Back To Brushes

I know, I know…. things have been a little quiet around here lately. But trust me, I have a very good Reason for my absence. I would love to share more information with you at this time, but a team of international lawyers and a very large Swedish man who goes by the name, “Sven”, have me sworn to secrecy “or else…”. In just under a month, I will be able to provide you with all kinds of details about this very exciting project.

I’ve also been making some major strides in the upgrade of my studio. Trenches have been dug. Wiring is up to code. Raccoons have been evacuated. The next phase of construction will be insulating, soundproofing and drywalling the carriage house. It was built 200 years ago as place to keep your horse and buggy… not with the intent of some asshole recording drums in the middle of the frigid New Englad winter. I still have some work ahead of me.

Loop #134

While the blisters on my hands heal (remind me to wear gloves next time I use a shovel), I’m going to keep the loops on the mellow side. In this case, that means going back to playing some brushes and keeping things simple. This is what a loop would sound like if Russ Kunkel, Steve Jordan and Vernel Fournier had a baby, and that baby played drums, but only used a Gretsch kick and snare (baby drummers can easily land endorsement deals with fine drum companies). That baby would probably record loops that sound like this:

Steve Jordan

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Get the .wav file here.

Get the .rx2 file here.

Get the .aiff file here.

90 BPM

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.

Free Summer Loop Sampler

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).

Tastes like ?uest
[audio:89_DirtyHop.mp3]

To download the entire pack, just click here.

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

89 BPM

Check out those Cajons!

Via the extremely good-looking people over at The Loop Loft:

World Percussion Loops Vol 1 is our first release consisting entirely of ethnic hand percussion.  From West African udu drums and shakers, to North Indian frame drums, to Afro-Peruvian cajóns, the World Percussion pack provides an eclectic library of highly authentic sounding loops and grooves.

This collection is a must-have for anyone looking to expand their loop collection beyond the usual “ethnic” loops supplied in most DAWs.  Take a listen to the audio preview below and you’ll hear why this release is an instant passport to some of the most inspiring and unique percussion sounds from around the world.

World Percussion Loops Vol 1 by thelooploft

We are also excited to announce the release of “bundled” versions of our popular jazz and funk drum loop collections. The bundled sets provide you with the first two releases in one instant download, while also saving you 25%!