Beta Monkey Drum
Loops in Action: User Submitted Music!
From the get-go, talented musicians have been
using our stuff to create the coolest of music.
And, what's more, they have all been cool and
kind enough to take the time and send them back
our way. Whether it is bone-crushing metal, melodic
pop rock, down and dirty blues, or commercial
jingles, the diversity of Beta Monkey user-submitted
music can only be matched by the immense talent
behind the authors of these compositions. This
page will continue to grow and reflect the many
uses for our various releases. The loyalty of
our drum loop users is unmatched. It is a beautiful
November 2011 - Great Sounds, Great Playing - Beta Monkey Delivers!
For this update, here is a little ditty submitted by one of our long-time users Andre Oye, one of the most prolific songwriters we know. He has had his music featured in shows such as Transformers 3,Dexter, Lost, CSI, The Office, Sons Of Anarchy, 2010 Olympics, Hawaii Five O, Kath and Kim, and many others (read much more at www.andrewoye.com).
So, take a few tasty drum takes from Drum Werks XVII, add Andrew's virtuosity, and set it to a collection of studio photos from the recording session. Here's what you get:
March 2011 - Brutal Metal = Double Bass Mania II
We thought for this update we'd pick just one song that really showcases what we offer songwriters. In this case, it's what we offer metal musicians specifically. Back in 2004, we were the first commercial drum loop company to go where no others dared: metal. There simply didn't exist at the time anything at all for metal musicians (and this was just in the infancy of the various drum virtual instruments that have flooded the market since). We played metal. We loved metal. We grew up and never grew out of metal. So, it seemed criminal that metal guitarists and bassists had nowhere to turn when they truly wanted to hammer away. And, so, the Double Bass Mania Series was launched.
Since then, it remains the only true and pure source of metal drum loops available. From competitors who have tried to copy the content to others that have released products with all-too-familiar titles, we have seen it all come and go. But, in the end, it all comes down to passion and authenticity.
It's all about being honest and true to yourself. If you can't rattle off at least 100 song titles from metal bands ranging from vintage 80's thrash and speed metal (Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth, Testament, Sepultura) through other influential metal bands since(Lamb of God, Meshuggah, Mastadon, Slipknot, and Dimmu Borgir - of course, Pantera through the 90s), then your colors will run thin. If your thing is country or funk, then go for it. If you love jazz, play jazz. Like fusion? Well, play in 15/16 all day long. But, just stay true to yourself.
With that in mind, it's hard to imagine any other soundware company delivering the metal drum tracks quite like this:
"To Whom Has Failed" - Geert Thaens
That song pretty much sums it up when it comes to metal drum loops. Double Bass Mania - Often imitated, never duplicated. Delivering true metal since 2004.
June 2010 - Some Great New Stuff and Bringing Back Some Favorites
We thought for this month we would bring out a few of our all-time favs in addition to highlighting the usual new submissions. After backing up a number of sessions and other data, we came across a folder of tunes submitted throughout the years. Hearing them again was like hearing them for the first time and we thought you all might feel the same. So, in this installment of User Submitted music, we give you some tunes that really used the Beta Monkey grooves to the fullest, new and old, and in a variety of different genres.
February 2010 - Pure Musical Joy - That is what Beta Monkey Drum Loops are all about!
Sometimes it's easy to forget why we all got into music. With all the focus on gear, gigs and now with all this technological developments, it's enough to frsutrate even the best of us. But, every now and again, you hear something that makes you stop and remember what it is that music can do: enjoy ourselves to the fullest. No worrying about software compatibility or having the latest ProTools upgrade - no, just sitting playing and playing your heart out. That's something to be reminded of when it all seems to be a maddening and frustrating business and process!
With that in mind, here's a few clips of a Beta Monkey regular who really knows how to lay it down. Every bit of these videos speaks volumes about the sheer joy we all experience when just sit down and play. With a few loops from Drum Werks VII and Drum Werks IX, here's Angel Reca to remind us all to just play and rejoice in the power of music!
January 2010 - Another Year, Another Great Use of Beta Monkey Drum Loops!
We often try to feature a wide variety of music that people create using Beta Monkey drum loops. We receive songs daily that range from acoustic singer-songwriter type material to flat-out brutal heavy metal. But, sometimes, there's an artist that really has an identity that is refreshingly unique. And, because of that, we quickly become fans and follow their progress. Such is the case with Waiting for Katherine. Infectious foot-tapping, sing-along appeal that is pop with a twist. So, check out what can be done with Drum Werks XI: UpTempo Rock - in the hands of Waiting for Katherine!
October 2009 - More Beta Monkey Finds on YouTube!
Every now and then we get a song our way that just stands out as being so unlike what we have seen before. A heads-up to this video came from Chris of Waiting for Katherine and we just thought the song was such infectious pop-punk that it deserved to be shared, And, the video makes it even more of a keeper! So, check out what can be done with Drum Werks X: Punk - it covers a lot of ground from the poppy to the obscene!
Multiple Artists Style: Instrumental Guitar Rock, Metal, Blues,
A number of emails came in to check out User Music over at YouTube. Nice to see The Monkey popping up in some tasty videos. While we can take some credit for these tasty tunes to follow, let's give credit where credit is due - these talented musicians who use our grooves to unleash their inner musical spirits, be it blues, metal or somewhere in-between!
January 2008 Some Fresh Contributions for the New Year!
Multiple Artists Style: Instrumental Guitar Rock, Blues, Funk Rock
What better way to start off the new year than with a fresh set of User Submitted Music? These tasty new cuts make great use of some of the latest Beta Monkey drum loops releases, notably Drum Werks IX and the Pure Country Nashville Brushes Series. While we lay down the grooves, these talented and hard-working musicians make them come to life. Great drums are the foundation of any great tune, so we do our best to help you do your best!
Enjoy some fine work from these talented Beta Monkey junkies!
Multiple Artists Style: Instrumental Metal, Hard Rock, Commercial Sound Beds
One of the coolest things about releasing our drum loop discs is that you never quite know what musicians will do with them. We always have an idea of what the drum grooves can be used for stylistically but, with so much great musical talent out there, we are always pleasantly surprised when the grooves get used in so many different ways. It is absolutely amazing how the same disc can produce such different but equally great music in the hands of different artists.
With that in mind, here are a few tasty heavy ones. Not nearly the extremes we have heard Double Bass Mania II put to, but heavy nonetheless. Some melodic metal and hard rock at its finest. The Monkey cannot be stopped!
Multiple Artists Style: Instrumental Guitar Rock, Blues, Funk Rock
Just happened to go through some of the folders of User Submitted Music and found three new tasty ones, from two outstanding artists: Steve Draper and Spike. While each has a uniuely style, they actually have a lot in common - both can play the hell out of their respective instruments, both can craft some wickedly catchy tunes, and both (and you knew this was coming!) use Beta Monkey drum loops to power their music. Enjoy some fine work from some of the other Beta Monkey discs in our collection.
A bunch of metal songs has been coming in since the release of Double Bass Mania II in September. Since there has been so many, we thought we would make a themed entry for the first user submitted music entry of 2007. Take a listen below to hear the brutal power and unmatched versatility of our Double Bass Mania I and Double Bass Mania II discs in action. Our users are writing anything from classic old school metal to more modern hybrid blends of the genre. In the end, it is all metal though - 100% in your face and full of aggression. You can't get this kind of stuff from anyone else... enjoy the heaviness!
And, as always, we applaud the efforts of all the musicians out there using our humble efforts to make your songwriting process more inspired and efficient. We can't thank all of you enough for the just flat-out awesome work that comes in all the time. Just keep sending it in - eventually we'll find room to showcase everyone.
Brian sent in this song the other day and we were floored at the flat-out hook power of the tune. It just grabs you with a powerful mix of rhythm, instrumentation, and pop sensibility. What makes it stand out is a mystery like any great pop tune - it is good because it sounds good. End of story.
Brian attached a quick note of praise to explain things for his side of the song so be sure to read the Behind the Song information.
Rob Hines/Kevin WalkerStyle:
Christian Contemporary / Praise and Worship
Every now and then a song comes our way
that just makes us stop everything - stop the session,
put down the sticks, stop checking the email - and listen.
Well, "Holy Like You Are" is just one of those
songs. The level of songwriting and production makes us
proud to be
associated with this song. It reminds us of how much beauty
and talent there is out in the world - Rob, thank you for
blessing us in sharing this song.
Be sure to read the Behind the Song information
- it really shows the process of putting our loops to work
and getting great results.
Out there somewhere is an A&R guy just hoping
he finds a band with as much talent, heart,
and soul as Andy Wilson's The Fritz. Andy is
pretty much a Beta Monkey junkie, having picked
up nearly the entire catalogue of our drum loop
releases. And, we have to say, Andy and the
band put these drum grooves, whether it's the
faster rock and pop drum loops or the slower
ballad drum loops, to damn good use. Seriously,
why these guys are not out on tour right now
with Matchbox 20 or the Goo Goo Dolls is beyond
us. It is pro stuff all the way with catchy
hooks, infectious rhythms, and strong, distinctive
vocals. We seriously think there is a bright
future for them. We can only hope they remember
the lowly Beta Monkey when the "Big Time" calls
upon The Fritz. Let's hope The Fritz remember
the Drum Werks Vol. IV
and the Alt and Modern
Rock set that got it all going. You
can read all about The Fritz and learn more
about the band at MySpace.
Tell 'em Beta Monkey sent ya.
Steve is one helluva musician. He was perhaps
the first to submit his music to us and, we
will be honest, we were shocked. Just hearing
what Steve was able to do with the grooves off
of Drum Werks Volume I,
Drum Werks Vol. II ,and
Drum Werks Vol. III was
beyond all expectation. As you will hear, Steve
can cut the grooviest rock stomper and then
serve up some sweet melodies on his guitar.
A true pro and someone we are proud makes good
use of the Beta Monkey drum loops. You can see
what is new with Steve at www.stevegibb.com
- pay him a visit.
Tom Hunt/Three RoomsStyle: Rock/Experimental/Ambiant
Tom sent us a song recently and were really
floored with what he did with some loops off
of Beta Monkey's Alt and
Modern Rock CD's. If there is one thing
we have found from the various releases is their
sheer versatility. Here we have a disc geared
for rock which Tom went and twisted into a killer,
hypnotic tune. From the sound of it, Toms seems
to have put a bit of low-end and compression
to create a really nasty pumping kick sound.
And, that really stems from the fact that our
drums come as natural as we can deliver. We
give you the headroom to enhance the grooves,
whether it's EQ, compression, or a host of any
effects. You can't do that with loops that already
have a ton of processing - only natural, 100%
pure drums give you that option. We're glad
we look at drums this way. And, we're more than
glad Tom shared with us his latest creation.
Visit more of Tom's music at www.soundclick.com.
Let us just flat-out and say it - Ernie is
the man. He is just an absolute killer producer
as you will hear in the following clip. He truly
knows how to do Beta Monkey's stuff right. While
it one thing to take one of our acoustic loops
and put it in a song, Ernie actually gives it
groove. When the bass line is locking in with
a few of the grooves off Drum
Werks Vol. IV , you will find nothing tastier.
And, it is great to see Beta Monkey stuff get
used in a non-rock situation. Let's face it,
good acoustic drums form the backbone of ALL
styles of music. Let us just finish by saying
that Ernie is the real deal - a talented musician
and, more important, a great guy. He's the first
one to write and ask, "What's new from Beta
Monkey?" Judging from the music he passed along
to us, we should all be asking, "Hey Ern, What's
new with the music?" We're sure he's cooking
up something tasty as we write!
Phil is as heavy as it gets. Seriously, he
rocks very hard and just crushes the hell out
of these tunes. It is just flat-out great to
see that ass-kicking, no-holds-barred riff-making
is not dead yet. Try coming up with a song like
this with some of our competitor's loops - ain't
happening. Phil used Beta Monkey's
Drum Werks Vol. I and the Alt
and Modern Rock CD's to deliver these
seriously heavy goods.
Ken Vandevrie - ADS Studio ProductionsStyle: Commerical Production
These fine fellas from up in Canada show the
commerical possibilities in our catalogue of
drum loops. Now, we never thought of our drum
grooves as having any commercial appeal, but
Ken and ADS showed us just how little we knew
about our own grooves! I believe Ken mentioned
this promo spot was being used for Canadian
TV so it's a shame we could never hear it next
time we got out of the studio and hit the T.V.
But, it's a smooth and polished production bed
and it just makes you want to tap your foot.
It's got a good beat! The grooves in the promo
spot were taken from Drums
Werks Volumes IV. If you need anything done
in terms of music, visit ADS
Studio Productions and see what they can
do for you.
This is a classic Beta Monkey story. Ron doesn't
know us from a hole in the wall but he likes
the samples he hears on the Drums
Werks Volumes IV page, so he figures,"What
the hell? What is there to lose by picking up
the disc?" So, he gets his CD about three days
later and what does he do? He lays down some
nasty blues before we even have a chance to
ask him how the bluesy drum loops off Volume
III are treating him. Now, this tune is tasty!
You lay down some slow buesy drum grooves and
put some sweet guitar on top (don't forget laying
a nice fat bassline in there too) and you sound
like you should be playing a set at the Austin
City Limits Festival. Ron, you definitely
have to get your hands on the new bluesy stuff
we have in the works - I know you will do it
We just love this song. From Italy, Jon Tom
ordered up some of our Alt
and Modern Rock CD's and got down to some
serious work. He sent it by our way (complete
with the introduction!) and we haven't stopped
playing since around here in the studio. It
is one helluva catchy song. Tight groove, funky
guitars and bass, and killer dynamics. Jon Tom
- you totally rule. (and, if you are in a hurry
to hear the main groove, it picks up at about
1:00). Pay him a visit and see what else he's
up to at Artist
Launch or Luca's
personal page. A truly, talented artist
- we're proud he is using the Beta Monkey stuff.
Now, this is one truly twisted individual (and
we say that with the utmost love and respect
for the guy). Ryan is a complete riff-meister,
on "10" all the way and in every way. He directed
us to his page over at SoundClick that was just
chock full of song after song, riff after riff
- each one just killing. It is so cool in this
day and age that someone out there still knows
what it means to turn up the guitar and just
let all hell break loose. We had to sit down
after listening through his catalogue (which,
amazingly enough, he put together in a few weeks
using Beta Monkey's Drum Werks
Vol. IV and the Alt and
Modern Rock CD's).
We must warn you, though,
Ryan's music most definitely gets a PARENTAL
ADVISORY for lyrical content! So, if you have
anyone under 18 near the computer, get them
far, far away before unleashing these tunes!
Lee hails from Canada and probably does a lot
of things well. All we know is that THIS GUY
CAN SHRED. He is a monster. He is a riff factory.
He is the real deal. We don't think anyone has
put together as much material from Double
Bass Mania as he has. Prepare to have your
face ripped off and handed to you from two of
the cuts he has submitted to us.
The Song Submission
Count: As of December 1, 2011, we have
received over 2100 songs (and counting). This includes music done for TV spots, films, independent and commercial CDs and nearly every other musical production situation imaginable. To put it in another perspective, we've received enough material for more than 180 albums!
Obviously, many need to get reviewed and posted
- it just gets tough to go through them all and updated on the site. But, we will always try to get the tastiest of the tasty up and available for your listening pleasure. Look for updates soon and thanks again to everyone who has submitted music our way via email and mp3's!
Have some great stuff that you think belongs
on this page? Send
it in! That is what Beta Monkey is all about
- Giving you the right tools to get your music