Tagged: Hip Hop

The Loop Loft Partners With Ableton

Here’s some news that I’m pretty proud of:

The Loop Loft has teamed up with Ableton to bring you a customized, “Live Ready” version of Hip Hop Drums Vol 1.  This collection has been reconfigured from the ground up to work seamlessly inside of Live, and is fully integrated with custom drum racks, clips, effects, macro controls and hundreds of loops.  And since it’s an official “Live Ready” pack, it automatically installs directly into your Ableton library with one click!”

Ableton Live Pack – Hip Hop Drums from The Loop Loft on Vimeo.

Specs:
12 Drum Racks
18 Live Clips
Number of Loops: 274
Number of Samples: 72
Tempo Range: 85-150 BPM
File Size: 216 MB

System Requirements:
Requires Live Intro or Live
Version 8.2.2 or higher
2GB of RAM recommended

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New Look, New Loops

In an attempt to keep up with the highly influential likes of Heidi Montag, Kate Gosselin and the singer of Nickelback, I’ve decided to dramatically change my appearance. Well, at least the appearance of this blog. The old design had served me well for the past 18 months, but I decided it was time to switch things up and produce a fresh new look.

To celebrate the launch of the site design, I wanted to share an entire (and free) loop pack with the loyal readers of this blog. I know I’ve been spending a lot of time cranking out beats for that “other” site, but I wanted to let you know that I’m still here for you guys. I can’t quit you.

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This loop set is a nod to the one and only ?uestlove. With a wide open 18″ Gretsch kick and a cranked up 10″ Premier soprano snare, it’s some dirty hip hop (with the help of a 1×10 tweed combo amp), performed and recorded by a white guy, born and raised in the suburbs of Des Moines (the hip hop capitol of the Midwest).

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– 36 Loops Total
– Hi Hat & Ride Grooves + Fills
– 24 Bit 48 KHZ Audio
– WAV, REX2 and AIFF (Apple Loops) Formats

89 BPM

I’m Not Hip Hop

I’m not hip hop. But I love it.

J Dilla - He Is Hip Hop
J Dilla - He Is Hip Hop

Loop #120

Today’s loop is my hat tip to J Dilla and his incredible 2006 album, Donuts. While I had been familiar with Dilla’s work as a producer through his collaborations with Common and Talib Kweli, it wasn’t until the release of Donuts (and his untimely passing) that I got to know Dilla as a solo artist. Funky, warm, inventive, melodic and inspiring, Donuts is the kind of artistic statement that every musician should strive to create. Just take a listen to “Stop” and you’ll hear what I’m talking about.

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91 BPM

Straight Hip Hop

I might be a white kid from Iowa, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get down with some hip hop. As I’ve mentioned before, groups like RUN-D.M.C. and The Beastie Boys played a significant role in my musical development. Due to the fact that many hip hop beats are sampled from some of the funkiest albums ever recorded, playing along with these tracks is a great practice tool for drummers. Repeating the same one measure groove, over and over, without any fills, while keeping it in the pocket, sounds simple…. until you try it.

To this day, one of my favorite “practice albums” is Jurassic 5‘s 2000 release, “Quality Control”. The record is loaded with great samples from artists such as James Brown, Larry Coryell, Quincy Jones… and even Blowfly. To hear how Jurassic 5 tastefully pulls it all together, check out the title track here:

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Loop #65

Today’s loop is inspired by the production and feel that Jurassic 5 captures on this album. I fuzzed things up a bit and tried to emulate the warm, punchy sound of an old, vinyl record. I also grilled up some burgers and prepared them “animal style” to get in a West Coast frame of mind.

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90 BPM

Big Bass Drum.

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Nothing says I love you more than a 60″ Bass Drum. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Loop #12

Dry, compressed, reamped and plenty of bass drum.

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130 BPM