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Classic Drum machines (The Sounds of the 80s) ?
Old 20th September 2011
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Classic Drum machines (The Sounds of the 80s) ?

On the search for a new drum box. really getting into New Order, Depechmode ect.. Super 80's stuff. Looking for that sound in a box. Don't think an 808 or a 909 is my ticket. The drum machines they use tend not be so tight sounding as far as the sonic quality.

Does anybody have any good boxes to check out? So far the only one I have found that sounds close is just a LinnDrum. Even that doesn't seem to be it..

Tips on NewWave/ELectronic/80's drums??

Thanks!!
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On the search for a new drum box. really getting into New Order, Depechmode ect.. Super 80's stuff. Looking for that sound in a box. Don't think an 808 or a 909 is my ticket. The drum machines they use tend not be so tight sounding as far as the sonic quality.

Does anybody have any good boxes to check out? So far the only one I have found that sounds close is just a LinnDrum. Even that doesn't seem to be it..

Tips on NewWave/ELectronic/80's drums??

Thanks!!
For New Order (Blue Monday period) get Oberheim DMX

For Depeche Mode, get E-mu Emulator II sampler, or perhaps Drumulator..

Other 80s classics besides the ones you mentioned, include Simmons SDSV, Linn 9000, Roland TR-707, and a few more

Or you could simply get any cheap sampling drum machine - say like a used Korg ES series, and get free samples off the Internet - check out what YouTube user Harlem Night does with just a Korg ES and samples of the classic '80s drum machines in the video below and others he has

Also don't forget to treat the individual samples with compression, EQ and most of all, mega-reverb, '80s style

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Heaps...

Oberheim DX
Oberheim DMX
SCI drumtraks
SCI Tom
SCI 440
Linndrum
Linn9000
Emu drumulator
Emu SP12 (my pick)
Emu SP1200
Roland 707
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For New Order (Blue Monday period) get Oberheim DMX


New Order said they could not afford a Linn so they went with the Oberheim. DMX. The glitching in one bit of Blue Monday is the DMX screwing up. A tiny element that made the song even more unique and it is arguably the greatest club dance track in history.
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My trusty Oberheim DX
Sequential Circuits Drumtrax
Linn Drum
Drumulator if you really want crunch

If your budget is tight why not try one of the Yamaha RX models - Especially the Bass Drums and with a bit of EQ and compression can be quite usable (I bought mine for Β£20 on Ebay - well worth it)

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Not vintage, but for early Depeche Mode a Machinedrum is ideal, it emulates some great early 80ties drums (Roland TR606 / Korg TR55)!
+ It also has the SP1200 samples.

Peter.
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Yeah, the trio of most used would be Linn Drum, OB DX and Drumulator/Emulator.
But probably the biggest influence on drum sounds in the 80's was the Fairlight, which was used extensively by many, many bands in all genres.
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Thankssssss!!!
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that's an 808. it doesn't have to be used for only electro beats.
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that's an 808. it doesn't have to be used for only electro beats.
I dunno what is about an 808. I am just not a fan. The snare is weird to me. I dunno if its just an over used sound or if I just don't like it. It works a lot of places but Ill take a 909 over an 808 any day.
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Yeah, the trio of most used would be Linn Drum, OB DX and Drumulator/Emulator.
But probably the biggest influence on drum sounds in the 80's was the Fairlight, which was used extensively by many, many bands in all genres.
So is the Fairlight a sampler or a digital drum synth?
If it's a sampler do you sample your own sounds or do you use manufacture sounds?
Is there anyway to get my hands on some samples from it?
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How about the Korg DDD-1 and the Kawai R-100?
Old 21st September 2011
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Boss Dr 55

I know...I have one- Gorgeous snare sound.
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So is the Fairlight a sampler or a digital drum synth?
It's a sampler with an onboard sequencer.
There was an extensively used library that came with it, I think there are several modern versions available. BUt also people created their own sounds.

10 Videos About The Amazing Fairlight CMI

I was working in pop at the time and the Fairlight was at many sessions....
Tears For Fears, Thomson Twins, Art Of Noise, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm-AtSz628k Does anyone know what has been used for this? I need these toms!
Old 25th May 2014
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Just get the cheapest MPC you can find and then get the samples from the above mentioned machines. The 1000 will fit the bill nicely. The 2000 or 2000xl are pretty cheap, and will do the job as well, but require 90s storage media. Skip the 500.
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