Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Make It Funky: Give The Drummer Some

Welcome to 'Make It Funky'. Each week we're going to be providing resources, links and tips for Nu Funk producers. Hopefully there's going to be something for everyone, from noobs to pro's, so stay tuned.

First up, drums. Without them there is no funk.

So here's some links to all the drums you'll ever need.

First up, a well-recorded live drum kit. Sadly the legendary NS7 kit is no longer free, but there is a really rather tasty alternative - the Analogue Drums Big Mono kit.

Analogue Drums say:
"Big Mono is a roomy rendition of a lovable Ludwig, a Rogers Dynasonic snare drum, some tasty Zildjians, and a Sabian ride for good luck. Tracked through a '75 Neve desk, and as always onto a nice thick roll of tape. Recorded in mono using a decca-tree configuration, this kit sounds retro with plenty of space."

Each drum has been multisampled at loads of different velocity levels, for realistic sounding drum sequencing.

You have to register to get your hands on it, but you get 254 discrete 24-bit, 44.1khz mono wav samples, a quick-reference card (PDF) and sampler mapping files for Battery, Kontakt and Logic's EXS24 - all in a handy 135MB package.

Download the kit here.

Now for all the drum machine samples you will ever need. From Acetone Rhythm Ace to Yamaha TX16W, taking in 200 different machines on the way, including the seminal Roland TR-505, 808 and 909.

Simply go to this page, hosted by netlabel Hexawe.

"But what about the breaks?" I hear you cry. Well don't get pissy, we've got that covered too.

Phat Drumloops does exactly what it says on the tin, provides phat breaks from some of the most distinctive drum tracks ever recorded.

It's got yer 'Amen Brother', yer 'Think', yer 'Apache', yer 'Funky Mule' - but it also has some more obscure and unexpected freshness. For example: 'Atlanta Boogaloo' by The Inclines and 'Oh Woman, Oh Why' by Sir Paul of McCartney.

With 580 entries, their beats archive is definitely worth a look for fresh faces and dust-fingered diggers alike.

And finally, you lucky, lucky people, a NuFunk.Net EXCLUSIVE: a massive sampled vinyl kit, with 50 snares, 50 kicks, 50 hats, plenty of fills and percussive hits. There are more than 180 individual samples in this pack, lovingly sourced and sliced ready to load into your weapon of choice.

Grab it here. Don't say we never give you anything.

Now get busy - we want to hear your demos, tracks and WIPs. Use our Soundcloud Dropbox on the right of the page to send us some hot shizzle.

And if you have always fancied making tracks but aren't sure how to go about it, why not start by downloading the Free Portable Music Studio? It contains everything you need to get you up and running.



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