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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! Recently we had also dropped in some classic 80s electronic drum samples into some of the tracks. Now you will find 808 samples, D-Drum Samples, Simmons and Linn Drums.

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 and drum stems, drum loops and MP3 practice tracks.

The Multi-tracks (which contain up to 19 mic positions and the electronic drums) come as full length live multi-tracks and multi-track song construction loops. The Live multi-tracks include a tempo map and OMF file to export into other DAW. We also provide patches for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Reason, Reaper, Studio One and Ableton Live and the audio comes as 24 Bit WAVs. The Multi-track Song Loops are locked to the beat and cut into song structures such as Intro, verse, chorus, middle 8, bridge and Outro.

The Stems and mix packs which have all the separate drum mics, percussion, electronic drums and reverb as separate stems come as full length 24 bit WAVs and these also come with a tempo map. The Stem and Mix packs also include the locked to the beat song construction loops (but mixed versions).

The loop packs contain live 4 bar loops in each component stem and a folder of groove and fill loops which are 2 bar loops locked to the beat. We have included as many useful loops that we can get from each drum track. The loops come formatted as 24 bit WAVs, Apple Loops (24 bit and 16 bit) and Rex 2 Files.

The MP3 Practice Tracks contain a mix of of each drum track with and without percussion and they come with a count in which makes them perfect for jamming to.

Each drum track can be purchased individually or if you buy the album (in any format) you get 20% off the complete price.

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. Tambourine added and a bigger sound and roominess to the haunting nature of this rhythm. 80s Pop 179 M S L P Info Save Favourite
NTCD 141 80S POP 02
Joy Division groove that has plenty of space and quirkiness and very minimal and industrial. A smaller sound to the kit and very simple fills between the snare and the toms maintaining an overall naivety to the whole performance. 80s Pop 141 M S L P Info Save Favourite
NTCD 135 80S POP 13
Aha inspired pop-tastic uptempo beats with some nifty tom action. Small,dry and tight sounds with some direct fills. 80s Pop 135 M S L P 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. Ever evolving with lots of grace notes on the snare drum and some very tribal tom fills. A BIG sound! 80s Pop 130 M S L P 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. A deeper snare drum sound and sections that go into four on the floor Duran Duran-esque and very machine-gun like snare drum fills. 80s Pop 123 M S L P Info Save Favourite
NTCD 122 80S POP 21
Developing very usable dance beat which breaks out into a nice four on the floor stomper a very dry small kit sound with a nice full bass drum sound and eighth note hats.Progressing into some nice tom builds and accents and lots of snare fills. 80s Pop 122 M S L P 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. Open sound and a deeper snare drum used in this track. Moving on to offbeat ride cymbal and then back to then a busier hat pattern. 80s Pop 121 M S L P 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 progressing into a more of a Lets Dance type of feel. A more open sound with lots of open hat action and starting off with eighth note hats and more bass drum and snare accents 80s Pop 115 M S L P Info Save Favourite
NTCD 114 80S POP 12
Mid-Tempo beats with simple progression and pop sensibilities. The addition of a very small tight tambourine and some snappy snare and hat with usable fills and accents. 80s Pop 114 M S L P 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. Could be Dee-Lite with a touch of A Certain Ratio and a very dry tight sound and feel. 80s Pop 114 M S L P 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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