Review: New Era 808 & Bass Module Plugin by Xclusive Audio

By | 2016-11-07T13:47:44+00:00 January 7th, 2015|review|

New Era 808 & Bass Module Plugin by Xclusive Audio is the ultimate virtual instrument aimed at hip hop, trap and EDM producers. This virtual instrument opens a new perspective in your musical creations, offering a solid foundation for your tracks: professional sounding 808 kicks and earthshaking subs, distorted basses, plus a hard-hitting collection of drum samples.

The plugin is designed with vintage and modern processing and is exploring a wide palette of tones obtained by adding analog distortion, saturation, tape, etc. But the clean & fat sounds aren’t overlooked!


With an easy-to-use interface, your work will be fluid and always with good results. As the name implies, New Era 808 & Bass Module Plugin is a 2 in 1 music creation software (rompler). It comes with two user interfaces, one dedicated to 808-style kicks and sub basses, while the other one is for drums, percussions and vocals only.

808 and bass module


808 and bass module

The module for 808-style kicks and sub basses has a simple interface with preset selector in center. For browsing thru the presets, you either can click on the blue screen or use the Prev and Next buttons.

Four big control knobs allows you to have control over volume, stereo pan, glide and distortion. Each button is color coded. At bottom you’ll notice a keyboard for previewing sounds.

The GUI is simple and to the point, offering access to basic features, this way you can focus more on the sound itself.

Drums module


The drum machine module

With a familiar look, this interface is a reminiscent of many popular drum machines. Eight pads hold the sounds of each drum preset. For each one you can control the panning and volume.

Two global effects can be applied- reverb and release (the sliders in the right). Also you can adjust global volume and pitch.

Audio demo:


New Era 808 & Bass Module Plugin comes preloaded with a huge soundbank:

  • 80 808-style kicks
  • 76 808-style long kicks
  • 32 sub basses
  • 47 long sub basses
  • 126 drum kits
  • 14 clap kits
  • 12 closed hat kits
  • 6 cymbal kits
  • 16 kick kits
  • 8 open hat kits
  • 36 percussion kits
  • 16 snare kits
  • 8 tom kits
  • 34 vocal kits

Installation and formats:

New Era 808 & Bass Module Plugin is easy to install, during the process, you’ll be prompted to choose the folder of your plugins, usually C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins. After a quick plugin list refresh in FL Studio, the instrument will be displayed in red.

New Era 808 & Bass Module Plugin is available for Windows and Mac, 32 and 64-bit hosts. The plugin is not a CPU consumer, it is basically a library of sounds with an user friendly interface allowing customizations.

Once purchased, you’ll receive the plugin in both 32 and 64-bit formats, a substantial collection of 900+ bonus samples (Deluxe version) plus Maschine multi-channel outputs.

Our opinion:

New Era 808 & Bass Module Plugin could be a great addition to your bass and drum arsenal, if you’re hip hop and trap oriented, or a modern pop dance music producer, this instrument will be your essential tool. We recommend it for anyone looking for professionally designed sounds in their productions.


You can win a copy of New Era 808 & Bass Module Plugin (Deluxe Package) by Xclusive Audio simply by entering the widget below (use your Facebook account or email address to log in).

Once you have successfully logged in, you’ll notice another two optional steps (visit Xclusive Audio on Facebook, and tweet about this competition); as I mentioned, they are not mandatory, but if you complete the two steps, your chances of winning are increased.

Competition ends on January 14, 2015 (12 AM GMT)

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The winner is Sheldon Miller. Congratulations and thank you all for participating.

About the Author:

Stephen Rich
Stephen is the founder of flstudiomusic, and every day brings you the latest music production news. He also writes reviews from time to time. You can find him on Facebook.

One Comment

  1. Eric Jefferson Jan 8, 2015 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Dope basses on each track.. I can see myself using this in trap music alot

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