Ryan's Corner

Do You Believe In Magic (Drum Rooms)?

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If you've ever recorded live drums, then you know how important the actual room is to the finished product. Small, carpeted rooms with additional acoustic treatment will have...

VIDEO: The Early Days of Sampling

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These days, most of us (including myself) take sampling for granted. We have our MPCs and MASCHINEs sitting right in front of...

VIDEO: We Are The World (Behind The Scenes)

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Ok, this is pretty fascinating. Sit back, and enjoy this rare, behind-the-scenes footage of one of the most iconic (and top-selling) songs in music history, 'We Are The...

The Ultimate Guitar Demo?

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It's no secret that different styles of guitars have different sounds, but it's amazing to sit back and watch one of the world's greatest guitar players demonstrate the unique...

Bootsy Collins Explains Playing On "The One"

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In funk music, there's often a lot of talk about playing on "the one", but what does it really mean?? In this video, legendary bassist, Bootsy Collins, explains...

Could This Be The Best Drum Groove Ever?

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One of the most iconic drum grooves in history is the halftime shuffle on Toto's hit song, "Rosanna", performed by the late, great Jeff Porcaro. <iframe width="640" height="360"...

"Let's examine this word, 'reggae'..." - Stewart Copeland

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In this 1981 interview with Jools Holland, Stewart Copeland gives us a quick history lesson about the backbeat of drums in popular music, starting with early jazz, to Motown...

The Loop Loft All-Stars - Live At The Blue Note NYC

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A few weeks ago, The Loop Loft All-Stars gathered at the legendary Blue Note jazz club in New York City for one night of incredible music. Here are...

12 Amazing Isolated Vocal Tracks

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If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite singer’s voice sounds like in its purest form, the musical sub-genre of isolated vocal tracks can offer a clue....

Learn How To Program Classic Drum Beats With Funklet

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Ever hear a drum beat and wonder how to recreate it on a drum machine or sequencer? Fortunately, Funklet is now here to help you! Click below to...