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_80s hits

_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 and hardware limitations - and it's all here together in one Ableton Live session. You can start with the provided session or use the drums racks 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.


• 1,277 samples. (665MB)

• 1 Ableton 11 Suite Session.

• 23 Ableton 11 Suite Drum Rack Instruments with custom 80s effects.

• Easy to use 80s gated reverb effect.

• Ableton 11 Suite "Macro Variations" included.

• 96k/24bit .wav sources.

• 100% Royalty-Free.

• Designed in Vancouver, Canada by Subsocial Studios.



For best results, we recommend updating to the latest version of Ableton Live for patch/preset compatibility.


Ableton error messages such as, "Only audio effects can be placed in this kind of track." or, "Preset can not be loaded. It's probably broken." - usually indicate that our presets were made in a version of Ableton that is newer than yours. If you run into issues, please contact us for help!


Important: Ableton Live files are not backwards compatible. We generally create new releases in the current version of Ableton Live. Currently, all of our Ableton releases are for version 11.0 or greater. Using older versions of Ableton Live will most likely not allow you to use our newest releases. Consider updating your version of Ableton to the latest version to ensure good compatibility.


Some of our Ableton releases are for specific editions of Ableton only (Intro, Standard, Suite). Please ensure you have the correct version before purchasing.

_80s hits

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