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Royal Drops - Stems Version
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Genre: Drums

Additional Styles: Live Music, Percussion, Jazz, and Soul

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BPM: 62 - 262

Royal Drops is an album of 15 sweet soul drum tracks, engineered and performed by Timmy Rickard. Royal Drops takes its reference from the music produced at Royal studio in Memphis during the 1970’s. Home to legendary producer and founder of Hi Records, Willie Mitchell. The tracks are based upon recordings of Hi Record artists Al Green and Anne Peebles, with drummers Al Jackson JR and Howard Grimes providing their unmistakable grooves.

This release incorporates key components found in the classic Hi Records drum sound, including swung bass drum patterns, 8th note emphasis on the hi hats, classically simple drum fills and a few 6/8 drum grooves. A big reason why this drum style is so revered is because of the thoughtful simplicity in which Al Jackson JR and Howard Grimes composed their drum parts. Using that same ethos, Royal Drops will be perfect for a wide range of producers and composers who are looking for timeless grooves to get creative with.

Unlike the one microphone, large open room drum sounds coming out of Motown and Stax in the 60’s/early 70’s, Willie Mitchell preferred a small dry room, often using three or four microphones on the drum kit. To capture the same vibe we used the perfectly suited dry live room at Miloco’s The Square. The concept behind the mic positioning is unique to this release. We used four mic’s, each placed in carefully selected positions around the kit, so each mic captures the drum kit as a whole, meaning you can use any one mic as your drum sound, or you can blend some/all of the mic’s to create your ideal sound.

We used one Coles 4038 positioned between the hi hat and the rack tom, which gives a snare heavy drum sound. The second Coles 4038 was positioned under the ride cymbal between the rack tom and the floor tom, which produces a bass drum heavy sound. The third Coles 4038 was positioned about 4ft behind and to the right of Timmy, on the floor tom side, capturing all the lovely attack sound from the vintage Gretsch kit. The Fourth and final mic used was either a Beyer M160, or an STC 4021 (aka - Ball & Biscuit mic). This was placed in a more conventional overhead position, directly over the snare drum, capturing that classic lofi drum sound. The mic’s went through a Neve 1066 mic pre, two Telefunken V76s and a Calrec PQ1061. Of course like all other Drumdrops drum tracks we recorded on to 2” 16 track tape running at 15 ips to give extra bottom end.

The sound though would not be complete without the right kit. We used Timmy Rickard’s vintage 1960’s Gretsch with a 20” x 14” Kick drum, 13” x 9” Rack Tom and a 16” x 16” Floor Tom. The snares used were a combination of two Gretsch Renown Maple Snares (14” x 6” and 14” x 5”), a Ludwig Acrolite 14” x 5” and a Ludwig 400” 14” x 5”. Cymbals were wonderful dark sounding Bosphorous New Orleans Hi Hats (2 x 16” Crashes), a 20” Ride and an 18” Crash. On a number of tracks we have added shakers, tambourines or congas.

This tribute to the Royal Studio drum sound would not be complete without the signature low pitched snare, muted by Timmy’s wallet. The classic tea towel trick on the toms was occasionally used, as was a chain on the ride cymbal giving certain tracks that jazz flavour. However all these touches would remain obsolete if it weren’t for the fact that Timmy has educated himself to play with a really light touch, mimicking the way these classic drummers played. Timmy was also instrumental in the production of the tracks which he recorded with the Drumdrops in-house engineer Ben Thackeray.

In case you were wondering, here’s a little bit more about the man behind this release. Timmy Rickard is a South London based drummer, composer, engineer and producer, and the founder of Monosole Music. Timmy has toured all over the world as a live drummer, but his heart is in the recording studio. He is often found working on various projects with different producers in studios across the UK and Europe, and also at his own studio in South London. This is where Timmy spends his time producing and mixing tracks for various artists, but mainly recording drum tracks, championing his less is more approach to engineering.

The Stems and mix packs which have all the separate drum mics, percussion and reverb as separate stems come as full length 24 bit WAVs and these also come with a tempo map. The Stem and Mix packs also include the locked to the beat song construction loops (but mixed versions).

Checkout a video of the making of Royal Drops here. and the mixing of the kit here.

Please note, this is the Stems version. Check out the Multi Track version HERE and Loop version HERE

Kontakt and BFD Versions are available at Plugin Boutique HERE

 

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  • 101BPM Stems Kit 9
    $4.93
    what's inside?
    • The instantly recognisable 'Let's Stay Together' by Al green inspires this multifaceted drum composition. Kicking off with the classic intro ride groove, which then melts into a driving verse pattern, which is politely interrupted now and then by its classic Motown bridge part. Accompanied by congas throughout, this pattern lays down a classic 70's soul template.
    • 2 x Mixes and 5 Stems in 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files
    • Full Mix
    • No Percussion Mix
    • Coles 1 Stem
    • Coles 2 Stem
    • Coles 3 Stem
    • Overhead Stem
    • Congas Stem
    • Beat Tempo Map
    • Mix & Stem Loops - Loops created from the full length mixes for quick and easy song creating.
    • 1 x 4 Bar Intro Loop
    • 4 x 8 Bar Verse Loops
    • 3 x 8 Bar Chorus Loops
    • 1 x 8 Bar Bridge Loop
    • 1 x 8 Bar Outro Loop
    • Manual PDF
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  • 105BPM Stems Kit 10
    $4.93
    what's inside?
    • Referencing one of the more recent Al Green tracks 'I'm Wild About You'. This groove starts off with a dark, tribal like tom pattern, which then develops into the more familiar Al Green, boom-bap foot tapper.
    • 1 x Mix and 4 Stems in 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files
    • Full Mix
    • Coles 1 Stem
    • Coles 2 Stem
    • Coles 3 Stem
    • Overhead Stem
    • Beat Tempo Map
    • Mix & Stem Loops - Loops created from the full length mixes for quick and easy song creating.
    • 1 x 2 Bar Intro Fill Loop
    • 1 x 8 Bar Intro Loop
    • 4 x 8 Bar Verse Loops
    • 2 x 8 Bar Chorus Loops
    • 1 x 8 Bar Bridge Loop
    • 1 x 8 Bar Outro Loop
    • 1 x 2 Bar Outro Fill Loop
    • Manual PDF
    add to cart
  • 119BPM Stems Kit 14
    $4.93
    what's inside?
    • Based on the classic Al Green track 'Take Me To The River'. A driving mid tempo drum groove played on the rim of the bass drum together with a cross stick, giving it a unique sonic quality.
    • 1 x Mix and 4 Stems in 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files
    • Full Mix
    • Coles 1 Stem
    • Coles 2 Stem
    • Coles 3 Stem
    • Overhead Stem
    • Beat Tempo Map
    • Mix & Stem Loops - Loops created from the full length mixes for quick and easy song creating.
    • 1 x 4 Bar Intro Loop
    • 4 x 8 Bar Verse Loops
    • 1 x 4 Bar Verse Loop
    • 3 x 4 Bar Chorus Loops
    • 2 x 8 Bar Bridge Loops
    • 1 x 4 Bar Outro Loop
    • 1 x 1 Bar Outro Fill Loop
    • Manual PDF
    add to cart
  • 122BPM Stems Kit 8
    $4.93
    what's inside?
    • An uptempo Motown tribute by Ann Peebles called 'My Man' takes credit for this pattern. together with a tambourine, this groove drives with purpose from start to finish.
    • 2 x Mixes and 5 Stems in 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files
    • Full Mix
    • No Percussion Mix
    • Coles 1 Stem
    • Coles 2 Stem
    • Coles 3 Stem
    • Overhead Stem
    • Tambourine Stem
    • Beat Tempo Map
    • Mix & Stem Loops - Loops created from the full length mixes for quick and easy song creating.
    • 1 x 1 Bar Intro Fill Loop
    • 2 x 8 Bar Verse Loops
    • 4 x 8 Bar Chorus Loops
    • 2 x 8 Bar Bridge Loops
    • 2 x 8 Bar Outro Loops
    • Manual PDF
    add to cart
  • 126BPM Stems Kit 2
    $4.93
    what's inside?
    • A homage to the classic slow 6/8 style groove that Willie Mitchell loved to produce. Incorporating different fills, and different groove ideas that are sure to inspire.
    • 1 x Mix and 4 Stems in 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files
    • Full Mix
    • Coles 1 Stem
    • Coles 2 Stem
    • Coles 3 Stem
    • Overhead Stem
    • Beat Tempo Map
    • Mix & Stem Loops - Loops created from the full length mixes for quick and easy song creating.
    • 1 x 1 Bar Intro Loop
    • 8 x 8 Bar Verse Loops
    • 2 x 8 Bar Chorus Loops
    • 1 x 4 Bar Chorus Loop
    • 6 x 4 Bar Middle 8 Loops
    • 2 x 8 Bar Middle 8 Loops
    • 1 x 4 Bar Outro Loop
    • 2 x 8 Bar Outro Loops
    • Manual PDF
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  • 226BPM Stems Kit 7
    $4.93
    what's inside?
    • A 12/8 groove on Al Green's 'Can't Get Next To You' is credited as the muse for this pattern. This classic blues beat goes from hi hat's to ride, which brings creative options to the song writing process.
    • 1 x Mix and 4 Stems in 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files
    • Full Mix
    • Coles 1 Stem
    • Coles 2 Stem
    • Coles 3 Stem
    • Overhead Stem
    • Beat Tempo Map
    • Mix & Stem Loops - Loops created from the full length mixes for quick and easy song creating.
    • 1 x 1 Bar Intro Fill Loop
    • 2 x 8 Bar Verse Loops
    • 1 x 8 Bar Chorus Loop
    • 1 x 8 Bar Bridge Loop
    • 1 x 8 Bar Outro Loop
    • 1 x 1 Bar Outro Fill Loop
    • Manual PDF
    add to cart
  • 62BPM Stems Kit 15
    $4.93
    what's inside?
    • A groove inspired by the Ann Peebles track 'I'm so thankful'. a slow head nodding pattern with a displaced backbeat. Some tasteful fills and a cross stick section to help with dynamics.
    • 1 x Mix and 4 Stems in 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files
    • Full Mix
    • Coles 1 Stem
    • Coles 2 Stem
    • Coles 3 Stem
    • Overhead Stem
    • Beat Tempo Map
    • Mix & Stem Loops - Loops created from the full length mixes for quick and easy song creating.
    • 1 x 1 Bar Intro Fill Loop
    • 3 x 8 Bar Verse Loops
    • 1 x 4 Bar Verse Loop
    • 1 x 8 Bar Bridge Loop
    • 1 x 4 Bar Outro Loop
    • 1 x 1 Bar Outro Fill Loop
    • Manual PDF
    add to cart
  • 74BPM Stems Kit 3
    $4.93
    what's inside?
    • A slow balled style composition, based upon Al Green's track 'Simply Beautiful'. starting with just a kick drum and stepped hi hat, eventually bringing in the cross stick, and then the snare.
    • 1 x Mix and 4 Stems in 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files
    • Full Mix
    • Coles 1 Stem
    • Coles 2 Stem
    • Coles 3 Stem
    • Overhead Stem
    • Beat Tempo Map
    • Mix & Stem Loops - Loops created from the full length mixes for quick and easy song creating.
    • 2 x 4 Bar Intro Loops
    • 4 x 4 Bar Verse Loops
    • 1 x 2 Bar Verse Loop
    • 1 x 8 Bar Chorus Loop
    • 2 x 2 Bar Chorus Loops
    • 1 x 4 Bar Middle 8 Loop
    • 1 x 2 Bar Middle 8 Loop
    • 1 x 1 Bar Middle 8 Loop
    • 2 x 4 Bar Outro Loops
    • Manual PDF
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  • 78BPM Stems Kit 13
    $4.93
    what's inside?
    • Al Jackson Jr's classic drum break kicks off Al Green's 'i'm glad you're mine', so paying homage to this track was a must. after the quirky break beat comes a heavy classically simple 'Al Green' style groove. a shaker gives the groove an extra percussive element.
    • 2 x Mixes and 5 Stems in 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files
    • Full Mix
    • No Percussion Mix
    • Coles 1 Stem
    • Coles 2 Stem
    • Coles 3 Stem
    • Overhead Stem
    • Shaker Stem
    • Beat Tempo Map
    • Mix & Stem Loops - Loops created from the full length mixes for quick and easy song creating.
    • 1 x 8 Bar Intro Loop
    • 2 x 8 Bar Verse Loops
    • 2 x 8 Bar Chorus Loops
    • 1 x 4 Bar Chorus Loop
    • 1 x 8 Bar Bridge Loop
    • 1 x 8 Bar Outro Loop
    • 1 x 2 Bar Outro Fill Loop
    • Manual PDF
    add to cart
  • 79BPM Stems Kit 11
    $4.93
    what's inside?
    • The groove heavy 'When I'm In Your Arms' by Ann Peebles was the inspiration for this pattern. a tambourine and congas accompany this 16th note, hi hat heavy syncopated drum groove.
    • 2 x Mixes and 6 Stems in 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files
    • Full Mix
    • No Percussion Mix
    • Coles 1 Stem
    • Coles 2 Stem
    • Coles 3 Stem
    • Overhead Stem
    • Conga Stem
    • Tambourine Stem
    • Beat Tempo Map
    • Mix & Stem Loops - Loops created from the full length mixes for quick and easy song creating.
    • 1 x 1 Bar Intro Fill Loop
    • 2 x 8 Bar Verse Loops
    • 3 x 8 Bar Chorus Loops
    • 1 x 8 Bar Bridge Loop
    • 1 x 8 Bar Outro Loop
    • 1 x 2 Bar Outro Fill Loop
    • Manual PDF
    add to cart
  • 83BPM Stems Kit 4
    $4.93
    what's inside?
    • A classic hi records style mid tempo 16th note hi hat groove. An Al Jackson jr signature style low pitched snare, muted by a wallet, drives this simple, versatile groove. a breakdown section without the snare and simple fills allow for multiple options.
    • 1 x Mix and 4 Stems in 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files
    • Full Mix
    • Coles 1 Stem
    • Coles 2 Stem
    • Coles 3 Stem
    • Overhead Stem
    • Beat Tempo Map
    • Mix & Stem Loops - Loops created from the full length mixes for quick and easy song creating.
    • 1 x 1 Bar Intro Loop
    • 3 x 4 Bar Verse Loops
    • 2 x 8 Bar Chorus Loops
    • 1 x 8 Bar Middle 8 Loop
    • 2 x 4 Bar Outro Loops
    • Manual PDF
    add to cart
  • 84BPM Stems Kit 6
    $4.93
    what's inside?
    • If 'What More Do You Want From Me' from Al Green's 2010 release was recorded in 1973, it may have sounded like this. A simple, but groove heavy pattern that has two subtle sections, which are interlinked using tasteful fills.
    • 1 x Mix and 4 Stems in 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files
    • Full Mix
    • Coles 1 Stem
    • Coles 2 Stem
    • Coles 3 Stem
    • Overhead Stem
    • Beat Tempo Map
    • Mix & Stem Loops - Loops created from the full length mixes for quick and easy song creating.
    • 1 x 1 Bar Intro Fill Loop
    • 1 x 8 Bar Intro Loop
    • 2 x 8 Bar Verse Loops
    • 3 x 8 Bar Chorus Loops
    • 1 x 8 Bar Bridge Loop
    • 1 x 1 Bar Outro Fill Loop
    • Manual PDF
    add to cart
  • 90BPM Stems Kit 5
    $4.93
    what's inside?
    • Al Green and John Legend's collaboration 'Stay With Me' was the inspiration behind this unique groove. a rhythm that incorporates swinging hi hats and interesting interplay between a cross stick and the floor tom. A syncopated section using the ride cymbal gives another option.
    • 1 x Mix and 4 Stems in 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files
    • Full Mix
    • Coles 1 Stem
    • Coles 2 Stem
    • Coles 3 Stem
    • Overhead Stem
    • Beat Tempo Map
    • Mix & Stem Loops - Loops created from the full length mixes for quick and easy song creating.
    • 1 x 1 Bar Intro Loop
    • 2 x 16 Bar Verse Loops
    • 2 x 4 Bar Chorus Loops
    • 1 x 1 Bar Outro Fill Loop
    • Manual PDF
    add to cart
  • 92BPM Stems Kit 12
    $4.93
    what's inside?
    • Referencing the Ann Peebles track 'Somebody's On Your Case'. This is a mid tempo head nodding groove featuring a hi hat pattern that goes from straight to shuffle, creating a interesting rhythmic movement. accompanied by conga part, creating that classic 'hi records' sound.
    • 2 x Mixes and 6 Stems in 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files
    • Full Mix
    • No Percussion Mix
    • Coles 1 Stem
    • Coles 2 Stem
    • Coles 3 Stem
    • Overhead Stem
    • Conga Stem
    • Tambourine Stem
    • Beat Tempo Map
    • Mix & Stem Loops - Loops created from the full length mixes for quick and easy song creating.
    • 1 x 1 Bar Intro Fill Loop
    • 1 x 8 Bar Intro Loop
    • 2 x 16 Bar Verse Loops
    • 1 x 4 Bar Chorus Loop
    • 1 x 8 Bar Chorus Loop
    • 1 x 1 Bar Outro Fill Loop
    • Manual PDF
    add to cart
  • 93BPM Stems Kit 1
    $4.93
    what's inside?
    • Inspired by all those simple 8th note heavy grooves that Royal Studios were famous for. Complete with congas backing up the kick and snare, this is a shameless hi records rip off!
    • 2 x Mixes and 5 Stems in 24 bit 44.1 kHz WAV files
    • Full Mix
    • No Percussion Mix
    • Coles 1 Stem
    • Coles 2 Stem
    • Coles 3 Stem
    • Overhead Stem
    • Congas Stem
    • Beat Tempo Map
    • Mix & Stem Loops - Loops created from the full length mixes for quick and easy song creating.
    • 1 x 1 Bar Intro Loop
    • 5 x 8 Bar Verse Loops
    • 1 x 4 Bar Chorus Loop
    • 1 x 8 Bar Chorus Loop
    • 2 x 8 Bar Middle 8 Loops
    • 2 x 4 Bar Outro Loops
    • 1 x 3 Bar Outro Loop
    • Manual PDF
    add to cart
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