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Video: Making Linear Drum Loops in Reason 6

One of my most popular blog posts is the one I wrote a few years ago entitled “Linear Drumming for Dummies“.  It’s a concept made famous by Steve Gadd (he’s no dummy) and oddly enough, Wikipedia references this very blog when talking about the most widely discussed song featuring linear drumming, Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover”.

In the video below, I demonstrate how to create linear drum loops from non-linear sources. In this case, a straight forward indie rock loop. By using slice edit mode in Reason 6, along with ReDrum, I’m about to deconstruct and then build up an entirely new groove:

New ReFills for Reason 6

The Loop Loft just released two new ReFills for Reason 6 that I produced. Check ‘em out!

Reason ReFill – Indie Rock Drums Vol 2

Following on the success of our first Indie Rock Drums ReFill, Volume 2 delves even deeper into the many subgenres (and sounds) of indie rock. From the post-hardcore aggressiveness of Fugazi, to the slapbacked echos of Built to Spill, to the gritty blues of The Black Keys, this collection of loops and samples will give you those authentic DIY drums you’ve been searching for.

Recorded through classic Universal Audio 610 preamps, all of the loops are loaded into 28 unique Dr. Octo Rex patches, allowing you to quickly build custom drum arrangements tailored to your own songs. We also individually sampled every drum and cymbal from all of the sessions and created custom Kong and ReDrum patches, giving you the option to program your own beats utilizing our drum sounds.

On top of that, we designed a series of Combinators which tap into all of the great new effects in Reason 6, including The Echo, Pulveriser and Aligator. Combine that with feels ranging from Ted Leo-inspired uptempo shuffles to Pedro the Lion-esque 6/8 backbeats, and you have a complete arsenal of authentic indie rock drums at your disposal.

ReFill Specs:

– 250 REX2 Loops
– 67 WAV Samples
– 28 Dr Octo Rex Patches
– 6 Kong Patches
– 6 ReDrum Patches
– 4 Combinators
– High Quality, 24-bit 48 KHZ Audio
– File size: 200 MB

Reason ReFill – Doug Wamble Slide Guitar Collection

To produce our latest Loop Loft Artist Series ReFill for Reason 6, we enlisted the talent of acclaimed guitarist, Doug Wamble (Wynton Marsalis, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Branford Marsalis). Recorded over the course of several days in NYC on Wamble’s signature Amistar resonator guitar, this collection of tracks and samples covers a vast range of styles, from traditional Delta blues, to front porch folk, to singer-songwriter strumming, to dirty and distorted rock. The result? One of the most eclectic and inspiring loop libraries we’ve ever released – The Doug Wamble Slide Guitar Collection.

With 385 unique guitar loops, The Doug Wamble Slide Guitar Collection is organized into six main sessions (and 53 Dr. Octo Rex Patches), each recorded in a different key and tempo, providing a vast library of both lead and rhythm tracks. To take things a step further, we designed 4 custom Combinators which run Doug’s guitar sounds through a vast series of effects including Line 6 PODs, The Echo, Pulveriser and many other devices new to Reason 6.

ReFill Specs:

– 385 REX2 Loops
– 53 Dr Octo Rex Patches
– 4 Combinators
– 2 Kong Patches
– High Quality, 24-bit 48 KHZ Audio
– File size: 382 MB

New Reason 5 ReFill

A new ReFill has been released over at The Loop Loft. Check it out!

Funk Essentials Reason 5 ReFill from The Loop Loft on Vimeo.

With 229 REX2 loops, 4 Combinators, 5 Kong and and 26 Dr Octo Rex Patches, The Funk Essentials ReFill is a collection of drum grooves and sounds inspired by everything from early Motown, spaced-out Funkadelic, dirty hip-hop, James Brown and everything else in between.

We took hundreds of super-funky rex drum loops and meticulously grouped them into custom Dr Octo Rex patches, allowing you to instantly trigger different beats and fills, all from a single player. To step up the funkitude another level, we created a series of custom Combinator patches that give you hands-on tweakage over a plethora of custom racks created by The Loop Loft. And with all of these funky drum samples mapped directly into Kong, you’ll breathe new life into your existing groove collection. Just drop any MIDI file onto a track and let the Funk Essentials ReFill do rest!

It’s time to get funky inside of Reason. It’s time for The Funk Essentials ReFill.

ReFill Specs:

– 229 REX2 Loops & Samples
– 26 Dr Octo Rex Patches
– 5 Kong Patches
– 4 Combinator Patches
– High Quality, 24-bit 48 khz Audio
– File size: 135 MB

Crazy, Massive Sale on Reason 5 ReFills

Yeah, it’s me. I’m still alive. I’ve spent the past two months knee-deep in diapers and spit-up, but I promise to return to a more regular blogging schedule soon. Until then, I just wanted to let you know about this crazy sale over at The Loop Loft. 50% off all Reason 5 Refills… this weekend only. Damnit, now that’s what I call a sale.

50% Off Sale - Reason 5 ReFills

The Big News – Reason 5 ReFills

I’m happy to (finally) announce the release of a project I’ve been working on all summer. I’ve partnered with the über-cool Swedish software company, Propellerhead, to produce two ReFills designed specifically for Reason 5 and Record 1.5.

After spending the past several months practically living in the beta version of this software (officially released just over a month ago), I can easily say this latest release contains two of the biggest innovations to ever take place in the world of loops; The Dr. Octo Rex and Kong. They allow the user to dissect and interact with loops in a way that was never before possible. Some bold statements? Yes (especially from someone partnering with them!), but if you take a look at the demo videos on their website, you’ll understand where I’m coming from.

Anyway, enough gushing. You can check out my first two ReFills over on Propellerhead’s website, as well as The Loop Loft. Below are some videos that give you a peak inside of each ReFill pack.

The Car Game – Round 2

To be perfectly honest, I had no clue about what I was going to write today so I decided to attempt another death-defying round of the “car game”. For those of you just tuning in, the “car game” is when I get in my car (typically after my wife has driven it), start the engine, and then base my loop on whatever happens to be playing on the radio. Anything goes. Brooks and Dunn. Daughtry. Michael Bolton. You name it… I’ll make a loop that sounds like it.

Fortunately, I was spared once again. With a turn of the key, I heard a very familiar voice, some jangly yet driving guitar and some tasteful drumming. It was a new track from Death Cab for Cutie’s latest album. I’ve been a fan of the band since their early Barsuk years and have enjoyed Jason McGerr’s drumming since he joined in 2003. And coincidentially enough, McGerr is no stranger to the world of drum loops. He recently released a ReFill pack of loops for Propellerhead.

Jason McGerr
Jason McGerr

Loop #57

To help set the Death Cab “vibe” for tonight’s loop, I scrolled through the various guitar loops in Logic’s library until I found something that closely fit the bill and tuned the drums for a nice, open sound. I made the loop eight bars long in order to allow the crash cymbal to decay naturally and threw in a little Stewart Copeland hi hat lick to mix things up.

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Download the Logic session here. (107MB)

Get the .wav file here. (no guitar)

Get the .rx2 file here. (no guitar)

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