After recording literally thousands of drum loops by myself, I’ve recently branched out and started producing loops with other artists. And not just drummers, but actual, real musicians. I kid, I kid…
The latest artist I’ve had the opportunity to work with is bassist extraordinaire, Janek Gwizdala. Janek is an old friend of mine from my Berklee days and is one of the most incredible bass players I’ve ever had the pleasure of performing with. While Janek tries not to brag about his performance credits with me, he’s also toured and recorded with some other musicians that you may have heard of…. Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Pat Metheney, to name a few.
While on a break from the road, Janek stopped by my studio and spent a day laying down a plethora of insanely awesome bass tracks in a bunch of different styles and tempos. These sessions were edited down, sliced and converted into a complete package of WAV, REX2, AIFF loops. We even customized a ReFill specifically for Reason 5. With that said, I’m proud to present my latest production for The Loop Loft, “Janek Gwizdala – The Fodera Sessions”. Check out this video preview of the Reason ReFill below:
Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure to work with the amazing Celso Alberti (Steve Winwood, Airto, Flora Purim, Herbie Mann) on an in-depth collection of authentic Brazilian drum loops and samples. It’s been a pleasure to work with Celso and an incredible learning experience for me. There is such a vast amount of unique rhythms hailing from Brazil, we decided to focus on certain grooves and release them in a series of volumes. Today I’m happy to announce that Volume 1 is now available as a ReFill for Reason 5, as well as in WAV, AIFF and REX2 formats. Check out the previews below!
With 229 REX2 loops, 4 Combinators, 5 Kong and and 26 Dr Octo Rex Patches, The Funk Essentials ReFill is a collection of drum grooves and sounds inspired by everything from early Motown, spaced-out Funkadelic, dirty hip-hop, James Brown and everything else in between.
We took hundreds of super-funky rex drum loops and meticulously grouped them into custom Dr Octo Rex patches, allowing you to instantly trigger different beats and fills, all from a single player. To step up the funkitude another level, we created a series of custom Combinator patches that give you hands-on tweakage over a plethora of custom racks created by The Loop Loft. And with all of these funky drum samples mapped directly into Kong, you’ll breathe new life into your existing groove collection. Just drop any MIDI file onto a track and let the Funk Essentials ReFill do rest!
It’s time to get funky inside of Reason. It’s time for The Funk Essentials ReFill.
– 229 REX2 Loops & Samples
– 26 Dr Octo Rex Patches
– 5 Kong Patches
– 4 Combinator Patches
– High Quality, 24-bit 48 khz Audio
– File size: 135 MB
Here’s a great example of taking a melodic theme on the drums and developing it throughout the entire course of a solo. Also, I love the sound of Joey’s bass drum. Totally wide open and ringy… it almost sounds like a timpani.
This is why I was struck with a serious case of nostalgia when I finally heard (yes, I know this has been out for a year) Zack de la Rocha’s vocals on this video from One Day as a Lion, his new band. It’s good to hear him again, and this time he has former Mars Volta drummer, Jon Theodore, laying it down. Check it out.