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My New Baby – Cinematic Drums Vol 2

Volume 2 picks up where our first release left off, taking an even more innovative and sound design-based approach to cinematic drum loops.   And “drums” don’t even begin to describe the audio contained in this collection.  We raided the kitchen and mic’d up sauce pans.  We took a van full of bass drums to an airplane hangar.  We intimately recorded a rusty hand saw and almost lost a finger.  We raided an infant’s nursery with a rack full of boutique preamps, capturing the sonic nuances of toys.  We pulverized a Coldplay CD with a hammer and several gardening tools.  Partly therapeutic, 100% cinematic.

This is the ideal collection for anyone looking for something beyond “traditional” drum loops for their compositions. Forget kick and snare based grooves.  Cinematic Drums Volume 2 goes far beyond that, creating an incredibly unique vibe and rhythmic undulation with every individual loop.  Film scorers, jingle producers, orchestrators, animators and creative songwriters, take note (and a close listen to the preview).  This is the loop release you’ve been waiting for!

Number of Loops & Samples: 183
Tempo Range: 72-134 BPM

– Instant Download
– 100% Royalty Free
– High Quality 24 Bit 48 KHZ Audio
– WAV, REX2 and AIFF (Apple Loops) Formats
– PG-13

Sets included:
72_CDDestruction
80_ChildsPlay
85_KitchenOrchestra
92_HandSaws
102_BunchOfBuckets
115_InTheAttic
134_BassdrumBounty

Practicing with loops

When most people think of loops, they often think of them as something only used in the production of songs. However, loops can also be used as great practice tools. To me, there is nothing more uninspiring than practicing to the traditional “tick, tick, tick, tick” of a metronome or click track.

Whenever possible, I’ll practice various drum beats along with guitar or bass loops, or record drum tracks on top of percussion loops. One exercise that I’ve found is great for accurately internalizing my time is playing to a 16 measure loop that has the last 8 measures muted. When the “1” of the loop comes around each time, you can easily tell if you’ve pushed or pulled too much on the time. I’ve even rigged up Logic, an old car battery, and some rusty clamps to send strong, electric shocks to my body anytime my tempo strays.

In the video below, Bob Reynolds takes the concept of practicing with loops and puts a twist on it. No, he doesn’t increase the voltage on his nipple clamps. In this case, he practices improvising over the jazz standard, “Out of Nowhere”, (a song normally performed in 4/4) using a drum loop in 7/8. The live drums provide a much more natural foundation to improvise over, while still supplying the consistent tempo of a metronome.

The Bob Reynolds Loop Collection

I told you kids I’ve been busy. Turn up your speakers and check out the video below:

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The Loop Loft is excited to announce the launch of The Bob Reynolds Loop Collection.  The first release of our official “Artist Series” loop packs, the Bob Reynolds Loop Collection is the ultimate set of loops performed by one of the premier saxophonists in modern music . Recorded over the course of several days in a Los Angeles studio, we worked directly with Reynolds to produce 13 complete sessions of high quality sax recordings that are specifically tailored for looping in WAV, AIFF (Apple Loops) and REX2 formats.

Bob has performed with notable jazz artists including Brian Blade, Aaron Goldberg, Gregory Hutchinson, and Tom Harrell.  His credits in the pop world include recordings and world tours with a diverse range of artists including: John Mayer, Nellie McKay, Richard Bona, Guy Sebastian and Jonah Smith.

This Loop Goes to 11

I just received a link to a blog post from one of my subscribers, demonstrating the use of Record’s Line 6 guitar and bass amp modeling on a loop from my Volume III pack:

Below is an example of just that, a looped beat from the latest Gruss Pack thrown thru the Line 6 guitar amp modeling device, set to “Bassy Drive”, with a 1968 4×12 greenback cabinet, and the middle turned up a touch. I could see The Beasties trade rhymes over this one:

Give it a listen here.

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This is a great example of taking a straightforward beat and using amp modeling (normally reserved for guitars and bass) to give the drums some grit and extra character.

Get it while you can

As we find ourselves at the end of the month, I just wanted to remind those of you who were thinking about subscribing and downloading Volume II that the clock is ticking. In less than twelve hours from now, Volume II will be yanked from the shelves and replaced with the much anticipated and highly touted, Volume III. By subscribing before midnight (EDT), you’ll have the chance to download over 200 loops in the next 24 hours… all for the stupidly low price of $9.95.

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For those of you new to the blog, here’s a preview of some of the loops inside of Volume II:

157_DeathCabbage – Indie rock meets your backyard garden. Poppy enough to get signed to Atlantic Records yet dirty enough to be welcomed in Williamsburg.

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118_CoolQuest – A series of grooves and fills inspired by the one and only, ?uestLove. Afro and hair pick not included.

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300_BeBop – What, you were just about to ask when I’d include jazz loops? Consider yourself served. Uptempo and aggressive bop for your inner Sonny Stitt.

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96_Cowbell – I’m bringing cowbell back. As I previously mentioned, my favorite percussion accessory is now out of retirement and back on the dance floor.

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129_Distorted Shuffle – Who said shuffles were just for blues bands? Step back from the speakers. This set of shuffles is about to kick you in the ‘nads and walk off with your girlfriend.

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118_AfroCuban – The product of my collaboration with Bob Reynolds, this set of loops brings together the traditional Bembe patterns of West Africa with the slickness of a coked out LA session musician from the 80’s.

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Working It Out

So, I wanted to get back to the experiment that I started with Bob Reynolds a few weeks ago. For those of you just tuning in, Bob and I decided to collaborate together on my loops by bouncing some musical ideas off of each other and building grooves around them. Bob was the first to offer up a track and sent the following rough demo:

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For those of you playing along at home.
Do You Think I Read This?

I opened up Bob’s demo in Logic and started experimenting by tracking different grooves. As you subscribers will recall, this is how I decided to approach the recording:

My initial reaction, I’m feeling this as 12/8. Not necessarily with a traditional funk beat… but something that blurs the lines of afro/jazz and pop music (this sounds like something Sting would really fuck up… but I promise I won’t). If Jeff Porcaro and Art Blakey had a baby, he’d (assuming they had a boy) be my first call for this session.

So with that in mind, I recorded the “main groove” for the track. Taking a “Rosanna” ghost note approach on the snare (along with a halftime backbeat) and one of Art Blakey’s afro/cuban bembe patterns in the right hand, I came up with the following:

The main groove for the A section

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Maybe some cowbell for the bridge? No jokes allowed.

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Perhaps some straight-up 4/4 on the coda?

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Check out more notes, a rough mix along with Bob’s track and a list of our next steps after the jump…

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Just to clear things up…

I’ve read some recent discussions on various message boards and blogs across the internets about my site and I wanted to set the record straight on a few things.

1. I’m still going to post FREE loops on a regular basis. I started this blog with the intent of sharing and exchanging musical ideas (and insults) with the rest of the world and I will continue to do so.

2. The “Members Only” aka “Subscription Service” = Premium Content. Think of it this way; Those of you working with the free loops are eating Big Macs. Sure, they’re tasty… but you’re going to eventually get fat and might start playing D&D every night. Plus, how much are you going to do with just one beat? Those of you working with the Loop Packs are dining on fine filet mignon (medium rare). You have abs of steel and are getting tired of constantly being stalked by runway models. You have a wide variety of beats and fills and at your disposal and can’t remember what life was like before you became a member of this blog.

Which would you rather have?
Which would you rather eat?

Ok…. enough with the bad analogies. I just wanted to take this opportunity to address the confusion. Now I’m hungry. Off to eat some McNuggets…