MONSTER BEATS is the mother of all powerful, driving, 'Kick you in the head' new generation acoustic drum loop sample collections! Hard as rock natural born drum grooves with attitude from classic, untamed, British rhythm ace Chris Whitten.
Engineered and produced by Grammy winning producer Peter Henderson and played by world renowned session drummer Chris Whitten. Monster Beats gives you massively chunky breaks - both clean and dirty, processed and raw. Strong and beefy, fat and solid beats to suit any music genre. Real human feel but tight and positive with mature, rich and organic sounds side by side with ground-breaking, jaw-dropping, leading edge contemporary production techniques.
Well-developed, diverse and knowledgeable patterns in usable lengths including fills and variations. From slow to fast with crescendos and drops. Includes all the separate diced rhythms plus extras and out-takes, all in perfect byte size lengths. Unique, original and ready to use.
Chris Whitten made a name for himself providing drums for the classic hits 'What I Am' by Edie Brikell and The New Bohemians and 'The Whole Of The Moon' by The Waterboys. He cemented his place as one of the Worlds top drummers with two critically acclaimed projects in the early 90's; Paul McCartney's 'Flowers In The Dirt' album and subsequent record breaking World tour, and Dire Straits 18 month 'On Every Street' tour (1991-92). Chris has also recorded with such varied artists as Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, Julian Cope, World Party, The Pretenders and The The.
Peter Henderson started his career at Air Studios where he trained exclusively with Beatles' recording engineer Geoff Emerick (Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road etc). Peter also worked on numerous sessions as an in-house engineer with the legendary George Martin. As a freelance producer/ engineer he has worked in top studios all over the world and co-produced Supertramp´s 20 million selling 'Breakfast In America', for which he won a Grammy (Best Engineered Album). Peter has also worked with Paul McCartney, Rush, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Tina Turner, Ringo Starr and The Tubes.
Pros: Well-played, well-recorded drum loops. Loops are 16-plus bars long. Variety of tone colors, from dry to highly processed. CD-ROM also includes isolated hits, fills, and kick-muted loops.
Cons: Some of the rock beats have been played to death on previous collections
Bottom line: There are enough creative and inspiring loops on this library to make me want to own a copy.
Drummer Chris Whitten rocked the world on stadium tours with Paul McCartney and Dire Straits, and on hit records with Julian Cope, the Waterboys, Edie Brickell, and others. Now he has teamed with award winning producer/engineer Peter Henderson for Monster Beats - a multi-format collection of drum loops. And not just short two or four-bar clips, but long, evolving performances. The two CD set includes an audio CD plus a CD-ROM, the latter containing Acidized WAV files of the audio loops plus isolated hits, fills, and "top ends" (loops minus the kick).
So how good is the material? Let there be no doubt that Whitten can lay it down with energy, attitude, and taste. Listen to his solid, funky work on "Clock Up," "Lopsy," "RHCP," and "Pat," or the intricate hi-hat sticking on "Funky 16." And don't miss his burning swing cut, "Fusion," either. All of the loops are long (16-plus bars in most cases). They often start dry and evolve into processed variations. Sounds like Whitten and Henderson went ape with effects and plug-ins on many of the tracks. What doesn't thrill me about this collection are some of the simple, stock rock patterns, such as "Raz," and "Loco."
These seem out of place on a collection of creatively played and processed loops. A few of the loops are a bit sloppy for my taste too. Listen to the snare latency when effects are added halfway into track 41, for example. To be fair, even the weakest of beats contain nuggets worth mining. The fill at the end of the "Loco" track, for example.
"I like this library," says tech editor John Krogh. "The loops are good sources for creating my own big-beat type tracks. But as it is Monster Beats isn't what I'd call a 'killer out of the box.' To get the most out of it, I'd need to blow the files into my computer for editing first." Monster Beats gets hearty kudos for the length of its loops as well as the variety of effects used throughout. The CD-ROM with bonus material is a big plus too.
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