Xclusive Audio: New Era 808 & Bass VST Module Review

Xclusive Audio: New Era 808 & Bass VST Module Review

What’s happening guys? Woods here with a review of a brand new Vst module from Xclusive audio called New Era 808 & Bass. Xclusive Audio, for the people not familiar, are a sound design company made up of sound designers, music producers and musicians from all over the world who create original drum samples, loops and preset banks for us to use freely within our productions. Xclusive Audio have brought us some really popular releases in the past, including, Survival Drum Kit and Urban Heat to name a couple.

If you couldn’t tell from the name, New Era 808 and Bass focuses mainly on, you guessed it, 808 and bass. The first thing I notice whilst diving in to have a play, is the amount of presets this Vst has. There are 80 808 style kicks presets, 76 long kick presets, 79 sub bass presets, and if that isn’t enough, on offer is a further 138 other presets for drums, percussion and some vocal stabs also.

As I’m going through the presets I am noticing that there is definitely a versatile selection of 808 and bass sounds. I won’t go into massive detail about how each preset sounds but I will say this. Every sound offers something different from the last. We go right through the scale of almost everything we could need, from really deep, low down sub bass and thudding 808 kicks to gritty, dirty analogue sounding bass, Saw and synth bass. There are also 63 drum arsenal presets to choose from offering a large selection of drums to suit a wide range of genres.

The interface is nice, clean and basic, making it easy to just jump in and start playing with sounds. There are two separate interfaces, one for the bass and 808 presets and the other for the drum arsenal presets. The 808 and bass interface offers 4 knobs, volume, stereo pan, glide, for controlling the amount of glide between each key and finally, a knob for controlling the amount of distortion you want. The drum arsenal interface offers 8 volume sliders and pan knobs (1 for each sound in the preset), a master volume control, pitch, reverb and release control for the drum sounds. There are also universal, previous and next buttons for quick movement from one preset to the next.

With the large selection of sounds on offer, New Era 808 and Bass will keep you going for a while and could become a go to Vst for a lot of producers. I would have liked to have seen a little more control of the 808 and bass presets from the interface itself but hey, with the option of recording straight into your hardware/software and manipulating from there, I don’t think it is that much of a problem.

All in all, New Era 808 and Bass is a really good Vst and would be a good tool to have when searching for sounds to use in your productions. New Era 808 and Bass is now available $89 for standard and $119 for deluxe.

Thanks for checking in MM fam, I’ll catch you on the next one.

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