Decatur – The Hit Sounds Of The 1980’s

Decatur is a sampled based Kontakt library highlighting the keyboard and synth sounds used by some of the most influential artists throughout the 1980’s. These classic sounds which were featured in countless radio hits dominated the airwaves for decades and have without a doubt, become a staple of musical nostalgia over the years. All of these sounds are now available, for the first time, in one library!

Decatur’s curated collection of presets in no particular order include sounds heard in the albums of artists such as Madonna, Cindy Lauper, Whitney Houston, Duran Duran, Phil Collins, Ozzy Osbourne, Toto, Journey, Bon Jovi, Eurythmics, Steve Miller, Debbie Deb, Information Society, Michael Jackson, Yazoo, Lipps Inc, Steve Perry, Howard Jones, Van Halen, Animotion, Prince, Simple Minds, Depeche Mode, Genesis, Dire Straits, Janet Jackson, Paul Young, Harold Fatremeyer, Rockwell, Heart, Cutting Crew, A‐ha, Will To Power, Men Without Hats, Tears For Fears, The Cars, Berlin, Mr. Mister, The Human League, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Manheim Steamroller, Spandau Ballet, Europe, ELP, Gary Numan, Chicago, Nena, Foreigner and many more…

Decatur – The Hit Sounds Of The 1980’s


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✔ Please be aware that Decatur is a 7 Gigabyte download (14gb once uncompressed) therefore you must have a strong internet connection in order to avoid any interruptions during downloading.



Multi-Combo Bank

This section was designed with the live performer in mind. The keyboard has been split in multiple places in order to perform a variety of sounds which often is the case with songs. The samples are split into different zones which are color coded making them easy to identify.

Specifications

∙ 14 GB Sound Library (7gb zip file)
∙ 9 Instrument Folders
∙ Multi-Combo Bank
∙ Over 7,000 Samples
∙ Wav files can be used with any sampler
∙ For Windows 7 and above/ Mac OSX and above

* Full version of Kontakt 5.5 or above required

Decatur’s sample directory is fully accessible

If you are not a Kontakt user, you can still access the sample folders and import them to other samplers

Instrument List

Arps

Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
All Through The Night – Cindy Lauper
Baba O’Reilly – The Who
Baba O’Reilly 2 – The Who
Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins
Don’t You Want Me – The Human League
Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cindy Lauper
Here Comes The Rain ‐ Eurythmics
New Song – Howard Jones
Rio – Duran Duran
Save A Prayer – Duran Duran
Take Me Home – Phil Collins
We Belong – Pat Benatar

Brass

1999 – Prince
Africa ‐ Toto
Automatic – The Pointer Sisters
Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds
Don’t You Want Me – Human League
Drive – The Cars
Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears For Fears
Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cindy Lauper
I’ll Wait – Van Halen
I’m So Excited – The Pointer Sisters
Jump For My Love – The Pointer Sisters
Jump – Van Halen
Kyrie – Mr Mister
Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
Magic – The Cars
Mony Mony – Billy Idol
Obsession – Animotion
Out Of Touch – Hall & Oates
Stand Back – Stevie Nicks
Sussudio – Phil Collins
The Final Countdown – Europe
The Power Of Love – Huey Lewis & The News
Touch & Go – Emerson, Lake & Powell
True – Spandau Ballet
Valerie – Steve Winwood
Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney

Keys

A Little Respect (Synth Guitar) – Erasure
Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
Are Friends Electric – Gary Numan
Boys Of Summer – Don Henley
Drive (Synth Bells) – The Cars
Eyes Without A Face (Synth Bells) – Billy Idol
Hello Again – The Cars
High On You – Survivor
Human Nature (Strings) – Michael Jackson
Hungry Eyes (Synth Bells) – Eric Carmen
I Can Dream About You – Dan Hartman
Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
Little Lies (Synth Bells) – Fleetwood Mac
Little Lies (Synth Marimba) – Fleetwood Mac
Living On A Prayer (Keys) – Bon Jovi
Living On A Prayer (Strings) – Bon Jovi
Runaway – Bon Jovi
Send Me An Angel – Real Life
Separate Ways – Journey
Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money
We Belong (Synth Guitar) – Pat Benatar
You Might Think – The Cars

Leads

Africa (Digi Flute) ‐ Toto
Africa (Kalimba) ‐ Toto
Are Friends Electric (Chorus Lead) – Gary Numan
Axel F – Harold Fatremeyer
Broken Wings (Synth Bells) – Mr Mister
Cars – Gary Numan
Cruel Summer – Bananarama
Don’t Go – Yazoo
Don’t You Want Me (Chorus Lead) – Human League
Dreamin’ – Will To Power
Drive – The Cars
Fascination – Human League
Father Figure – George Michael
Fly Like An Eagle – Steve Miller
Funkytown – LIPPS Inc.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Marimba) – Cindy Lauper
Head Over Heels – Tears For Fears
Hello Again – The Cars
Here Comes The Rain Again (Pizzicato Strings) ‐ Eurythmics
I Wanna Know What Love Is – Foreigner
I.O.U. – Freeez
Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
Just What I Needed – The Cars
Kyrie – Mr Mister
Land Down Under – Men At Work
Let The Music Play – Shannon
Little Lies (Marimba) – Fleetwood Mac
Lucky Man – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Melt With You – Modern English
New Song – Howard Jones
Point Of No Return – Expose
Rosanna (Synth Brass Lead) – Toto
Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
Sara (Harmonica) – Starship
Save A Prayer – Duran Duran
Send Me An Angel (Square Lead) – Real Life
Send Me An Angel (Voice Lead) – Real Life
Situation – Yazoo
Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
Sunglasses At Night – Corey Hart
Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
Sweet Dreams (Synth Solo) – Eurythmics
Take On Me – A‐ha
The Final Countdown – Europe
Tocatta (Lead) – Manheim Steamroller
Tocatta (Lead 2) – Manheim Steamroller
Valerie – Steve Winwood
Waiting For A Girl Like You – Foreigner
What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner
When I Hear Music – Debbie Deb
Why Can’t This Be Love – Van Halen

Multi-Combos

Africa – Toto
Always Something There To Remind Me – Naked Eyes
Billy Jean – Michael Jackson
Broken Wings – Mr Mister
Cars – Gary Numan
Don’t You Want Me – The Human League
Drive – The Cars
Funkytown – LIPPS Inc.
Hello Again – The Cars
Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
I Wanna Know What Love Is – Foreigner
Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac
Mr. Crowley – Ozzy Osbourne
Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
Take Me Home – Phil Collins
The Final Countdown – Europe
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Time After Time – Cindy Lauper
Walk Of Life – Dire Straits

Organs

Automatic – The Pointer Sisters
Blinded By The Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Freeze Frame – J Geils Band
I Wanna Know What Love Is – Foreigner
Jump For My Love – The Pointer Sisters
Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
Mr. Crowley – Ozzy Osbourne
One More Try – George Michael
Rock Lobster – B52’s
Rosanna – Toto
Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
Walk Of Life (High Register) – Dire Straits
Walk Of Life (Low Register) – Dire Straits
Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum
Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who

Pads

1984 – Van Halen
All Through The Night – Cindy Lauper
Always Something There (Choir Pad) – Naked Eyes
Always Something There (Orch) – Naked Eyes
Always Something There (Synth Pad) – Naked Eyes
Always Something There (Voice) – Naked Eyes
Billy Jean – Michael Jackson
Broken Wings – Mr Mister
Died In Your Arms Tonight – Cutting Crew
Dreams – Van Halen
Drive – The Cars
Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
Eyes Without A Face – Billy Idol
Father Figure – George Michael
Forever Young – Alphaville
Here Comes The Rain Again (Strings) – Eurythmics
Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
I Can’t Go For That – Hall & Oates
In The Air – Phil Collins
Kyrie – Mr Mister
Living On A Prayer (Pads) – Bon Jovi
Love Is A Battlefield – Pat Benatar
Never Tear Us Apart – INXS
One More Try – George Michael
P.Y.T. – Michael Jackson
Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna
Self Control – Laura Branigan
Silent Night – Bon Jovi
Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
Take My Breath Away – Berlin
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Time After Time – Cindy Lauper
Waiting For A Girl Like You – Foreigner
Waiting For A Girl Like You (Strings) ‐ Foreigner
West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys
What About Love ‐ Heart

Pianos

A Little Respect – Erasure
Alone – Heart
Beauty & The Beast – Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson
Borderline – Madonna
California Girls – David Lee Roth
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Don’t You Want Me – Human League
Head Over Heels – Tears For Fears
Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
I Can’t Go For That – Hall & Oates
Let’s Wait Awhile – Janet Jackson
Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac
Live To Tell – Madonna
Love Is A Battlefield – Pat Benatar
Love Walks In – Van Halen
Man In The Mirror – Michael Jackson
Oh Sherrie – Steve Perry
One More Night – Phil Collins
Open Your Heart ‐ Madonna
P.Y.T. – Michael Jackson
Sara – Starship
Somewhere Out There – Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
Summer Of 69 – Bryan Adams
Take Me Home – Phil Collins
The Greatest Love Of All – Whitney Houston
Vogue – Madonna
When It’s Love – Van Halen
You’re The Inspiration ‐ Chicago

Synth Basses

99 Luftballoons – Nena
A Little Respect – Erasure
Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
All She Wants To Do Is Dance – Don Henley
Are Friends Electric – Gary Numan
Broken Wings – Mr Mister
Cars – Gary Numan
Cruel Summer – Bananarama
Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins
Don’t Go – Yazoo
Don’t You Want Me – Human League
Don’t You Want Me (Main Bass) – Human League
Freeway Of Love – Aretha Franklin
Funkytown – Lipps Inc.
Here Comes The Rain Again – Eurythmics
How Will I Know – Whitney Houston
I Can’t Go For That – Hall & Oates
I Feel Love – Donna Summer
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
Into The Groove – Madonna
Jam On It – Newcleus
Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
Kyrie – Mr Mister
Let The Music Play – Shannon
Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Deniece Williams
Like A Virgin – Madonna
Mr. Crowley – Ozzy Osbourne
New Song – Howard Jones
Nightshift – The Commodores
Open Your Heart – Madonna
P.Y.T. – Michael Jackson
Running – Information Society
Show Me Love – Robin S
Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
Stand Back – Stevie Nicks
Take My Breath Away – Berlin
Take On Me – A‐ha
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Time After Time – Cindy Lauper
Tocatta – Manheim Steamroller
Wanna Be Starting Something – Michael Jackson
West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys
Wonder If I Take You Home – Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam

The Hit Sounds Of The 1980’s

What is Decatur?
Decatur is a sampled based Kontakt library highlighting the keyboard and synth sounds used by some of the most influential artists throughout the 1980’s. These classic sounds which were featured  in countless radio hits dominated the airwaves for decades and have without a doubt, become a staple of musical nostalgia over the years. All of these sounds are now available, for the first time, in one library!

Who is Decatur for?
It would be nearly impossible for anyone to play through Decatur’s sound libraries and not reminisce about perhaps an era when music was not only original and experimental but also groundbreaking in the arena of sound design and textural soundscapes. Most of the music of that era felt like it was at the frontier of new musical beginnings and hopefully, this collection will inspire that same caliber of experimentation in all of us.

Decatur is divided into 9 Categories

Arps – This is a collection of famous arpeggiated sounds heard in some of the classic hits. Although Decatur’s main focus is the sounds of the 1980’s we couldn’t help but to include a few famous arpeggiated sounds from the late 1970’s such as those by The Who.

Bass – It’s all about the Synth Bass in this section. These synth bass patches are samples from legendary synths known for their bass sounds such as the MiniMoog, the Prophet V, Roland’s TB‐303 as well as others.

Brass – Analog brass at it’s best as well as some FM Brass such as the sounds of the Yamaha DX7. This section includes multi‐layered brass samples for complex brass sounds such as those heard on Prince and Toto albums.

Keys – This library includes samples that would not necessarily fit into the Leads category, the Piano category or the Pads category. In some cases, the samples are a combination of all of the above.

Leads – This is the largest collection of synth leads available in Decatur. The leads were sampled from vintage machines as well as modern emulators and some of the best virtual synths available today. From the quirky analog lead sound of Lipps Inc.’s “Funkytown” to the fat brass synth used by Keith Emerson during “Touch & Go”, this library will keep you busy for a while.

Organs – Here you can find mostly Hammond Organ B‐3 patches and a couple of vintage organ patches provided by the Vox Continental organ.

Pads – The Pads section contains one of Decatur’s largest libraries which includes the legendary pad sounds of synthesizer behemoths like the Oberheim OB‐8, Roland’s Jupiter 8 and Sequential Circuits Prophet among others.

Pianos – This section focuses mainly on DX Electric pianos similar to those from the famous Yamaha DX7 Synthesizer released in 1983, as well as a Fender Rhodes piano and a few layered acoustic pianos.

Multi‐Combos – This section was designed with the live performer in mind. The keyboard has been split in multiple places in order to easily perform a variety of sounds which often is the case with certain songs. The samples are split into different zones which are color coded for easy access.