70s/ 80s electronic drum sounds

Hi there!

I'm interested in electronic drums, and very new to this area of music instrument.
I like particularly the noises in Ultravox - Vienna

The thunder noise at 0.10



Disco drum at 0.14



I'm really interested to know if these particular sounds can be found on any available updated electronic drum kit, desk top drum kit or drum machines.
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
I think if you want those sounds, go find a used Roland TD-10 Vdrum module. You can tweak a lot of those sounds to sound like those old 80s sounds. Or even an old Roland R8 MkII would have them. I like the older stuff especially with the R8 because that machine gave you separate outputs for each sound for further manipulation in the mixing console. If you find an old R8, all you have to do is replace the internal battery that saves its’ memory and then you’ll be good with it for another 20 years 😉
 

harryconway

Platinum Member
A lot of the most common/popular 70's/80's E-drum sounds were Simmons and Roland. The Roland 808 is king. Before the 808, is the CR-78. And like Bo said, the Roland R8.

Look into the Roland SPD-X (discontinued) or SPD-SX (current) ..... it's a sample pad. Your options are pretty much limitless. Sample whatever you need ..... and it's in your file. I got pulled to the "dark side" about 20 years ago.
 

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A lot of the most common/popular 70's/80's E-drum sounds were Simmons and Roland. The Roland 808 is king. Before the 808, is the CR-78. And like Bo said, the Roland R8.

Look into the Roland SPD-X (discontinued) or SPD-SX (current) ..... it's a sample pad. Your options are pretty much limitless. Sample whatever you need ..... and it's in your file. I got pulled to the "dark side" about 20 years ago.
I've been looking at the Roland SPD-SX and Octopad. Really nice.
As I'm new to this I'd have to record the sounds from somewhere or I'd have to find the actual names of the sound on Internet which could vary I don't even have a clue of their proper drum sound names. Looks a good pad though!
 

harryconway

Platinum Member
I've been looking at the Roland SPD-SX and Octopad. Really nice.
As I'm new to this I'd have to record the sounds from somewhere or I'd have to find the actual names of the sound on Internet which could vary I don't even have a clue of their proper drum sound names. Looks a good pad though!
Maybe start here. https://rolandus.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/201919839-SPD-SX-Factory-Sound-List

These are the factory sound files in the Roland SPD-SX. Many are found in the SPD-X. And, as you may note, many are labeled 808 and 909. Those are the two Roland machines that they originated from. Octopad also has a lot of those sounds.
 

KamaK

Platinum Member
Does anyone remember the late 80's/Early 90's where pop writers/artists finally started to figure out how to integrate electronic drum sounds into acoustic music? I thought there was going to be a creative revolution and wellspring of solo artists.

Most of you will remember...

The entire March album was like this. Song after Song. Good stuff from a writing perspective.
 
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Maybe start here. https://rolandus.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/201919839-SPD-SX-Factory-Sound-List

These are the factory sound files in the Roland SPD-SX. Many are found in the SPD-X. And, as you may note, many are labeled 808 and 909. Those are the two Roland machines that they originated from. Octopad also has a lot of those sounds.
Thanks for that, I also found this Web page of drum sounds too.....

 

GOOSE72

Well-known member
It's not even close to what I'm into I like real drums I could go on and on and rant. But!! I had a cheap set of alesis nitro mesh kit and was AMAZED what that thing can do. Electronic drums sound great! They might not be everyones cup of tea but I like them. Cool thread!! Appreciate you all.
 
It's not even close to what I'm into I like real drums I could go on and on and rant. But!! I had a cheap set of alesis nitro mesh kit and was AMAZED what that thing can do. Electronic drums sound great! They might not be everyones cup of tea but I like them. Cool thread!! Appreciate you all.

Thank you, much appreciate your friendly feedback. I'm just gonna check the Alesis kit on YouTube. I also appreciate real drummers out there. Example, I absolutely love The Brazilian by Genesis.

 

Nick74

Junior Member
I think if you want those sounds, go find a used Roland TD-10 Vdrum module.
No, because dull OneShots from Roland modules won't replace analog synth engines.

Regarding Simmons I can highly recommend VSDSX because the modelling is great and authentical: you'll get pretty close. :cool:
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
No, because dull OneShots from Roland modules won't replace analog synth engines.

Regarding Simmons I can highly recommend VSDSX because the modelling is great and authentical: you'll get pretty close. :cool:
Understood. I guess I don’t want to work that hard.
 

rhumbagirl

Senior Member
I'm thinking of using my Roland SPD-X for the intro to Michael Jackson's "Beat It", but alas it's stuck in storage in Alabama. Before pulling down the door over Thanksgiving, and shutting the lock, I had this bad feeling I was going to need that thing. Got it in 2006 and put it into a Gatorcase and never saw it again LOL.
 

Ron_M

Senior Member
I used a Kawai xd-5 drum module back in the late 80s early 90s. From what I remember, it had some Roland, Yamaha and Simmons sounds, as well as various waveforms and editing capabilities. Stereo outs, along with six assignable outs. I triggered it with Dauz pads and an Aphex Impulse. Very reliable, flexible setup.
 
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