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Reviews: Future Music 2013

Now That's What I call 80's Drums (9/10)

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 and 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 kit 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 highliy flexible, great-sounding collection.