When I started this blog (mainly as a way to share files with my friends) 2 1/2 years ago, I did so by recording drum loops in Logic, and then posting the entire multitrack session for download. This way not only a great way for me to practice both my production and performance chops, but as a way to collaborate with my musical friends, many who were living in Los Angeles, New York and London.
As things progressed and this blog transitioned into a full-blown production company, I shifted to the more traditional loop formats (stereo WAV, AIFF and REX2 files) in order to be compatible with all major DAWs and provide downloads of thousands of loops digital without being more than several gigabytes in size. As you probably know, the size of multitrack sessions can add up fast and storing all of that data (let alone, the bandwidth of transferring it to customers) was going to be crazy, crazy expensive.
Well, with the price of online storage dropping dramatically, I’m happy to say that I’m back to my roots…. recording multitrack drum sessions for The Loop Loft. To make these sessions compatible with all major DAWs we decided to provide the stems as wav files, rather than as Logic session files. So now you can fire up Ableton, Cubase, Garageband, Reaper or whatever your favorite DAW is and drag and drop the multitracks in. I’m pretty excited about the flexibility this will give people, allowing them to control every single detail of my drum tracks, from the panning of a tom to the amount of compression on the kick drum.
So, here you have it, my new baby: multitrack drum sessions. Check out the video below for a glimpse of how it all works.
“The Loop Loft has teamed up with Ableton to bring you a customized, “Live Ready” version of Hip Hop Drums Vol 1. This collection has been reconfigured from the ground up to work seamlessly inside of Live, and is fully integrated with custom drum racks, clips, effects, macro controls and hundreds of loops. And since it’s an official “Live Ready” pack, it automatically installs directly into your Ableton library with one click!”
It’s true, I’m back to blogging again on a regular basis. But not on this site…. I’ll be doing it over here at The Loop Loft, where I’m paid in nachos and beer to write about what I’m up to. And yes, I’ll still be providing free loops in WAV, REX2 and AIFF formats. Are we cool again?
So, make sure to update your RSS reader and add this feed to stay up to date with the latest loops!
We get it. You’re an indie artist and you’re not looking for over-produced drum loops that sound like outtakes from a 1987 Bon Jovi session. You’ll never book a show in Brooklyn with that kind of schlock on your tracks. This is exactly why we’ve created our latest collection, “Indie Rock Drums Vol 1“.
To accurately produce the sound and feel of these loops, we immersed ourselves into the indie rock lifestyle for an entire month, living, breathing and drinking in the $3,500 a month gutters of Williamsburg. We grew beards and then trimmed them into ironic mustaches. We rolled our own cigarettes. We rode fixies instead of taking cabs. We bathed ourselves in PBR. We had a Monday night residency at Pianos. We even acquired a trust fund so that we could spend our days hanging out in coffee shops, getting into heated debates about Pavement, and if they were better or worse after they kicked Gary Young out of the band.
We lived it… and now you can download it in all of its digital glory. Dirty but danceable DFA-approved beats, anthemic Arcade Fire-esque pounding, low-fi Strokes-ish uptempo rock, folkish Bon Ivery brushes… it’s all here. Each collection of grooves contains a variety of fills as well as individually sampled drums and cymbals, so you can easily program your own beats with the exact same sounds from the loop sessions. The sound and feel of Indie Rock Drums is now at your fingertips.
Yeah, it’s me. I’m still alive. I’ve spent the past two months knee-deep in diapers and spit-up, but I promise to return to a more regular blogging schedule soon. Until then, I just wanted to let you know about this crazy sale over at The Loop Loft. 50% off all Reason 5 Refills… this weekend only. Damnit, now that’s what I call a sale.
The tyrants over at The Loop Loft have been leaving threatening messages on my voicemail, promising I’ll soon awake to a horse head in my bed if I don’t promote their latest release, Cinematic Drums. So, rather than ruin my 500 count Egyptian cotton sheets, I decided to give in and provide the following shout out:
“Produced specifically with the big screen in mind, Cinematic Drums contains loops and samples that will quickly conjure up specific moods and imagery in your tracks. From thunderous walls of pounding toms, to angst-ridden, heart pulsing beats, this collection is a must-have for anyone who composes for the moving picture. We also meticulously sampled every individual drum, cymbal and yes, pot and pan, allowing you to quickly program your own grooves using the exact same sounds from the live loop sessions.
But don’t let the name of this collection fool you, Cinematic Drums can also add an extra sonic dimension to your pop, rock, dance and jazz tracks. Slide in some Civil War era field drums under a traditional drum set groove or layer timpani-esque toms on top of your 808 loops, and you’ll quickly have the extra depth in your productions that standard loop sets simply can’t provide.”
Between assembling baby furniture, raking leaves in the yard, and diligently working on a new ReFill for Propellerhead, I somehow managed to crank out another collection of beats and samples for The Loop Loft. I also managed to not update this blog in several weeks. So sorry.
Anyway, this particular collection consists entirely of odd meter grooves. And we’re not just talking geeky nü-metal stuff…. I’ve covered a gamut of genres with this one. Jazz, funk, rock, pop and folk… it’s all in this pack. Hot off the wires, here’s the official press release from The Loft:
The only thing odd about these loops are the time signatures. With a massive amount of loops, fills and samples recorded in everything BUT 4/4, The Loop Loft is happy to announce the release of Odd Meter Grooves Vol 2. Taking a natural and musical approach to live drum tracks ranging in time signatures like 3/4, 7/8, 5/4, and 9/8, this collection provides users with the articulate and fluid phrasing that programmed beats simply can’t provide.
We’ve also expanded The Platinum Pack to include the recent releases of The Art of Brushes 2and the Odd Meter 2 pack, bringing the total size of the collection to over 1.4 GB. Now’s your opportunity to instantly download every drum loop we’ve ever recorded (1,702 loops), and save 40%!
I’m happy to (finally) announce the release of a project I’ve been working on all summer. I’ve partnered with the über-cool Swedish software company, Propellerhead, to produce two ReFills designed specifically for Reason 5 and Record 1.5.
After spending the past several months practically living in the beta version of this software (officially released just over a month ago), I can easily say this latest release contains two of the biggest innovations to ever take place in the world of loops; The Dr. Octo Rex and Kong. They allow the user to dissect and interact with loops in a way that was never before possible. Some bold statements? Yes (especially from someone partnering with them!), but if you take a look at the demo videos on their website, you’ll understand where I’m coming from.
Anyway, enough gushing. You can check out my first two ReFills over on Propellerhead’swebsite, as well as The Loop Loft. Below are some videos that give you a peak inside of each ReFill pack.