That’s right, the wait is finally over. A crisp February 1st in Boston brings yet another new pack of loops to the loyal subscribers of ryangruss.com I pride myself on producing a highly eclectic range of styles with each new release and Vol 9 is definitely no exception. Let’s dive right in and take a look at what’s inside.
90_Thunk – Sometimes snares sound better when you tune them down. Way down. For this series of beats, I took one of my deep maple drums, loosened the batter head to the edge of complete floppiness, and laid a few sheets of notebook paper on top. To thicken things up even more, I tapped into some virtual tape saturation via Ozone 4 and cranked the compression knob.
135_TheShore – I never really thought I’d produce a set of loops inspired by an MTV series. No, this isn’t a tribute to “The Grind”, but come to think about it, it’s not that far off. These loops are a direct result from watching far too many episodes of the wonderful freak show that is The Jersey Shore. I have a feeling that my subscribers in Eastern Europe and Seaside Heights will enjoy these grooves.
179_Took5 – You can’t record a jazz groove in 5/4 and not pay respect to Dave Brubeck for making it the only household odd-time signature. Throw in a bit of Elvin’s left handed triplets on the snare and some ostinatos on the hi hat and bass drum and you’ve got my latest straight ahead loop set.
68_BrushBallad – What’s that woooooshing sound? Awh, the wonderful warmth of brush-based ballad loops. From the “less is more” school of cool jazz icons like Bill Evans and Miles Davis, these loops explore every single inch of a 14″ Remo Coated Ambassador.
103_BrushFunk – And while we’re on the topic on brushes, let’s see how they hold up in the world of funk. With an extra ringy snare drum and an army of 16th note ghost notes, my Regal Tip brushes prove they can hang in a genre outside of ballads.
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