Neon Dreams
XO Expansion

Neon Dreams

Nostalgia-inducing, 1980s-infused beats & samples.

  • Mix-ready, fully editable beats
  • 96 inspiring presets & 221 curated one-shot samples
  • Your cheat code to 80s soundtrack nostalgia & the modern-day Synthwave sound
What does an XOpak do?
XOpaks are editable beat & sample expansions for XO.
They contain handcrafted mix-ready beats & samples that can you use as is, or endlessly customize with your own samples and pattern variations.

Preset demos

Songs made with Neon Dreams

Starcadian often describes his songs as "ear movies." Honestly, nothing could be more fitting. Hearing his music is like finding long-lost soundtracks to cult 1980s fantasy/science fiction films spawned from our collective memory bank's imagination: lucid dreams of neon and silhouettes against a setting California sun, coated in 16mm film grain.

With this expertly curated XOpak you’ll transport your tracks and mixes to a neon-drenched 1980s in seconds with song-inspiring, fully editable presets fueled by nostalgia-inducing synth arpeggios and hard-hitting kick drums, punchy gated snares, and driving beats in the vein of Kavinsky, Georgio Moroder, John Carpenter, Justice, The Midnight, Com Truise, and SebastiAn.

So pop on your Wayfarers, and teleport yourself to a sonic world of top-down Ferarri Testarossas driving into a neon-soaked sunset dowsed in VHS warmth.

Neon Dreams by Starcadian in XO
Artist bio


Ever since his debut "Sunset Blood" in 2013, Starcadian’s patented genre-bending mix of electro, pop, and 80s movie soundtracks has cemented his position as a trailblazer and pioneer in the modern Synthwave movement.

Like fellow artists Kavinsky, The Midnight, Com Truise, SebastiAn, Electric Youth, and College, Starcadian's musical DNA draws inspiration from and pays homage to seminal giants like Georgio Moroder and John Carpenter - yet he has managed to create his unique musical amalgamation that somehow feels both familiarly nostalgic, yet fresh and invigorated.

Over the years, Starcadian's releases have received rave reviews, soared to the top of Bandcamp's Electronic Music charts, and have been widely featured in TV shows, campaigns, and commercials. The Neon Dreams XOpak is his first collaboration with XLN Audio after using XLN plugins throughout his entire discography.


This expansion requires XO

XO is a beat-making plugin that makes sample browsing a creative part of the production process. The plugin allows you to organize and seamlessly explore your drum samples in a new and exciting way.

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