With today's technology, what makes it so hard to recreate the mix of the "Funky Drummer?"

There's a reason why the "Funky Drummer" is one of the most sampled breakbeats in history.

Artists and producers like Public Enemy, Jay Z, Dr. Dre, Sublime, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and the Beastie Boys have been sampling the "Funky Drummer" breakbeat for decades. When the original engineers mixed the record at King Studios in 1969, they had a fraction of the audio power available in today's laptops. Yet, it's an extremely difficult drum break to recreate in the digital age, especially given how familiar the sound is across so many genres.

Are you up for the challenge of mixing in the style of these legendary engineers? Cooper Anderson guides you through the process of recreating a classic analogue mix of "Funky Drummer" in a modern digital workflow. Cooper's sample replay work appears on some of the biggest records of the past two decades, and he'll show you the exact techniques that have won him Diamond, multi-Platinum and Gold records.

Included with this course are raw drum tracks from Dylan Wissing's course "Recording the Drums" for you to follow along with Cooper and practice the mixing techniques.

  • 01


  • 02

    Setting up the Session

    • Download - Unmixed Drum Tracks

    • Setting up the Session

    • Initial Rough Mix

    • A minus B Listening

    • Processing Gameplan

  • 03

    Starting the Mix

    • Add Tape Hiss

    • Kick Drum

    • Snare Drum

    • Hi Hats

    • Overheads and Room Mics

  • 04

    Effects, Processing and Organization

    • Housekeeping

    • Snare Reverb

    • Match EQ

    • Progress Assessment

  • 05

    Additional Samples

    • Ash Can Samples

    • The Pros and Cons of Multi-Mic'ing Drums

    • Prepping the Sample for the Echo Chamber

    • Adding in the new Echo Samples Part 1

    • Adding in the new Echo Samples Part 2

  • 06

    Sound Design Techniques

    • Sound Design

    • Sine Wave

    • Match EQ Part 2

    • Progress Assessment Part 2

  • 07


    • The Drum Gate

    • Progress Assessment Part 3

  • 08

    More Samples

    • Adding the Paint Can

    • New Hi Hat Stomp

  • 09

    Final Touches

    • The Listen Mic Compressor/Parallel Compression Part 1

    • The Listen Mic Compressor/Parallel Compression Part 2

  • 10

    BONUS MATERIAL - Final Mix Session

    • Final Mix Overview

    • Final Mix Part 1

    • Final Mix Part 2

    • Final Mix Part 3

    • Final Mix Part 4

    • Final Mix Part 5

    • Final Mix Part 6

Gear used in this course:


  • SSL SiX Desktop Mixer
  • Apogee Rosetta 800+ Symphony 64



  • Logic Pro X 


  • Drum Forge DF Excite 
  • Fab Filter ProQ3 EQ 
  • Logic Channel EQ 
  • Logic Compressor 
  • Logic Gain 
  • Logic Match EQ 
  • Logic Pitch Shift 
  • Plugin Alliance bx_Console SSL 4000E Channel Strip 
  • Plugin Alliance bx_Control 2 Stereo Imager 
  • Plugin Alliance bx-2098 EQ 
  • Plugin Alliance LTL Chop Shop Filter 
  • Sonnox Oxford Drum Gate 
  • Sound Radix AutoAlign 
  • Soundtoys Decapitator Saturation 
  • UAD 176 Compressor/Limiter 
  • UAD Ampex ATR 102 Tape 
  • UAD Capitol Chambers 
  • UAD Pultec EQP1A EQ 
  • UAD SSL E Channel Strip 
  • Unfiltered Audio G8 
  • Waves Abbey Road Chambers 
  • Waves API 560 EQ 
  • Waves CLA Mixhub Channel Strip 
  • Waves Smack Attack Transient Designer 
  • Waves Torque Drum Pitch Shifter

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Meet Your Instructor

Producer, mix engineer and musician Cooper Anderson's work appears with artists like Kanye West, John Legend, Future, Rick Ross, Ghostface Killah, and the Diamond-selling record "We Are Young" by Fun. Graduating with honors from the Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Production and Engineering, Cooper has been active in the NYC recording scene ever since, including work on the top-secret "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" by Wu Tang Clan.

Cooper Anderson

Producer, Mix Engineer

Ready to get the "Funky Drummer" sound? We'll show you how to do it!

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