“Big, Round & Bouncy” – Soul Loops

Soul Drum Loops

Dry, FUNKY soul loops.

With a Shedload of CHARACTER.

47 drum grooves recorded in 72 loops – played at 85 & 102 BPM.  Classic-sounding soul loops produced with a 70’s drum sound.

Willie Mitchell

“Big, Round & Bouncy” is the second of 3 new Beat Shed products using a drum sound inspired by the great producer Willie Mitchell.

His approach to drum recording is one much discussed in drummer/engineer circles. Some talk about the punchy kick, the muffled toms, or the mic placement that takes in the whole kit as a single instrument. But then there’s the snare sound. Oh THAT snare sound…

The Loops

Whilst recording “Since We’ve Been Together“, a Song Slices loops pack we released last month, we started messing around with other grooves and ideas for a soul loops pack.

Starting at 85bpm, we improvised some quite laid back grooves, on hi-hats then ride, in that 70’s soul style. Some 6/8 grooves also came to mind so we put those down as well.

Moving up to 102bpm things got a bit funkier with more of a breakbeat feel. There are a few soul loops in here that could be used for rock too, and one or two 4-to-the-floor grooves too.

In the audio player above you can hear compilations of a few loops at each tempo, then scroll down to hear each and every loop (and a few fills too!) in the “Big, Round & Bouncy” loop pack.

The Sound of Vintage Soul Drums

We used our trusty old Yamaha 9000, tuned low and mean, using the 13″ and the 16″ for the toms. 22×16″ kick, with the front head low and the display head almost hanging off!

But let’s face it, the drum sound we got here is all about…

That Deep DEAD Snare Sound

So how do you get the Willie Mitchell snare sound?

We’ve no idea, but here’s what we did to get something similar that, we think, is pretty sweet.

We went through the snare collection, and the one that seemed like the best starting point was a tatty old steel thing that occasionally gets used as a timbale. Old, cheap and knackered often seems to translate into “character” in the studio. (Bargain!)

Then we employed the “shove-a-knackered-snare-head-upside-down-on-top” strategy. Yes, this involves digging an old head out the dustbin, turning it upside-down and whacking it on top of the existing snare head.

This immediately drops the pitch of the snare, as well as making the top head twice as thick AND dampening it all at the same time. It’s a serious business this…

Then we tuned the top and bottom heads down-down-down just about as far as we dared and slackened the snares to taste.

To get the snare sound you can hear on these recordings took well over an hour of cursing and swearing, but it was worth every f***ing minute.

The Third Overhead

The final piece of our vintage-drum-recording puzzle was to use a ribbon mic over the top of the kit. Almost like a third overhead, to give a tight, contained, focused drum sound.

The Video

Although it isn’t EXACTLY the same setup, and the beat is a disco/EDM groove, this month’s Free Beat Friday has the same snare drum sound using the same trick.

“Big, Round & Bouncy” is available in the usual Beat Shed packages

Mixes – Beats that have been lovingly mixed and treated ready for you to use. They come as CD quality (16 bit, 44.1khz ) stereo WAV files. All the audio you can hear in audio player above are included as separate sections or samples.

Tracks – Dry, unmixed, individual audio files of each and every channel. They come as high resolution WAV files (24 bit, 44.1khz). All the audio you can hear in the audio player above are included as separate sections or samples.

For more information about the packages and how they work, have a look at About The Beat Shed or the WTF page.

Files included in the “Big, Round & Bouncy” Soul Loops

Mixes: 72 WAV files (Stereo 16bit, 44.1 khz) – separate soul loops as stereo mixes.

Tracks: 936 WAV files (24bit, 44.1kz) – separate soul loops as individual files for each channel.

Happy Shedding!

The Sibling…

soul song drums

If you like the sound of “Big, Round & Bouncy”, then checkout the Song Slices loop pack “Since We’ve Been Together“. It was recorded at the same time and has exactly the same kit, setup, mic configuration and production style.

It’s also really useful if you’re songwriting and need inspiration, or if you need long loops in dynamic sections that can be moved around.

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