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Back in the ’60s, ’70s, and even ’80s, drumming session greats used to record drums at a much lower level than they do these days. They played the drums with a lighter touch yet grooved so hard and achieved great sounds. In the spirit of the bygone era, we produced this collection of chill drum loops.


When you want the grooves of your songs to cook at a lower intensity, these drum loops are a perfect choice. All of the drum grooves in this collection are half the velocity of regular drum loops and are “in the pocket.” Finesse and tasteful grooves abound! Use them in your originals or covers in various styles: Pop, Light Rock, Acoustic, Ballads, Blues, Country, Smooth Jazz, and more.


We created them with Handy Drums Retro Custom sampled drumset in mind. As you can hear from the demo, they fit like a hand in a glove.


Included in the Chill Drum Beats midi loops collection are:

  • Light-sounding beats played at medium velocity
  • A total of 414 grooves
  • 54 drum loops in 6/8 time signature in straight 8, 16ths, and swung 16ths feel
  • 126 drum loops in 4/4 with straight 8 feel
  • 120 drum loops in 4/4 with straight 16ths feel
  • 57 Shuffle drum loops (swung 8ths)
  • 63 drum loops in 4/4 with swung 16ths feel
  • Syncopated snare beats, syncopated kick beats, and sync hats accents
  • Tasteful, subtle ghost notes on the snare drum
  • Variable hi-hats allow you to adjust the openness just by utilizing CC4
  • Accompanying drum fills for all grooves

*  These loops are not compatible with BeatBuddy.


Type: Midi Loops

Size: 254KB


 Goran Rista

Format: MIDI- Type 0, Type 1



(Win 7+)  (MacOS 10.11+, dual binary)

Light, groovy drum beats on your track with a few clicks of the mouse.

As some of the most realistic drum beats you’ll anywhere, Chill Beats will inject a deep groove into your music. Guaranteed.

For producers and songwriters alike.

Handy Grooves Chill drum loops– a treasure trove of usable beats

Handy Grooves Chill drum loops– a treasure trove of usable beats

Whether you start with the simplest of the chill beats or one of the more elaborate ones, you will achieve the same level of groove.


100% of the beats in this collection are usable and will ensure a rock-s0lid foundation to your songs. Great groove is not about how hard drums are hit but how well they carry the song forward.


If you like deep grooves, this chill beats collection is a must-have.

They snap together beautifully, particularly when you meld
the appropriate genre-flavoured grooves with their respective kits.


The grooves are very usable, the MIDI obviously editable,
and the price pretty modest given what’s on offer.


A turnkey way to stay focused on your creativity and songwriting
without worrying about the details.



Human Feel Throughout

Zoomed in view of midi note off grid indicating human feel

It just feels right when you hear a drum groove that feels like a real drummer played it. A natural human feel is essential in drum grooves because it allows the music to flow and groove realistically and humanly.


When the drums are played by a great drummer, they add a natural swing and groove to the music that can make it feel more alive and exciting. That’s why we injected all of our chill drum beats with a consistent human feel.

Zoomed in view of midi note off grid indicating human feel

Expertly-Edited Drum Loops

Expertly-Edited Drum Loops

The best way to get a great drum groove is to have a great drummer play with excellent technique and a feel for the music.


However, recording a world-class drummer on an e-drumset does not guarantee that the results will translate to an acoustic-like performance.


Once we have an excellent MIDI drum performance, we must edit the MIDI data to correct any inconsistencies and ensure that the beats are tight, realistic, and loop seamlessly.

Micro-Dynamics In Every Beat

Demonstration of dynamics of midi files

Microdynamics are the small changes in volume that occur within a drum groove. These changes can be very subtle, but they can greatly impact the groove’s overall feel.


They can make the groove feel more dynamic and exciting, or they can make it feel more laid back and relaxed. Either way, they are an important part of creating a great drum groove.


Chill Drum Beats contains all of the necessary micro-dynamics for some of the most believable and realistic drum performance you’ll ever hear.

Demonstration of dynamics of midi files

“In the Pocket” MIDI Drum Beats

“In the Pocket” MIDI Drum Beats

The pocket is the space between the notes, and the drummer must fill this space with a consistent beat.

A drum beat that is “in the pocket” is considered to be tight, groovy, and in time. This is crucial because it helps the other band musicians stay focused and locked into the groove.


Each drum loop in the Chill Beats collection contains a deep pocket and ensures that all of your instruments will tightly lock into the groove.

Our Drum Loops= Practical time-saver

MIDI drum loops are a massive time-saver in music production because they provide a foundation for the rhythm track that can be easily tweaked and customized to fit the song.


With our pre-made MIDI loops, you can quickly build up a solid drum track without manually programming each beat. This can save you much time in the studio, especially when working on complex arrangements.


You can quickly and easily customize them to fit your needs better.

Variable Hi-hats

Variable Hi Hats- What Are They And How To Utilize Them Within Handy Drums?

Variable Hi-hats

Variable hi-hats allow you to easily adjust how open or close a hi-hat is played.

Handy Grooves CHILL DRUM BEATS loops were created for Handy Drums range of plugins, which accomplish variable hi-hats most practically and easily.


With a simple turn of the mod wheel, set to CC4, you can regulate how open or close hi-hats sound. This can inject slight variations into a drum groove, thus making it more realistic.


This approach streamlines something that was previously more of a time sink of assigning notes to each articulation.


Watch the video to see how easy it is to do this.

Perfect Companions- HANDY DRUMS plugins

Main GUI page of handy drums retro custom v2 showing the mixer and sketch of a drum kit with wooden hoops

Pair the Handy Grooves CHILL DRUM BEATS loops with RETRO CUSTOM drum set or one of the other Handy Drums plugins, our ultra-realistic sampled drum kits to take your programmed drum track to the next level.


The MIDI loops have an installer that offers seamless integration with Handy Drums, making them instantly accessible within Handy Drums’ MIDI Loop Browser.


Handy Drums and Handy Grooves is a perfect pairing for the singer-songwriter, musician, or producer who wants to get a professional-sounding drum track up and grooving.


With fantastic sound varieties abound, you are set to find the one that blends right into your song. While our loops conform to GM drum mapping wherever practical, they were created as the perfect accompaniment to our virtual instruments.

3d virtual packaging box of handy drums next to main GUI page of handy drums retro custom v2 with computer music award stamp on top


Meet the drummer producer Goran Rista

Goran Rista is a professional session drummer and producer based out of Miami, FL, and founder of GoranGrooves.com.


He has created around 25 virtual drum instruments, and over 13,000 midi drum beats and drum fills, making him one of the world’s most prolific drum loop producers.


Goran’s drum set libraries and drum loops are used by over 85,000 musicians and producers in both live and recording settings.


Read more here.

Meet the drummer producer Goran Rista

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Original price was: $29.00.Current price is: $20.00.