This month, it’s a good old 12/8 half-time Purdie shuffle groove… We recorded a Bernard Purdie shuffle groove for Free Beat Friday this month, with a Jeff Porcaro style phrasing on the kick drum. UPDATE 03/2021 – New 12/8 Drum Loops Pack The Complete Purdie Shuffle Loops Toolkit Take 149 Purdie shuffle loops played at […]Continue reading
I’m brilliant at tuning drums me. 35 years of twirling drum keys, I know exactly what I’m doing…
Or so I thought until I bought this little piece of wizardry…Continue reading
Breezy, Lilting, Swung 6/8 Grooves, Loops and Samples played with Hotrods.
Been a busy day (and night) in The Beat Shed recording a triple bill of rock folk drums – HotRod Grooves in 6/8 (loops), HotRod kit (samples) and a new Song arrangment called “Maypole Dreamer”.Continue reading
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…Continue reading
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:Continue reading
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.Continue reading
The Sampler Concept. The Beats in the Classic Beats & Breaks – Vol.1 – Drum Loop Pack are (not that creatively) named so that you might recognise which songs they are influenced by.
Truth be told, the whole concept comes from the legendary “Ultimate Breaks & Beats” series.Continue reading
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…Continue reading
Uptight. Awkward. Funky as HELL.
The Butternut Funk Song Pack & Tight Funky Kit Sample Pack are just what you need if you’re after tight little funk drums. ButterNut Funk is pretty “keen” and “awkward” (producer’s code for “wrong”) like good funk drums should be. It could lend itself well to anything funk/soul/R&B and even disco – it isn’t four-to-the-floor, but it kind of feels like it!Continue reading
July 1st 2018 was the launch date for The Beat Shed
Well we missed that one didn’t we.
August seemed like a bad month what with holidays, so we thought we’d give ourselves an extra 2 months to get everything PERFECT and COMPLETELY finished for September 1st 2018.
Well, we didn’t manage perfection. But we have managed…Continue reading