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Wow. Just wow. What. A. Template. Utterly enjoyed every moment of recording this, R1772!

Pretty straightforward for the drums. Four-on-the-floor with 16ths on the hi-hat, occasionally going into off-beats plus a few fills. Nothing more, nothing less and it was all the more pleasurable to play for it. About all there is to say on this one!

Turned up the compression on the kick and snare - hope it's what you wanted!

Enjoy and thanks, R1772, for a fantastic template. And with this corker of a template, I'm signing off adds for a few days. Give the 'Loops some peace and quiet for a while!


August 11 2015 20:50:18

April 26 2015 17:19:58
Great fun mix MP !!
Guess who'll be making lots of noise to this !? ;)

April 24 2015 15:59:12
Thanks a lot, Francisco al!

April 24 2015 04:42:36
francisco alfrancisco al
muito legal o trabalho
+2 April 24 2015 15:44:26 francisco al mpointon
Muito obrigado!
April 23 2015 23:56:32
great...love it

April 23 2015 23:10:27
Hi mpointon, thanks so much for your great drumming!! This is exactly what I have dreamed of; but I could not imagine that it would be so good.I like all the playing, the fills and the style and the sound as well.I have no clue about drumming but I know what drums I like. And I have tried many midi drums and drumloop collections, many of them recorded by professional Drummers. Mostly the Sound was disappointing in my taste because the drums owned much to much room in the mix, the snare sounded like a tin bucket, the Crash was too loud and so on:-). What I hear in your playing is so well balanced and dynamic though.Like a live concert by Chic (Nile Rodgers) and his Drummer Omar Hakin. :-)
+1 April 24 2015 12:31:29 R1772 mpointon
Thank you! You're very kind. How I'd love Omar Hakim's groove - love his playing.

This tune, to me, epitomises the drummer's real job in music: to keep time, drive the song and keep everyone else in check. Because a lot of what we drummers play is actually quite repetitive, you need to find new ways to challenge yourself. For me, it's not 'what I play' but 'how I play it'. Quality rather than quantity. As I said to Wade, this tune is the same beat throughout but I just alter the hi-hat dynamics and accents to suit. That is where the groove comes in all playing - the inter-beat dynamics and this add perhaps shows how you can make severals feels and rhythms whilst actually playing roughly the same thing. It also gives the whole song a stylistic consistency.

The other mindset is knowing when to keep it solid. I'm as guilty of overplaying as anyone else but the reality is getting past a 'what's cool?' mindset and into a 'what works?' one.

In truth, I did several takes of this and each of them were 'overplayed' for me. In the end, the simplest approach was the most effective and most suitable for the tune.

Anyway, enough waffle from me! Thank you for such a great template. Just love how it contains so many styles, from dance to disco to Stock, Aitken and Waterman in one consistent template. Really one of the loveliest templates I've had the pleasure of adding to. Thanks you.
April 24 2015 16:05:17 R1772 R1772
Hi mpointon, thanks a lot for these very interesting informations.You mentioned Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Great! I think they had been fantastic Producers and Composers - even if I think their drums are electronic mostly?. But I love their synth basses too. They are oustanding. Regards. Rainer
April 24 2015 16:15:41 R1772 mpointon
It's not often I've heard the word 'outstanding' when used in the same sentence as SAW! ;) They released a lot of awful songs with awful frontmen/women (yes, I'm looking at Kylie and Jason!), but the backings were usually top-notch and you can't take it away from SAW: they defined the sound of an era.
April 24 2015 16:24:36 R1772 R1772
I agree 100% - But if I remember right, Waterman (?) composed many years later a contest song which was very weak. Not even a good backing track. Very weak and boring.
April 24 2015 16:27:33 R1772 mpointon
He was probably too busy playing with his trains to spend time writing a decent song by then! ;)
April 23 2015 22:07:25
Boy does this style work for you! Tell the truth now, have you played this style so much that you're on auto pilot?
+1 April 23 2015 22:36:44 Wade mpointon
Thank you, Wade :) In truth, no I don't play it much. It's 'just' a disco beat to me. The key to making this kind of beat feel good is in the ebb and flow dynamics on the hi-hat.
April 24 2015 00:39:24 Wade R1772
@Very interesting and a proof why you cannot do such drums with a midi-sequencer: After tedious work those hihats will never Sound like these sizzling, electrifying hats!:-)))
April 24 2015 17:36:53 Wade mpointon
Thank you. My hi-hats are just so expressive. They're 13" Zildjian K/Z hats Always wanted a set but I only bought into their revelation last year. They replaced my trusty Zildjian New Beats and just blew them out of the water.

They're probably 20 years-old but their sound, recorded or acoustically, are just so clean and expressive. as you say, just the right amount of 'sizzle'. Utterly recommended to any drummer after a tight and controllable sound. Utterly unsuitable for rock though - they won't live long in those conditions!
April 23 2015 18:53:18
So great "wham" feeling. Perfect drums!

April 23 2015 18:40:17
Lenny CowlerLenny Cowler

April 23 2015 18:01:51
super fitting


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