Where Are All The 3/4 Grooves?

alantig

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When I converted my recording rig to ProTools, one of the attractions was being able to use software drums. I have Steven Slate Drums and a couple of the Abbey Road sets from Native Instruments. What has been a surprise is the lack of 3/4 drum grooves to use. Lots of 4/4, some 6/8, even some 7/4, but no 3/4. I record backing tracks for my mother to use at church (and yet, lightning still hasn't struck!), and a large portion of the songs she wants seem to be 3/4. So where are all the 3/4 drum grooves.

Side note - I'm recording a backing track version of Kiss's "War Machine". Not for my mother, but as an experiment doing it all in the box - all AmpliTube amp sims, all in-the-box FX. There's another AmpliTube collection I'm considering, and I wanted to try this before I commit to it. Anyway, it's a fairly straightforward 4/4 drum pattern - and none of the Slate rock or metal grooves fit. They're all more complex than needs be. I finally found one that would work - under the COUNTRY category.
 
The 3/4 grooves are there... you just have to edit a bar out.:biggrin:

Hope you like being in the box, I've been happily residing there for a few years now.
 
I've got 3/4 and 6/8 in EZ Drummer. There wasn't many grooves in that time sig to start so I had to download some add on packs. Great for stringing together a good drum track quickly.

I've found that with a lot of the grooves... Too much going on. I use them but have to go into the midi editor and remove some things. Time consuming but easier than having to learn to play drums! :)
 
There are TONS of MIDI grooves that are available, including many 3/4 grooves. All you have to do is know where to look for more.

Keep in mind that 3/4 is waltz time, and there just isn't much demand for 3/4 signature drum grooves these days.
 
Toontrack stuff slays. The Dirk Verbeuren midi packs especially. Dirk's an animal. Love his drumming.
 
There are TONS of MIDI grooves that are available, including many 3/4 grooves. All you have to do is know where to look for more.

Keep in mind that 3/4 is waltz time, and there just isn't much demand for 3/4 signature drum grooves these days.

Tell that to my mother! She keeps coming up with these old (mostly) Johnny Cash gospel songs that seem to be all 3/4.

And excellent tip, Mike - I hadn't thought of editing down some of the grooves to simplify them. It seems so obvious now...
 
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