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A collaboration by producer Colin Brain & drummer Finn McAuley. 

Authentic lo-fi drum sounds from real drums, recorded to cassette tape and processed through analogue gear.


Click here to download a free loop and some one shots



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Finn McAuley Drummer

Finn McAuley is a drummer and co-founder of Beatnik Drums. Be it touring as a session drummer or tracking in a studio, he is obsessed with the subtleties that come with perfecting groove and feel. He developed a specific love for loose, swampy grooves through playing an eclectic range of music from psychedelic rock to orchestral. This, combined with access to a tonne of kits provided the perfect match for Beatnik Drums.

Colin Brain Producer

Colin Brain is co-founder of Beatnik Drums and a London based music producer with over a decade of experience making records. He has worked in studios both big and small with artists spanning across multiple genres and styles. His love for hip hop and unorthodox left-of-centre ways to record and produce music, is what sparked Beatnik Drums. Less digital and more analogue. More using your ears and less using your eyes. 

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Tascam Porta One Ministudio

BASF Chrome Maxima 290 Cassette

Fuji DR90 (IEC1).1 Cassette

Louder Than Liftoff Chroma +

Neve 1081 Channel Strips

Capi Audio VP26

Capi Audio BT50 EQ

API 560b EQ

Chandler EMI TG 12345 Curve Bender EQ

Empirical Labs Distressor El8-X

Chandler EMI TG1 Limiter

Kush Audio Electra

Tegeler Audio Kreme

Tube-tech PE 1C Equaliser

Vintage Quad 8712

Bricasti M7 Reverb

Binson Echorec2 ModT7E

Ibanez Echo Shifter

Ray Gun FX Aurora lo-fi delay-verb

Earth Quaker Devices Dispatch Master

Keeley Caverns Reverb / Delay

Electro-Harmonix - Mel9


AKG D112

SubKick (DIY)

12 Gauge Blue



Shure SM57

Shure SM7B + Cloudlifter

Wasserphone Salt Shaker Mic


1963 Camco Kick 22 x 14

Yamaha Recording Custom Kick 22 x 16

Tama Starclassic Walnut Birch Kick 22 x 16

1963 Camco Snare 14 x 4.5

1965 Ludwig 402 Snare 14 x 5.5

1960s Rogers Power Tone Snare 14 x 5

2004 Gretsch New Classic Hammered Brass Snare 14 x 5

American Bearing Edge Snare 13 x 5

USA Noble & Cooley Snare 14 x 6

Brady Dust Snare 14 x 5.5

Istanbul Traditional Light hi-hats 15

Zildjian K's Custom Special Dry 14

Istanbul Trad Med Crash 18

Zildjian A Custom EFX 18

Zildjian K’s Traditional 14

Zildjian FX RAW Crash/Ride Large Bell

Zildjian K Custom Special Dry 21 Ride

Volume One Masking Tape
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