ZERO-G, in association with Schtum Ltd, are proud to bring you BEATS WORKING, the highly acclaimed drum groove library recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studio 2 in London. Beats Working offers an indispensable toolbox of immaculately recorded, highly usable drum performances, with Intro, Verse, Bridge, Chorus, Drop and Fills of every performance, covering a diverse selection of musical styles from classic pop to big band. In addition, multiple kicks, snares (both modern and vintage), toms, cymbals and hats were recorded at multiple velocities, giving you the ultimate flexibility to design your own kit. Recorded by top recording and mix engineer Haydn Bendall (28 years experience at Abbey Road and a first-choice engineer of many megastars), and performed by top session drummer Ralph Salmins, the sound and performances are impeccable. Utilising high-end esoteric microphone pre-amps, and a direct signal path to a Euphonics R1, it is hard to imagine a purer, cleaner signal path. Abbey Road Studio 2 is the studio made famous by the Beatles, and it hasn't changed a bit from the 60s - a beautiful sounding room with a very smooth natural decay, and one of the very finest recording rooms in the world. Now you have the power to recreate this very environment for your drum tracks. Abbey Road Studio 2 comes alive in your own studio, allowing you unlimited access to a piece of music history!
Read on, to see why reviewers and famous users all agree that Beats Working is a fantastic addition to any studio's creative tools...
This product is the stereo version which gives you 16 bit stereo mixes in .WAV (ACIDized) format, 512 MB.
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The Drums were placed about 4 metres in front of the fire exit doors facing the control room.
Classic Modern Grooves, Filmic-Type Grooves, Odd-Time Grooves, Big Band Grooves:
Recorded by Haydn Bendall at Abbey Road Studio 2 onto a Euphonix R1 Hard Disk Recorder at 24 bit / 44.1Khz through a Neve VR console;
Additional mic amps: Avalons with the nice blue LED's.
No compression, reverb or effects were used at any stage of the recording or mixing process.
Edited and mixed at DAT Productions Ltd (now known as Schtum Ltd.), London on Pro Tools version 5.1.1. (on Apple Macintosh)
Monitoring: B&W Nautilus 801 monitors powered by Chord amps.
Produced by Haydn Bendall and Ralph Salmins, for DAT Productions Ltd (now known as Schtum Ltd.), and Zero-G Limited.
All performances by Ralph Salmins.
Assisted at Abbey Road by Paul Hicks.
Drum Techs: Kevin Bell and Julianne Daisy Flowers.
Production Coordination: Cathy Ferrett.
Technical Consultant: Ian Silvester.
Additional Creative Direction: Hamish Hutchison at Zero-G Ltd.
Ralph plays Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and Remo heads exclusively.
Haydn Bendall was employed for over 17 years at Abbey Road, the last ten of them as senior engineer, leaving in 1991, to pursue an independent career. As a result of working at Abbey Road for such a length of time, Haydn was introduced to quite possibly the widest selection of music and productions that any studio in the world could offer. This huge palette develops attitudes and tastes that tend to become more and more catholic as time progresses. More often than not Haydn found, much to his pleasure, that his preconceived ideas about a particular style of music have been turned upside down, or at least sideways. ?Here's an incomplete list of people that Haydn has had the pleasure of working with: A House, Adele Bertei, Aha, Alan Parsons, Al Stewart, Angelo Badalamenti, Arif Mardin, Andy Latimer, Andrew Powell, Anne Dudley, Adam Faith, Abus d'Anges Heureux, Be Bop Deluxe, Beautiful South, Bond, Bill Nelson, Bruce Welch, Bill Myers, BA Robertson, Bonnie Tyler, Balanescu Quartet (The), Camel, Captain Sensible, Chris Hughes, Cliff Richard, Colin Campsie, Climie Fisher, Colm Wilkinson, Carole King, Colin Verncombe,Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Chris Rainbow, Dave Gilmour, David Bedford, David Essex, Distant Cousins, Damon Albarn, Elaine Page, Elton John, Everything But The Girl, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Fleetwood Mac, Flair, George Martin, Gary Moore, George Fenton, Greg Lake, Greenpeace, Gavin Greenaway, George Benson, Gary Kemp, Guy Barker, Hans Zimmer, Herbie Flowers, Helen Terry, Ian Stanley, Inti Illimani, Jason Halliday, Jeremy Lubbock, Jon Kelly, John Leckie, John Miles, John Williams, Jonathan Tunick, Judy Collins, Justin Haywood, Joey Tempest, Kate Bush, Kiri te Kanawa, Limahl, Labi Siffre, Magazine, Marc Almond, Michael Kamen, Michel Van Dyck, Mike Batt, Mike Howlett Mike Hedges, Mike Oldfield, Neneh Cherry, Naked Eyes, Nick Ingman, Norman Newell, Paco Pena, Pat Metheny, Patrick Mimran, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys,Propaganda, Paul Carrack, Peter Wafa-Abela, Red Noise, Richard Hewson, Richard Niles, Robert Fripp, Robin Gibb, Rush, Roy Harper, Robin Millar, Roger McGough, Ron Wood, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sharon Benson, Sarah Brightman,Shelleyan Orphan, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sky, Steve Booker, Steve Harley, Steve Gray, Sonny Okosun, Trevor Horn, Tina Turner, Tony Mansfield, Tony Visconti, Tori Amos, Toyah, The Adverts, The LA's, The Hollies, Terry Britten, The Shadows, XTC. ?Extensive recordings with all the major London orchestras. ?Working with remixing film soundtracks for DVD release and producing albums for DVD audio and DVD video.
Immersed in jazz and R&B from a young age, Ralph had established himself as a professional musician by the age of 16. He studied classical percussion at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was awarded the prestigious Philip Jones Percussion Prize for his final recital in 1986. Ralph's versatility and signature groove have established him as the drummer of choice for producers and composers worldwide, having worked on countless albums, movie soundtracks, TV shows and jingles. In the early 1990's he toured extensively and recorded with Everything But The Girl. In 1994 he worked with the Count Basie Orchestra and was subsequently invited back for two tours with the band. After that he worked alongside James Brown alumni Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis in Van Morrison's band, with whom he toured for three years recording three albums. Jazz artists he has worked with include Hank Crawford, Herb Ellis, Art Farmer, James Moody, Jimmy Witherspoon, Mose Allison, Joe Lovano, Annie Ross, and John Lewis on his only ever UK appearance outside the Modern Jazz Quartet. His unique swinging feel can be heard on Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet" and Robbie Williams' version of "Have You Met Miss Jones?" for the film Bridget Jones's Diary. Movie composers with whom he works regularly include Patrick Doyle, Hans Zimmer, Anne Dudley and Mike Figgis. Resulting movie titles include Evita, Philadelphia, Goldeneye and Great Expectations. Ralph's contribution to TV music includes Absolutely Fabulous, Coupling, Peak Practice and Soldier Soldier. Recent work includes contributing to the album, and playing live in, the Robbie Williams Big Band project "Swing when you're Winning" concert at the Albert Hall which led to appearances on Top Of The Pops, CD:UK and SMTV. West End shows include Me and My Girl and Starlight Express. Recent sessions have seen Ralph working with Madonna, Burt Bacharach, Tom Jones, Elton John, Mike Oldfield, Michel Legrand, Tori Amos and George Martin. Ralph has a keen interest in recording and producing which he pursues in his own studio. Artists who have recorded there recently include Georgie Fame, Hamish Stuart (Average White Band) and Billy Cobham.