Capturing the soul, punch and swagger of one of the greatest session drummers of all time, Al Jackson Jr., recording in one of the world's most iconic studios, Stax Records, is no easy task. Jackson's feel and touch on the drums is legendary, and the unique acoustics of the former converted movie theater in Memphis, Tennessee (demolished long ago) are difficult to replicate.
But it can be done. Session drummer Dylan Wissing (Alicia Keys, John Legend, Drake) and Mix Engineer Cooper Anderson (Wu-Tang Clan, Future, Fun.) teach you every step of the process, from choosing and tuning the instruments, microphones and preamps, to session prep, mixing, compression, choosing reverbs, and processing and mastering the final finished breakbeat.
Memphis Soul has influenced the world since the 1960s, and continues to be heard today - from the original songs, chopped and repurposed as breakbeats, to the countless covers of those same songs, the sound and feel of Stax Records is still felt today. It's an incredible sound, and this course shows you how to achieve it in your own studio.
GETTING THE SOUND OF MEMPHIS SOUL DRUMS | Recording the "Tramp" Breakbeat
- Dylan Wissing demonstrates every step of the process of recording and recreating the drums, starting with a bare riser and continuing through to the final recorded drum tracks.
- 38 videos, total running time 2h 19m
GETTING THE SOUND OF MEMPHIS SOUL DRUMS | Mixing the "Tramp" Breakbeat
- Using the raw "Tramp" drum tracks, Cooper Anderson demonstrates and explains the mixing process to turn them into a final recreation of the original breakbeat.
- 25 videos, total running time 2h 50m
The real value of this bundle is being able to follow every element of a full-on breakbeat sample recreation project from the ground up. There is an enormous amount of high-level information in these courses, imparted from seasoned professionals who have been doing the work at a top level for decades. These techniques will dramatically improve your drum recordings!
Session Drummer, Engineer
Producer, Mix Engineer