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by dustin burnett & paul mabury

Because who doesn’t love the 80’s, right? For some, this is a taste of childhood. A look back at what got us into music to begin with. For you young guns, this is nostalgia re-inserting itself into some of today’s coolest and most successful songs. Inspired by classic drums sounds from Phil Collins, Tears for Fears, Don Henley, Madonna, ‘Til Tuesday, and Springsteen, these drums rewind the clock back to the year circa 1985, while keeping your feet planted in the modern aesthetic of today’s music. 1985 comes with both multiple velocity and one-shot samples as well as presets to help you get started. We cut these drums in a huge room on Neve preamps with top shelf condenser and ribbon microphones. And for some additional 1985 flavor, we then pushed them through an AMS RMX16 reverb. The mutli-velocity samples are mixed with Dry, Natural, Big and 2 AMS settings for a classic mid ’80s sound.



by That Sound

tech specs


1067 total samples one shot and multiple velocity samples, 2 kicks, 3 snares, 5 toms, 6 concert toms, 4 hat variations, cymbal options, 33 radical 1980s claps — all sets of samples come in 5 mix options: dry, natural big, and 2 vintage AMS reverb mixes

* All samples delivered as 24-bit, 44.1kHz .wav files


Ableton, Reason, Maschine 2, Battery, EXS24, and Trigger 2

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The Epic sounds of 1985.



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