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Rocking The EVOC

I had good intentions of recording a rather straight ahead, Gadd-esque linear drum loop. In fact, that’s pretty much what I had… before I reached for the vocoder:

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Old School Vocoder
Old School Vocoder

Loop #111

With a delay set to a dotted eighth note and the EVOC 20 filter (my SIGSALY is in the shop) heavy in the mix, I give you some tripped out, space funk.

The Settings
The Settings

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102 BPM

Not to leave you hanging…

Yes yes, I know I haven’t been cranking out the free loops on a “daily” basis this week. A full refund is in the mail. I promise. You see, things are pretty crazy around “Casa del Gruss” at the moment. We’re currently looking for some new digs (something a little more drummer friendly.. you know, ideally with a barn and a 48 channel Neve console) and I’m finishing up Volume II of Gruss Loops… to be released next week! But fear not, here’s a loop to keep you cheap bastards entertained in the meantime.

man-on-wire

Loop #77

Today’s loop is a good old, “drop it on top of whatever” type of dance beat. You can’t go wrong with a nice bell pattern on the ride, a straight 4/4 beat between the kick and snare and a hefty amount of filtering.

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122 BPM

Bad Babysitter

One of my good friends, a fellow drummer and former classmate, offered me the chance to ‘babysit’ his cymbals this week. He was going down to New Orleans for Jazz Fest and, knowing that I was busy recording a series of loop packs, was kind of enough to loan me his vast array of cymbals.

Today's Ride
Today's Ride

When I set up to record today, I felt like a kid in a candy store. I had two cases FULL of various cymbals to choose from. Everything from Sabian HH crashes to Zildjian A Custom hi hats to Bosphorus rides. I love my own collection of cymbals, but it’s always exciting and inspiring to play with a completely fresh set up. It’s amazing how the inherent tonalities of a new instrument can completely change your approach to performing.

I set up two of the Boshporus ride cymbals and immediately found myself immersed in up-tempo bebop and way-out-there fusion for the next hour. I recorded everything and saved it on the external drive. I then realized I needed to crank out a loop for the blog….

Loop #59

I’ll admit, this loop sounds like I’m banging my right hand on a trash can lid… but it’s actually one of the nicest sounding ride cymbals I’ve ever played. You’ll get to hear its true sound soon. There are several gigabytes of grooves which I’ll be editing, mixing, rex’ing etc over the next week. For now, I give you the low-fi, filtered, dirty, bad babysitter version.

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69 BPM

Space Funk

Loop #52

Someone got carried away with an envelope filter.

Bootsy approves this loop
Bootsy approves this loop.

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103 BPM

Bring on the aliens.

Tonight’s loop started off as your typical meat-and-potatoes-brushes-on-snare-write-some-folky-or-cheesy-funky-shit on top style beat:

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I quickly became bored with it. Does the world really need another folky/cheesy funk beat? I’ve already given you about 10 of them.

I started tweaking the mix with various Logic plug-ins and then I finally stumbled on this little gem:

the wtf? filter
the wtf? filter

They call it the “Spectral Gate” but that name sort of creeps me out. It makes me feel like I should throw on some Nike high tops and wait for aliens to show up. I prefer calling it the “wtf? filter”. Perhaps Logic will consider this name change for the 9.0 release?

Loop #30

Bring on the aliens. And listen to this while you wait.

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103 BPM

Fun with filters.

Today’s loop started off as your typical 6/8 Afro Cuban groove. Well, not that typical. I took the traditional bembé clave which is normally played on a cowbell and moved it around the toms. If you want authentic latin beats, don’t turn to the kid who grew up in Iowa. I mean, I went to high school with these clowns.

6/8 Afro Cuban, from someone who has never been to Africa or Cuba:

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Anyway, to bastardize this loop to the fullest, I ran all of the drum tracks through Logic’s EVOC 20 Filterbank. I played with the stereo width, LFO rates and resonance levels until my vanilla, 4 bar beat turned into something that didn’t even resemble a drum set.

Geekfest '09
Geekfest '09

Loop #13

Björk just called. She wants her production style back. But I’ll post it anyway…

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120 BPM