Ryan's Corner

Video: 20 YouTube Videos Playing Together In Bb

Why do we find this so oddly soothing and interesting?  We're not sure, but we're going to share it with you anyways.  Please enjoy 20 YouTube videos playing together in Bb (best viewed on a desktop or laptop browser):

July 30, 2015 by Ryan Gruss

Video: Making Acoustic Drums Sound Electronic

Drummer, composer and Loop Loft artist, Mark Guiliana (Brad Mehldau, David Bowie, Meshell Ndegeocello), walks us through a some tips and tricks for emulating drum samples with an acoustic kit and a few toys with live-band examples featuring bassist, Jonathan Maron. From preparing the snare drum with a cymbal, to deadening a floor tom with a secondary head and stacking cymbals on top of each other, these are just a few ideas to help inspire you to find new sounds from your old kit.

Want Mark's eclectic blend of rhythm and sonics on your next production?  Then be sure to check out his critically acclaimed loop and sample collection.

Mark Guiliana

Can You Keep Perfect Time? Take This Test And Find Out!

Wondering how good your time is?  Can you lock in with a beat and hold it steady?  Take the test below and find out if you're a human metronome or a bass player's worst nightmare.  

July 25, 2015 by Ryan Gruss

Video: Getting Pro Drum Sounds

Wondering how they get amazing drum sounds in one of the most legendary recording studios in the world?  Check out this behind the scenes look at Sunset Sound Studio with producer, Warren Huart (The Fray, James Blunt), as he goes over every single mic, preamp and eq used to track the drums of LA session ace, Kenny Aronoff.  

Legendary Recording Studio Pics - Part 1

Who doesn't love seeing cool pics of amazing, vintage recording gear inside some of the most famous recording studios in history?  Just thinking about the amount of hit songs that worked their way through those old preamps onto the tape machines can boggle (and inspire) the mind.  We at The Loop Loft love checking out these "behind the scenes" studio photos just as much as you, so that is why we've put together this first installment of "Legendary Recording Studio Pics".

First up, a look inside the original Motown Studio, aka “Hitsville U.S.A.", circa 1964.  A former photographers' studio, it was purchased by Motown founder Berry Gordy in 1959 & converted into both the record label's administrative building and recording studio.

Berry Gordy, Jr. at the helm.

Next up, Abbey Road's famed Studio 2, where a little known band called "The Beatles" made a smattering of small hits and and mostly forgotten about albums.  But hey, at least they enjoyed some good Chinese food while doing it (see bottom pic).

Cool?  Doesn't it make you want to bust out some ribbon mics, twist some oversized knobs and pull some levers (instead of lame, automated faders)?  

Stay tuned for the next installment, and while you're waiting, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook... and even preview some of our critically acclaimed loop and sample collections.

Drum Direktor Tips & Tricks

Wondering how to get the most out of Drum Direktor?  Every day we'll be adding a new 15 second clip to our Instagram account demonstrating some great tips and tricks for working with the loops, samples, drum pads, step sequencer and effects.  Want more info on Drum Direktor?  Click here to view the product page.

Drum Dirketor Tip Of The Day #1: Adding more cowbell by slicing it from a loop.

Step 1. Find a drum loop with cowbell in it. Step 2. Turn loop mode off and adjust the slice marker to trigger a single cowbell sample. Step 3. Use the step sequencer to create a hi hat-ish pattern using the cowbell sample.

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Drum Direktor Tip of The Day #2:  Get hi-fi with the low-fi

1. Load lo-fi loops and hi-fi samples into the pads. 2. Trigger them together via the step sequencer. 3. Voila. An entirely new groove.

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Drum Direktor Tip of The Day #3:  Get synthy with acoustic samples

Step 1. Find a short, acoustic drum sample with the drum pads.  Step 2. Use Drum Direktor's internal filter, bitcrusher, drive and pitch shifting knobs to create melodic & "synthy" rhythmic stabs.  Step 3. Use the step sequencer to create melodic grooves inside of the drum beat.

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About Drum Direktor

The ultimate beat creator is here.  Introducing Drum Direktor FNK-4 from The Loop Loft.  A revolutionary loop player, step sequencer, drum pad player, effects unit and mixing station, all in one instrument.

 

 

How To Record Modern Drum Tracks With 10 Mics

Wondering how to get big, punchy and "modern" drum sounds?  Watch legendary engineer, Bob Clearmountain, and drummer, Matt Chamberlain, demonstrate how to capture the sound of entire drum kit when using a multi-mic setup:

 

Want Matt's drums on your own song or production?  Click here to check out all 15 channels of multitracks loops from his Volume 1 release!

 

Bob Clearmountain & Matt Chamberlain Recording Drums With 2 Mics

Engineer Bob Clearmountain (The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen) and drummer/Loop Loft artist Matt Chamberlain (David Bowie, Tori Amos, Soundgarden) demonstrate and discuss the best way to record drums with two microphones using Apogee Duet.

Want Matt's drums on your own song or production?  Click here to check out all 15 channels of multitracks loops from his Volume 1 release!

 

Drum Leveler 1.1 Is Here!

We're excited to announce that The Drum Leveler 1.1 plugin is now available!  Here are some of the new features available in this update:

  • Side-Chain Key Input - Use external input to trigger pads, reverbs with drum grooves to create unique moving soundscapes and harmonic movement. 
  • Gate Range - Take control over your bleed, or boost it to your liking
  • Soft-Clipper - Crank it up! Peaks over 0dB will be pleasantly rounded.
  • Sensitivity Control - Allows for more control over Drum Leveler's detection algorithm.
  • Mac Voice-Over support for the visually impaired
  • + Many improvements, bug fixes and CPU optimization

About Drum Leveler:

Drum Leveler is an award winning beat detection-based compressor/ expander/ gate. By selectively applying gain to single drum beats, Drum Leveler easily achieves the desired target level for each beat, without affecting bleed noise or beats that are out of the user-defined processing range.

"This innovative and powerful dynamics plug-in is a must-have.  Drum Leveler solves problems with drum tracks no other plug-in can. It can tame fluctuating levels or add punch to discrete kit pieces in drum subgroups and stems without audibly affecting bleed. What’s more, the processing is very transparent—unless you purposely tweak the controls for radical effect. Selling at the rock-bottom price of $149, this is a product every mix engineer should own. Drum Leveler rocks!" - Electronic Musician Magazine

Click here for more info and to download the Drum Lever instantly, plus receive The Simon Phillips Drum Sessions Deluxe Edition for free (a $129 USD value) when you purchase the Drum Leveler!

April 03, 2015 by Ryan Gruss

A Virtual All-Star Jam in Stylus RMX

What would happen if you took some of the world's greatest musicians (including Matt Chamberlain, Mino Cinélu, Joey Waronker, Charlie Hunter, Bob Reynolds, Mark Guiliana and Omar Hakim) and looped them all together with Stylus RMX?  We put on our lab coats at The Loop Loft, fired up RMX and set out to answer this very question:

Every single loop featured in this video (plus thousands of others) can be found in The Artist Series Bundle:

And if you want to check out some more of The Loop Loft artists performing together in a truly "live" setting, then we suggest that you watch the performances below (recorded in February, 2014 in NYC):