Free Beat Friday #10 – Linear Drum Groove

linear drum groove

Something a bit different this month…

… a LINEAR Groove.

WTF is .. L-I-N-E-A-R?

A linear drum groove is where you only hit every beat of a subdivision in the bar, but don’t hit anything at the same time. Which is kinda strange for a drummer as that’s exactly what we’ve learned to NOT do!!

It produces a choppy/urgent effect, a bit like a drum machine or sampler where the groove has been chopped up. But we took care of that with a SHEDLOAD of percussion!

The Video

A Shedload of Percussion

Because a linear drum groove leaves a lot of space for other divisions, we bunged down no less than:

  • tambourine
  • cowbell
  • jamblock
  • agogo

Stereo Stems

There’s quite a bit going on in this Free Beat Friday, so we produced a stereo mix, just drums, AND just percussion so you can get seriously LINEAR!

There’s also the usual 24bit multitracks so you have complete control of every element to mix to your ears content.

The Recording

We used the DW Collectors series kit with THAT CRAZY SNARE! Hats are a pair of 14″ Zildjian New Beats. All recorded, as always, in accordance with our Recording Ethos.

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