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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Flys, The – Got You (Where I Want You)


Another fun tune with a great drumless backing track from the Drumless YouTube channel.  I was challenged to not play this song perfectly or a 1:1 match with the original.  So that’s what I did for the 2nd half of the song.  It was fun and easier than I thought because I can do the drum fills however I wanted instead of learning someone elses.  🙂  I built a great sounding kit with The Rooms of Hansa SDX that I’ve had for a while but I never even really used this library on anything.  But this song fit perfectly for it!

 

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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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Our Lady Peace – Somewhere Out There


I have been a fan of Our Lady Peace since their first record was released in 1994. I loved the drumming Jeremy Taggart did while a member of the band and the vocals of Raine Maida are just phenomenal! This song has always stuck with me and I needed to do a drum cover of it. I started this drum cover project in 2019, hoping the project band I was in would cover it, then it just sat there partially done. So now I finished it! I worked on a new snare drum sound, I think I like this one. Let me know.

This track uses a majority of my regular preset kit but as mentioned aboved, I tweaked the hell out of the snare drum, layering in a snare from the Rooms of Hansa SDX.  I also switched to using the 15″ Sabian Artisan hi-hats from the Rock Foundry SDX.

 

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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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