Review: Xclusive-Audio New Era 808 & Bass Module

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Review And Giveaway: Xclusive-Audio New Era 808 & Bass Module

Xclusive-Audio is a sound design company who produces original drum samples, loops & preset banks for the use in music production, film, television and multimedia projects. While ago, they also released a VST plugin called "New Era 808 And Bass Module" and I've been testing the Deluxe package of it. So what it is actually? It's a sample player module with a HUGE library of urban style drum kit presets and drum sounds. Like the name of the product indicates, the library includes tons of booming 808 kicks with different style: there's short, clean kicks, distorted kicks and kicks with…

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808 bass and kick plugin with HUGE set of sounds.

Xclusive-Audio is a sound design company who produces original drum samples, loops & preset banks for the use in music production, film, television and multimedia projects. While ago, they also released a VST plugin called “New Era 808 And Bass Module” and I’ve been testing the Deluxe package of it.

So what it is actually?

It’s a sample player module with a HUGE library of urban style drum kit presets and drum sounds. Like the name of the product indicates, the library includes tons of booming 808 kicks with different style: there’s short, clean kicks, distorted kicks and kicks with a very long tail. Also, sub basses and lot of other type of kicks, snares, claps, hihats, percussion sounds and vocal chant samples are included.

The plugin itself is really easy to use. There’s two user interfaces. First one is for those 808 kicks and basses with the possibility to control their volume, pan, glide and distortion. This is the interface you use for playing the 808’s and basses in a different pitches.

Interface 1

The second interface is for playing the drum kits, percussion sounds and vocal samples. It’s a drum pad style interface with 8 pads where each sample is mapped to it’s own note across the keyboard. In this interface, you can control the volume and stereo panning of each sound individually. There’s also a master output controllers for volume and pitch, release time of the samples and amount of reverb.

Interface 2

Even though the plugin itself is very basic in features (i.e you can’t import your own samples into it), it serves it’s purpose well. Plus it’s light on CPU. Also, the Standard Package includes all the drum sample content (24 bit WAVs) from the plugin, which is over 400 one-shot sounds and the Deluxe Package includes all the 808 and bass samples (plus the WAV content for the drum kit and original vocal samples) which is over 900 samples. So you can import the sounds into your favorite sampler if you feel like it.

How does the content sound? Is this an usable plugin?

I think the content sounds great. And there’s tons of it. In my opinion, the real power of the whole package actually lies on the quality (and amount) of samples. The samples are already processed (even with some analogue gear) so they are production ready with plenty of punch and character. Also, each of the included drum kit preset contains a ready set of urban drum samples which are good to go as is so all you have to do is to load a kit preset and you’re ready to start making a beat. Ease of use and quality, that’s the name of the game in the New Era 808 And Bass Module.

Check below for some audio examples:

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Also:

By the permission of Xclusive-Audio, I’m holding a simple contest where the winner will receive the Deluxe Package of New Era 808 & Bass Module Plugin. Just leave a comment on the comment section below. Remember to use a working email address! The winner will be randomly picked via RandomPicker.com draw tool amongst everyone who has left a comment. The contest will run for a week starting from now and the winner will be announced on Friday, 27th of February.

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Petri Suhonen is an electronic music hobbyist. He has been producing music with computers over a decade on such styles as trance, downtempo, ambient & experimental electronic using FL Studio.

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Esko
Esko
1 year 7 months ago

I hope to win this , i will put it to really good use 😉

iCreate
iCreate
1 year 7 months ago

Gotta have this plugin!!!

Andreas Hygrell
Andreas Hygrell
1 year 7 months ago

Yay! A new Giveaway!

Alpha Cor
1 year 7 months ago

Oh I could really use this! I’ve got synths and all but I need a good drum plugin! Pick me random picker!

HoztileManikyn
1 year 7 months ago

this plugin looks awesome! 😀 I’ve been needing a good drum plugin, and this looks promising…

Ted Foye
Ted Foye
1 year 7 months ago

The price for the Deluxe Package seems reasonable. Even if I don’t win I will buy it.

TheMusicEr
TheMusicEr
1 year 7 months ago

This would really work well! Good luck to everyone! =)

Sebastian
Sebastian
1 year 7 months ago

I’m in :D. Hope i will be the lucky one :>

PopTop Rising
1 year 7 months ago

This would be awesome to play with!!!!!

Shannon McDowell
1 year 7 months ago

Impressive strong subs, and I love the snares – Thank you for this opportunity!

Best to All,
Shan

monochromm
monochromm
1 year 7 months ago

Amazing!

VasF
VasF
1 year 7 months ago

Looks great – good luck everyone!

Andyfuentes
1 year 7 months ago

The Era 808 & Bass Module would make a great addition to my plugins.

Nick
Nick
1 year 7 months ago

I need this in my life!

Ian Copple
1 year 7 months ago

If I’m lucky I can only imagine how much better my traxx will be when I use this VST
Ian

Rob
Rob
1 year 7 months ago

Nice contest, hoping to win! 🙂

Arnideno
Arnideno
1 year 7 months ago

Percussive !

Alltrance66
Alltrance66
1 year 7 months ago

Nice! Crossing my fingers…

Paul Evans
Paul Evans
1 year 7 months ago

Looks very impressive! Good luck everyone.

Ed
Ed
1 year 7 months ago

This looks very nice. Count me in please!

nishdog
nishdog
1 year 7 months ago

GR8 More 808!

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