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Welcome to the Isolated Drums Archive. Since March 2020 I have been recreating The Beatles iconic drum beats and releasing them through my weekly mailing list. This is an on going project, with the goal of creating mixes and stems of every song The Beatles recorded. You will also find the odd song by other artists. 

These stems are completely free, but if you can, please consider donating to this  project through PayPal. If you are not in a position to donate then please enjoy these mixes and stems for free.

I hope you have as much fun using these stems as I did making them!

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FEATURED BANDS

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STEPPENWOLF

BORN TO BE WILD

1968

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THE BEATLES

In my opinion The Beatles studio catalogue can be split up into four distinct eras: 1962—'64, 1965—'66, 1967—'69 and 1970.

Sound engineers moved on, microphones and placement techniques changed and ultimately the band evolved artistically.

 

1962-1964

Please Please Me | With The Beatles | A Hard Day's Night | Beatles For Sale

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Please Please Me

1962

Side One

I Saw Her Standing There

Misery

Anna (Go to Him)

Chains

Boys

Ask Me Why

Please Please Me

 

Side Two

Love Me Do

P.S. I Love You

Baby It's You

Do You Want to Know a Secret

A Taste of Honey

There's a Place

Twist and Shout

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With The Beatles

1963

Side One

It Won't Be Long

All I've Got to Do

All My Loving

Don't Bother Me

Little Child

Till There Was You

Please Mr. Postman

 

Side Two

Roll Over Beethoven

Hold Me Tight

You Really Got a Hold on Me

I Wanna Be Your Man

Devil in Her Heart

Not a Second Time

Money (That's What I Want)

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A Hard Day's Night

1964

Side One

A Hard Day's Night

I Should Have Known Better

If I Fell

I'm Happy Just To Dance With You

And I Love Her

Tell Me Why

Can't Buy Me Love

Side Two

Any Time at All

I'll Cry Instead

Things We Said Today

When I Get Home

You Can't Do That

I'll Be Back

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Beatles For Sale

1964

Side One

No Reply

I'm a Loser

Baby's in Black

Rock and Roll Music

I'll Follow the Sun

Mr. Moonlight

Kansas City / Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey

 

Side Two

Eight Days a Week

Words of Love

Honey Don't

Every Little Thing

I Don't Want to Spoil the Party

What You're Doing

Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby

 
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RECORDING DETAILS

Norman Smith, nicknamed ‘Normal’ by John Lennon, was the engineer on all of The Beatles’ early recordings. The band was fresh from their long stints playing all nighters in Hamburg and fit recording around a heavy touring schedule. Minimal drum microphones were used and spill through the Neumann vocal mic is a huge part of the lively, energetic sound of this era.

Engineer: Norman Smith

Kick: STC 4033-A (ribbon & dynamic, set to cardioid pattern)

Placement: One o’clock position, around six-inches from the face of the bass drum and angled downwards.

 

OH: STC 4038 (now known as a Coles 4038, ribbon microphone, figure 8 pattern).

Placement: In the centre of the kit around at chin level (5ft), so it picks up the snare and toms, while rejecting some direct impact of the cymbals.

 

Room: Neumann U47

Placement: Usually around 3m away from drums and was set up for vocals and would have been perpendicular to the drums.

1965-1966

Beatles For Sale | Help! | Rubber Soul | Revolver 

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Help!

1965

Side One

Help!

The Night Before

You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

I Need You

Another Girl

You're Going to Lose That Girl

Ticket to Ride

Side Two

Act Naturally

It's Only Love

You Like Me Too Much

Tell Me What You See

I've Just Seen a Face

Yesterday

Dizzy Miss Lizzy

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Rubber Soul

1965

Side One

Drive My Car

Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)

You Won't See Me

Nowhere Man

Think for Yourself

The Word

Michelle

Side Two

What Goes On

Girl

I'm Looking Through You

In My Life

Wait

If I Needed Someone

Run for Your Life

 
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RECORDING DETAILS

Now we see The Beatles moving away from a ‘live’ sound and beginning to take advantage of the creative inspiration the studio can offer. Help! could potentially belong to ‘era #1’, however it’s an album that shows the beginnings of a band transitioning, with their full maturity realised in Rubber Soul, a landmark album way ahead of its time and setting The Beatles on the path for what was to come.

Engineers: Norman Smith ’65, Geoff Emerick ’66

 

Kick: AKG D20 (cardioid dynamic),

Placement: 12 o’clock position angled downwards.

 

OH: AKG D19c (cardioid dynamic)

Placement: Centre of the kit, around the drummer’s head height (5ft).

 

Room: Nuemann U47

Placement: Usually around 3m away from drums and was set up for vocals and would have been perpendicular to the drums.

*Added for Revolver by Geoff Emerick

Under Snare: Neumann KM56 (small diaphragm condenser)

Placement: Underneath the snare, around 20cm away from the drum and slightly away from the kit.

1967-1969

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band | The Beatles | Yellow Submarine | Abbey Road

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Sgt. Pepper's...

1967

Side One

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

With a Little Help from My Friends

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Getting Better

Fixing a Hole

She's Leaving Home

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!

 

Side Two

Within You Without You

When I'm Sixty-Four

Lovely Rita

Good Morning Good Morning

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

A Day in the Life

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The Beatles

1968

 

Side One

Back in the U.S.S.R.

Dear Prudence

Glass Onion

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Wild Honey Pie

The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Happiness Is a Warm Gun

Side Two

Martha My Dear

I'm So Tired

Blackbird

Piggies

Rocky Raccoon

Don't Pass Me By

Why Don't We Do It in the Road?

I Will

Julia

Side Three

Birthday

Yer Blues

Mother Nature's Son

Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey

Sexy Sadie

Helter Skelter

Long, Long, Long

 

Side Four

Revolution

Honey Pie

Savoy Truffle

Cry Baby Cry

Revolution 9

Good Night

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Yellow Submarine

1968

Side One

Yellow Submarine    

Only A Northern Song    

All Together Now    

Hey Bulldog    

It's All Too Much    

All You Need Is Love

Side Two    

Original Film Score

Pepperland    

Sea Of Time    

Sea Of Holes    

Sea Of Monsters    

March Of The Meanies    

Pepperland Laid Waste    

Yellow Submarine In Pepperland

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Abbey Road

1969

Side One

Come Together

Something

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Oh! Darling

Octopus's Garden

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Side Two

Here Comes The Sun

Because

You Never Give Me Your Money

Sun King

Mean Mr. Mustard

Polythene Pam

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Golden Slumbers

Carry That Weight

The End

 
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RECORDING DETAILS

Sgt Pepper is still regarded as one of the most important albums in history. The Beatles have now well and truly established themselves as masters of the studio. During this era Ringo started to use dampening techniques, such as tea towels, to get the ‘dead’ sound so often associated with Ringo and heard on records like Come Together and Don’t Let Me Down. In 1969 EMI Studios (Abbey Road) switched from the REDD.51 ‘valve’ desk to the TG12345 ‘transistor’ desk, which accounts for the Abbey Road album’s smoother, mellower sound without the harmonic distortion associated with valve technology.

Engineers: Geoff Emerick

 

Kick: AKG D20 (cardioid dynamic)

Placement: 12 o’clock position angled downwards.

 

OH: AKG D19c (cardioid dynamic)

Placement: Centre of the kit, around the drummer’s head height (5ft).

 

Rack Tom: AKG D19c (cardioid dynamic)

Placement: Underneath 3-4” away pointing at resonant head.

Floor Tom: AKG D19c (cardioid dynamic)

Placement: 3-4” above, pointing towards HH.

*Added for Revolver by Geoff Emerick

Under Snare: Neumann KM56 (small diaphragm condenser)

Placement: Underneath the snare, around 20cm away from the drum and slightly away from the kit.

1970

Let It Be

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Side One

Two Of Us

Dig A Pony

Across The Universe

I Me Mine

Dig It

Let It Be

Maggie Mae

Side Two

I've Got A Feeling

One After 909

The Long And Winding Road

For You Blue

Get Back

Let It Be

1970

 
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RECORDING DETAILS

‏The Let It Be album is in an era all of its own. Technically recorded before ‘Abbey Road’ it features recordings made at Apple Studios (3 Savile Row), Twickenham Sound Studios and EMI. The album sees Glyn Johns returning to an almost 1963-1964 style minimal drum microphone placement, with his now famous ‘Glyn Johns’ technique, which is fitting as Let It Be was The Beatles attempting to re-engage as a band and “get as funky as we were in The Cavern” (George Harrison).

‏Engineer: Glyn Johns

 

‏Snare: Neumann KM56 (small diaphragm condenser)

‏Placement: On top of the snare, pointing to the centre.

 

‏Kick: Sony C38A (condenser), AKG D20 (cardioid dynamic), or D12 (cardioid dynamic) 

‏Placement: 12 o’clock position, front head removed.

 

‏OH: Neumann U67 (large diaphragm valve microphone)

‏Placement: *See Glyn Johns Technique

 

‏Floor Tom (bottom head removed): Neumann U67 (large diaphragm valve microphone)

‏Placement: *See Glyn Johns Technique

 

‏*Glyn Johns Technique

 

‏*The Floor Tom and OH microphones are usually thought of as two OH microphones, but I have called them OH and Floor Tom to clearly distinguish between them. 

 

‏OH directly over the snare drum, around 40” high, and pointed the centre of the drum. Pan to about the 1:30 position.

 

‏Floor Tom, the same distance from the centre of the snare drum as the OH, to keep phase issues to a minimum. Panned hard left.

 

‏Pan the kick and snare mics so they match the kick and snare positions in the stereo image created by the OH & Floor Tom mics.

 

Here is a fantastic video of Glyn Johns explaining this technique. Take note of how casual he is about it, sometimes it can be tempting to over think!

THE BEATLES: NON-ALBUM TRACKS

Non-album singles and E.Ps

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Magical Mystery Tour

1967

Side One

Magical Mystery Tour

Fool On The Hill

Flying

Blue Jay Way

Your Mother Should Know

I Am The Walrus

Side Two

Hello, Goodbye

Strawberry Fields Forever

Penny Lane

Baby, Your A Rich Man

All You Need Is Love

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Various

1963-1964

From Me To You

Thank You Girl

She Loves You

I'll Get You

I Want To Hold Your Hand

This Boy

Slow Down

Matchbox

Long Tall Sally

I Call Your Name

I Feel Fine

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Various

1965 - 1970

She's A Woman

Yes It Is

Bad Boy

I'm Down

We Can Work It Out

Day Tripper

Paperback Writer

Rain

Lady Madonna

The Inner Light

Hey Jude

Revolution

Don't Let Me Down

The Ballad Of John And Yoko

Old Brown Shoe

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Whilst I truly love The Beatles, I couldn't ignore some of the other incredible drumming that came out of the 60s and 70s. Here are some of my favourites.

These stems are completely free, but if you can, please consider donating to this  project through PayPal. If you are not in a position to donate then please enjoy these mixes and stems for free.