Rock drumming is many things to many people. For some, it’s all about high-energy and power. For others, however, it’s more about deep pocket and a play-for-the-song mentality.
But, most musicians would agree that rock drums are all about three essential elements: big backbeats, big sound and big attitude.
No matter how you like your rock drums, you want practical and usable beats as the foundation of your rock tracks. And, of course, you want a diverse collection of drum fills to bring energy and anticipation from one song section to the next. Swung or straight eighth-notes, blistering tempos or half-time ballads, busy or spacious, there’s no feel that’s not the right one when it comes to rock.
If you’re after diverse, versatile, and usable rock drum loops, Beta Monkey has the grooves you’re after. Here are five essential sample libraries, in no particular order, you should add to your songwriting toolbox:
Drum Werks XVII – This is the rock drum loop library to own if you’re after the time-tested drum tracks of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, Van Halen, and more. An homage to the great signature grooves of the bands that made rock what it is: powerful, unrelenting, and inspiring.
Drum Werks XV – Solid, hard-hitting rock drumming from start to finish. Recorded in one of Los Angeles’ premier recording rooms, these powerful rock drum loops have the finesse and pocket at home in all styles of rock and hard rock.
Drum Werks II Reloaded – Aggressive and unrelenting hard rock drum tracks are a drag and drop away. Think your guitar is loud enough to handle these powerful hard rock drum loops for today’s modern hard rock mixes?
Drum Werks X – Fast. Simple. Hard-hitting. No time for complex drumming or subtle ghost strokes in this library, it’s all about hundreds of slamming beats and furious fills. Non-stop, slamming punk rock drum loops, clocking in from 100 BPM to well over 280 BPM.
Drum Werks XXVIII: High-Octane Rock – High-energy rock drumming with a thick, punchy sound, these rock drum loops are capture classic rock grooves but serve up some modern rock feels as well. Just pure, live rock drums.
Here’s what Recording Magazine had to say about Beta Monkey rock drum loops: