SampleRadar: 502 free '80s samples

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For a long time, the music of the '80s was held by some in low esteem, but in recent years, the tables have turned, and it seems to be an endless source of inspiration for many of today's artists

We're celebrating this new appreciation by bringing you a selection of samples that take their lead from the likes of David Bowie, Gary Numan, Michael Jackson and - gulp - Toto.

What you need to know

The samples are split into six folders, each of which contains a construction kit of samples at a defined tempo (93, 117, 118, 120, 125 and126bpm). As well as loops, each kit also contains hits.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The '80s samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Lead synth (93bpm)

Drums (117bpm)

Synth bass (118bpm)

Pad synth (126bpm)

'80s samples: click to download

'80s samples (432MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

For more than 70,000 more samples, head to our SampleRadar hub

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