Ghost – Zenith


It’s been exactly 1 year since my last Ghost drum cover and I think I’ve finally curbed my addiction to Ghost covers.  This song was never on my radar for a cover but I was watching @ludvigkennberg YouTube channel (the original session drummer for this track), and he did a play through of this and I was like “Damn, this is a great drum track!” So I decided this one was going to make my list of covers to do. So here we are, the time is now!

This song starts off rather basic but features many different changes and that was the hardest for me. Trying to remember all the changes and what’s upcoming. But as I’ve told people in the comments, I learn songs by repetition, build up that muscle memory and eventually it all just starts to stick. That is, until the camera comes on for filming then you forget every fucking thing. 

The drum preset for Superior Drummer 3 is another great kit I put together using only the Death & Darkness SDX from@toontrack . I feel when I am able to remove the drums from songs using https://www.lalal.ai/, I have to work harder to closely match what is on the record. I think this one matches very well and will be available for purchase below.

 

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Stone Temple Pilots – Crackerman


Ok, two drum covers in a row of some basic drumming but this song has sat in my list for a long time and now was the perfect time for me to complete it. That’s because next month’s drum cover is going to be an epic track with some great audio that I’ve been working hard on get it dialed in! It might be one of my best sounding to the original kit I ever made….even better than the Black Album kit! Hard to believe, I know.

I almost did not cover this song because that dude  @TreyBDrums  already did an amazing, high energy cover of it already, but since I built a decent sounding STP kit, I figured what the hell. I did not follow the original track 1:1, so this is all free playing. And with the drumless backing track, you can really hear my fuck ups. ???????? And to make things more interesting, I got rid of the kick cam for this one and did a side view camera just to spice things up a bit. Hope you enjoyed it and have a great rest of the month!

 

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Tesla – Modern Day Cowboy


I reused the kit I put together for the Bon Jovi cover because that track was just as powerful as this. I altered the reverb and compression, but aside from that, the kit is about the same. One thing I was missing was a gong! None of my Toontrack libraries had one, so I grabbed the biggest, fattest sounding ride I had (from the Fields of Rock SDX), tuned it way down, and tweaked the hold/delay. It came out fucking great!

As for my playing…well, Troy has great technique with his rhythm hand that I simply cannot do. I went to the alternating hits for the verses on the hi-hat and straightened out the Chorus pattern because I just cannot play it the way Troy does originally. Small details but if you watch the original video of this track, you can see what I mean.

 

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Silverchair – Straight Lines


Let me start off by saying that this is not a difficult drum cover at all…almost boring in fact. I love Ben Gillies drumming on every song for Silverchair and he even said about this song, “Straight Lines is a complex song, with simple parts, executed well.”  I love the song, love the band, and I wanted to do a drum cover of it; even if it’s simple!  So with that, I needed to make up for it in other ways which I decided to focus on the visuals and the audio.  I grabbed another drumless backing track of this song from Marcos over at the DrumLess YouTube channel and went to work on creating a similar sounding kit that Ben used on this tune.

I think it turned out way better than I expected and I didn’t even have to use many other of my other libraries to get the sound.  The Rock Warehouse SDX was used as an additional layer for the toms but everything else is straight from the SD3 Core library. Let me know what you think!

 

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Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name


With is drum kit, I knew I had to start with the snare sound first. Coming off the Pantera drum cover, that snare cut right through the mix, and I knew that’s what this song needed. Ironically, this snare was also used in the Psychedelic Furs drum cover as well…so The Rock Foundry SDX was the library of choice. Once I found the snare, I started playing with the toms, the reverb, and the kick was the last piece to fall into place. The crash cymbals were easy, but, the ride was kind of tricky. I couldn’t find the correct bell tone, so I tuned up the closest one in the Rock Foundry library and away we went.

As I was working on the song, I found the drumless backing track was missing some of the orchestra FX samples. I was able to create my own sample from another drumless version of the song that worked out perfectly. 

 

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