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%!

Looking for free percussion loops?

Via the good people at The Loop Loft:

We’re currently putting the finishing touches on our next major release at The Loop Loft, “World Percussion Loops”, and we wanted to give you a sneak peek (or listen) of what we think is one of our greatest packs to date.  Loaded full of a wide mix of ethnic percussion, including cajons, udu drums, frame drums and a variety of shakers, this loop pack is a must-have for anyone looking to round out their percussion library with authentic sounds and grooves.
To have a free demo pack sent directly to your inbox, just submit your email below and select your desired file format.  After working with some of the hand selected loops in the demo pack, we guarantee you’ll hear why The Loop Loft is the premier destination for high quality loops!

More info here.

I’ve Got Your World Music Grooves Right Here

Hot off the press over at is World Music Drum Loops Vol 1. Via the press release:

“The Loop Loft is proud to announce the latest release fresh from our studio: “World Drum Loops – Vol 1”. We’ve taken an eclectic mix of rhythms and sounds from all over the world and combined them into one highly diverse loop pack. With drum and percussion grooves hailing from areas like Jamaica, Africa, Cuba, South India and Trinidad, World Drum Loops Volume 1 will supply you with a unique arsenal of culturally and geographically inspired loops and sounds. Listen to the audio preview and you’ll hear what we’re talking about!”

Click here for more details.

Gruss Loops Vol X is Here!

Another 1st of the month brings us another set of Gruss Loops. Volume X features four different loop sets with over 25 different groove and fill variations in each style and tempo. A mix of world, funk, latin and r&b loops, Volume X is a must-have for any well-rounded loop collection.

Gruss Loops - Vol X


Yep, I actually named this set of loops “Big Dirty Funk”. This first set shows that I’m not afraid of cheesy loop names or using flams in my fills. This is LOUD funk. Think Rage Against the Machine meets Parliament, blended with an industrial-grade bitcrusher.



Ever since posting my first frame drum loop a few months ago, I’ve received dozens of requests for more grooves on this particular instrument. In order to please the masses, I’ve recorded another round of grooves with my beloved Cooperman drum. The first half of the loop series features just my hands and fingers, while the second half introduces a brush in my left hand.



In an attempt to heat things up and get through the frigid Boston winter, I locked myself in my studio and channeled one of my favorite grooves from the Caribbean, Soca. Moving things around from the hi hat, coss stick and snare, I elaborate and embellish on a wide mix of soca grooves.



No, I’m not talking about ferocious dogs. I’m referring to the “bark” of an open hi hat within a 16th note groove. While Bernard has been doing this for years (just forward to 3:15), I take the bark and put it in a more contemporary setting. Ultra-dry and crisp production plays in contrast with a wide open, ringy snare drum.


To become a subscriber and gain instant access to all of the 100+ loops (each as AIFF, WAV and REX2) in Volume X, just click the button below.

The Return of The Frame Drum

Loop #122

Yep, it’s still completely freezing in Boston. This makes two things certain:

1. my gas bill will be higher than my car payment.
2. my frame drum will sound awesome.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this ridiculously cold winter, the dry air combined with the heat pumping out of my furnace provides for ideal frame drum conditions. The calf skin head naturally tightens up and lends itself to some nice overtones and extra resonance.

This was especially true today, as I was cleaning up my studio and realized my prized frame drum was sitting directly on top of one of the heating vents. Oh shit. The hot air had tightened to the drum to a pitch that I’ve never heard it produce. If you listen back to the recording from October, you’ll hear that the drum is practically an octave lower from the state in which I picked it up today.

Rather than freak out and detune the drum to avoid any tearing of the head, I decided to fire up some mics and capture this unique tone the drum was creating. Before it was all over, I recorded a set of 25 different loops (a mix of hand, finger and brush playing), which will be released next month to all of my loyal subscribers. For the rest of you cheap bastards, here’s just a one measure taste of the session:

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86 BPM


When I heard the heater click on in my house today, I knew it was finally time to play my Eckerman frame drum. You see, this particular drum has a calfskin head and during the more humid months of the year, the head loosens so much that the drum is practically unplayable. Now, with the air crisp and dry, and my furnace cranking out some heat, the drum has naturally tightened up to its optimal tuning range.

Eckerman Frame Drum
Eckerman Frame Drum

Loop #100

For today’s loop, I used a brush-in-the-left-hand technique that I learned while studying with Jamey Haddad. This allows me to achieve a high pitched, snare-like effect with one hand while pulling out the lower bass frequencies with the other. This groove is a pretty straight forward 4/4 pulse but I also recorded a bunch of South Indian inspired beats for the subscribers. Ta Di Gi Na Thom anyone?

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99 BPM

The Best Video I Couldn’t Embed

Earlier today I was unpacking some boxes of random percussion gear and stumbled across a frame drum that I’ve been neglecting for the past few years. I purchased this particular drum about ten years ago when I was studying South Indian music with the great Jamey Haddad.

After tuning up the drum and attempting to make my fingers translate complicated rhythmic phrases into actual music, I decided to Google Jamey to see what he’s been up to. When I left college, Jamey was touring with Paul Simon (drumming alongside Steve Gadd). Not a bad gig. Well, it turns out Jamey has relocated from NYC to his home town of Cleveland, Ohio. He still keeps a busy touring and teaching schedule and now has the luxury of recording his vast arsenal of drums and percussion from the comfort of his own home studio.

Jamey Haddad
Jamey Haddad

While checking out his website, I came across one of the best fifteen minute videos about music I’ve ever seen. In this brief clip, Jamey touches upon all of the important things that he passed on to me over a decade ago. I’d outline these things in more detail here but I think it’s better for you just to watch the video and take it from the man himself. Unfortunately, I’m not able to embed the video directly into my blog (and it doesn’t seem to be on youtube) but you can see it by clicking here and watching the first clip. Then, if you really want your mind blown, move on to the second clip (KOSA Performance). Live drum looping at its best.