Not Just Drum Loops

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:

The Loop Loft – Janek Gwizdala Bass ReFill “The Fodera Sessions” from The Loop Loft on Vimeo.

Going down to Brazil!

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!

Reason ReFill – Celso Alberti Brazilian Drums & Percussion Vol 1 from The Loop Loft on Vimeo.

New Reason 5 ReFill

A new ReFill has been released over at The Loop Loft. Check it out!

Funk Essentials Reason 5 ReFill from The Loop Loft on Vimeo.

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.

ReFill Specs:

– 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

New ReFill for Reason 5 – The Art of Brushes

You’re probably asking yourself, why doesn’t Ryan post on this blog as much as he used to? What happened to all of the Dave Weckl jokes? Where are all of the references to 80’s hair metal? Well, things have been absolutely nuts for me lately. Nuts in a good way.. but nuts, nonetheless. A major, contributing factor to this nuttiness has been my recent involvement in the production of Reason 5 ReFills for Propellerhead and The Loop Loft. In an effort to make these the best ReFills in the world, I’ve been locked up in my studio for the past three months, only coming out for my weekly shower and to watch Tosh.0

With that said, I’m happy to present to you my latest ReFill for Reason 5 and Record 1.5, The Art of Brushes.:

The Art of Brushes is a collection of customized Dr Octo Rex, Kong and ReDrum patches for Reason 5. Combining the warmth and timbre of vintage drums and hand-hammered cymbals, this collection explores the sonic landscapes and grooves that are unique to fine brush performances. NOTE – No sticks were harmed (or even used) during the recording of this ReFill.

With 238 REX2 loops and 26 customized Dr Octo Rex patches consisting of grooves ranging from jazz ballads, folky rock, linear funk, spacey hip hop and uptempo bebop, this ReFill supplies users with a massive library of organic beats and fills And to give you full control over your production, four Kong and five ReDrum patches are included, allowing you to program and design your own grooves with an arsenal of high quality samples recorded during the loop sessions. These custom patches give you the ability to utilize the loops for one portion of your track, while programming your own grooves and fills for other parts of the composition, without any sonic variances between any of the parts.

The Art of Brushes – Providing seamless live drum production inside of one ReFill.

ReFill Specs:

– 238 REX2 Loops
– 26 Dr Octo Rex Patches
– 4 Kong Patches
– 5 ReDrum Patches
– High Quality, 24-bit 48 khz Audio
– File size: 172 MB

Get The Art of Brushes ReFill here.