What do you use for drums? (80s Electronic music)

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noiseboyuk
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4241 posts since 25 Jan, 2007

Post Wed Aug 17, 2022 11:48 am

The only thing to remember with the UVI package is that AFAIK you can’t access the WAVs. I love using the samples in Battery and XO in particular.
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KVRer
11 posts since 19 Nov, 2007

Post Wed Aug 17, 2022 11:58 am

Just to get you started, there are decent free samples out there of classic drum machines.
KB6 and Goldbaby were already mentioned, I'll add that Reverb has also a decent collection of free samples (search for 'The Complete Collection'). With those you should have a taste of what's the sound you're after and perhaps look for better sample packs. Anything Roland x0x, Boss DRxxx, Oberheim DX/DMX, Linn and perhaps Alesis were the most used, afaik. I would add the Cheetah MD-16 for more obscure britpop of the era.

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7453 posts since 21 Dec, 2002 from MD USA

Post Wed Aug 17, 2022 4:48 pm

I been using the NI Maschine software a lot. It seems a bit unintuitive to me though.
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kipe
KVRer
6 posts since 14 Aug, 2022

Post Wed Aug 17, 2022 9:32 pm

Arturia Spark 2 is another good choice IMO. It emulates many of the vintage drum machines of the era (incl. the DR-55 which Depeche Mode used on their first album).

noiseboyuk
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4241 posts since 25 Jan, 2007

Post Wed Aug 17, 2022 11:49 pm

I have Spark 2, but sadly it's another proprietary format so I can't use the WAVs in anything else.
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97 posts since 29 May, 2022 from Lelystad

Post Thu Aug 18, 2022 12:38 am

Wavs of whatever suits into a drum machine vst or sampler, or emulations of classic machines.

I like building my own kits

kNarf_
KVRist
148 posts since 19 Dec, 2005 from NL

Post Thu Aug 18, 2022 4:37 am

Sequel 2. Really great and cheap!

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Halonmusic
KVRAF
7264 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Post Thu Aug 18, 2022 5:56 am

mostly samples but i use AudioRealism ADM, Psychic Modulation Construct and Waldorf Attack alot aswell
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DCrown
KVRist
228 posts since 1 Jul, 2021

Post Sat Sep 10, 2022 11:46 pm

Samples + ReaSamplomatic

Hans54
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10 posts since 8 Sep, 2022

Post Sun Sep 11, 2022 12:10 am

Just samples

zammo
KVRist
98 posts since 21 Jan, 2004

Post Sun Sep 11, 2022 3:40 am

I like U-jam Beatmaker Vice, It has some nice sounds, virtual drummer type for quick verse/chorus and fills, or you can just program the midi beats yourself.

KingofBeers
KVRist
373 posts since 2 Mar, 2003 from UK

Post Sun Sep 11, 2022 4:06 am

80's drum machines are so varied, it was either analogue synthesis (for an example early Roland tr55, cr78 ,tr808 stuff etc) generated or drum samples of real instruments / recordings - the tr909 doing both, just processed and a bit crunchy as a bye product of the limited technology of the time - (In a good way) btw. to the fully digital stuff from all the peeps mentioned above.

I'd play with a modern acoustic drum library - "NI Studio Kit" perhaps or similar and 80's fi it with white noise, lowpass filter and a bit of bit reduction. - Go wild. :tu:

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Daru925
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307 posts since 20 Mar, 2015 from Nerima, Tokyo

Post Sun Sep 11, 2022 5:36 am

Trk-01 freebie, d16 909 and 808, drumlab.

Ableton live comes with a lot of sampled drumkits too, which i would use if i didn't have the aforementionned machines already.

grey bird
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9 posts since 28 Feb, 2008

Post Fri Sep 30, 2022 1:34 pm

Jomox Alpha Base analogue drum machine is incredible and let’s you add your own samples. This is the holy grail drum machine for me.

JockMcRonan
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32 posts since 6 Apr, 2022

Post Fri Sep 30, 2022 2:07 pm

Not to forget that there were plenty of actual bands producing 80s electronic pop back in the day, often using actual drums. While i am by no means a particularly good drummer (passable at best), I have found a great deal more enjoyment creating drum tracks with my Frankenstein kit built around a Yamaha Stage custom kit with a Nord Drum 3P and a Korg Wavedrum, and I like the feel of live recording drum tracks...I have to admit, this is simply my preference as a hobbyist coming from a band background and I realise that what I do is nowhere near release quality, but if you have the chops, it definitely can be done for an authentic 80s vibe.

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