Folk Rock Drops vol. 1 contains 16 drum tracks taking influence from a range of folk rock tracks. Most of them are based on songs from the 60s and 70s. The drums were played by Folk Rock expert Martyn Barker and recorded by legendary Producer / Engineer Phill Brown. The album was recorded at the historic Miloco Livingston Studios in London using a 1966 Vintage Ludwig Hollywood Kit.
The grooves on these tracks take reference from artists such as John Martyn, Traffic, Neil Young, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention and Bob Dylan. Ranging in tempo from 74 BPM to 162 BPM there is a huge range of tracks and grooves to choose from. There are a few 3/4 options and a couple of tracks were played with brushes and hotrods.
For the sound Phill Brown (John Martyn, Bob Marley, Rolling Stones, Talk Talk, Led Zeppelin) used his years of accumulated knowledge and went back to the time of the 60s when he was based at Olympic Studios. Phill’s idea was to create a 1960s drum sound with a modern twist. Instead of positioning the microphones close to the kit he wanted to capture a natural drum sound and record the ‘dead’ room. He used only five microphones on the kit: one on the kick, the snare, two kit microphones placed around the kit which provide a surprisingly good stereo picture, and a mono overhead. All of the mics were recorded through API mic pre’s and recorded straight to 2” tape on a Studer A80 with a 16 track headblock before being transferred into Pro Tools. The kit was recorded in the drier sounding room at Livingston (we saved the liver room for Volume 2 ). Although the sound is controlled it has a great ambience around it. Livingston has been used to record a multitude of hit records over the years and is well known for being one of London’s top drum rooms.
The kit we used for this was a beautiful vintage 1966 Ludwig Hollywood Kit. It is almost identical to the Super Classic kit which Ringo Starr once used, except it has two rack toms rather than just the one. These are beautiful sounding kits. The snares used were a Ludwig 400 and a 1960s wooden Ludwig Snare.
Martyn Barker has had a career playing the drums professionally for over 30 years. He started his career with the band Shriekback and is a busy session drummer recording and touring. Martyn has played for artists such as Martha and Rufus Wainwright, Richard Hawley, Katherine Williams, Lou Reed, Peggy Seeger and he also played drums on Joe Boyd’s ‘Way To Blue’ making him a perfect choice for this album.
All sixteen tracks can be purchased as multi- tracks (unmixed), stems (mixed) or drum loop packs. The multi-tracks come with a tempo map and OMF file to export into other DAW. We provide templates for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Reason, Reaper, Studio One and Ableton Live and the audio comes as 24 Bit WAVs. We also include multi-track loop packs separated into intro, chorus, bridge, verse and outdo. These loops have been locked to the tempo so you can quickly build tracks rather than using the tempo map.
The stems and mix packs contain all the drum parts and percussion as separate stems, come as 24 bit WAVs and also include a tempo map. The stem packs also include stem and mix loops chopped into the same song parts as the multi-tracks (intro, chorus, bridge, verse, middle 8 and outro). These can be quickly imported into any DAW to build tracks without a tempo map.
The loop packs contain live 4 bar loops in each component stem and a folder of grooves and fills which are 2 bar loops locked to the beat. We have included as many useful loops that we can get from each drum track. The loops come formatted as 24 bit WAVs, Apple Loops (24 bit and 16 bit) and Rex 2 Files.
- Variant: Multitrack Session
- SKU: DDA2187FR1MS
- Product Type: Drum Tracks
- Brand: Drumdrops Samples
1: FKD1 162 FOLK 17
Think Nick Drake's ‘Hazey Jane II’. Classic Dave Mattacks groove. Early 70s basic straight-ahead folk rock, with snare skips and snare fills. Adding a ride cymbal. Occasional tom fills. Straight groove with tight snare sound.
2: FKD1 157 FOLK 15
Up-tempo groove and a percussive feel between bass and snare drum. Up-beats on snare drum. Snare rolls on the 8. Rhythm is played with snare and floor tom. A kind of ska groove. Rhythm then straightens out using ride and hi-hat with fills on snare and toms. This is a very erratic groove.
3: FKD1 136 FOLK 11
Cool 3/4 brushes groove adding ride with hi-hat and some fills. Laid back with strong accents on the bass drum. Nick Drake - ‘Saturday Sun’.
4: FKD1 118 FOLK 12
3/4 Waltz with hotrods, snare on the 3 with rides and hi-hats. One of the most heart wrenching 3/4 groove’s you’ll ever hear. Based on Neil Young's ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’.
5: FKD1 102 FOLK 09
Think Buffalo Springfield – ‘For What It’s Worth’. Mid-tempo rock groove, 4’s on tight hi-hats, 3’s on bass drum, dry loose snare, side stick. Ride Cymbal.
6: FKD1 101 FOLK 13
Very uplifting and positive straight shuffle groove. Ride cymbal and hi-hat. Adding those great flurries of snare drum rolls. Traffic - ‘Feeling Alright’.
7: FKD1 100 FOLK 16
Drum track based on Arthur Lee & Love’s ‘You Set the Scene (Part 2)’. Mid-tempo with fills, shuffles and skips. Occasional rolls on snare drum. Great psychedelic groove.
8: FKD1 99 FOLK 03
Starts with a building snare roll, very nice in your face dry snare drum sound. Occasional skips on snare. Classic drums fills of the time, progressing onto ride cymbal. We hear the classic Ludwig tom tom sound with the fills. Based on Fairport Convention - ‘Matty Groves’.
9: FKD1 97 FOLK 14
Percussive bass drum groove with 8’s on tambourine adding 4’s on the snare drum and snare hits on the 4 adding fills. Traffic - ‘Heaven Is In Your Mind’.
10: FKD1 94 FOLK 10
Midnight Choir's ‘Requiem’. Ride cymbal with brushes and bass drum push between the 2 and the 3. Going to hi-hat snare. Soft hypnotic groove.
11: FKD1 94 FOLK 08
Straight ahead folk rock using hotrods with Jazz Blues feel. Snare hits on the 2 and 4 and 4 on the floor bass drum. Occasional snare fills. Bob Dylan - ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’.
12: FKD1 92 FOLK 07
Soft hypnotic 4/4 groove using sweeping brushes, skips. Reference Beth Gibbons - ‘Romance’.
13: FKD1 86 FOLK 04
Mid-tempo cool walking groove. Snare on the 2 and the 4 then moving to side-stick and ride. Quite soulful. Loose deep snare sound.
14: FKD1 85 FOLK 05
Very dry snare, straight bass drum on the 1, on 3, fills, skips and adding side stick on 2 and 4. Slight ghost shuffle on snare. Tight dry snare sound.
15: FKD1 84 FOLK 01
Think Cat Stevens – ‘Can’t Keep It In’. Ghosting groove, fills, ride cymbal. 4/4 Shuffle groove.
16: FKD1 74 FOLK 18
Mid Tempo feel with snare on the 2 and the 4 with a shuffle, accompanied by an off-beat hi-hat with ride cymbal, then changing dynamically to hi-hat and snare. Loose snare sound. Murray Head ‘When You Wake Up’.