“The Loop Loft has teamed up with Ableton to bring you a customized, “Live Ready” version of Hip Hop Drums Vol 1. This collection has been reconfigured from the ground up to work seamlessly inside of Live, and is fully integrated with custom drum racks, clips, effects, macro controls and hundreds of loops. And since it’s an official “Live Ready” pack, it automatically installs directly into your Ableton library with one click!”
We get it. You’re an indie artist and you’re not looking for over-produced drum loops that sound like outtakes from a 1987 Bon Jovi session. You’ll never book a show in Brooklyn with that kind of schlock on your tracks. This is exactly why we’ve created our latest collection, “Indie Rock Drums Vol 1“.
To accurately produce the sound and feel of these loops, we immersed ourselves into the indie rock lifestyle for an entire month, living, breathing and drinking in the $3,500 a month gutters of Williamsburg. We grew beards and then trimmed them into ironic mustaches. We rolled our own cigarettes. We rode fixies instead of taking cabs. We bathed ourselves in PBR. We had a Monday night residency at Pianos. We even acquired a trust fund so that we could spend our days hanging out in coffee shops, getting into heated debates about Pavement, and if they were better or worse after they kicked Gary Young out of the band.
We lived it… and now you can download it in all of its digital glory. Dirty but danceable DFA-approved beats, anthemic Arcade Fire-esque pounding, low-fi Strokes-ish uptempo rock, folkish Bon Ivery brushes… it’s all here. Each collection of grooves contains a variety of fills as well as individually sampled drums and cymbals, so you can easily program your own beats with the exact same sounds from the loop sessions. The sound and feel of Indie Rock Drums is now at your fingertips.
The tyrants over at The Loop Loft have been leaving threatening messages on my voicemail, promising I’ll soon awake to a horse head in my bed if I don’t promote their latest release, Cinematic Drums. So, rather than ruin my 500 count Egyptian cotton sheets, I decided to give in and provide the following shout out:
“Produced specifically with the big screen in mind, Cinematic Drums contains loops and samples that will quickly conjure up specific moods and imagery in your tracks. From thunderous walls of pounding toms, to angst-ridden, heart pulsing beats, this collection is a must-have for anyone who composes for the moving picture. We also meticulously sampled every individual drum, cymbal and yes, pot and pan, allowing you to quickly program your own grooves using the exact same sounds from the live loop sessions.
But don’t let the name of this collection fool you, Cinematic Drums can also add an extra sonic dimension to your pop, rock, dance and jazz tracks. Slide in some Civil War era field drums under a traditional drum set groove or layer timpani-esque toms on top of your 808 loops, and you’ll quickly have the extra depth in your productions that standard loop sets simply can’t provide.”
Between assembling baby furniture, raking leaves in the yard, and diligently working on a new ReFill for Propellerhead, I somehow managed to crank out another collection of beats and samples for The Loop Loft. I also managed to not update this blog in several weeks. So sorry.
Anyway, this particular collection consists entirely of odd meter grooves. And we’re not just talking geeky nü-metal stuff…. I’ve covered a gamut of genres with this one. Jazz, funk, rock, pop and folk… it’s all in this pack. Hot off the wires, here’s the official press release from The Loft:
The only thing odd about these loops are the time signatures. With a massive amount of loops, fills and samples recorded in everything BUT 4/4, The Loop Loft is happy to announce the release of Odd Meter Grooves Vol 2. Taking a natural and musical approach to live drum tracks ranging in time signatures like 3/4, 7/8, 5/4, and 9/8, this collection provides users with the articulate and fluid phrasing that programmed beats simply can’t provide.
We’ve also expanded The Platinum Pack to include the recent releases of The Art of Brushes 2and the Odd Meter 2 pack, bringing the total size of the collection to over 1.4 GB. Now’s your opportunity to instantly download every drum loop we’ve ever recorded (1,702 loops), and save 40%!
Wondering why I haven’t posted in a while? It’s because I’ve been putting the finishing touches on this bad boy. I also have something even bigger to announce in a few days. No, I’m not taking over Ricky Rockett’s drum throne in Poison. But it’s almost as exciting. Here’s the official press release for today’s news:
Following up on a customer favorite, we’re happy to announce the release of The Art of Brushes Volume 2. A collection of loops and samples focused entirely on brushes, this second volume contains over twice as many files as the original, giving you the sounds and grooves you need to produce authentic drum tracks in a wide range of styles.
From folk, to Americana, to bebop, to electronica, the depth and airiness of the brushes combined with the warmth and timbre of vintage drums and hand-hammered cymbals provide the perfect foundation for even the most discerning producer and songwriter who needs truly professional sounding (and feeling) drum tracks.
We are also happy to announce the release of “bundled” versions of both of the brush collections. The bundled sets provide you with the first two releases in one instant download, while also saving you 25%!
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!
After my previous post, I’m sure you’re all wondering what “the big” news is. In fact, your fingers are probably tired from refreshing my blog over and over… just in hopes that you’ll be the first to hear what it is that I have to say. Well, the wait is finally over. Pour yourself a stiff drink and read on…
This announcement is somewhat bittersweet for me, and those of you who have been longtime subscribers and noticed a “cancellation email” the other day probably know what I’m about to say, but as of this month, I will no longer being doing the monthly/subscription-based “Gruss Loops” sets. After twelve glorious volumes, thousands of loops, and countless hours recording and editing, I’ve decided to shift much of my time and energy on to another exciting project: producing a new loop series for the thelooploft.com
You’re probably saying to yourself, “Wait a minute, isn’t that just your other website? wtf, bro?!”.
True. It is my other website. But that site isn’t all about me. And it isn’t all about drum loops. I created that site for a different purpose. After doing this blog thing for a while and cranking out a ton of loops, I took a good look around and realized there was an opportunity. A chance to put together an all-star roster of musicians under one roof loft and produce the highest quality, most musical loops available anywhere on the planet. Think of it like The Wrecking Crew or The Funk Brothers for the 21st century and you’ll be in the right ballpark. And via the wonders of the internets, I’m able to assemble this team of first-call studio musicians in NYC, London, Nashville and Los Angeles and work with them directly from my studio in Boston.
The first offering from one of these musicians will be released later this week. (hint) Odds are you’ve recently seen him on tv, heard him on the radio… or watched him play live at Royal Albert Hall or Madison Square Garden. No, it’s not Justin Bieber. But don’t count him out…
As far as this blog is concerned.. it’s not going anywhere. In fact, I’ll probably post more frequently than I did before. Where else would I be able to post videos about Pete Dallas?? And yes, there will still be free loops from time to time.
Anyway, enough about me. Here’s some other news you should check out:
With Odd Meter Grooves Volume 1, we’ve produced a loop pack entirely focused on beats that go beyond the traditional framework of 4/4. Whileother loop sites only take these things as far as 7/8 (and charge twice as much!?), we’ve delved much deeper into the possibilities of space, feel and time. From Zappa-esque grooves in 27/16, to Mahavishnu influenced beats in 15/8, to (not so) straight ahead jazz in 5/4, to Muse-approved backbeats in 9/8, we’ve covered a wide spectrum of tempos and time signatures, all within one loop pack.
Due to the popularity and demand for our first edition of funk loops, we’ve been busy crafting a second edition of beats that will satisfy the needs of anyone producing music with a bit of soul. Funk Essentials Volume 2 mixes things up with loops ranging from old skool Motown vinyl, bounce-your-head-until-it-hurts Timbaland grooves, neo soul rimshots and heavy and aggressive Rage Against the Machine style funk.”
This just in, via my very close friends at The Loop Loft:
The sun is out, the snow is melting and the birds are chirping. Things are finally warming up over at The Loop Loft and we’ve decided to celebrate the first day of Spring with a massive sale on ALL loop packs. We’ve slashed prices by up to 70% on our entire collection. This is your chance to instantly download and stock up your loop library for as little as $9.95!