_80s hits is a rare collection of 1,277 80s drum samples, actually made and sampled in the 80s, and then sampled from the output of the 80s sampler that they were made for. That's a lot of 80s, right? 


Both the samples and the Emu Emax sampler were created somewhere between 1981 and 1989. Sample libraries came on floppy disks and have a very "early digital" sound quality. Since the sampler has its own built-in 80s effects, we decided to also capture the drum kit "presets" that use the filters, chorus, phaser, and flanger.


We sampled 23 presets in total, and then ported them to Ableton Live Drum Rack instruments, so they're ready to play and use. We added some analogue fancy juice on the way in with the right preamps, EQs and a touch of saturation. We figured everyone would want to easily add that classic "gated reverb" sound, so we managed to give you a simple control that goes from lush or sparkly to classic big 80s gated, to tight electro vibes - built into each drum rack instrument, so it's ready to go in any session. 


The way the original presets were made is also very 80s. From the panning to the wacky pitching of single samples, the early aesthetic, ideas, and hardware limitations are all here, together in one Ableton Live session/pack. You can start with the provided pack or use the drums kits in any Ableton session you've got going already. You can also just grab the individual samples and drag them into any software or hardware you like using.


It's like you're stuck in the 80s, but it's cool because these samples are as free as your sense of fashion and outlook on a life of pure excess is.


  • 1,277 samples (665MB)
  • 1 Ableton 11+ Session/Pack & 23 Individual Ableton Device Groups (.adg files)
  • 23 Sampler Kits/Presets as Ableton Drum Rack Instruments
  • New Ableton 11 "Macro Variations" included
  • 96k/24bit .wav sources
  • 100% Royalty-Free
  • Designed in Vancouver, Canada by Subsocial Studios.

_80s hits

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