I have a very difficult time picking out the best way to syncopate meter when composing for the double bass drum (I'm not a drummer, but I usually need to sequence some scratch parts to write the music over.)
Take for instance the beat on the track below:
At roughly timecode 1:34, it becomes virtually impossible for me to identify the subdivisions between notes on the kick. The time signature is very obviously 4/4, but the way the notes are subdivided on the double bass pedal sounds as if it alternates between triplets and straight 16ths. I follow the ride cymbal on the quarter notes and the snare on 2 and 4, but the kick is very difficult to identify compositionally, especially when the meter is split like this (4/4 counted aloud but triplets on one rhythm instrument). Is there any good method to figuring out these kinds of subdivisions, something like a mnemonic a drummer might employ when approaching session material like this? Thanks for any guidance.