 M S L P More Info Save Favourite
NTCD 121 80S POP 23
Uptempo disco-classic with hints of A Certain Ratio and off-beat action on the hats and ride. 80s Pop 121 M S L P More Info Save Favourite
NTCD 115 80S POP 01
Billie Jean sound and beat with a little grace note action to spice things up a bit. 80s Pop 115 M S L P More Info Save Favourite
NTCD 114 80S POP 12
Mid-Tempo beats with simple progression and pop sensibilities. 80s Pop 114 M S L P More Info Save Favourite
NTCD 114 80S POP 05
Off Beat Hi-Hat simple disco/dance groove with tight sound and a De La Soul feel. 80s Pop 114 M S L P More Info Save Favourite

"The music of the 1980s tends to polarise opinion - for some it was over-blown yet bland; for others, it was ambitious and glorious. If you fall into the latter camp, NTWIC 80s Drums will appeal. Available as a full Multitrack Session, or as a pre-mixed collection of Stems ad Mix Files or as a Loops Pack, it covers styles echoing Cocteau Twins, Billy Jean-era Michael Jackson, A-ha, Joy Division and many more. The Multitrack Sessions run to 20 tracks, with multiple pairs of room mics to support the Kicks, Snares and spot mic'ed other pieces. The Loop packs provide 'pre-mixed' collections of the same grooves, albeit with the flexibility of 'full' and 'reduced' mixes. The middle ground comes in the form of the 'Stems and Mix Files' which offer pre-mixed stems for different kit pieces, so you can build your arrangements from the ground up. A highly flexible, great-sounding collection." 9/10 - Future Music - September 2013, by Jono Buchanan

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