Free Beat Friday #2

purdie shuffle

This month, it’s a good old 12/8 half-time Purdie shuffle… We recorded a Bernard Purdie shuffle for Free Beat Friday this month, with a Jeff Porcaro style phrasing on the kick drum. The Inspiration The Purdie shuffle is a 12/8 half-time shuffle conceived by the great Bernard Purdie. The key elements that makes this beat […]

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Heavy Rock Drums – Loop, Song & Sample Packs

heavy rock drums

A few weeks ago we turned our attention to recording a new trilogy of Beat Shed packages of heavy rock drums.

We wanted to go for a classic 70’s vintage heavy rock drum sound. So where best to start looking for an influence? And audio references for a drum setup? A quite well-known band with a fairly well-known drummer named John Henry Bonham seemed like a good starting point. However, it all turned into a bit of an adventure…

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Go Beat Sheds! (Version 2)

beat shed version 2

We are very chuffed to announce we’ve launched Version #2 of The Beat Shed!

When the original site launched (01.09.18) there were still a few things we really wanted to include. So it’s been great to get them up and running. We’ve also knocked off some of the rough edges, and slightly changed the way the whole thing works.

Here’s a breakdown of the main differences:

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The Beat Shed Drum Recording Ethos

drum recordings

Drum kits are a swine to record. Just set the kit up, shove microphones all over it, press record, let rip, and it will sound like a lump of turd.

Musically speaking, “the drums” is a single acoustic instrument. Yet it comprises many different instruments recorded across multiple channels simultaneously, with many microphones potentially pushing and pulling against each other.

Drum recording requires a bit of time and thought.”Fix it in the mix” is an approach to recording you might have come across.

The Beat Shed ethos is the absolute opposite.

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Get Out My Eyes Teardrops – Song Pack

Funky Soul Drums

Sweet Funky 12 Bar Soul Drums. From the title of this soul drums Song Slices Pack, you might just be able to guess where the inspiration for this Song Pack comes from. (Although specifically the Solomon Burke version, for all you nerds out there…

We LOVED putting this one together. We got the kit singing, changed the room to be more reflective, put a ribbon mic up a few feet away from the kit to capture the room, then strapped a tambourine on the snare and got lost among the 12 bars…

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Coming Soon on The Beat Shed

coming soon

We’re Always Chopping Wood in the Beat Shed

During the building of The Beat Shed website, and the recording of the Beats, there was ONE really frustrating factor.

ALL those Beats we wanted to record and release for the launch couldn’t. Why can’t we include this? Let’s just wait until that? Can’t wait to record this other thing!

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