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60s Motown Drops

60s Motown Drops

60s Motown Drops features 30 drum tracks inspired by the legendary Motown Records sound, engineered, performed and produced by Timmy Rickard. This album takes its inspiration from the sound of the 1960's Detroit era of Motown Records, when the 'Funk Brothers' were the main musicians behind this pioneering sound and style. 

This release is influenced by artists such as The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight And The Pips. Motown Drops delves deep into the catalogue of this revered record label, and includes not only the Funk Brothers signature grooves, but also a wide variety of lesser known tracks, making this release as varied as it is classic. 

To recreate the 60s Motown Sound is almost impossible. Kits varied from session to session but Timmy studied the sound and we think we have created a great representation of the sound. Recorded in a large live room at Livingston 1 studio in London, the room was mic’d up as if there was a full Motown band in the room – brass section, vocal mic, talkback mic and then two mics on the kit – a kick, and a kit mic placed above the bass drum, between the rack toms and below the ride. Mix these mics into a 60s kit and voila the Motown sound is created. For customers that purchase the multi-tracks you will have the audio from each microphone in the room so you can mix the sound exactly as you want it.

For the kit we used Timmy’s 1960s Ludwig club date kit with a 20” x 14” kick drum one 12” x 8” rack tom and a 14” floor tom. Four snares were used – two Ludwig Pioneer Snares, a Ludwig Hollywood Snare and a Slingerland Shelbyville Snare. We used two cymbals a Zildjian Trans Stamp and a Zildjian Constantinople Hammered cymbal (both doubled up as rides and crashes) and some Zildjian vintage hi-hats. Across the tracks there is tambourine, claps and congas. All the drums used Remo Ambassador heads.

Mic wise we used Neumann Valve U47’s & 67s, Coles ribbon mics, a Sony C38b and an AKG Valve C28. Mic pre’s used were UA2-610’s, Telefunken V76s and a Neve 1073. All of the mics were recorded without EQ or compression except the overhead microphone which used an EAR valve EQ and compressor. All of the tracks were recorded on to a 16 track Studer A80 2” tape machine and then transferred to Pro Tools for mixing and editing. The drum tracks were mixed in Livingston 2 on a Custom Series CS75 console powered by Neve which is a modern desk based on vintage Neve technology. Included in the stems is an EMT plate reverb stem used on some of the drum tracks.
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.  

All thirty tracks can be purchased as individual tracks as multi-tracks (unmixed), stems (mixed) or drum loops (locked fills and grooves). The Multi-tracks (which are made up of a combination of all room mic positions) come with a tempo map and OMF file to export into other DAW. We also provide patches for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Reason, Reaper, Studio One and Ableton Live and the audio as 24 Bit WAVs. The Multi-tracks also come as locked to the beat song construction loops (intro, chorus, verse etc) so you can quickly get songs going in your DAW. The Stems and mix packs which have all the drum parts and percussion as separate stems come as 24 bit WAVs, they also come with a tempo map. The packs also include locked to the beat song construction loops. All of the mixes have been mixed in mono. The loop packs contain as many 2 bar locked to the beat grooves we can get from each track. The loops come as fills or grooves. They come formatted as 24 bit WAVs, Apple Loops and Rex 2 Files. Each track can be purchased track by track or if you buy the album (in any format) you get 50% off the the individual track price.

To check out a video discussing how we recorded this album here:


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Title Description Genre
DDMT 200 SOUL 17
This is the fastest track on this Motown Drops release. Based around the song 'Leaving Here' by Eddie Holland. This groove is played on the ride cymbal, and has a no nonsense punk quality to it. Claps on beats 2 and 4 help to support the backbeat, whilst the occasional drum fill helps to add variation. Towards the end of the track the 8th note groove changes to a 1/4 note ride groove, which gives the track a calmer vibe. motown soul 200 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDMT 180 SOUL 27
This track is based on Kim Weston's 'Take Me In Your Arms'. The groove is a funky up tempo shuffle, and features that classic Motown tambourine. This track swings from beginning till end, and starts with the main rhythm being played between the bass drum and a pedalled hi hat. The track then bursts into a full groove, with additions from a swung tambourine pattern, and claps on the backbeat. The drum groove progresses with a more complex shuffle pattern on the hi hats, before breaking back down to the intro section. The cycle repeats, and the drums elevate to the ride cymbal before the final drum fill and crash to end. motown soul 180 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDMT 178 SOUL 21
7 Rooms Of Gloom' by The Four Tops inspired this track. This is an up tempo groove featuring two different sections, various drum fills and a tambourine track. The main groove is a solid 8th note hi hat pattern, supported by an 8th note tambourine part. The second section is a break down section, which drops down to the hi hat and kick drum. motown soul 178 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDMT 174 SOUL 16
Motown were always ahead of the game, especially with this drum and bass style groove which was inspired by the song 'This Old Heart Of Mine' by Tammi Terell. A classic Motown sounding tambourine powers through the track with a relenting, metronomic 8th note pattern. The drum groove is solid and unashamedly repetitive in its nature, but some fast two beat drum fills sporadically pop up, adding dynamically intrigue. motown soul 174 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDMT 170 SOUL 09
This track was a tip of the hat to the legend Marvin Gaye and his song 'Baby Don't do it'. This is a high tempo playful groove, that in the original song plays a kind of counter rhythm to Marvin Gaye's vocal. This groove bounces along at a fast tempo joined by a sparse syncopated conga pattern. Claps on beats 2 and 4 give the groove its foundation to be able to dance around. motown soul 170 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDMT 168 SOUL 05
Shuffles are great, but the shuffle groove on 'Heatwave' by Martha Reeves And The Vandellas is truly iconic. The shuffle is played on the hi hats, but the greatness comes from the supporting snare pattern, played on a tight, crisp sounding snare. Drum fills add dynamics as the groove skips along with a tambourine and claps on the 2 and 4. motown soul 168 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDMT 152 SOUL 15
This fast tempo groove was based around Kim Weston's song 'You Hit Where It Hurt'. The track starts with a long, dynamic tom build which crashes into a minimal 8th note drum groove. A few simple classic Motown style drum fills help to break up the groove and add interest. A tambourine is playing 1/4 notes throughout, providing a solid rhythmical foundation. The main grooves goes to the ride cymbal towards the end of the track, providing a nice change in timbre. motown soul 152 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDMT 150 SOUL 01
Based around The Contours song 'Do You Love Me' is a high tempo classic early Rock & Roll style groove, which switches from hi hats to a ride cymbal pieced together with stops. This track is perfect if your looking for a solid repetitive groove, featuring short drum fills and claps to add interest and variation. motown soul 150 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDMT 147 SOUL 24
The inspiration behind this solid yet funky groove, is the song 'Don't Let Me Down' by Kim Weston. This track features slight variations on the main groove, alongside some classic drum fills. The two variations are a 1/4 based hi hat pattern, and the second is an 8th note hi hat pattern which builds nicely from what was played with the 1/4 note hi hats. motown soul 147 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDMT 144 SOUL 18
Based around the classic track 'River Deep, Mountain High' by The Four Tops and The Supremes. This track has a funky mid high tempo groove which is played on the hihats. This solid groove with added funky ghost notes powers through the track, with punchy fills and that all important tambourine for added texture. motown soul 144 M S L P Info Save Favourite

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