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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):

What Do YOU Want From Eric Harland?

We're going back to NYC in April to record drums with Eric Harland for his upcoming Vol 3 release. For this session, we want to know exactly what YOU are looking for. Just answer the question below and receive $10 off any Eric Harland loop collection!


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Eric Harland


March 06, 2015 by Ryan Gruss

Matt Chamberlain Gets Loopy

Check out Loop Loft artist, Matt Chamberlain (Fiona Apple, Soundgarden, David Bowie, Pearl Jam), adding his signature touch to the drums with this live looping session at his studio in Los Angeles:

Want your own tracks to be blessed with some of this rhythmic magic?  Then we highly suggest that you check out Matt's loop and sample collection (Papal tiara sold separately)!  Click here for details and to download instantly.

Preview the collection here: 

February 25, 2015 by Ryan Gruss

Black Friday Offer: Win The Drum Leveler Plugin From Sound Radix ($149 USD Value)

Purchase anything from The Loop Loft during The Black Friday Sale and automatically be entered to win the amazing new Drum Leveler plugin from Sound Radix!

We will be giving away 5 copies of The Drum Leveler via random drawing of customers who purchase anything today through December 1st at 12:00am ET.  Winners will be notified via email on December 2nd.  Customers must select the "accept marketing" option during checkout in order to be entered into the contest.

About Drum Leveler

Drum Leveler is a new beat detection-based downward and upward compressor/expander. 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.

Unlike traditional envelope-followers that detect incoming levels and utilize VCA to apply gain changes, Drum Leveler runs an advanced new algorithm that takes full advantage of the digital domain – allowing unparalleled control over your drums' dynamics.

Drum Leveler is powerful yet easy to use. It will help you achieve solid driving grooves, improve clarity and add punch to any percussive performance.

Drum Leveler brings a new, radical approach to drum’s dynamics control. We’d like to encourage you to take the time and explore Drum Leveler to utilize its full power.

 - Transparent, beat detection-based simultaneous upward & downward compressor/expander
 - Applies gain to each beat individually to achieve set target level
 - Gain reduction and expansion is transient-accurate to the drum beat for artifacts-free transients reproduction
 - Dual threshold levels allows processing any level range to affect only specific beats within a track such as ghost notes or bleed without affecting other beats
 - Mono, Stereo, Dual Mono and Mid/Side operation modes
 - Easy to use and intuitive user interface\

Drum Leveler is available for Mac & PC in AAX, RTAS, VST and AU formats, in 32 and 64 bits where applies.

November 28, 2014 by Ryan Gruss

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