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July 2014: Special Limited-Time Drum Collection - The Metal and Hard Rock Power Bundle

Rock and Metal Drum Loop Combo Package

The Power Combo Pack combines the brutal power and speed of Double Bass Mania VII with the hard-hitting slamming of Drum Werks II: Reloaded together for only $59.99. You get 2GB of loops and single hit multi-velocity rock and metal samples for one limited-time low price.

Special pricing available for instant digital downloads only.

Order the Metal and Hard Rock Drum Loops Power Combo Pack today.

 

July 2014: Beta Monkey Releases Double Bass Mania VII - Modern Metal Drums

New Double Bass Mania VII Released!

Recorded and mixed by one of metal's leading producers/engineers, Double Bass Mania VII has the modern metal drum sound locked in. Deep and punchy toms, crisp and cutting snares, dark and shimmering cymbals, powerful and controlled kicks - all the separation of drum sounds you need to pull off modern metal are baked in the mix.

Drag and drop the loops into the DAW of your choice and you are on your way to writing new metal today. Modern metal drumming attack, power, tone, technique, and feel - it's all here.

Brutal modern metal grooves, with unrelenting and undeniable heaviness, are only the beginning. You also get over 250 MB of the same drums and cymbals used in the Bay Area Metal Sessions as individual samples. Use these to customize our loops or develop you own in the drum virtual instrument of your choice.

Get your metal drum loops now. The Beast has returned!.  

 

June 2014: Beta Monkey Releases Drum Werks II: Reloaded - Modern Hard Rock

New Hard Rock Drum Loop Collection Released - Drum Werks II: Reloaded!

Re-released for 2014, Drum Werks II: Reloaded offers powerful hard rock drum loops for today’s modern hard rock mixes. With 100% content, this collection of heavy modern rock grooves serves up over 600 of only the heaviest grooves for multiple hard rock songwriting styles that demand a modern rock drum sound.

Aggressive and powerful hard rock drum tracks are a drag and drop away in the DAW software of your choice, including ProTools, Logic, GarageBand, Cubase, ACID, Ableton Live, Studio One and more.

Covers a deep selection of hard rock beats and fills from 90 bpm to 150 bpm, we have covered the hard rock genre exhaustively with main grooves, half-time and double-time groove variations, and fills. Drum Werks II: Reloaded captures the intense energy and power of hard rock and gives you a powerful songwriting tool to create rock drum tracks quickly and easily.

A matching drum and cymbal sample library is also included with purchase and download, over 250 MB of drum and cymbal samples for further customization and sequencing. The drum and cymbal samples provides a complete additional resource for artists who prefer to build hard rock tracks from scratch in the virtual instrument of their choice.

Drive your hard rock drum tracks with power and conviction that only Beta Monkey can deliver with the all-new re-release of Drum Werks II Reloaded.

Get your rock drum loops now with Drum Werks II: Reloaded.  

 

March 2014: Beta Monkey Releases High-Octane Rock Drum Loops

Rock Drum Loops Fast, Uptempo Grooves Drum Werks XXVIIIDrum Werks XXVIII delivers the energy and power that you've been hungry for in your rock drum tracks. In this high-energy library of rock drum grooves, we've mixed the feels of uptempo Bonham-esque rock, Bun E Carlos-flavored power pop, and Dave Grohl alt-rock in one powerhouse set of grooves that will push your music hard.

Want to take your tempos up a notch? Drum Werks XXVIII serves up the high-octane rock drum loops with no apologies.

Perfect for fans of John Bonham, Simon Phillips, Alex Van Halen, and Dave Grohl proud, this is the groove inspiration you've been looking for in rock drum loops. Pure, live rock drums. No beat detective. No sequenced samples. This is live, steaming, sweaty, raw rock and roll - the way it was meant to be.

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February 2014: Beta Monkey Releases Percussion Loops

Live Percussion Drum Loops - Studio Percussion ToolboxAdd the flavor of popular world percussion rhythms to your latest projects with Beta Monkey's Studio Percussion Toolbox.

Beta Monkey Music brings a wonderfully diverse cross-section of the most sought-after and requested World and Ethnic percussion styles to your music. Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, funk, hip-hop and more popular styles have been captured to perfection and ready to enhance and inspire your songwriting.

Whether you're want to add flavor to existing drumkit performances or a rhythmic foundation for an all-acoustic performance, the Studio Percussion Toolbox will deliver. If you need songwriting inspiration, put the experience and hands of ones of Brazil's most respected sessions players behind you and you'll find it.

15 unique percussion loop sets of essential popular world rhythms, all ready to add some much-needed percussive flavor to your tracks. The Studio Percussion Toolbox will be the percussion drum loop collection you'll reach for every time your tracks call for that little something extra.

Studio Percussion Toolbox features the following percussion instruments: Agogo, Berimbau, Bongos, Clave, Congas, Cuica, Darbuka, Djembe, Dumbek, Guiro, Palito, Pandeiro, Repinique, Shaker, Surdo, Talking Drum, Tamborim, Timbale, Tumbao, Udu, Wind Chimes! Samples and loops.


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January 2014: Beta Monkey Releases New Collection of Rock Loops

Drum Werks XXVII - Groove Rock Drum LoopsDrum Werks XXVII: Groove Rock Drum Loops will inspire your rock songwriting with 100% live, powerful acoustic rock drum loops, straight from our drum room to your home studio. No cliche sample replacements. No unrealistic sequencing. No stiff quantization. Drum Werks XXVII: Groove Rock was inspired by rock’s greatest drumming performances and played by one of the best studio drummers in L.A. This drum sample sample library weighs in at a hefty 850 MB of pure, live rock drumming.

Covering 90 bpm through 120 bpm (a range of tempos we call the "groove zone"), Drum Werks XXVII: Groove Rock offers dynamic rock drumming styles covering hard rock, classic rock, and alt rock grooves. Each Groove Folder’ contains the essential rhythms you need to create your music. Main groove patterns, verse, chorus, fills, and more. If you can drag and drop audio, then you can create professional drum tracks instantly with Drum Werks XXVII: Groove Rock.

Because of our innovative "Single Session" sample library approach, you get a consistent drum sound across the entire collection of drum performances found on Drum Werks XVII. All drum loops will sit easily and perfectly into your mixes - ideal for larger, long-term projects needing a consistent drum mix across multiple songs.

And, to top it all off, you also get an extensive collection of matching drum samples to complete this powerhouse library for rock songwriters.

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December 2013: Beta Monkey Releases New Collection of Slow Rock and Ballad Drum Loops

Drum Werks XXVI - Soft Rock and Rock Ballad Drum LoopsDrum Werks XXVI takes the tempo down, inspiring your songwriting with a potent toolbox of drum tracks to write music from the emotional side of rock and rock ballads.

With a versatile collection of grooves ranging from 40 bpm to 100 bpm, Drum Werks XXVI: Rock Ballads will lay the foundation of your most sensitive and emotional compositions for today's working songwriters and producers.

Intense rock ballads, spacious acoustic rock, mellow classic rock. It's all possible with the rock ballad drum loops offered on Drum Werks XXVI.

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November 2013: Beta Monkey Launches New Site

Metal Drum Loops - All New for 2013. Double Bass Mania I Reloaded!Sometimes it's hard to let go. Whether it's that old pair of jeans that just feels best or a pair of shoes that fits just right, it can be tough to know when it's time to replace them.

With that in mind, the original Beta Monkey website served us well for almost eight years. The site served us and our customers so well, so why change it? It was always working and doing the job. It got our customers to the loop collections they wanted, which ultimately is what does matter most.

But, for multiple reasons, it just seemed like a time for a fresh look. We improved the navigation. We simplified the layout. We updated a number of products as well as product demos. We did a number of other improvements under the hood.

But, in the end, it was all updated to help you write better music. We've just made it easier for you to get at why you're here: that great Beta Monkey sound, versatility, and variety.

Enjoy the grooves (and new site)!

 

 

March 2013: Metal Drum Loops - Double Bass Mania I: Reloaded!

Metal Drum Loops - All New for 2013. Double Bass Mania I Reloaded!Bigger. Louder. Faster. Double Bass Mania I metal drum loops are all-new for 2013. New content from start to finish: new sounds, new samples, and new grooves. We took the pure metal spirit of the original Double Bass Mania I and gave it a complete sonic and groove upgrade. Simply put, this collection is bigger, louder, and faster, not to mention heavier, angrier and unforgiving. Drive your metal drum tracks hard with the all-new re-release of Double Bass Mania I.

With 1300+ metal drum loops, Double Bass Mania I captures the energy and power of classic metal up through modern metal genres. Heavy double bass drum grooves, blistering double-bass runs, half-time and double-time groove variations, fills, and full-on metal drum sample set, Bass Mania is your only real choice for creating the fastest, heaviest and angriest metal drum tracks.

Metal Songwriting Challenge!

1. Download the following free loops:

www.betamonkeymusic.com/dbm/DBM1-Reloaded-SongChallenge.zip

2. Read the Metal Songwriting Challenge Rules (included with download) - they tell you what you need to know and do next.

3. Reap the rewards of your hard work when the next release is announced and brings the latest round of brutality.

Here's the first entry in the Double Bass Mania I: Reloaded Metal Drum Loops Songwriting Challenge! Who's next?

DBM I - Reloaded by MikeJandreau

 

January 2013: 6/8 Drum Loops!

Beta Monkey Music has announced the release of two new Drum Werks sample libraries, featuring a collection of slow and uptempo drum loops in 6/8 time signature.

6-8 Drum Loops Slow and Fast DrumWerks 24 and 25With over 1 GB of exclusively 6/8 time drum loops and 220 MB of drum and cymbal samples, Beta Monkey Music has released the most intense and comprehensive collection of 6/8 time drum loops available. Both discs were recorded in a single recording session to allow for unlimited flexibility in loop mixing and matching and cover distinct tempo groupings for ease of use and diverse musical application.

  • Drum Werks XXIV: Slow 6/8 Drum Loops: Beautifully lush and spacious 6/8 drum loops, ranging from 30 bpm to 60 bpm. Whether you're writing a 6/8 rock or country ballad, moody alt and indie rock, or intense progressive soundscapes, Drum Werks XXIV will deliver an exhaustive variety of rhythms within the 6/8 time signature, including straight 8th note grooves, half-time feels, swing feels, and more.
  • Drum Werks XXV: UpTempo 6/8 Drum Loops: Need to take your 6/8 drum tracks up a notch? With 263 uptempo 6/8 drum loops ranging from 70 bpm to 100 bpm, Drum Werks XXV delivers a solid and versatile mix of uptempo 6/8 drum beats and groove feels – giving songwriters a comprehensive 6/8 rhythmic arsenal to quickly and easily build new and inspiring drum tracks. Within the 6/8 time signature, you can dig into straight 8th note grooves, half-time feels, shuffled feels, and more.

Both the Drum Werks XXIV and Drum Werks XXV 6/8 drum loop libraries include a fully-sampled drum and cymbal sample kit, allowing users to layer drum voices and sequence more custom drum loops and grooves. Over 200 MB of individually sampled single hits support and enhance the drum loops, allowing for the ultimate creative flexibility in layering drum voices and designing your own 6/8 drum tracks. A Beta Monkey exclusive feature.

The sample libraries are available in 16-bit, 24-bit ACIDized WAV, and Apple Loops formats, priced at $29.99 USD each.

 

December 2012: DOOM METAL!

Had enough of the flaccid loop collections from other loops companies? Over promising and under delivering with 200 loops (and still with the nerve of charging $50)? They talk a good game, but don't bring the serious power and groove to the table.

That's why Beta Monkey has the been the #1 independent drum loop company in the world for nearly 10 years - we deliver quantity and quality. And, this month, a brutal heaping of heaviness as well. Get the drums you demand - big, heavy, and powerful - with Double Bass Mania V Doom Metal and Double Bass Mania VI Triplets of Doom!

 

Doom Metal - Double Bass mania V Metal Drum LoopsDouble Bass Mania V Doom Metal is an all-out assault of brutally thick and hypnotically heavy doom metal drum loops. With a tempo range between 25 and 60 bpm, we laid down the ultimate in doom, stoner, and sludge metal drums.

You get straight-ahead drum tracks as well as insane double bass runs to satisfy the insatiable thirst for heavy drum grooves with space as well as power.

Double Bass Mania V: Doom Metal is for anyone needing heavy, ultra-slow and spacious drum loops to deliver the rhythmic backbone for your nastiest and sludgiest riffs. Single kick, double kick grooves, multiple drum loop variations, drum fills, and a complete drum and cymbal sample set, Double Bass Mania V delivers the sludge and dirge. - the only metal drum loop disc of its kind anywhere, for anyone writing classic and modern doom metal, stoner doom, death doom, epic doom.

 

Triplet Grooves of Doom - Doom Metal and Sludge Metal Drum Loops from Double Bass Mania VIDouble Bass Mania VI Triplets of Doom Metal will inspire you with heavy, ultra-slow and spacious drum loops, a thunderous rhythmic backbone for your nastiest and sludgiest riffs. Single kick, double kick grooves, multiple loop variations, drum fills, and a matching drum and cymbal sample set, Double Bass Mania VI swings the sludge and dirge hard.

You won't find metal drum loops like this anywhere (go ahead and look). If you're delving into classic and modern doom metal, stoner doom, death doom, epic doom, this is the place to start to get new metal drum tracks flowing.

Agonizingly slow? Check. Brutally heavy? Check. Swinging with satan? Well, we're not going that far.

Double Bass Mania VI: Triplets of Doom is the ultimate drum loops package resource for pure metal songwriting inspiration.

 

 

October 2012: Rock Hard Funk III Hybrid Funk - Songwriting Challenge Winners!

Hard Rock Funk III Songwriting Challenge!

We gave our users a chance to win a free downloadable collection of drum loops with a simple challenge:

Take a small selection of loops from our latest drum loops release Rock Hard Funk III and create an original musical composition that would capture the judges' ears! And, this was no easy task, the provided sampling taken from Rock Hard Funk III was only a fraction of the disc, with no more than a handful of essential grooves and a few fills.

We knew the best entries would have to make do with this limited set. And, they did. They cut, pasted,
twisted and mangled the 75 MB of loops to fit some truly interesting and captivating pieces. Some were a little bit on the rock side, some definitely had the funk, and some were somewhere from another planet.

These are the songs that got our feet a-tapping and our heads a-nodding!

1. "Nighttime Hallucinations" by Tom Noyd & His Staff

2. "Monkey Business" by Simon Reich

3. (tie) "Beta Monkey Contest RHF III" by Mike Jandreau
"Your Monkey Or Your Wife" by Angelo Furlan

Thanks to everyone who sent in their songs - what a wildly diverse collection. And, although, we couldn't have picked every submission, we wish we could have - there were so many great tracks that rocked hard nonetheless.

Look for future challenges as new Beta Monkey drum loop sets are released.

The Beta Monkey Crew
Beta Monkey Music

 

 

September 2012: Rock Hard Funk III Hybrid Funk - The Ultimate in Groove!

Drum Loops for Funk, RnB, Funk Rock, and other groove-intensive styles.

Rock Hard Funk III Hybrid Funk takes drum loops to another level of groove inspiration and inventiveness.

You can't program the feel or soul of these live grooves. Capturing the rhythmic nuance and history of funk, rock, hip hop, RnB, Rock Hard Funk III Hybrid Funk blends it all together in musically inventive grooves that speak to those who can hear the difference. While it's EZ to program for modern pop styles, sometimes you need something more. Something a lot more.

Tired of lightweight limp loop collections offering way less and charging more? We have seen enough of those too. Build the ultimate in hybrid funk drum tracks with over 800 MB of loops, over 450 two, four and eight bar drum loops for song inspiration. Demand quality and quantity!

You can't touch these feels with virtual instruments or MIDI tracks.

 

Read more about the Rock Hard Funk III Hybrid Funk...  

 

 

July 2012: Beta Monkey Drum Loops Metal Songwriting Contest

May/June Style: Metal

We heard some brutal metal sent in for the contest. It was a testament to not only what can be done with the Beta Monkey Double Bass Mania Series of pure metal drum loops, but the absolute creativity and passion of the metal artists around the world.

While all of the entries made great use of the Double Bass Mania drum loops, we went with the ones that left the most "punch to the throat" impression. A big thanks to everyone for sharing - check upcoming emails for the next songwriting contest genre!

Here is the winning entries for the May/June 2012 Songwriting Contest:

"Faceless Wonder" Scott Boss (using Double Bass Mania III and IV)

"Entre Lobos" Enrique Lopez Hidalgo" (using Double Bass Mania III)

The winners will be notified via email and a Beta Monkey t-shirt will be on the way. Let's hear some great new music for next month's contest (check your email for the next contest's style)!

 

 

 

May 2012: Nobody does the Blues like Beta Monkey: Drum Werks XXIII

Drum Loops for Blues, Blues Rock, and other Blues Styles.

Drum Werks XXIII Blues Drum Rhythms for Songwriters

Authentic Live Blues Drum Loops - 12/8 Blues, Shuffles, Charleston Shuffles, Blues-Rock Rhythms - Drum Werks XXIII will deliver the blues! 

Get the grooves that defines all the blues greats. Whether you're inspired by traditional blues stylings of Robert Johnson, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, B. B. King or go for a more rock-infused Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton or Joe Bonamassa vibe, these blues grooves will build the the foundation of your next blues or blues-rock project and inspire you with the true feel and touch of a veteran bluesman.

You can't touch these feels with virtual instruments or MIDI tracks - that's for sure.

 

Read more about the Drum Werks XXIII Blues drum loops...  

 

 

 

April 2012: Live Ska Drums Never Tasted So Good! Beta Monkey Drum Werks XXII

Acoustic Drum Loops and Samples for Ska, Uptempo Reggae and Ska Hybrid Styles.

Ska Drum Loops Released - Beta Monkey Drum Werks XXII

Inspired by a wide variety of ska drumming performances, Drum Werks XXII Ska Drums is an all-new collection of loops, the second installment of our "L.A. Returns" Sessions.

If you already own our Drum Werks XXII Reggae Grooves release, this is the perfect complement. Cut from he same sessions, with an exciting and wickedly grooving collection of ska grooves.    

Drum Werks XXII will lay down the groove foundation for any traditional ska project, providing the slinky funk and uptempo energy you need. This collection of ska drum loops is also ideal for any ska and reggae influenced music like Drum & Bass, Dub or Dubstep.

 

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March 2012: Classic Reggae Beats: Beta Monkey Drum Werks XXI

All New Drum Loops for Reggae and Reggae Rock Hybrid Styles.

Reggae Drum Loops Released - Beta Monkey Drum Werks XXI

Inspired by classic and contemporary reggae drumming performances, Drum Werks XXI Reggae Drums is an all-new collection of reggae drum loops.

The goal with the Reggae Pack was to capture the essence of the reggae drummers of the 70's who set the standard for the elusive reggae feel and styles.  

Add this to more contemporary artists and groove derivations and you get a truly unique collection of live reggae drum loops.

 

 

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February 2012: Bringing the Real Funk: Rock Hard Funk II

Drum Loops for Rock, Funk, Funk Rock, and Beyond.

Rock Hard Funk II - Funk Beats, Funk-Rock Grooves, Pop RnB Rhythms

Beta Monkey Music's Rock Hard Funk II, brings another round of funk and funk-rock drum loops and samples to the Beta Monkey library of groove solutions.

With 400 live acoustic grooves to inspire any songwriter looking for a strong rhythmic foundation, this collection takes the attitude of rock and pop and infuses it with the groove-centric vibe of funk.

Add a drum sound perfect for today's mixes and you've got the perfect drum track solution.

Read more about the Rock Hard Funk II loops...  

 

 

 

March 2012: Beta Monkey Drum Loops Rock Songwriting Contest

January/February's Style: Rock

We were really floored with the diversity of entries for this contest. The styles ranged from classic rock to modern rock to all styles in-between. A completely eclectic mix of tunes, all unified by the general rock vibe.

While all of the entries made great use of drum loops, we went with the ones that left the most lasting impressions on the Beta Monkey staff. A big thanks to everyone for sharing - check your mailing list email for next month's songwriting contest genre!

Here is the winning entries for the January/February 2012 Songwriting Contest:

"The One I Miss" Matt Edwards

"Clear Blue Skies" Daren Woodall

"Shine Dancer" Dave Albert

The winners will be notified via email and a Beta Monkey t-shirt will be on the way. Let's hear some great new music for next month's contest (check your email for the next contest's style)!

 

 

October/November 2011: Beta Monkey Release TWO New Drum Loops Collections

Why release one new drum loop collection when you can deliver two?!

The latest releases finish the session recordings done for our L.A. Sessions collection (which includes rock drum loops, more rock drum loops, classic drum grooves, funky-rock piccolo drumming, odd time drum loops, and vintage, retro drum loops). Without question, the L.A. Session are our greatest undertaking since opening up the loop shop in 2002! So, how do we finish off the series of these great-sounding, musically-diverse loop collections? Here they are:

 

Drum Werks XIX -  New drum loops release for November 2011

 

Drum Werks XIX: Rock, Alt Rock and Pop Drum Essentials

Drum Werks XIX is all about the groove. With over 300+ multiple-bar drum loops, this drum sample library delivers a powerful and versatile collection of contemporary and classic rock grooves to inspire your songwriting.

Geared for contemporary rock and alt rock styles, the tempo focus is between 60 bpm and 90 bpm. Whether you need laid-back, in-the-pocket drum tracks or aggressive mid-tempo drum beats, this live collection of rock, alternative, pop-rock drum loops will supply the live feel to inspire and set your music apart. Buy Drum Werks XIX now.

 

 

Drum Werks XX - More Alt and Indie Rock Drum Loops from the L.A. Sessions

Drum Werks XX: High-Energy, Live Rock, Alt Rock, Indie Rock Acoustic Drum Loops

Drum Werks XX offers a powerful and versatile up-tempo collection of rock, alt rock, and indie rock grooves, the perfect complement to Drum Werks XIX.

With 423 drum loops to inspire modern rock and alt rock songwriters, this library is geared for the mid and up-tempo range from 80 bpm to 130 bpm. Whether you need deep in-the-pocket drum tracks at 90 bpm or more driving drum beats at 130 bpm, this live collection of rock, alternative, indie-rock drum loops offers the vital live feel to inspire your songwriting. Buy Drum Werks XX now.

 

 

June 2011: Beta Monkey Drum Loops Odd Time Songwriting Contest

April/May's Style: Odd Time

We were really floored with the diversity of entries for this contest. The styles ranged from classic prog rock to Zappa-inspired romps to styles we can't even begin to label. Really, a totally and beautifully random collection of music linked by only one common element: the use of odd time meters. We chose to go with only one winner for this month's contest which made it even more difficult in deciding on a winner.

While all of the entries made great use of our two odd time discs - Odd Time Meltdown I and Odd Time Meltdown II - some even used 4/4 loops, sliced and diced every way imaginable, to create odd time drum loops arranged in diversely creative ways. A big thanks to everyone for sharing their deliciously odd compositions!

So, who won?!

Here is the winning entries for April/May's Odd Time Songwriting Contest:

The winner will be notified via email and a Beta Monkey t-shirt will be on the way. Let's hear some great new music for next month's contest (check your email for the next contest's style)!

 

 

April 2011: Beta Monkey Drum Loops Metal Songwriting Contest

March's Style: Metal

We received more entries than we had anticipated for the March Metal Songwriting Contest. The styles ranged from old school metal and industrial metal to power and death metal - what a wide range of metal songs submitted. Believe us, it was NOT easy narrowing it down to three winners.

It was difficult to choose because so many songs were just so heavy and had 100% metal vibe - everything that makes metal what it is. We went with gut reaction, what struck us immediately and held our attention throughout the tune. distinctly different. Each one of the winning entries showcased the Beta Monkey drum loops in brutally different ways and were flat-out metal (regardless of stylistic differences). To everyone who entered, horns up - \m/!

So, who won?!

Here are the winning entries for March's Metal Songwriting Contest:

Eric Williamson: "Flashback" / Double Bass Mania II

Scott Boss: "Limb from Limb" / Double Bass Mania IV

Kyle Young: "Red Lettering" / Double Bass Mania IV

Tom Cline: "Into the Line of Fire" / Double Bass Mania II

Mike Pelosi: "Forces of Evil, Part I" / Double Bass Mania IV

 

Winners will be notified via email and Beta Monkey t-shirts of their choosing will be on the way. Let's hear some great new music for next month's contest: ODD TIME. Submissions due by May 31, 2011.

 

 

March 2011: Beta Monkey Drum Loops Country Songwriting Contest

February's Style: Country

We received more entries than we had anticipated for the March Metal Songwriting Contest. The styles ranged from old school metal and industrial metal to power and death metal - what a wide range of metal songs submitted. Believe us, it was NOT easy narrowing it down to three winners.

It was difficult to choose because so many songs were just so heavy and had 100% metal vibe - everything that makes metal what it is. We went with gut reaction, what struck us immediately and held our attention throughout the tune. distinctly different. Each one of the winning entries showcased the Beta Monkey drum loops in wonderfully different ways and were just great music (regardless of stylistic differences).

So, who won?!

Here are the winning entries for February's Country Songwriting Contest:

Alex Brenner: "Empty" / Pure Country I

Bruce Scism: "Speed of Lonely Jac" / Pure Country IV

Gene Walden: "Little Things" / Pure Country I

And, yes, that is the same Alex Brenner who was a co-winner in January's rock contest - he clearly shows versatility in showcasing his talents for both rock AND country! A extra round of applause for for Alex!

Winners will be notified via email and Beta Monkey t-shirts of their choosing will be on the way.

Let's hear some great new music for March's contest - check your email for this month's style.

 

February 2011: Beta Monkey Drum Loops Rock Songwriting Contest

January's Style: Rock

We received 279 song submissions for the January songwriting contest. And, it quickly became clear that there are many definitions for "rock" out there. From acoustic ballads to power pop to full-blown metal, we heard a wide range of songs that could all be argued as "rock" (goes to show anyone that it is a difficult task to throw a label on any musical work!).

It was a tough call and we had a number of great tunes that didn't "win" (although writing the song alone is accomplishment enough) because they were just a little too far outside of the rock realm. It may have been too light, too heavy, or in some cases too experimental.

But, regardless of who we chose, we could hear the passion and conviction behind each and every song. As drummers, we envy all you guitarists that can write and express musically what's in your hearts. Anyone who thinks music has seen better days doesn't know what musicians are creating day in and day out. We know - we heard nearly 300 of these recordings!

Alright, enough talk. we're sure you want to know - who won?!

Well, actually, three of you guys did. We decided to award limited edition Beta Monkey T-Shirts to artists that spanned the rock spectrum, from the Alt-Americana edge through the guitar rock middle to more aggressive hard rock (but not quite metal) territory. We just couldn't pick one over the others - each one was selected for entirely different but valid reasons. That said, here are the winning entries:

Alex Brenner: "Can't Stop Remember You" / Drum Werks VII

Daren Woodall: "Apex" / Drum Werks IX

Jeremiah Kelly: "Mind Tangle" / Double Bass Mania II

Winners will be notified via email and Beta Monkey t-shirts of their choosing will be on the way.

Let's hear some great new music for February's contest - check your email for this month's style.

 

 

December 2010: Beta Monkey Drum Loops a Must-Have for Mac Users!

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One of the best sources of Apple-related news and information, the folks over at www.loopinsight.com have you covered. You'll get all of the latest tidbits of news about Apple and the tech market in general, but you will also get more in-depth coverage on other important topics.

This month they gave a us a nice nod as one of a select list of "must have" products for Mac users:

Beta Monkey Music Loops — I enjoy going into my studio, throwing on a drum loop and just playing. However, not all drum loops are the same. The best I’ve found are from Beta Monkey Music — all kinds of genres and good prices.

Good advice from some of the most-respected sources of Apple news and information.


View more of the "Twelve Christmas gifts for Mac-using guitar players" list here..

 

 

November 2010: Beta Monkey Drum Loops Reviewed in Recording Magazine!

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Because we relentlessly are grinding out new sample content, we have been pretty lax for the past 12-18 months about getting about material to the press. We get so busy recording, editing, producing, and releasing new material that it is often last on the list of things that get done. So, we thought we send off a couple of the newest ones to one of our favorite magazines. Sounds like they liked it...

"Drum Werks drum loop libraries represent the essence of Beta Monkey's special approach to this material-no frills, just great content, all at very affordable prices."

"These are great fun... evoke the feel and style in a way that will connect to listeners on a deep level."

"They're all winners... clean, useful, no-nonsense drum libraries that any rock producer can get into."


Read the full review here or Visit Recording Magazine for more

 

 

September 2010: Beta Monkey Video Contest Winners!

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After poring over the many diverse submissions we received for the Beta Monkey Video Contest, we’re proud to announce the winners.

View the winners and their prize-winning video submissions...

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 2010: Beta Monkey Drum Loops Recording and Video Contest!

Beta Monkey Music Drum Loop LogoFire up your DAW and let the riffs fly!

We're always delighted to come across your musical creations on the web, particularly the ones that have been cropping up on YouTube. So, we thought we might make it a little interesting for everyone with this promotional contest!

The Contest? Create a YouTube video that uses our loops and explains how you use our grooves to help you do what you love: create music. You can record yourself recording the song, playing your best solo over our drum tracks, or even create a more ambitious MTV-Style video of your song. For those of you that teach, you could present a video lesson explaining some aspect of your instrument or songwriting. Or, if your music has been used in a commercial, then that could work as well! It's truly wide open and only limited by your imagination and creativity.

Read how to enter and full contest rules here...

 

August 2010: Beta Monkey Drum Loops Recording Session Video!

We get a lot of emails asking about specifics of how we record, where we record, the signal chain, etc. While we change up recording situations frequently (for different product lines), we thought we would share some of the images "behind the scenes" of the L.A. Series sessions that produced Drum Werks XV, XVI, XVII, Odd Time Meltdown II, and Classic Backbeats II.

So, for those of you "gear sluts" here's a peak of how we do what we do:

 

 

 

July 2010: Beta Monkey Inspires with Piccolo Rock Grooves!

Drum Werks XVII Signature Rock Grooves Drum Loop Collection Released

Beta Monkey Releases Drum Werks XVIII Piccolo Rock Grooves Drum Loops Collection

The fourth installment of the L.A. Sessions - this time with a unique rhythmic voice - the piccolo snare. providing a perfect alternative snare voice for contemporary songwriting style.

The featured voice - a sleek 13" x 3" steel shell piccolo snare - provides the quintessential pop and bright snare tone for modern rock and pop (not to mention a few others). With a high-pitched attack and tight projection, Drum Werks XVIII: Piccolo Grooves will inspire a whole different side of your songwriting.

Compatible with both Drum Werks XV and XVI, Drum Werks XVII takes it over the top with the grooves inspired from some of rock's most recognizable grooves.

Available in 16 and 24 bit ACIDized WAV and APPLE LOOPS formats.

Read on and preview the latest drum loop release Drum Werks XVIII...

 

 

May 2010: Beta Monkey Inspires with Signature Rock Drum Loops!

Drum Werks XVII Signature Rock Grooves Drum Loop Collection Released

Beta Monkey Releases Drum Werks XVII Signature Rock Grooves Drum Loop Collection

The third installment of the L.A. Rock Essentials Sessions - this time with a homage to the great signature grooves of the bands that made rock what it is: powerful, unrelenting, and timeless. This is the drum loop library to own if you're after the time-tested groove foundations of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, Van Halen, and more. Drum Werks XVII brings your songwriting a ready-to-eat buffet of classic rock grooves.

Compatible with both Drum Werks XV and XVI, Drum Werks XVII takes it over the top with the grooves inspired from some of rock's most recognizable grooves.

We emulated the grooves styles of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Hendrix, ZZ Top, Toto, and Van Halen to give you some of rock's most identifiable grooves.

A powerful collection of rock drum loops waiting to lay the foundation for your next project. Complete groove folders include grooves, groove variations, fills, single shots, and single hit samples.

Available in 16 and 24 bit ACIDized WAV and APPLE LOOPS formats. REX2 format available Summer 2010.

Read on and preview the latest drum loop release Drum Werks XVII...

 

 

March 2010: Beta Monkey Lays Down the Rock Essentials!

Drum Werks XV and XVI Released: L.A. Rock Essentials

Beta Monkey Releases Drum Werks XV and Drum Werks XVI Rock Essentials Drum Loop Collection

Essential rock grooves to give your drum loop library what it really needs: no-nonsense, hard-hitting, rock drumming. From powerful slow grooves to aggressive up-tempo beats, the L.A. Rock Essentials Series (Drum Werks XV, XVI, and and the upcoming XVII) provides a versatile arsenal of classic and contemporary rock grooves ready to steamroll your next rock song or project.

Recorded in one of Los Angeles’ finest drum rooms with a seasoned pro behind the skins, we wanted to create a no-nonsense rock-solid collection of grooves for rock. No busy patterns, no off the wall fills, no over-playing. Just straight-forward rock grooves that serve beautifully as the foundation for any rock-based song.

The sounds throughout the three L.A. Rock Essentials Series discs (Drum Werks XV, XVI, and XVII) were captured in a single session for ultimate flexibility – all grooves and fills are coming from the same kit and room and allow users to mix and match during the songwriting process.

Although each disc can be purchased and used independently, it is HIGHLY recommended that the three be consider together. Think of each disc as a third of a monster session of grooves, with each complementing the other. The focus on tempo groupings is pretty exhaustive, with many variations of essential rock grooves, both in terms of rhythmic figures as well as leading time-keeping voice (closed hihats, open hits, ride, washy crash/ride, and EFX china cymbals).

And, unlike the modern trend of quantizing the life out of grooves through the use of beat-detective, we brought in a seasoned pro whose time is impeccable. Tasty human feel is all over these discs – creating a pocket that is undeniably human and alive. Careful hand-editing was applied to starts and endings of loops to get the desired tempo, but there is no time-manipulation whatsoever across these three discs. The decision was made that we would capture the true live feel of a drummer who has played on literally hundreds of commercial releases. To suck the life out of that experience, taste, and feel by applying some sort of time correction (be it Beat Detective, Elastic Audio, Flextime or anything of the sort) would be out of the question.

So, if you want lifeless, quantized grooves that have beat-detective stamped all over them, this is not what these sample libraries are about. But, if are looking to get the feel and power of all the must-have grooves of classic and contemporary rock, then we are extremely confident that the L.A. Rock Essentials Series will deliver the goods.

A powerful collection of rock drum loops waiting to lay the foundation for your next project. Complete groove folders include grooves, groove variations, fills, single shots, and single hit samples.

Available in 16 and 24 bit ACIDized WAV and APPLE LOOPS formats. REX2 format available Spring 2010.

Read on and get free previews of Drum Werks XV and Drum Werks XVI...

 

 

January 2010: Beta Monkey Brings on the Vintage Vibe!

Odd Time Meltdown II: Odd Time Drum Loop Collection for 3/4, 5/4, 7/4, and 7/8

Beta Monkey Releases Classic Backbeats II Drum Loop Collection

Versatile vintage sound with all the staple grooves of the 50’s and 60’s, Beta Monkey Music's Classic Backbeats II  is an all-new drum loop and sample library for writers looking to expand the depth of their groove collections.

Capturing the rich sonic vibe of a vintage Ludwig Black Oyster 60s drum kit, Classic Backbeats II is a complete retro rock songwriter’s toolbox, featuring various feels and styles in eight (8) tempo-based Groove Foldersand a complete multi-velocity drum and cymbal sample set.

If you need real drums laid down with authority and feel, then Classic Backbeats II will deliver true vintage vibe and inspiration.  

Over 285 drum loops, covering ballads, straight-ahead rock and pop grooves, mid-tempo feels, shuffles, surf grooves, tom grooves, double-times and more. If your music needs the smooth vintage tones, feel and vibe not found in virtual drummers, Classic Backbeats II has much to offer.

Vintage vibe to add some rhythmic character to your work!

Read on and get free previews of Classic Backbeats II...

 

 

December 2009: Beta Monkey Brings on More Odd Time Drum Loops for Rock and Fusion!

Odd Time Meltdown II: Odd Time Drum Loop Collection for 3/4, 5/4, 7/4, and 7/8

Beta Monkey Releases Odd Time Meltdown II Drum Loop Collection

Odd Time Meltdown II: Odd Time Drum Loops and Samples for Rock, Fusion, and More.

Need grooves that take you out of that 4/4 rut? Odd Time Meltdown offers a dynamic collection of odd meter grooves built to inspire your next rock or fusion track. Meters covered include 3/4, 5/4, 7/4, 5/8 and 7/8 with a generous tempo span - 60 bpm to 150 bpm. Odd Time Meltdown II features over 350 powerful and tasteful acoustic grooves captured in one of Los Angeles' premier recording rooms.

Odd Time Meltdown II is a complete package, featuring a wide variety of grooves in a versatile range of tempos as well as a complete multi-velocity sample set taken from the drums used to record the loops. Get your groove on in 3, 5, and 7. Odd Time Meltdown II will take your playing and songwriting to the next level.

Let the odd times roll some more!

Read on and get free previews of Odd Time Meltdown II...

 

 

October 2009: Beta Monkey Unleashes More Fury!

Double Bass Mania IV Heavy Metal Drum Loop Collection

Beta Monkey Releases Double Bass Mania IV: Groove Metal Drum Loop Collection

Double Bass Mania IV lays down the brutal groove. With a cohesive collection of grooves spanning tempos from 90 bpm heavy rock to 120 bpm power metal, Double Bass Mania IV features the grooves to take any metal project to new levels of ferocity. Intense rhythmic figures as well as straight-ahead grooves to deliver the goods to all metal songwriters, Double Bass Mania IV: Groove Metal is the only commercial drum sample library dedicated to this genre.

A two-CD set of 1100+ hard-driving, earth-shattering metal grooves, Double Bass Mania IV is focused in the 90-120 bpm tempo range. Recorded with the same power and aggression of Double Bass Mania III but bringing the metronome down some, Double Bass Mania IV will give your metal chops a true workout. Double Bass Mania IV will take your metal music to the next level of power and realism.

This new collection of metal grooves is a must for all Double Bass Mania III owners as well as anyone needing heavy grooves in the vein of Pantera, Lamb of God, and other groove-intensive metal bands. If you already own DBM III, then this is an obvious addition — giving you all the complementary tempos for breakdowns.

If you're a metal guitarist, bassist, or songwriter, Double Bass Mania IV: Groove Metal is the drum sample library you need for brutal power and aggression.

Read on and get free previews of Double Bass Mania IV...

 

 

July 2009: Beta Monkey Unleashes the Fury

Double Bass Mania III: Extreme Speed Metal Drum Loops and Samples

Beta Monkey Releases Double Bass Mania III: Extreme Metal Drum Loop Collection

Speed Kills. And Double Bass Mania III brings it faster and harder than anything other sample library on the planet. Double Bass Mania III: Extreme Metal unleashes the fury of the fastest metal grooves with 666+ head pounding drum loops and is designed for extreme forms of metal songwriting.

Double Bass Mania III is all about pure brutal speed. With a cohesive collection of grooves spanning tempos from 180 BPM heavy rock to 240 BPM metal blasts, Double Bass Mania III features exceedingly fast drum patterns and blast beats and will take any metal project to insane levels of ferocity. Blast it out to insane speeds and rhythmic figures and satiate the need for head-pounding speed.

Inspired by the speed and brutality of death and black metal, Double Bass Mania III: Extreme Metal is the only commercial drum sample library dedicated to this genre. Create the heaviest and fastest tracks you could only dream about. No matter what your songwriting goals are - writing demos, recording a future CD release, or expanding your metal chops - Double Bass Mania III kicks down the doors to all things metal.

Read on and get free previews of Double Bass Mania III...

 

 

February 2009: Beta Monkey Releases Drum Werks XIV: The Brazilian Kitchen

Drum Werks XIII Funky Motown Drum Loop Collection

Beta Monkey Music Releases Drum Werks XIV: The Brazilian Kitchen Drum Loop Library

Drum Werks XIV: The Brazilian Kitchen offers a wide variety of Brazilian drum styles in tempos ranging from 50-150 BPM. With nine (9) complete Groove Sets™, Drum Werks XIV will be your go-to disc for the classic Bossa and Samba grooves of Rio de Janeiro, to the fresh sounds of Xote, Baiao, Maracatu and more from the Northeast. The disc includes groove variations, fills, one shot endings and a complete multi-velocity sample kit.

The drum sounds were mixed with the goal of giving you the utmost versatility, aimed at the sounds of the instruments of the bateria. Live, open drums with little processing, the toms and kick resonate like surdos, the snare with body, but enough attack to emulate a repique, tamborim or caixa.

Free previews of Drum Werks Volume XIV are available with same-day worldwide shipping and instant download purchase options available for only $39.99.

 

 

November 2008: Beta Monkey Releases Drum Werks XIII: Funky Motown

Drum Werks XIII Funky Motown Drum Loop Collection

Beta Monkey Music Releases Drum Werks XIII: Funk, Funk-Rock, R&B, and Soul Collection

Beta Monkey Music has released Drum Werks Volume XIII, a powerful collection of Funk, Funk-Rock, R&B, and Soul drum loops. As the newest addition to Beta Monkey's versatile Drum Werks line of drum loops and samples, Drum Werks XIII offers nearly 500 acoustic drum loops and samples in comprehensive Groove Sets™, from a laid-back 60 BPM vibe through an up-tempo funk stomp at 150 BPM. The Drum Werks XIII collection is a complete groove sample package for all things funky and syncopated. A versatile and focused collection of classic Motown-inspired grooves with a decidedly natural retro sound.

Drum Werks XIII brings the funk and elusive feel that sits between the notes. Powerful natural sounds, infectious funk and soul grooves. Drum Werks XIII is pure rhythmic inspiration. Make it funky!

Free previews of Drum Werks Volume XIII are available with same-day worldwide shipping and instant download purchase options available for only $29.99.

 

 

September 2008: Beta Monkey Releases Jazz Essentials™ II Drum Samples  
Beta Monkey Music Release Jazz Drum Loops and Jazz Drum Tracks

Complete Drum Tracks for Jazz DVD!

A different approach for the next installment in the Jazz Essentials™ Series. This collection of grooves offer full live tracks of essential jazz grooves in wide range of tempos and styles. We captured the live feel and phrasing in a 2GB collection of full drum tracks!

Perfect for playing along or for grabbing just the bars you need. An absolute wealth of traditional jazz, played with impeccable taste and time. Jazz Essentials™ II offers users nearly 2.1 GB of live jazz drum tracks in tempos ranging from 60 BPM - 200 BPM.

Jazz Essentials™ II is now available for $49.99 in both disc and downloadable formats. Whether you play traditional jazz, latin-jazz, or anything needing some swing, this collection is huge!

 

 

June 2008: Beta Monkey Releases "Rocking Nashville" Country Drum Loops  
Beta Monkey Music Release Blues Drum Loops

Beta Monkey Music's Pure Country I: Rocking Nashville™ is an all-new drum loop and sample release, capturing the authentic grooves and sounds of Nashville in one powerful library.

Pure Country I: Rocking Nashville is a complete country songwriting package, featuring over 500 acoustic drum loops in nine (9) different Groove Folders™ and a complete multi-velocity drum and cymbal sample set. If you need real drums laid down with authority and feel, then Pure Country I: Rocking Nashville™ will deliver true Nashville inspiration.

From ballad feels to shuffled country swing to all-out double-time feels, Pure Country I: Rocking Nashville™ will cover a wide range of your country and country-rock needs.

Pure Country I: Rocking Nashville™ is now available for $29.99 in both disc and downloadable formats. Whether you play a Tele, Strat, or Les Paul, there's a groove in here for everyone!

 

 

March 2008: Beta Monkey Releases New Blues Drum Loop Library  
Beta Monkey Music Release Blues Drum Loops

Beta Monkey Music announced the release of Drum Werks XII, a comprehensive blues and blues-rock drum loop library. Featuring over 675 samples, the disc offers traditional 12/8 blues grooves, half-time shuffles, rock shuffles, up-tempo boogies and more.

"We are very excited to introduce the new blues library to our ever-growing library," said Rich Rice, Creative Director at Beta Monkey Music. "This product was geared for anyone craving traditional blues drumming feels in their music. We feel it captures the soul and sweat of the essential grooves of blues and blues-based music and can be a great weapon in any bluesman’s songwriting arsenal."

With a wide span of tempos from a laid-back 60 BPM GrooveSet™ to a blistering boogie set at 180 BPM and multiple tempos in-between, Drum Werks XII delivers a versatile collection of blues drumming samples. For even greater songwriting flexibility, a complete matching multi-velocity drum and cymbal sample set of all the drums used to record the drum tracks is included.

"With so many musicians asking for a no-nonsense blues disc, we feel this one really delivers what they have asked for," Rice added. "We are proud to present a collection of blues drum loops that fills that need at a price anyone can afford."

 

January 2008: Beta Monkey Thanks You All !
 
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With six new releases out this year, we did our best to keep up with all of your requests and demand for new products. Things really got cooking with our Nashville Brush series (Pure Country III and Pure Country IV) this summer and continued right up through winter with the two loudest and proudest members of the Drum Werks family, Drum Werks IX and Drum Werks XI. The response to these new groove discs was beyond our expectations and it was great to see so many familiar names pick up those along with the constant stream of "first-timers"!

And, with that in mind, we here at Beta Monkey would like to thank all of you, all of you musicians around the world, who continue to inspire your music with Beta Monkey drum grooves. We had no idea when we started this company over five years ago that we would be at the heart and soul of so much music, but we always hoped we would. Because of you, we have. Dare to dream, right?

Looking forward to a great 2008 with all of you.

~Chris

p.s. See some of you at NAMM 2008 in just a few weeks!

 

 

December 2007: Beta Monkey Releases Drum Werks XI : Classic Rock !

One last one to cap off a great 2007 year here at Beta Monkey!  The follow-up to Drum Werks IX!


Beta Monkey Releases Drum Werks XI: Uptempo Classic Rock Drum Loop Collection!

The reaction to Drum Werks IX was beyond our expectations, so the follow-up was easy - more from the same recording sessions! But, this time we've put together the uptempo stuff. Same great sounds, fresh grooves in four new Groove Sets - Drum Werks XI is a great set if you need to take your rock songwriting up a notch!

Drum Werks Volume XI is a powerful collection of middle and upper tempo acoustic rock drum loops. As the newest addition to Beta Monkey's versatile Drum Werks line of drum loops and samples, Drum Werks XI offers nearly 600 acoustic drum loops and samples in comprehensive Groove Sets™, from rock steady 100 BPM vibes through adrenaline-inspired rock stomping at 200 BPM. The Drum Werks XI Classic Rock Collection is a complete groove sample package for all rock musicians looking to write powerful rock tracks in the middle and upper tempo ranges. A truly versatile and focused collection of powerful rock drums.

Available in 16 and 24 bit WAV and APPLE LOOPS (AIFF). REX2 format available January 2008.

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Preview and Purchase Drum Werks XI:Classic Rock...

 

 

October 2007: Beta Monkey Releases Drum Werks IX : Power Rock !
 
Beta Monkey Releases Drum Werks IX: Power Rock Drum Grooves Collection!

Beta Monkey Music proudly releases Drum Werks Volume IX, a powerful collection of slow and mid-tempo acoustic rock drum loops. As the newest addition to Beta Monkey's versatile Drum Werks line of drum loops and samples, Drum Werks IX offers nearly 600 acoustic drum loops and samples in comprehensive Groove Sets™, from moody 60 BPM vibes through power rock stomping at 90 BPM.

The Drum Werks IX Power Rock Collection is a complete groove sample package for all rock musicians looking to write powerful rock tracks in the slower tempos. A versatile and focused collection of powerful rock drums from end to end.

For anyone writing rock and related rock genres, Beta Monkey's Drum Werks Volume IX: Power Rock will inspire your music with a riff-hungry collection of powerful acoustic drum grooves. Whether you write classic rock, blues-based rock, or modern rock, Drum Werks IX is an extremely focused and comprehensive collection of tasty acoustic grooves.

Available in 16 and 24 bit WAV and APPLE LOOPS (AIFF). REX2 format available November 2007.

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Preview and Purchase Drum Werks IX:Power Rock...

 

 

September 2007: Beta Monkey Releases Pure Country IV: Nashville Brushes in 3/4 and 6/8 !
 
Beta Monkey Releases Pure Country IV Nashville Brushes in 3/4 and 6/8!

Picking up where Pure Country III left off, Pure Country IV is a focused collection of 3/4 and 6/8 brush drum grooves for multiple styles of music, be it country, folk, and more. We captured the subtle nuances of brush work in 3/4 and 6/8 time, giving users a powerful and decidedly focused collection of grooves, fills, one shots and single hit samples. Beta Monkey Music's Pure Country IV: Nashville Brushes™ in 3/4 and 6/8 captures the authentic sounds of Nashville with impeccable drumming, an entire disc of brushed 3/4 and 6/8 drums ready for your next track.

Our fourth installment in the Pure Country Series, Pure Country IV is a complete songwriting package, featuring over 340 acoustic brush and brush/stick combo drum loops and a complete multi-velocity sample set taken from the drums used to record the drum tracks. If you need the real thing, all the nuances and textures of brushed drum parts, laid down with impeccable taste and time, then Pure Country IV: Nashville Brushes™ in 3/4 and 6/8 will deliver. There's no substitute for the pure beauty of tasteful brush work and, if there is, we have yet to find it.

Available in 16 and 24 bit WAV and APPLE LOOPS (AIFF). REX2 format available November 2007.

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Preview and Purchase Pure Country IV: Nashville Brushes in 3/4 and 6/8...

 

 

June 2007: Beta Monkey Releases Pure Country III: Nashville Brushes!
 
Beta Monkey Releases Pure Country III Nashville Brushes!

Sometimes when you want the real thing, there is simply no substitute. And, if you want to capture the heart and soul of country music, you need to get down to Nashville. Beta Monkey Music's Pure Country III: Nashville Brushes™ captures the authentic sounds of Nashville, laying down an entire disc of brushed drum parts for traditional styles of country music.

Our third installment in the Pure Country Series is a complete country songwriting package, featuring over 400 acoustic brush and stick drum loops and a complete multi-velocity sample set taken from the drums used to record the drum tracks. If you need the real thing, all the nuances and textures of brushed drum parts, laid down with impeccable taste and time, then Pure Country III: Nashville Brushes™ will deliver, true Nashville inspiration for less than a night out at your favorite honky tonk.

 

Preview and Purchase Pure Country III: Nashville Brushes...

 

 

April 2007: Beta Monkey Releases Groove Construction Kits II!
 
Beta Monkey Releases Drum Werks VIII REX2 Drum Loops!

After numerous request to combine the single hits sections of our latest discs, Groove Construction Kits II is now ready to ship.

Get pure acoustic drum and cymbal samples from three of our previous discs as well as new and unreleased samples - ready to load into your software or hardware sampler.

Preview and Purchase Groove Construction Kits II...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2007: Beta Monkey Drum Werks VIII Now Available in REX2 Format!
 
Beta Monkey Releases Drum Werks VIII REX2 Drum Loops!

Another one for the collection! Drum Werks VIII is now ready to ship in REX2 format. Non-stop rock grooves, geared for a wide range of writing styles, just waiting to get your next tune going.

Get the latest release solo or as part of our Three-Pack special while it lasts! Another new release is due soon...

Preview and Purchase Drum Werks VIII REX2...

 

 

 

February 2007: Beta Monkey in Music Tech Magazine
 
Beta Monkey Music in Future Tech Magazine 2007

You can get your hands on some free Beta Monkey drum tracks this month in the recent issue of Music Tech magazine. We are featured in their "BEST OF 2006" cover DVD.

While we do have the best prices anywhere, we'd be hard-pressed to beat FREE! So, grab these until the upcoming release is out. We know a lot of you have been asking when it will be out but sometimes these projects take on a life of their own. By May we promise!

 

 

 

January 2007: Beta Monkey Thanks You All!
 
Beta Monkey MusicWe would be remiss if we didn't use the first news entry of 2007 to offer our greatest thanks for the best and biggest year yet for Beta Monkey. So, to everyone out there using and abusing our grooves for rock, country, blues, jazz, metal and anything else in-between... THANK YOU!

Without your support, we would be nothing. We know that and will always keep that in mind as we continue to deliver the kinds of grooves not found anywhere else and at prices no one can match.

Looking forward to offering up more great grooves and samples in our fifth year of doing what we do best... laying down the grooves!

 

 

 

December 2006: Beta Monkey Releases Drum Werks XIII - No-Nonsense Rock Grooves!
 
Beta Monkey MusicThe response to Drum Werks VII was great. Everyone thought the sounds were just happening - nicely ambient, clean-sounding acoustic drums in a nice mix of grooves styles. The comments we received always asked that, if we could, could we release more grooves from this sessions done in the Winter of 2006.

Well, you asked and we are delivering. More great grooves, completely compatible with the grooves from Drum Werks VIII (they are from the same kit, room, drummer, and day after all!) for our usual nice price..

If you need some great-sounding, no-nonsense rock and bluesy-rock grooves to inspire your next project, well, you know the rest...

Preview and Purchase Drum Werks VIII here

 

 

September 2006: Beta Monkey Releases Double BAss Mania II: The Return of the Beast!
 
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The response to Double Bass Mania I was always enthusiastic. Metalheads always asked for more and more of the heavy stuff since there was no one else doing anything remotely metal in terms of drum loops. A lot of the "other" companies tried to call their stuff metal, but you can't fool anyone with some of the fluff out there being touted as metal.

With that in mind, the beast has returned! 800 pounding loops, running the gamut from classic metal sixteenth-note runs to modern syncopated double bass runs to the truly insane fast stuff (try 280 BPM and then some).

In a world of pretenders, these are the real deal.

 

 

 

 

August 2006: Beta Monkey Releases Drum Werks X: Punk Drums!
 
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After receiving numerous requests for some aggressive and in-your-face punk loops, we knew it was something we could deliver. Straight, no-nonsense grooves, pushing the tempos up past 280 bpm.

It was a fun project to get done in between other projects. And, judging by the first-week response, the thirst for some all-out punk was pretty intense.

And, to think, this monster collection was inspired by a sole Beta Monkey guy who asked ever so innocently, "Do you guys have anything I can use for punk music?" So, don't hesitate to ask if you see we don't offer something you want.

Look for two Fall 2006 releases, Drum Werks VIII and IX!

You didn't think we forgot those, did you?!

 

 

July 2006: Beta Monkey Three-Pack Contest Winners!
 
Beta Monkey MusicWe were happy to receive such a nice response on the custom three-pack giveaway (well, who doesn't like stuff for free?). But, what's even better is that we are getting a chance to get some great grooves to some great musicians. We want to thank everyone for entering and for the nice words of praise, but, in the end, we had to choose only TEN lucky winners!

So, here are the Custom Drum Loop and Sample Package winners: Marc Van Bork, Darren Hodroski, Peter Guy, ONEANDONE Productions (Germany), Robert Latham, Niklas Nord, Kenny Carter, Doug Pinard, Philip Guidry, and Diana Landes. Congratulations to them all!

 

Look for a Fall 2006 Promotional in a few months! You can get this month's three-pack on the special page.

 

 

June 2006: Beta Monkey on XM Radio!
 
XM Radio Liquid MetalSo, we're driving to a gig the other night and the old XM Radio unit is tuned in to the best metal station on the planet - XM Radio's channel 42 LIQUID METAL. In between one of the songs, during the station ID, what do we hear but some headbangin' action from our very own Double Bass Mania CD! There are a number of the spots in rotation but all involved some headthrob inducing loops from DBM and some demented grunts for" MORE F*CKIN" METAL!"

So, the moral of the story? If you need to listen to full-on metal 24 hours a day, seven days a week, get XM Radio and tune to LIQUID METAL. And, if you need to get some aggressive, slamming drum tracks, get Double Bass Mania.

You can also read the kind words of metal psychos the world over at the feedback/testimonial page.

 

 

May 2006: A New Look for Beta Monkey and Win FREE Stuff!
 
To celebrate the launch of the new Beta Monkey Music web site, we are offering ten (10) lucky musicians their choice of a custom three-pack! That's right, simply join the Beta Monkey mailing list and you are entered to win your choice of a three-CD drum loop and sample set. Nothing to buy, nothing complicated to fill out. The deadline for entering the Custom Three-Pack Giveaways is June 30, 2006. Winners will be announced on this news page on July 5, 2006. Enjoy the new Beta Monkey site and good luck!

 

 

April 2006: Prepare to Rock. Lucky #7!
 
As the seventh release in the ever-popular Drum Werks series, Beta Monkey Music's Drum Werks VII offers over 900 powerful and versatile drum loops for multiple rock styles. Dig into this sample collection that is all about no nonsense rock feels and phrasings. A “go-to” collection of grooves for rockers everywhere. And, even though it is one of our finest discs to date, we haven't raised our prices one bit! Download official press release (.pdf).

We pre-released a bunch of Drum Werks VII's to our prior customers and the feedback has been unanimous...this disc totally rocks. See the full range of comments on the feedback/testimonial page.

Otherwise, preview the grooves and get your Beta Monkey Drum Werks VII today!

 

March 2006: Get Some of the Monkey...Free! New Releases!
 
Get some of our tastiest grooves from Double Bass Mania and Drum Werks V in the latest issue of Future Music Magazine. A great new magazine, worth every penny for the cover CD alone.

Check out Future Music online or get some free Beta Monkey at your local book retailer!

New Stuff Coming! Three new Beta Monkey releases are ready to go and will be released in Spring 2006. Get on the mailing list to get member-only deals and specials.

 

 

 

February 2006: Let the Odd Times Roll!
 
Some fresh material for everyone! And, some very strange grooves at that. Our third Signature Series release, Odd Time Meltdown will definitely get you thinking differently about grooving!

If you need some grooves that will push you and your music out of a rhythmic rut, then we bet this disc will do the trick.

Keep the emails coming with your requests - this is what drives future releases!

Read the official Odd Time Meltdown press release.

Preview and order Odd Time Meltdown!

 

 

 

 

December 2005: Finishing Up Some New Projects and Taking it Easy!
 
After the barrage of orders for Rock Hard Funk in November and Jazz Essentials in October, December is a month to finish up some projects slated to go in 2006. We are also preparing for another visit to NAMM in January.

A lot in the works, but we hope to enjoy the spirit of the holidays as well. We wish the same for you all.

Looking forward to 2006!

 

November 2005: Beta Monkey Announces the Release of Rock Hard Funk: Two-CD Drum Loops and Samples Library for Funk, Funk Rock, and Beyond

October 25, 2005 — Beta Monkey Music today announced the release of Rock Hard Funk, a two-CD collection of funk and funk-rock drum loops and samples with over a thousand acoustic grooves to inspire any serious "groove intensive" project. Mix the improvisational mentality of jazz, the groove inventiveness of funk and the powerful drum sounds of rock - a beautiful mix of groove experimentalism all captured in Rock Hard Funk.

This is the second installment in the Signature Series collection of drum loops and samples.

“With this latest addition to the Beta Monkey collection of drum loops and samples, we’ve included the kinds of grooves and features that our users have requested over the past year. Plus, we’ve made this available for one of most affordable prices anyone could possibly find,” said Beta Monkey Music Creative Director, Richard Rice. “We captured the grooves of several accomplished funk and rock drummers.

We set them loose to a variety of different tempos and feels. We've recorded the beautiful sounds of a maple Drum Workshop recording kit and made sure to complement the 1000+ loops with a matching set of multi-velocity drum samples from the actual kit used in recording the loops. We then included a huge set of cymbal samples to allow writers even further flexibility in authentic drum track construction. We just think it’s essential to provide all of this to help our users unlock the full potential of their music.

We know they will quickly build funk rock tracks that feel right and sound great with this jam-packed toolbox of funked-up grooves - that's why we created it.”

Rock Hard Funk Two-CD Set Features and Previews

 

October 2005 Seven NEW REX Format Releases from Beta Monkey Music...more on the way!
 
We have been so busy getting new releases done that we haven't taken time to update the site. We promise to spend more time here to keep everyone up to date.

As of October 2005, we now have eleven REX discs to chose from, having just added seven new ones. Pretty much everything will be in REX by November 1st. So, all you Stylus RMX guys should be very happy!
Also, work continues on several new projects. We have put out some great stuff in the past, but these should be our finest work.

Stay tuned.

 

July 2005 Word Continues to Spread About Beta Monkey Music!
 
Some extremely kind words from the most respected music magazine on the planet. We are truly humbled. Read it in the July edition of SoS or on our Reviews Page.

 

 

 

 

 

June 2005 Beta Monkey Interview with Macworld Magazine!
 
Look for the September issue of Macworld to have a nice interview and feature on Beta Monkey. It basically addresses the growing need for quality Apple Loops for GarageBand and how we are supplying the grooves that are sorely lacking in that format. It was great fun and a true pleasure to speak with Jim Dalrymple - he really knew where we here at Beta Monkey were coming from!

 

 

April 2005: Beta Monkey Reviewed in April '05 Recording Magazine!

Check out what Recording Magazine had to say about our Drum Werks Vol. V:

"These drums are all one kit, recorded very cleanly in a damped but not totally dead room. All the emphasis is on getting the sounds down as simply as possible, leaving sweetening to the recordist. For any given tempo there can be a couple of dozen different grooves with different elements emphasized or left out, plus halftime and doubletime loops, intros, fills, and enough extras to assemble a very convincing drum track.

Special attention is paid to hi-hat and ride patterns, with tons of variety presented for each tempo.

Those little touches combine with the overall clean and clear sound of these drums to make Drum Werks 5 a real treat for engineers who like to put their own audio magic on instrument tracks rather than having them arrive all dolled up and ready to go. Beta Monkey has a wide variety of products organized by style and data format; check out their web site for more details.

Oh, one more thing: did we mention this library costs well under thirty bucks? Instant no-brainer!" -- Mike Metlay Recording Magazine

 

03/23/05: Alt and Modern Rock III Ready to Ship!
 
A rock-hard collection of 24-bit grooves for today's modern rock styles. Grooves, fills, single hit samples for days with the punch and creativity you have come to expect from Beta Monkey. Tired of rock drum loops that don't? The new release will take care of that!
 
Currently shipping to previous Beta Monkey customers only - official release date April 5, 2005.

 

 

 

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