Behind The Scenes - Joey Waronker Drums

We've been receiving a lot of questions (and compliments) about the production of our new Joey Waronker Drums collection, so we wanted to give you a quick "behind the scenes" look at the recording process. The sessions took place at The Bank studio in Los Angeles in May of 2014, while Joey was on a brief break from touring with Beck.

We were lucky to have Grammy-winning engineer, Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Beck, Air) behind the console, and the sonic results speak for themselves. Using a vast collection of vintage Neve preamps, boutique microphones and experimental placements, the result is some of the warmest, punchiest and most musical 14 channels of live drums we've ever recorded.

With 2 channels devoted to the kick, users have the option to mix in a more "traditional" internal kick mic along with an inverted NS-10 sub on the outside of the drum, giving you limitless amounts of low end beneath the attack. Two mono overheads give options for clean and distorted tones, while two additional room channels allow easy access to a much "bigger" drum sound and stereo imaging.

Every drum (and hi hat) was close mic'd, giving users complete control over individual eqs, effects and gating, while (our favorite of the 14 channels) a hyper-compressed AKG D19 gives that magical Abbey Road/Ringo "smack" to the mix.

Whether you're a seasoned producer or new to multitrack recording, The Joey Waronker Drums collection provides some of the best sounding (and performed) live drums available anywhere. With a combination of Joey's signature touch on the drums and Darrell's golden ears on the other side of the glass, this is a special collection of grooves and samples fit for almost any production.  Click here to preview the drums in more detail.

Free Rhodes & Wurlitzer Loops Feat. Jonah Smith

We're happy to bring you some incredible (and free) loops using vintage Rhodes and Wurlitzer keyboards from an old friend of The Loop Loft (and amazing musician), Jonah Smith.  The 78 MB download contains loops in REX2, AIFF and WAV (24bit/48kHz audio) formats, so you can use the loops in any music software.

Click here to download the loops!

Want even more free loops?  Download our 225 MB demo pack!


 Watch Jonah on America's Got Talent (and vote!):

August 19, 2014 by Ryan Gruss

The Making of The Beat - Daft Punk's Get Lucky

Watch below to see Loop Loft artist and drummer extraordinaire, Omar Hakim, demonstrate how he created the groove to the massively popular Daft Punk hit, "Get Lucky".  Notice how subtle hi-hat variations over a static kick and snare drum groove help propel the entire beat forward.

To download Omar's signature drum loop and sample library just click here.  This massive collection is available in WAV, REX2, AIFF (Apple Loops), MIDI and Multitrack formats.

June 24, 2014 by Ryan Gruss

The Loop Loft Expands All-Star Roster With Drummers Matt Chamberlain, Joey Waronker & Mark Guiliana

NEW YORK, NY (May 6, 2014) – The Loop Loft, developer of the world’s most musical loop collections, announces that it has signed world-class drummers Matt Chamberlain (Soundgarden, David Bowie) Joey Waronker (Beck, Atoms for Peace) and Mark Guiliana (Brad Mehldau, Me'Shell Ndegéocello) to join its growing stable of exclusive recording-artist content. Music creators will be able to instantly infuse their tracks with each drummers' unique playing using virtually any DAW or music-making software including Pro Tools®, Ableton™ Live, Reason™ and GarageBand®.

Sessions for Chamberlain and Waronker will take place in Los Angeles throughout May, with Guiliana recording drum tracks in New York City during June.  Chamberlain and Waronker will embark on summer tours with Soundgarden & Beck, respectively, with Guiliana touring Europe with Mehliana, his acclaimed duo with Brad Mehldau.  All three sessions are slated for release in 2014.  

Chamberlain, Waronker & Guiliana join a diverse and rapidly expanding range of recording artists creating exclusive content with The Loop Loft including drummers Omar HakimSimon PhillipsEric HarlandAaron ComessTerence Higgins; percussionists Mino Cinelu and Celso Alberti, guitar and bass players Mark Kelley (The Roots), Charlie HunterDoug Wamble and Janek Gwizdala, and saxophonist Bob Reynolds (John Mayer).

Music makers can upgrade their rhythm sections with all the nuance and personality of any of The Loop Loft’s artists: living, breathing musicians with one-of-a-kind playing styles. Producers will find that using The Loop Loft loops is like being in the recording studio with these in-demand players. The Loop Loft offers artist content in all major formats including REX2™, WAV, AIFF, Stylus RMX™ and ReFill™ for use with virtually all music software and controllers. 

Epic Drum Battle feat. Omar Hakim, Eric Harland & Mino Cinélu

Ok, maybe "battle" isn't the best term.  Minds were blown, but nobody was physically hurt in this 16 minute jam (in 7/8, for those of you trying to figure out the time signature...) featuring the great Omar Hakim, Eric Harland and Mino Cinélu:

This video was recording during The Loop Loft All-Stars event at Guitar Center in NYC on February 27th, 2014.  The rest of the band on this track include Bob Reynolds on tenor sax, Mark Kelley on bass and Doug Wamble on guitar.  For more videos from this night, just check out The Loop Loft's YouTube channel!


The Loop Loft All-Stars Live in NYC

A few weeks ago, we gathered an all-star lineup of musicians from The Loop Loft to set up and play at Guitar Center in NYC.  No rehearsal.  No agenda.  Just the world's best musicians, getting on stage and making music in the moment.  The result?  Watch below:

The Loop Loft All-Stars:

Omar Hakim - Drums
Eric Harland - Drums
Mino Cinélu - Percussion
Charlie Hunter - Guitar
Doug Wamble - Guitar
Mark Kelley - Bass
Bob Reynolds - Sax

Full Performances:

7/8 Drum Battle w/ Omar, Eric & Mino

"Can't Wait for Perfect" by Bob Reynolds

Visit our YouTube channel for more!


Omar Hakim

Mark Kelley (The Roots) - Behind The Demo Using Ableton Live & iZotope Trash 2

After receiving email after email asking us about the audio previews for Mark Kelley's bass loop collection, I decided to make this quick "behind the scenes" video that shows how we used a combination of layered loops, distortion plugins (w/ iZotope's Trash 2) and "behind the beat" drum tracks in the style of Questlove and J-Dilla to create the demo.

Loop Links:

Mark Kelley Bass Loops

Indie Rock Drums Bundle

Dry Drums Bundle

The Funkiest Drum Loop Ever Recorded?

While editing our upcoming Funk Essentials Vol 3 release, we came across a certain drum loop that was so funky, it hurt.  Rather than suffer the funk-induced pain all alone, we've decided to share this little groove nugget with everyone.

Is this the funkiest drum loop ever recorded?  We'll let you decide for yourself.  

Click here to download the loop for free (in WAV, REX2 & AIFF formats)!

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Want more free loops?  Click here to download our demo pack containing over 225MB of loops in WAV, REX2, AIFF (Apple Loops) and Stylus RMX formats!

March 05, 2014 by Ryan Gruss
Tags: Free Funky Ride

Omar Hakim & Mino Cinélu - Drum Legends Reunited in Ableton Live

Most notably known as the legendary drum & percussion duo in the fusion supergroup, Weather Report, Omar Hakim and Mino Cinélu are rhythmic masters of the highest level. Using Ableton Live, we virtually reunite these two for some incredible grooves in 7/8.

The loops in this video come from Omar Hakim's new release and the upcoming Vol 2 release of Mino's loops (you can grab his first release here). 

And if you happen to live in the NYC area, you can watch these two perform live with the rest of The Loop Loft All-Stars on Thursday, February 27th at 7pm at the Manhattan Guitar!  Details below:


February 22, 2014 by Ryan Gruss

Using MIDI and Audio Drum Loops Together (Video)

Wondering how to add a little polyrhythmic spice to your 4/4 grooves?  In this video, we use Ableton Live to show you how to take a simple audio loop in four and combine it with MIDI grooves in 3/4 and 4/4 (8 bars long), to create something entirely new and unique.

The audio loops used in this video come from Dry Drums Vol 1 and the MIDI loops are from Nothing But Three and Long Loops

February 19, 2014 by Ryan Gruss