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Reggae Drumming Frequently Asked Questions

September 2, 2010 Blog Leave a comment

Reggae Drum Loops FAQ

Thanks everybody for asking a lot of questions about the [intlink id="53" type="page"]Reggae Drum Loops[/intlink] pack! To make it easier for everyone I gathered them here in one place. More Q&A’s will be added as they come in. Here goes:

Q: Can I try the reggae loops before I buy them?

A: Yes, there are a couple of reggae loops in the [intlink id="19" type="page"]free drum loops [/intlink]pack. And with our money-back guarantee you really can’t lose. Buy them and try them out, if you don’t like them we’ll give you every cent back.

Q: Will the reggae loops work for metal?

A: They are probably not ideal for heavy metal, but why not create your own reggae-metal genre? Who knows, it might be a hit!

Q: Love the sound on the demo clips – what are you using?

A: It’s Toontrack Superior Custom & Vintage with the Vintage Oaklawn preset and the snare slightly tuned up. And some parallel compression with if I remember correctly Stillwell Audio’s fabulous Rocket Compressor.

Q: I use Superior Drummer – where do I put the files?

A: Look up the Superior Drummer User MIDI folder (reachable from the Superior plugin interface) and then navigate one level UP to the MIDI folder. Now move the folder 220@ODDGROOVES_REGGAE_DRUMMING to that folder. Re-start the plugin. Done!

Q: I’m not into reggae specifically, but have enjoyed your [intlink id="15" type="page"]progressive drum loops[/intlink] products in the past. In there anything in the Reggae Pack that can be used in prog?

A: Yes, there is. The 125 BPM half-time grooves were all inspired by Frank Zappa’s reggae vamps, so there is a fair portion of oddness in there as well.

Q: I’m in France – why do I get charged Swedish VAT?

A: As a company based in Sweden, OddGrooves is bound by law to charge Swedish VAT (25%) to residents of both Sweden and other EU countries.

Q: Wassup with all this reggae nonsense? I thought you guys were prog musicians! Jeez…

A: Yes indeed, we are prog musicians. But we also like reggae, and thought that other people also might like to have access to some great [intlink id="53" type="page"]reggae drum loops[/intlink]. Not to worry though, we have plenty of progressive rock loops and other cool stuff in the pipe.

Got more questions? Ask them right here on the blog!

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Press Release: OddGrooves Releases Reggae Drum Loops Pack

August 31, 2010 Blog, Press Release Leave a comment

OddGrooves Releases Reggae Drum Loops

Stockholm, Sweden August 31 2010

OddGrooves releases Reggae Drumming, a drum loop pack inspired by the great roots reggae drummers of the seventies. Reggae Drumming is arranged for Toontrack EZdrummer, Superior Drummer, XLN Audio Addictive Drums, Steven Slate Drums, Sonic Reality I-MAP and General MIDI.

Inspired by the great reggae drummers from the mid-seventies, MIDI drum loop production company OddGrooves releases Reggae Drumming – a MIDI drum loop pack arranged for several popular drum samplers.

According to drummer Magnus Brandell the goal with the Reggae Drumming pack was to “get into the soul” of the reggae drummers of the 70′s. Major sources of inspiration were among others Burning Spear, Peter Tosh and The Wailers.

OddGrooves CEO Per Ulfhielm says:
“While our background is mainly in the progressive rock genre, many of our customers have requested that we produce a set of high-quality reggae drum loops. There are plenty of audio loops in that genre out there but we saw the need for a high quality MIDI loops reggae pack that you can use with your own drum sampler and select the sounds that you want”.

Reggae Drumming features:

  • 247 [intlink id="53" type="page"]Reggae Drum Loops[/intlink], predominantly roots reggae, but also reggae pop such as The Police and loops inspired by Frank Zappa’s classic reggae variations.
  • All drum loops are played live by a professional session drummer
  • The grooves are not quantized
  • All grooves are in song format to make life easier for composers and producers on a time schedule
  • Arranged for Toontrack EZdrummer/Superior Drummer, XLN Audio Addictive Drums, Sonic Reality I-MAP, Steven Slate Drums and General MIDI

Song Format

OddGrooves Reggae Drumming is designed in a “song format” structure, which enables composers and producers to quickly preview and put together a drum track without first having to go through countless MIDI files. The available song sections are:

  • Intro
  • Verse
  • Pre-chorus
  • Chorus
  • Outro/ending

The Reggae Drumming pack is priced at 27 US dollars. For more info, see [intlink id="53" type="page"]reggae drum loops[/intlink].

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Huh? Purple Napkins?

August 30, 2010 Blog 8 Comments

OK, now it’s time for something a little more on the odd side, namely Frank Zappa-style Reggae. If there’s one artist who really knew how to completely destroy classics such as Bolero and Stairway to Heaven by turning them into reggae, it was FZ. And I mean destroy in the best possible way :-)

So, I thought I’d record a little tribute to him with this sound clip titled “Purple Napkins”.
All drums were taken from the Reggae Drumming pack (played by Magnus, but you already guessed that) and the rest is me.

Purple Napkins

Per

PS Feel free to leave a comment!

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Free pack updated with Reggae Drum Loops

August 27, 2010 Blog Leave a comment

We have added a couple of reggae grooves to the [intlink id="19" type="page"]Free Drum Loops[/intlink] pack – which means that our newsletter subscribers get to try out some of the [intlink id="53" type="page"]Reggae Drumming[/intlink] pack before everyone else. Not a subscriber? Simply enter your name and e-mail address in the subscription form to the right and you’ll have the reggae grooves (along with all the other free grooves) delivered to your inbox in no-time.

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A sneak preview of the Reggae pack…

August 26, 2010 Blog Leave a comment

Listen to some Reggae Drumming, mon!

Hey folks,Reggae Drumming

We have been getting lots of e-mails asking what the [intlink id="53" type="page"]Reggae Drumming Pack[/intlink] sounds like, so I thought I’d upload a couple of recently recorded sound clips. Of course the clips only showcase a tiny fraction of the content, but I think it will give you a pretty good overview of what the Reggae Pack is about.

Now click the links below, sit back and enjoy!

Reggae Drumming Sound Clip 1: 95 BPM

Reggae Drumming Sound Clip 1
Drums by Magnus Brandell (loops from the Reggae Drumming Pack)
Bass, guitar & Keyboards: Per Ulfhielm

Sound Clip 2: 110 BPM

Reggae Drumming Sound Clip 2
Drums by Magnus Brandell (loops from the Reggae Drumming Pack)
Bass, guitar & Keyboards: Per Ulfhielm

Sound clip 3: King of Reggae

Reggae Drumming Sound Clip 3
This clip was written and recorded by Magnus, who plays all instruments except guitar. He went all-in on this one and even laid down some vocals – listen for his sublime secret message at the ending of the track :-)

All drum grooves were (obviously) taken from the upcoming [intlink id="53" type="page"]OddGrooves Reggae Drumming[/intlink] pack.

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Reggae Drumming Sound Clips

August 25, 2010 Blog, Sound Clips Leave a comment

Reggae Drumming Sound Clip 1
Reggae Drumming Sound Clip 2
Reggae Drumming Sound Clip 3
Purple Napkins – Frank Zappa style reggae sound clip

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Confessions of a Closet Reggae Fan

August 23, 2010 Blog Leave a comment

My Reggae Music Confession

Reggae Music
When I was in my teens I was basically into two musical genres: Heavy metal and progressive rock – often combined in the form of Yngwie, Queensryche and similar artists.

We all know that metal heads and prog frogs can be kind of a snobbish crowd (no offense, just sayin’), and two musical genres in particular were simply not considered OK by my friends – one was synth pop and the other was… reggae.

I love reggae music, but I would never have admitted it when I was a teenager – peer pressure can be tough at that age. So, sporting a very stylish Iron Maiden T-shirt I would secretly sneak away and listen to roots reggae albums by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Burning Spear. Those albums instilled a sense of calmness in me, and I suddenly felt that it was OK to play music other than 180 BPM 16-notes in the Lydian mode. The reggae music was so laid back and groovy and it quickly became a huge guilty pleasure.

A few years later I stumbled upon Frank Zappa’s reggae versions of classics such as Bolero, Stairway to Heaven, Whipping Post – and his extended guitar solos over reggae vamps that perfectly married the laid-back music with some real guitar chops. I know, I know – Zappa is pretty far from roots reggae, but his reggae adaptions had a huge impact on me. And it made the most hardcore prog frogs consider reggae legit. Yay!

So, I’m out of the reggae closet – and I don’t consider it a guilty pleasure anymore (Barry Manilow however is a guilty pleasure, but that’s a whole ‘nother story).

Now for something completely different, but in this context TOTALLY appropriate: A reggae version of Detroit Rock City (made by Andy Rehfeldt):

What is YOUR relationship to Reggae music? Go ahead and comment below!

Cheers,

Per

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