Pro Drums for Songwriters
Jeff Anthony | John Bishop | Terry Bozzio | Tony Braunagel | Bill Bruford | Matt Cameron | Dennis Chambers | Luis Conte | Erik Darken | Rick DiFonzo | Ned Douglas | Sly Dunbar | Graham Hawthorne | Fabrice Dupont | Gregg Keplinger | Terence Higgins | Billy Martin | Chris McHugh | Mitch Mitchell-Style RetroDrums by Billy Martin | Jonathan "Sugarfoot" Moffett | Tony Morra | Greg Morrow | Stephen Perkins | Bernard Purdie | Michael Shrieve | Ben Smith | Matt Sorum | DJ Syze-up | John Tempesta | Gary Thompson | Chuck Treece | Alan White | Lonnie Wilson | Zoro
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie drum loops are now available for DrumCore 4. The world's most recorded drummer, Purdie is known for his signature "Purdie Shuffle," his precise timing, and the feel and attitude that he brings to the mix.
Purdie's audio loops are 48kHz/24-bit stereo files recorded on the Pearl Custom Masters Drum Kit at Jankland Recording in New Jersey. Purdie's multi-velocity sampled Drum Kit, and more new content by Purdie and other drummers are coming soon.
Purdie GrooveSets available for DC4:
Sweat - triple the size of most GrooveSets and jam packed with amazing funky beats. 248 audio loops and fills (514 MB) for $14.99.
Chase - an uptempo set of funk grooves with that unmistakable cop drama car chase scene vibe. 85 audio loops and fills (143 MB) for $4.99.
Lialeh - a laid back groove from the 1974 Lialeh film. 58 loops and fills (180 MB) for $4.99. Lialeh on IMDB, Lialeh Soundtrack on Amazon, and YouTube.
Kid C - upbeat and funky rhythms covering everything from anticipated syncopated patterns to powerful fills that help these loops sit perfectly in the pocket. 47 loops and fills (109 MB) for $4.99.
Sarah S - works great in soul, R&B, classic rock and indie songs. These versatile and mellow grooves will cover the entire spectrum. There's ghost notes galore with these chill straightforward beats. You'll be instantly pulled in to the groove. 46 audio loops and fills (183 MB) for $4.99.
12-8 Old School - soulful, fun and unique, this GrooveSet is a throwback with a vintage feel and that famous Bernard Purdie smoothness that works well with everything from Funk to Soul. 46 audio loops and fills (201 MB) for $4.99.
New: Poppa's Bag - packed with relaxing rhythmic beach vibes with major R&B influence. Perfect for Indie, Rock, Jazz, or even Funk. 50 audio loops and fills (130 MB) for $4.99.
Bernard Purdie was born on June 11, 1939 in Elkton, Maryland as the eleventh of fifteen children. Purdie began to bang out rhythms on improvised equipment as a six-year-old. He purchased his first real drum set at 14, and became the main provider for his family, earning his pay with country and carnival bands. This experience enabled Purdie to "feel my way into nearly every kind of music, 'cause I had to know all styles and was never afraid to try something new."
Purdie moved to New York in 1960 after finishing high school and played with Lonnie Youngblood (among others) before landing his first hit with King Curtis. This led to him playing drums with Aretha Franklin in 1970 - the beginning of an unparalleled career. Since then, Purdie has been a regular guest in the studios of the stars of jazz, soul, and rock, working with Paul Butterfield as well as Larry Coryell, Miles Davis, Hall & Oates, Al Kooper, Herbie Mann, Todd Rundgren and Cat Stevens, as well as regularly producing his own solo albums under his own name. The list is incomplete because no other drummer in the last three decades has seen the interior of a recording studio as often as he has. Bernard "Pretty" Purdie has laid down the beat on over 3000 albums to date.
Master drummer Dennis Chambers' drum loops are now available for Sonoma Wire Works' DrumCore 4 AAX/VST3/AU plug-in. One of the world's most sought after drummers, Chambers is known for his technique and speed, and has played with Parliament/Funkadelic, John Scofield, Maceo Parker and many other famous artists.
Chambers' samples are 24-bit/48kHz stereo grooves recorded at Secret Sound Studios in Baltimore by renowned engineer John Grant. Dennis played an acrylic Pearl Crystal Beat kit, including his signature Pearl snare. See Chambers' full drum kit configuration.
Chambers' GrooveSets for DrumCore:
Rosanna-ish - these rhythms pack big power-ballad style and a driving, triplet feel. 62 audio loops and fills for $4.99.
Fatback 1 - full of attitude, groove and pure energy. The holy grail of upbeat funk. These classic grooves will electrify any funk track and sit right in the pocket. 53 audio loops and fills (133 MB) for $4.99.
Cissy - major league fills with a fat kick that beats like an engine and will leave your head spinning. This new and exciting collection is filled with some of Dennis' most impressive work. 52 audio loops and fills (148 MB) for $4.99.
Slower Funk - Big Funk grooves! You can hear R&B influence under the heavy hits and vibrant hi-hats. 54 audio loops and fills (144 MB) for $4.99.
New: Fatback 2 - Mind blowing! These fast-paced and energetic Funk grooves will leave you stunned and amazed. 30 audio loops and fills (57 MB) for $4.99.
Born in 1959, Dennis Chambers began drumming at the age of four, and was gigging in Baltimore-area nightclubs by the age of six. In 1978 (at 18 years old) he joined Parliament/Funkadelic, and stayed with them until 1985, when he joined the John Scofield band. He was recruited by Doug Wimbish in 1981 to be the Sugar Hill label house drummer. Since then, he has played with most of the major figures in jazz fusion music. He’s played with Stanley Clarke, Sly Stone, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Sugar Hill Gang, Santana, Steely Dan, Maceo Parker and many more. Despite a lack of formal training, Chambers has become well known for his technique and speed, especially his fast hands and triplets on the bass drum. Chambers is particularly regarded for his ability to play in the pocket, but can also stretch very far out of the pocket, which is a hallmark of his technique. Chambers exhibits a powerful style that is technically proficient, yet highly musical and groove-oriented. He can play a wide variety of musical genres, but is perhaps most known for his jazz-fusion, funk, and Latin music playing. He plays and endorses Pearl drums, pedals, hardware & racks, Zildjian cymbals, Zildjian drumsticks & general accessories and Evans drumheads.
Discrete Drums is known for producing great sounding drum tracks that were recorded in high-end studios by renowned drummers, engineers and producers. Sonoma acquired the Discrete Drums brand and product line in 2009. Select Discrete Drums audio loops are now available in DrumCore 4 and they sound great! Listen to previews of the 3 new GrooveSets in DC4's Store. All Discrete Drums content in DC4 is offered as 16-bit/44.1kHz stereo audio loops. Eight GrooveSets ($4.99 each) are available for each collection, and many more are coming soon.
EarthBeat GrooveSets feature premiere session percussionist Eric Darken and ace drummer Greg Morrow. Like most Discrete Drums products, EarthBeat was produced by Rick DiFonzo, the co-founder of Discrete Drums. It was recorded in Studio E at the Sound Kitchen in Cool Springs, TN by Steve Marcantonio. Eric Darken has recorded with Bon Jovi, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and others. Greg Morrow has worked with the Dixie Chicks, Van Zant, 38 Special, Amy Grant, and more. GrooveSets available so far:
• Box of Rocks - A mid-tempo groove with laid back drums. 31 loops and fills (46 MB).
• Carlos - Latin percussion grooves with Latin/Rock drums. 41 loops and fills(51 MB).
• Coffee Beans - Hypnotic drums over a mid tempo Latin blend loop. 39 loops and fills (33 MB).
• Earth Beat - Laid-back grooves that can fit in the Indie scene or give your track a nice old-school hip-hop vibe. 22 loops and fills (38 MB).
• Easy Go - Versatile and massive grooves have a nice, fat and warm kick, complimented by a full sounding snare. Perfect for Country or Rock. 32 loops and fills (26).
• Fast One - Your chiropractor is gonna be busy after you listen to these head banging grooves. It's so easy to just get lost in these uptempo, rockin Alternative Rock sets. 39 loops and fills (25 MB).
• Into It - Chill and eclectic. This collection of mellow alternative drum beats are filled with texture courtesy of the brushes used throughout. 58 loops and fills (56 MB).
• Itchin - Serious and straight-forward, chugging Alt-Rock beats. 29 loops and fills (32 MB).
• Oasis - The perfect foundation to build your psychedelic house of Rock. These washed out massive grooves are great for Acid Rock and anything spaced out and hazy. 33 loops and fills (52 MB) for $4.99.
• New: Space Time - Deep and introspective. Perfect for textured and massive pieces to build upon. Great for Indie, FutureBass and Slow Rock. 26 loops and fills (55 MB) for $4.99.
Heavy Mental GrooveSets offer earth shattering performances by legendary drummer Tony Morra recorded in the world famous Big Boy Room at The Sound Kitchen. Tony Morra started playing drums at age 3 in Queens. His professional career began at 16. He played just about every club in New York area (Bitter End, CBGB, etc.). Since then he has played for many artists in Nashville and worldwide and is producing new bands and artists. The engineer is Steve Marcantonio. His work encompasses classic Nashville as well as the edgier side of the genre, including projects for Deana Carter, Billy Falcon, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, George Strait, Alabama, and many others. GrooveSets available so far:
• 6 Cylinder - A lot of feel with great accents. Parts range from simple grooves to an all out bash. 51 loops and fills (64 MB).
• Air Wrench - Chugging, simple, mid-tempo beats. 46 loops and fills (39 MB).
• Burn Out - Snappy up-tempo beats with thunderous tom segments! 53 loops and fills (38 MB).
• Combustion - Slowed down big Rock drums. These grooves hold their own against any late 90s Alternative Rock. Big, powerful and haunting; these loops pack and deliver the punch to everything from Classic Rock to Grunge. 45 loops and fills (39 MB).
• Crankcase - Fast, Wild and RAW. These heart-pounding double kick driven beats will light a fire under any Metal or Hard Rock track. 57 loops and fills (43 MB).
• Drivetrain - Intense. Fast. Loud. There's really no other appropriate descriptors for Metal drum beats, especially these. Penetrating kick and a snare that will steal your soul. These Heavy Metal grooves are electric. 41 loops and fills (35 MB).
• Full Throttle - The level of intensity in this kit is definitely full throttle. You might break out in a sweat, or you might just pass out from the sheer magnitude of Rock power in this kit. Either way you must not stop listening. You kinda need it now. 49 loops and fills (44 MB).
• Gemini - These Heavy Metal grooves are ready to slice through some distorted guitars like a saw. 58 loops and fills (55 MB).
• Hammer Down - Slow Motion & Heavy. These Metal grooves are just waiting for thick distorted guitars to chug on top of them. There's even some double-time variations. 55 loops and fills (50 MB) for $4.99.
• New: High Gear - A heart pounding, upbeat and roaring Metal collection that will definitely have you shifting into a High Gear. 54 loops and fills (32 MB) for $4.99.
Kickin' Country GrooveSets also feature Tony Morra recorded at his studio, Downtown Batterie Studio, near Nashville, TN. GrooveSets available so far:
• Boot Scoot - Straight-forward shuffle beat emphasizing kick and snare. 47 loops and fills (46 MB).
• Broken McBride - Lazy 3/4 beat that is good for ballads. 45 loops and fills (36 MB).
• Classic Mama - Feeling a little haggard and wishing for Mama? Try this GrooveSet. 55 loops and fills (33 MB).
• Groovy Strawberries - The epitome of Honky Tonk. These 3/4 loops are just what the doctor ordered for your next Country hit! 45 loops and fills (31 MB).
• Keith Told Ya - The real deal in professional Country Music grooves. 49 loops and fills (48 MB).
• LeAnn's Blues - Country Music has always been known to tell amazing stories. These smooth and soft country beats will be the perfect foundation for your next Country Music Ballad. 44 loops and fills (63 MB).
• Lonesome Train - It's really all in the name. You get the old-school depth of the Country music train style drum beats with the new-school flashy quality. It's a win-win with this trustworthy collection. 44 loops and fills (28 MB).
• Lovin Mearle - Good ol' Country grooves packed the brim with heart and emotion. Great for Old School and Modern Country music. 46 loops and fills (49 MB).
• Paisley Ballad - Downtempo, emotional Country grooves. Slow beats waiting for a ballad filled with slide guitars and tear-jerking lyrics. 49 loops and fills (54 MB) for $4.99.
• New: Patsy Waltz - Sultry and smooth. These slowed down Country Waltz patterns are ready to get dragged and dropped into that Country hit you're writing. 42 loops and fills (39 MB) for $4.99.
Jeff Anthony lays down grooves that satisfy the most demanding producers. He's been the beat behind producer/writer/guitarist Jeff Trott, who was co-writer and producer on many of Sheryl Crow's chart-topping hits, including "If It Makes You Happy", "Everyday is a Winding Road" and "A Change Would Do You Good".
John Bishop has played drums with jazz greats such as Bobby McFerrin; Slide Hampton; Benny Golson; George Cables; Kenny Werner; Eddie Daniels; Joanne Brackeen; Carla Bley; Steve Swallow; Kenny Rankin; and countless others. Bishop has appeared on over 60 albums and projects, including sessions with Rudy Van Gelder, Ernie Watts, Ralph Towner and Teo Macero.
From the 80's progressive pop of Missing Persons to the technically "over the top" music of UK and Frank Zappa to his Grammy-winning work with Jeff Beck, Terry Bozzio's drum playing has inspired some truly great compositions and instrumental performances. He can take things from four-on-the-floor pop to smoking double-kick grooves. He will fly into blinding double-stroke fills only to chill with a delicate, melodic part that's perfect for film soundtracks.
Bozzio's Drums for DrumCore:
Terry's content in DrumCore shows a player that's a hybrid of punk enthusiasm and incredible chops that showcases custom-made China cymbals and custom-made melodic toms.
Tony Braunagel provides stellar rootsy beats for rock, blues and country artists. As the drummer behind Lightnin' Hopkins; John Lee Hooker; Charles Brown; B.B. King; Otis Rush; Etta James; Buddy Guy; Koko Taylor; and Jimmie Reed, he can take you from the Delta to Chicago. You can hear his tasty tone and understated playing on Bonnie Raitt's huge "Nick of Time" album and subsequent "Luck of the Draw" recording.
Bill Bruford is a drummer known for innovative playing with classic prog rock and jazz groups such as Yes, King Crimson, UK, Genesis, Patrick Moraz, Al Di Meola, Chick Corea, ABWH and many others. Specializing in odd time signatures and a distinct high pitched snare, big roto toms and pioneering the use of percussion electronics – his sound has always been recognizable as his own, and great players seek him out to spark new creative directions. His solo albums (such as "One of a Kind") have featured great players such as Alan Holdsworth, Jeff Berlin and Dave Stewart and his acclaimed "Earthworks" project continually stretches the boundaries of instrumental music.
Bruford's DC4 content includes 4/4, 11/4, 11/8, 13/8, 9/8, half time, and more. Styles include rock, funk, blues, progressive and jazz.
Matt Cameron's playing is a great representation of the adventure that is Seattle's music scene. Though associated with grunge through his success with Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, his playing is way more multi-dimensional than that style. He has also provided the groove behind bands like Jack Endino's Skin Yard, Temple of the Dog, the garage-tinged Wellwater Conspiracy and the jazz-influenced Tone Dogs. Matt has even done sessions with the Smashing Pumpkins and Our Lady Peace. Grunge? Yeah, sure. And he's just as into prog rock, dancehall, jazz and experimental electronic styles.
Cameron's Drums for DrumCore:
Matt's DC4 content offers very special drum sounds, including a custom built snare by Northwest drummer and drum tech Gregg Keplinger (listen below), famous for perhaps the heaviest and most characteristic steel snare drum on the market. Also offered is a Yamaha David Garibaldi piccolo snare and Matt's Yamaha kit. Plus you get vintage Zildjian cymbals (including 15" hi-hats) with an old-school tone that sits great in a mix!
Luis Conte's genius stems from his ability to integrate the powerful rhythms of his native Cuba with the necessities of American pop music. His long and varied career has included numerous Hollywood film scores and mega-successful albums with Madonna, Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Santana, Shakira, Jackson Browne, Sergio Mendes, Cachao and a multitude of other artists.
Most Latin instruments and playing techniques are available (congas, tambora, pandeiro, triangle, agogo, guiro, repique, guayo, djembe, tumba, udo, surdo, cowbells, various shakers and tambourine) with great-sounding pieces by Meinl percussion.
Eric Darken is a percussionist from Nashville, Tennessee who has recorded with a variety of artists including Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Jewel, Bob Seger, and others. He currently tours with Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band.
Eric's music has been on Dateline, 20/20, The Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer, Access Hollywood, and many MSNBC Shows.
Eric has been nominated 4 times for an Academy of Country Music Award in the musician category, he is a 2 time nominee and winner of a Dove Award in the instrumental category and has been nominated 2 times for a Nashville Music Award.
Erik's content for DrumCore was recorded at the Sound Kitchen - "Studio E" in Cool Springs, Tennessee.
9 GrooveSet in DC4's Store under EarthBeat. More coming for EarthBeat and Discrete Drums Percussion.
Rick DiFonzo was the co-founder and producer for Discrete Drums. Sonoma purchased the Discrete Drums brand in 2009 and is proud to begin selling the content in DrumCore 4. Rick was a guitarist for 80's Philly psycho power pop band, the A's. He moved to NYC in early 80's and recorded and/or toured with Joan Osborn, Roger Waters, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper and others. Then he began writing music for TV. DiFonzo's music has appeared on Friends, American Idol, Grey's Anatomy, Monday Night Football, Saturday Night Live, Oprah Winfrey, ESPN, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and more. His new CDs are Bright Shiny Pop and InstruMENTAL.
Rick DiFonzo Mix Interview, "I recorded guitar tracks on Roger's [Waters] album Amused to Death," he recalls. "That led to my appearance with him at The Wall concert that celebrated the falling of the Berlin Wall in 1990. We played before almost half-a-million people at the site and a broadcast audience that included almost every country in the world!"
Rick DiFonzo produced the following products that are being migrated to DC4 as add-on GrooveSets.
27 GrooveSet in DC4's Store under EarthBeat, Heavy Mental 2 and Kickin' Country. More coming for those and Discrete Drums Percussion, Heavy Mental 1 and Rock Series 1 and 2.
Ned Douglas, currently Head Of Music at Dave Stewart's Weapons Of Mass Entertainment, is an accomplished master of drum programming. He has worked with Andy Wright on the Simply Red album "Life," and has formed an enduring working relationship with Dave Stewart. This has resulted in working with Marianne Faithfull, Gwen Stefani, Mudbone and on the new film version of Alfie. Recent projects also included programming with Al Stone for Hooverphonic and Eagle Eye Cherry. Ned worked with DJ Syze-up (listed below) to create their DrumCore content.
This is the real deal in reggae drumming. As half of "Sly & Robbie," reggae's premier rhythm section, Sly Dunbar has appeared on records by legends such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Black Uhuru and Burning Spear. He has also played with non-reggae artists such as Grace Jones, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, and Herbie Hancock. His latest work is in the classic "Dub" style.
From its light and playful hi-hat figures to snare drops and ghost notes, Sly's content for DrumCore captures the sounds of a true Jamaican "riddum" king. This pack is perfect for those who want authentic reggae, roots and ska feel.
Graham Hawthorne is one of the most in demand drummers on the New York scene. His flawless groove and versatility has propelled artists as varied as Paul Simon, Beyonce, Joss Stone, Donald Fagen, Kid Rock, Queen Latifah, India Arie, Lyle Lovett, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Suzanne Vega, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Cee-Lo, Gilberto Gil, Randy Brecker, David Byrne and Suzanne Vega. He is also a highly regarded producer, having worked on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and jingles. Graham Hawthorne is the drummer of the pureDrums content produced by Fabrice Dupont (listed below).
Fab (Fabrice Dupont) has produced and/or mixed projects for Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifa, DJ Colette, Toots And The Maytals (the 2004 Grammy Award winning 'Duets' CD), DJ Mark Ronson, Bon Jovi, Babyface, Isaac Hayes, Brazilian Girls and a slew of artists. Fab produced the pureDrums content by drummer Graham Hawthorne (listed above).
Gregg Keplinger is known around Seattle as a versatile local drummer who has played with a number of great artists. He's played vintage rock grooves with Canned Heat and Randy Hanson/Noel Redding, R&B with Big Mama Thornton, and jazz with Herb Ellis, Carter Jefferson and European jazz saxophonist Leszek Zadlo. He is known for getting great drum tones, and has helped players like Matt Cameron explore new sounds. Gregg has his own company, Keplinger Drums, that makes custom instruments.
Born and raised in NOLA, Terence Higgins is well versed in the New Orleans funk style. He is currently touring with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Scofield's Piety Street Band, and SwampGrease. In the past, he played with Widespread Panic, Dr. John, and Norah Jones, to name a few, appears on dozens of albums, and recently released his In the Bywater CD.
Higgins' Drums for DrumCore:
Pearl MRX Masters Series Vintage Sunburst with black hardware, 22x18 bass drum, 8x8 tom, 10x9 tom, 12x10 tom, 16x14 tom, 14x6.5 snare drum (Steve Ferrone Signature), 13x6.5 snare drum (Joey Jordison Signature), and a 14x6.5 snare drum (Sensitone).
Billy Martin is an internationally acclaimed drummer/multi percussionist for Medeski, Martin and Wood. Well known and highly respected for his innovative rhythms, creative approach, and manic improvisational skills over a wide range of styles, Billy continues to push the art of drumming and rhythm to a higher level. Billy is a unique artist, and this collection of drum loops captures his incredible ability to create and inspire.
Martin's Drums for DrumCore:
Early 60's Rogers Luxor Set, 20" Bass Drum, 12" Rack Tom, 14" Floor Tom, 5x14 snare, Craviotto 10" snare - newer (2000's) vintage, Cymbals: Various 1950's 18"-20" K rides and 1950's 14" K Hi Hats
Billy Martin also created DrumCore content performed in the style of legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell (named RetroDrums in DC4). Authentic 1960's drums and cymbals (in Mitch's specifications) and vintage recording gear and techniques were used to recreate the classic Mitch Mitchell sound as accurately as possible. The live audio drum loops cover a wide range of stylistic emulations of Mitch's signature grooves and fills. Variations, fills, intros, stops, and endings are all offered for virtually infinite groovy retro drum track creations in your DAW. Also offered are 2 multi-velocity layered MIDI kits featuring sounds sampled from the vintage 60's kit, as well as MIDI file versions of the grooves and fills represented in this unique collection. Single hit sounds are also readily available for easy addition to your projects.
Martin's Mitchell-Style RetroDrums for DrumCore:
Vintage circa 1967 Ludwig 3 Ply Drums, 16x22 Bass Drum, 13x9 Mounted Rack Tom, 16x16 Floor Tom, 18x18 Floor Tom, 60's Era Ludwig 5x14 Supraphonic Snare (2), 60's Era Zildjian A Cymbals, 16" Crash, 18" Crash, 20" Crash/Rivet Ride, 20" Ride, 22" Rivet Ride, and 14" Hi Hats.
Not only did Chris McHugh tour with Keith Urban on his "Escape Together World Tour," but his work can be heard on numerous platinum and Grammy Award winning recordings from a virtual who's who in the music industry. It is estimated that his involvement in the making of nearly 50 albums has played a role in the sale of upwards of 100 million worldwide.
A New Jersey native, Chris moved to Nashville in 1985 to start his professional music career. He has since recorded, produced and audio engineered for the likes of Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Jewel, etc. He has also served as Keith Urban's musical director for over two years.
Chris' content for DrumCore was recorded at the Sound Kitchen - "Studio E" in Cool Springs, Tennessee.
Several GrooveSets coming soon to DC4's Store under the name Rock Series 2.
Coming the birthplace of funk, New Orleans, Jonathan Moffett has kept the world dancing with solid grooves. At age 12, he got the nickname "Sugarfoot" because of his fast, and articulate bass drum work, playing 16th and even 32nd note figures within his funky, relentless grooves. From 70's recordings, such as the Mardis Gras standard "Second Line" or "Don't Stop the Music" by R&B artist Yarbrough and Peaoples, to the polished 80's recordings he did with Madonna (Open Your Heart, Live To Tell, Like A Prayer, etc.), Elton John (Sacrifice, George Michael (with Elton John in the "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" video) and more - Sugarfoot has a way with a beat that attracts attention. His extensive work with the Jacksons (including solo work with Michael and Janet) kept arenas of fans bopping and disco dance floors hopping. Jonathan "Sugarfoot" Moffett performed with the Jackson family for 30 years, including Michael's "This is It" movie.
Styles include Funk, RnB, Disco, Hip-Hop and more.
Sugarfoot's Drums for DrumCore:
Drumkits include his "Main Kit" which is a Drum Workshop (DW) maple kit that includes: Tom sizes 10" x 9", 12" x 10",14" x 13", 16" x 14" (floor tom 1), 18" x 16" (floor tom). Kicks: 24" x 20", 22" x 20" and a 28" x 26". Snares included a DW 14" x 4" snare, a Dixon 6" x 5" maple micro snare, a 10" x 8" Pork Pie maple snare, a 14" x 8" Yamaha Birch snare, and a 4" x 14" Yamaha brass piccolo snare.
Tony Morra started playing drums at age 3 in Queens. His career began at 16. He played every club in New York (Bitter End and CBGB). Tony says, "Growing up in NYC gave me the opportunity to play rock, funk, jazz, and pop. I did drum programming and live playing on jingles and TV. I traveled with Sweet Sensation and Stevie B. I worked with producers and writers in LA like Diane Warren. Now I play for artists including Ayeshia Woods, Aja, Amy Grant, BJ Thomas, Bobby Caldwell, John Pizzarelli, Songs From The Neighborhood's Tribute to Mr. Rogers! (Won A Grammy), Bruce Springsteen & Joe Grushecky (old friends), Paul Taylor (Winger), Rod Morgenstein (Winger/Dixie Dregs), Alex M (Laguna Beach), Nicole Mullen, Avalon, The Katina's Demon, Kogure (Japanese Heavy Metal Singer), "Chronicles of Narnia", "Just Married", Rachel Farris, Jennifer Paige, Cherie Adams (Formerly of "Avalon"), Van Zant, Regis & Kelly, and more."
His DrumCore Discrete Drums content was recorded at the Sound Kitchen - "Big Boy Studio" in Cool Springs, Tennessee.
The first GrooveSet released for DC4 is 6 Cylinder, which has a lot of feel to it with great accents. The parts range from simple grooves to an all out bash. 5 other Heavy Mental sets are available so far.
9 GrooveSets are available in DC4's Store and more are coming under the names Heavy Mental and Heavy Mental 2.
Greg Morrow has worked with numerous industry talents including the Dixie Chicks, Van Zant, 38 Special, Hank Williams III, DeGarmo & Key, LeAnn Rimes, Amy Grant, Travis Tritt and Deana Carter, and more.
Stephen Perkins started playing drums at 8 years old. At 13, he bought his first pro drum kit and started lessons with Jim Engle and Joel Gallant. In 1983 he started Dizaster with his friend Dave Navarro and in '86 joined Jane's Addiction (which Dave also joined 2 weeks later). When the first Jane's album came out in 1987 it helped to define a fresh, alternative LA sound. Stephen's powerful, hybrid grooves mixed funk, punk, metal and ethnic ingredients into a tasty flavor as diverse in influences as LA itself and filled with punk energy. His innovative playing also propelled other great bands that include Porno for Pyros, Banyan and The Panic Channel. Perkins even joined fellow LA drummer Tommy Lee for one of Lee's "Methods of Mayhem" tours.
Perkins' Drums for DrumCore:
Stephen's main drumkit used in his DrumCore content is an eight-piece DW maple kit with double kick drums, alternate snares (including DW maple with wood rims, Ludwig Black Beauty brass, vintage Slingerland and a Scottish marching snare), bongos and a large assortment of Zildjian rides, crashes and specialty cymbals.
"Some drummers only have chops, but ... Michael is like a box of crayons; he has all the colors." – Carlos Santana
As the original drummer for Santana, Michael Shrieve played on their first eight albums and helped define their distinctive fusion of Latin and rock. His recording credits include work with Mick Jagger; The Rolling Stones; Pete Townshend; Steve Winwood; Police guitarist Andy Summers; film composer Mark Isham; John Mclaughlin; Freddie Hubbard; Jaco Pastorius; Wayne Horvitz; Bill Frisell; Zakir Hussain and Airto Moriera.
Ben Smith has performed and/or recorded with Heart; Ann and Nancy Wilson; Buddahead (for producer Don Gilmore of Linkin Park and Sugar Ray fame); Taj Mahal; Lovemongers; Deniece Williams; Peter Frampton; P.F. Sloan (legendary writer of "Eve of Destruction" and "Secret Agent Man"); Cornelius Bumpus; Sugar Pie de Santos; jazz artists Nancy Wilson, Ernestine Anderson; Mark Egan (Pat Metheny); Randy Brecker (Brecker Brothers); and Phoebe Snow. He also performed in the Cameron Crowe film Vanilla Sky, and worked with noted guitarist Bill Frisell on the film Around the Fire.
Matt Sorum is the consummate rock journeyman, having played with the Cult and Guns N' Roses, who chalked-up $30 million in record sales and two Grammy and MTV award nominations with Matt at the drums. These days Matt is the slammin' beat behind the hard rock supergroup "Velvet Revolver."
Sorum's powerhouse beats will breath fire into your next track. He adds a massive infusion of energy. Pounding kicks, cracking snares and slashing cymbals help build a track from restrained to unchained. With power and finesse Matt stirs together hard rock, metal and alternative styles creating a hybrid of emotional drumming. His loops, fills, and variations provide all the song elements needed to construct a killer drum track. You get grooves from 230 to 70 bpm, so you're covered from a drivin' shred to a slow burn.
DJ Syze-up has co-written with artists such as Ultranate and Jeff Beck. He has been involved in a wide-range of remix projects for Jamiroquai, Aretha Franklin, and has a critically-acclaimed remix of Jeff Beck's Grammy-winning track "Dirty Mind." He has also enjoyed chart success with S.I.A.'s "Taken For Granted." DJ Syze-up worked with Ned Douglas (listed above) to create their DrumCore content.
Sure, John Tempesta can deliver the double-kicking fire, and he has a great feel for the changes and nuance that make a great drum track. Not just a flash player, John puts thought into his drumming as well as sweat and blood. He has played with Rob Zombie, Exodus, Testament, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath guitarist), Helmet, Scum of The Earth and is now the drummer for the Cult.
Previous band mates rave about John's percussive power. Testament's Eric Peterson said "John is definitely one of the best drummers in the country. He has the power of John Bonham, the finesse of Carter Beauford, and the aggression of Dave Lombardo. As a drummer, John really has it all." Former White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult said "John was the best." The votes are cast. This guy can ROCK!
John's attitude is reflected when he says "I've been able to record and tour with so many people I've always admired. I'm very fortunate, and there are so many great players out there, so I've been very lucky and blessed. If you believe in what you do, anything can happen..."
Tempesta's Drums for DrumCore:
John's kit that was used in DrumCore is all about sounds that work well with heavy metal and aggressive rock. Slashing cymbals, John's signature "Stealth Snare" from TAMA, and all the pieces of his raging double-kick kit are represented.
An early member of the original DrumCore team (Paul Allen's Vulcan, Inc. and Submersible Music), Gary Thompson participated in many facets of DrumCore content creation. Gary used his experience as a drummer for the TKO and Q5 hard rock and heavy metal bands in the 70's and 80's in Seattle, his experience as a session musician for Paul Allen, and his experience with technology, multimedia and audio recording to help create incredible DrumCore content.
Gary did a lot of work on DrumCore's content library, including editing many of the MIDI grooves that go with the audio. He created the MIDI drum kit sounds and MIDI beats in DrumCore under the name Urban GT in the styles of R&B, Urban, and Hip-Hop. He recorded The Red Kit, which is a custom-built, red acrylic Pork Pie kit with a great selection of Zildjian cymbals - great for rock, pop and more! He also recorded the GT Ludwig Sparkle Kit, which was tuned and tweaked for rock, pop and modern country styles.
When 13-year-old Chuck Treece discovered the Sex Pistols, Clash, Minor Threat and Philly's Cherry Hill Skate Park – "boards and music" became THE fixation. He formed a punk band, "McRad", with fellow skater Zeke Zagar and skate rock videos followed including "Ban This" and "Propaganda". Always reaching, next was a solo project, remixes (Sting, Amy Grant, the Goats) and then the drummer's seat for Bad Brains and Urge Overkill. Putting his arms around punk, hip-hop and other styles has forged a sound that's attracted attention. Sessions include working with Billy Joel, King Britt, Buck-O-Nine, Res and G. Love as well as collaborations with producer Scott Storch for Jadakis, featuring Mariah Carey and Ricky Martin.
Chuck's friend Aaron Fishbein (Scott Storch, Beyonce) helped ignite the vibe in these sessions that were previously named Sk8PuNKbeAtz. These beats are not vanilla, pigeon-holed, studio "pristine" and po-lite grooves. They have as much soul, grit, love and daring as you'd expect from Philly… and as you'd expect from Chuck.
Treece's Drums for DrumCore:
- C and C Custom Drums
- Aquarian Drum Heads
- Instanbul Cymbals
Not many drummers can span everything from the accessible, solid, pop sounds of John Lennon to the mixed time signatures, frenetic tempo variations and dynamic overtures of Yes. Alan White's playing has consistently shown his yoga-like, stylistic flexibility while keeping a creative edge, regardless of genre. He played with Lennon on his successful "Imagine" album, with George Harrison on "All Things Must Pass," and has been the driving heartbeat of Yes since 1972. Alan also conducts numerous drum clinics around the world to encourage and teach other drummers.
Alan White is known for making even the oddest time signatures groove, and his DC4 content showcases his beats, fills and variations in 7/4, 7/8, 5/4 and 9/4. There's even a taste of 4/4 here and there!
Lonnie Wilson has won the Academy of Country Music's "Drummer of the Year" award twice and Music Row Magazine's "Top Studio Drummer" award four times. He has played on countless hits with artists that include Brooks and Dunn, Faith Hill, George Jones, Martina McBride, Rascal Flats, Randy Travis and Waylon Jennings; and he's played on 19 number one singles for Tim McGraw alone! As a songwriter, he has written for Rascal Flatts, Brooks and Dunn, Joe Diffie and Andy Griggs.
Lonnie's content for DC4 offers great country drums, including brush and blastix grooves that are perfect for country, alt-country, and even folk and rock styles.
From the classic '60s-'70s rock he played with Lenny Kravitz to the old-school, R&B-meets-hip-hop beats from the Bobby Brown days, Zoro has always delivered the groove with maximum soul. Zoro wrote the popular "Commandments of R&B Drumming: A Comprehensive Guide to Soul, Funk & Hip-Hop" instructional DVD series and the beats you find in DrumCore reach all the way back to funk's New Orleans roots.
A huge number of funky grooves are offered that lend themselves to RnB, hip-hop, and pop song styles.
The Sound Kitchen is the Southeast's most prestigious recording facility. Many of the biggest names spanning all music genres have recorded here (3 Doors Down, Amy Grant, Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Bruce Springsteen, Buddy Guy, Chicago, Dixie Chicks, Jimmy Buffett, Keith Urban, and many more. Because Studio E is self contained, it is a very popular choice for projects. Within this studio is an 18' x 30' tracking room, four iso-booths, and a Yamaha C-7 piano. Studio E is ideal for tracking small sections, overdubs, and even mixing.
Discrete Drums GrooveSets in DrumCore Recorded in Sound Kitchen's Studio E:
EarthBeat: Box of Rocks plus 5 more (More Coming Soon)
Rock Series 2 (Coming Soon)
The Sound Kitchen is the Southeast's most prestigious recording facility. Many of the biggest names spanning all music genres have recorded here (3 Doors Down, Amy Grant, Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Bruce Springsteen, Buddy Guy, Chicago, Dixie Chicks, Jimmy Buffett, Keith Urban, and many more. The remarkable Big Boy Studio includes 3,000 square feet of tracking space, six isolation booths, and a Yamaha C-7 grand piano. Big Boy is a beautiful and spacious studio, measuring 45 feet by 74 feet in length.
Discrete Drums GrooveSets in DrumCore Recorded in Sound Kitchen's Big Boy Studio:
Heavy Mental (Coming Soon)
Heavy Mental 2: 6 Cylinder plus 5 more (More Coming Soon)
From Mix review of Hum Depot "Between downtown Nashville and Berry Hill (was) a funky two-room studio called Hum Depot that (was) owned by studio session aces Greg Morrow, Tony Harrell and producer RS Field. It is one of those places a lot of cool artists and producers like to go to. The Hum Depot's clients have included Lucinda Williams, Ray Benson, the Dixie Chicks, ZZ Top, Steve Earle, Dan Baird, Steve Forbert, John Kilzer, Todd Snider, Raul Malo (The Mavericks), Steve Cropper, Radney Foster and Robbie Fulks. Producers who have worked there include Richard Bennett, RS Field, David Leonard, Rick Will, Joe Hardy, Chris Farren and Mike Utley."
"The upstairs room (was) outfitted with a Neve 8232 32 X 24 recording console, a 24-track Sony APR-24 machine, and a solid assortment of vintage and new outboard gear. While Hum had its share of the popular digital gear, they valued the classic stuff. In that spirit, the owners installed a 1972 24 X 16 API console in the downstairs room."
The Hum Depot appears to be closed. After owning The Hum Depot Recording Studio in Nashville for eight years, Tony Harrell joined with two partners to open Vibe56 Studio located on famous Music Row in Nashville.
Discrete Drums GrooveSets in DrumCore Recorded in Sound Kitchen's Big Boy Studio:
Rock Series 1 (Coming Soon)
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