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.
When 2009 rolled around I made two New Year’s resolutions that were long overdue:
1.) Build a recording studio in my house.
2.) Create a blog to share and transfer drum loops and musical ideas.
Well, 32 days into 2009 and I seem to be on track (these might be the first resolutions that I’ve ever followed through on). The recording studio is up and running (primitive but functional) and ryangruss.com is finally making it’s debut on the internets. My goal is to record and post at least one track a day while providing a quick, flash audio preview and a download link to the original, multitrack Logic files. Ok ok, enough background on the site. Now onto some music…
This is a pretty straight ahead funk groove. Sonically, I was going for something a bit trashy and low-fi. I’ve recently rediscovered Tom Vek’s debut album from 2005, We Have Sound. This record is chocked-full of overdriven loops and bitcrushed beats and I’m sure it influenced the recording of this track. To achieve this sound, I relied heavily on room mics, cheap, thin cymbals and a good dose of extra gain.