Gruss Loops Volume XI Has Arrived!

The most highly anticipated loop pack in the history of recorded music (or just perhaps this blog?) is finally here. Gruss Loops Vol XI has just dropped louder, harder and funkier than J. Lo from Sony. Packaging this fluorescent shade of purple can only mean one thing: mind blowing loops. Volume XI contains over 265 MB worth of high quality, fire-your-mediocre-drummer-inducing beats. Subscribers, just click here to download this gem of a loop pack. The rest of you freeloaders, feel free to take a closer listen below and jam along in your mom’s basement with the mp3s.


Don’t confuse this with Watergate. Dick Nixon and Deep Throat weren’t involved with the recording of this set of beats (at least from what I can remember). DanceGate takes an acoustic drum kit playing a variety of “four on the floor” grooves and cuts it up with some very tight gating to sound as if it were put together by some guy like this… but except this isn’t totally lame.



My last name might be Gruss, but there must be some Latino genes kicking around somewhere deep in my DNA. Whenever I first sit down at my drum kit, I almost always find myself wanking warming up with some sort of songo groove. I don’t know if it’s the melodic interaction with the toms, or just the chance to hit the cowbell on every quarter note, I love playing this type of groove.



Do you finally have your much-awaited audition with Dream Theater? Or perhaps you’re just trying practice along to some Rush-style grooves? Well, consider yourself lucky. This set of loops in 9/8 will help you become the fusion GOD of odd meters. One extra eighth note on top of a 4/4 groove, this is like the relentless hiccup of pop beats. Now, hold your breath for as long as you can and get down with your prog self.



Huh.. what’s that sound… the popping.. the hiss? It sounds like… vinyl! Damn straight. We don’t just do things in the digital realm around here. We have time machines and shit. What other loop site can give you this type of vintage warmth along with a backbeat strong enough to keep Amy Winehouse from nodding off in the middle of a song?



He’s dated Cameron Diaz. He’s dated Brittney Spears. He has his own restaurant and bar in NYC. He used to look like this. He put his d*#k in a box and made everything cool. It’s about time we honor Mr. T with a series of beats.


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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.


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Gruss Loops Vol 9 Is Here!

That’s right, the wait is finally over. A crisp February 1st in Boston brings yet another new pack of loops to the loyal subscribers of I pride myself on producing a highly eclectic range of styles with each new release and Vol 9 is definitely no exception. Let’s dive right in and take a look at what’s inside.

Gruss Loops - Vol 9
Gruss Loops - Vol 9

90_Thunk – Sometimes snares sound better when you tune them down. Way down. For this series of beats, I took one of my deep maple drums, loosened the batter head to the edge of complete floppiness, and laid a few sheets of notebook paper on top. To thicken things up even more, I tapped into some virtual tape saturation via Ozone 4 and cranked the compression knob.


135_TheShore – I never really thought I’d produce a set of loops inspired by an MTV series. No, this isn’t a tribute to “The Grind”, but come to think about it, it’s not that far off. These loops are a direct result from watching far too many episodes of the wonderful freak show that is The Jersey Shore. I have a feeling that my subscribers in Eastern Europe and Seaside Heights will enjoy these grooves.


179_Took5 – You can’t record a jazz groove in 5/4 and not pay respect to Dave Brubeck for making it the only household odd-time signature. Throw in a bit of Elvin’s left handed triplets on the snare and some ostinatos on the hi hat and bass drum and you’ve got my latest straight ahead loop set.


68_BrushBallad – What’s that woooooshing sound? Awh, the wonderful warmth of brush-based ballad loops. From the “less is more” school of cool jazz icons like Bill Evans and Miles Davis, these loops explore every single inch of a 14″ Remo Coated Ambassador.


103_BrushFunk – And while we’re on the topic on brushes, let’s see how they hold up in the world of funk. With an extra ringy snare drum and an army of 16th note ghost notes, my Regal Tip brushes prove they can hang in a genre outside of ballads.


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Gruss Loops Volume VIII is now available!

I know what you were thinking. “Ryan has been doing nothing the past two weeks but eating mashed potatoes, drinking his weight in Harpoon Winter Ale and taking extended naps. There’s no way he’ll have Volume VIII recorded, produced and edited by January 1st.” Well, you were wrong. Yes, I have been overindulging a bit this holiday season, but I’ve also been busy in the studio, putting together my finest Loop Pack to date. Ladies and Gentlemen of the distinguished member’s only section, I present to you, Gruss Loops Volume VIII!

Gruss Loops - Volume 8
Gruss Loops - Volume 8

91_Thicky – When I was in college, there was a certain girl that my friends and I used to pay extra special attention to while eating in the cafeteria. She was a natural beauty, with long black hair and an apparent appetite for frozen yogurt. Definitely not obese in anyway, and far from being stick-thin, she was dubbed with the highly un-pc nickname, “Thicky”. While I feel bad, looking back and remembering such misogynistic behavior, I still wanted to name a loop pack after her. Thicky, these beats (topped with chopped walnuts and extra sprinkles) are for you.


132_HitMe – Amped up, angular and funky, these grooves combine the intricate ghost notes of Clyde Stubblefield , the aggressive beat displacement of Kenwood Dennard and the compressor-happy production of Ryan Gruss.


83_SlapBack – If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know I’m a fan of reverb (when done right). The 80’s wouldn’t have been the same without the 4 second long decay on the snare and I don’t want to imagine a world without gated reverb on Phil Collins’ toms. This set of loops is my nod to the often overlooked flavor of reverb, the “slapback”.


93_FifteenEight – While other loop sites consider 5/4 and 7/8 the ultimate in odd meters, I consider it just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve decided to raise the bar and record a series of loops that you’ll need all ten fingers and one foot (assuming you haven’t had any horrific lawnmower accidents) to count. Welcome to the wonderful world of 15/8.


179_HighAndTight – Pristinely produced up-tempo pop with a hint of drums and bass, this set of beats is focused around my 10″ Premier soprano snare. Not wanting to be left out of the fun, my Pearl 6 1/2″ x 14″ brass snare makes a cameo appearance towards the end.


106_Crunched – Would you believe me if I told you this set of grooves was inspired by Jesus Jones’ 1990 pop anthem, “Right Here, Right Now“? Well, it’s true. While stuck in holiday traffic last week, this song came over the car radio and instantly took me back to seventh grade. During that first year of junior high, I was 5′ 9” and the tallest kid in my class. Fast forward nineteen years later and I’m still 5′ 9″… and I still act like a seventh grader. Not much has changed, other than my affinity for distorting dance grooves.


190_TwelveEight – Not to be confused with the aforementioned 15/8 loops, these 12/8 grooves are far from the world of odd meters. With a steady back beat and an easy to identify “one”, this is the time signature that blues legends, strippers and even Journey have turned to for years.


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Gruss Loops – Volume VII is here!

I’m happy to announce that the wait is finally over. Gruss Loops Volume VII is now available! With some major studio upgrades at Gruss Headquarters over the past month, I think you’ll be able to hear the enriched sonic textures that only a few thousand dollars made out to Steve Jobs can bring. If you put your mouth against the speakers, you might even be able to taste it. Ok, enough talk. Let’s take a listen to the goods. Subscribers, just click the box below to access all of the new loops.

Vol VII - The Luckiest of Loop Packs

142_TomKruze – This set of loops doesn’t like to jump on Oprah’s couch, play air guitar in tighty-whities or refer to people as “glib”. They do, however, like to show off everyone’s favorite part of the drum set: the toms. Not in the Phil Collins “In The Air Tonight” type of way, but rather, a more bit-crushed, experimental and (dare I say?) dance sort of way.


144_CoffeeOD – When I moved from NYC last year, I swore off Red Bull for good. There was a point in my life where I literally went through that shit by the case. It was not unusual to see one of these pull up in front of my apartment in the middle of the night, making a “barter exchange” of sorts. Now, deep in the suburbs of New England, far from those silly looking promotional vehicles, my new drug of choice is iced coffee. Huh? That’s the same drug? Well, regardless, I recorded this after drinking about 3 ventis (cream & 2 Splenda).


227_DoubleUp – Who doesn’t like some uptempo, feel good, rock grooves? Keeping the beat nice and solid, the production punchy and clean and the tempo brisk enough to make people move, these are the loops that will satisfy fans of both Judas and Jonas.


109_The_Grinder – After eating and drinking myself sick this past Thanksgiving, the only thing left to do was put my loops through the same sort of punishment. “The Grinder” pedal in Logic 9 is much like drinking tequila. You start off with just a little bit… it feels pretty good. You have a little more, wow… that REALLY feels good. You decide, after your sixth shot, to drink straight from the bottle, twist the knob and run naked through the streets. I like to think of this set of loops as The Grinder on drink number five.


250_Jazzercize – You don’t need to dress like this in order to record something on top of these jazz loops. Though, if you want to submit pics, I’ll gladly post them on this blog. These grooves are a mix of New Orleans-esque street beats, Afro-Cuban tom patterns and straight ahead bebop.


110_CashMoney – I’m not talking about Gangsta-style Cash Money. After you receive that first ASCAP royalty check from the Top 40 hit you penned using these particular loops, you’ll know about the kind of cash I’m talking about. Just promise me you’ll spend most of it on something reasonable like a classy McMansion.


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Gruss Loops Volume VI – An In-Depth Preview

I finally snapped out of my post-Halloween, candy-induced coma and created mp3 previews for my latest subscriber-only loop release, Volume VI. With the widest range of styles and sounds I’ve yet to produce in a single loop pack, I consider this my pièce de résistance (until I release the next one). Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Papa's Got Some Brand New Loops
Papa's Got Some Brand New Loops

122_JB – After receiving several requests from my subscribers for more straight-up, James Brown-type funk grooves, I set off to record a series of loops inspired by the Godfather of Soul himself. With the snare cranked up high and a very dry and natural mix, this set of loops will help you to get up and do your thing. You know. Movin’ it and doin’ it. Can I count it off??


99_FrameDrum – Who said the frame drum was just for traditional, South Indian music? This set of loops takes some of the Carnatic rhythmic phrasings this instrument is known for and melds it with a few Westernized 4/4 grooves that will keep your parents clapping on 1 and 3.


100_Sugarfoot – This set of grooves is my hat tip to the one and only Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett. Funky pop drumming with some extra sweetness on the kick, these grooves will make you want to adopt a chimp and name him Bubbles.


285_Bebop – In an effort to fill the 260-300 BPM gap in my catalogue, these uptempo jazz loops take some of the straight ahead stylings of Philly Joe Jones and Max Roach and mixes them up with some more of the contemporary and polyrhythmic phrasings of Bill Stewart and Peter Erskine.


77_BigReverb – Holy Reverb, Batman! It’s almost like the drummer from My Morning Jacket and John Bonham had a baby. And that baby started recording drum loops with ridiculous amounts of reverb for its website.


93_Sixteenth – This recording session originally started off as an ode to Michael McDonald’s 1982 Lite-FM hit, I Keep Forgettin’ and ended up as something quite different. With a steady 16th note pulse on the hi-hat and some extra “sub” on the kick, these grooves are equally Gangsta as they are Yacht Rock.


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The Loops are coming! The Loops are coming!

Yeah, I know I haven’t been blogging much this week. It’s because I’ve been locked up in the studio, chugging gallons of Red Bull, snorting several kilos of Fun Dip and editing hundreds of drum loops, all in preparation of the November 1st release of Gruss Loops Volume VI.

I’d be lying if I didn’t say this was the best series of loops I’ve ever created… if not, in the history of the internets. From South Indian frame drum grooves to super tight James Brown-inspired funk beats to uptempo bebop loops that would make the hair (and needles) on Charlie Parker’s arm stand up, this loop pack has it all.

Update – Don’t forget to subscribe before midnight tomorrow to download Volume V before it moves from the subscriber area and goes into the Back Issue Store!

It could be worse.
It could be worse.

100 Free Loops – A Look Back

When I started this blog back in February, people thought I was crazy. They said things like, “Why would you just give this stuff away?” and “You’ll only keep it up for a while. It sounds like an ass-load of work.” Well, nine months and 100 free loops later, I’m still going strong, cranking out the beatz and poking fun at certain drummers. Now, on such a momentous occasion in the history of drum loop-centric blogs, I figured it would be à propos to take a moment and recap some of the highlights (and lowlights) of

Smoke 'em if you got 'em
Smoke 'em if you got 'em

February 2nd, 2009

My inaugural blog post. Outfitted with some new mics, a WordPress account and Logic Studio, I record and post my first drum loop for free, public consumption. With this scrappy, funk-rock, hop-hop, indie sorta type beat in the vein of Tom Vek (with a bit of extra gain), I quickly establish my unequivocally opaque identity in the world of drummer/bloggers.

February 24th, 2009

A few weeks into my little endeavor, word about my site begins to spread around the blogosphere and my daily visitor stats start to show signs of life. Remixes and collaborations from readers all around the world begin to fill my inbox and the comments section of the blog turns into a peanut gallery of sorts for producers, engineers and musicians from both ends of the professional, intellectual and creative spectrum.

A writeup in electronic music authority, CDM, really sets things into motion and I soon find myself scrambling for extra bandwidth as my site begins crashing from too much traffic. It was official. I had created a monster. Well, a monster for music nerds looking for specific types of drum loops.

March 3rd, 2009

I begin stretching out from the more traditional funk and rock grooves and post the first of many odd-meter loops. Fusion musicians everywhere flip back their mullets and rejoice. I also begin supplying the loops in WAV format.

April 4th, 2009

The pronunciation of my last name is slaughtered on the popular music podcast, Sonic State, while they discuss the latest and greatest in drum loop blogs. I also figure out the keyboard command for typing umlauts.

May 19th, 2009

Pretty much totally unrelated to drum loops, I tell the first of many bizarre, mega-celebrity-encounter stories.

June 1st, 2009

Due to an overwhelming demand for more grooves, fills and styles, I begin a subscription service where members can download over 100 new loops (all in WAV, AIFF, and REX2 files) every month. There is peace in the loop world and people are happy. My house also stops getting egged.

July 6th, 2009

On a “post 4th of July jazz rampage”, I drop my first Mambo loop. I call up Lee Morgan to see if he wants to jam but then realize I’m about 37 years too late.

August 7th, 2009

The world loses an iconic ’80s movie director and I pay my respects.

September 16th, 2009

My loops make their Primetime TV debut. Much like the Apollo 11 moon landing and the final episode of Friends, people around the world drop whatever it is they’re doing and tune in.

October 19th, 2009

I sit here, typing this “look back” blog post while trying to watch Entourage at the same time. Vince, why did you let Drama bring that horse into the house?? Oh wait… yeah, drum loops. Umm, so yeah. The first 100 have been pretty amazing and I’m excited to see where the next 100 takes this blog. I’d like to thank all of you who come by on a daily basis and keep me inspired with your comments and emails. I’d also like to send a special thanks to my subscribers. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to afford that extra Jaguar in the garage. I kid, I kid! It’s actually just a Maserati.

Gruss Loops – Volume V is now available!

I’m proud to announce the release of Gruss Loops Volume V. The first complete pack of grooves recorded in my new studio, it represents another step forward in the Gruss Loops series, both sonically and musically. From spacial, jazz explorations to tight, aggressive rock, this pack of loops covers a massive range of styles and sounds that will help bring your tracks to life.

Volume V
Gruss Loops - Volume V

173_PopUp – Upbeat. Crisp. Snappy. If these loops aren’t ready for Top 40 radio, then I might as well start tucking and head to Vegas with my Lada Gaga tribute act.


118_ECMish – Someone from the Münich headquarters just called. They want their drum tracks back. A minimalist approach with an emphasis on dynamics and texture, these are the eighth note grooves that will land your album in the “Jazz” bin while exploring the world outside of triplets.


122_StraightUp – Round and punchy. This set of pop/rock loops warms things up with some hand hammered cymbals and loose, open tuning on the drums. Slick, yet earthy, these beats work just as well with acoustic guitars as they do with racks of samplers.


90_Tuff – These loops haven’t showered in three weeks and aren’t afraid to shank you if you look at them the wrong way. Dirty and tough, they’re the grooves that will help your lightweight pop song “grow a pair”.


245_Punkd – No, these aren’t outtakes from Avril Lavigne’s next record (though I’m sure those sound pretty punk rock). These loops were dipped in a special CBGB sauce and then thrown into a mosh pit to marinate. Oi!


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