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Beta Monkey releases Drum Werks XXIII: Blues Drum Loops and Samples

Beta Money has announced Drum Werks XXIII, a collection of blues drum loops and samples.

Beta Monkey Drum Werks XXIII Blues

Authentic Live Blues Drum Loops – 12/8 Blues, Shuffles, Charleston Shuffles, Blues-Rock Rhythms – Drum Werks XXIII will deliver the blues!

Get the grooves that defines all the blues greats. Whether you’re inspired by traditional blues stylings of Robert Johnson, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, B. B. King or go for a more rock-infused Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton or Joe Bonamassa vibe, these greasy pocket grooves will build the the foundation of your next blues project and inspire you with the true feel and touch of a veteran bluesman. You can’t touch these feels with virtual instruments or MIDI tracks – that’s for sure.

Drum Werks XXIII features

  • Cohesive Drum Sounds: All Drum Werks XXIII blues drum loops are from same recording session.
  • Full Range of Blues Drum Styles: Whether you need no-nonsense 12/8, shuffles, Charleston suffles and other shuffle variants, Drum Werks XXIII will bring out your inner bluesman. Grooves sets ranging from 45 BPM to 145 BPM will deliver authentic live blues feels.
  • Longer Loops: Includes many more 4 and 8 bar loops to enhance your drum tracks. Longer phrasings = more realistic drum tracks.
  • Fully-Sampled Drum and Cymbal Samples: Build even more great grooves with a complete multi-velocity sample collection of all the drums and cymbals recorded on Drum Werks XXIII.
  • 532 original, license-free “acidized” drum loops available as 16 or 24 Bit WAV samples. 1 GB 24 bit WAV and Apple Loops; 688 MB 16 bit WAV.
  • 92 (49 MB) multi-velocity drum and cymbal samples.

The sample library is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.

More information: Beta Monkey Music / Drum Werks XXIII

The Loop Loft releases Slow 12/8 Blues

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The Loop Loft Slow 12/8 Blues

The Loop Loft has released Slow 12/8 Blues, a collection of multi-track blues grooves.

It’s the groove that defines every great blues artist who has ever lived. From Robert Johnson, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughn, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and a host of other greats, it’s this laid back pocket that has provided the foundation for some of the most inspiring and soulful blues songs of the past century.

For this Multitrack Session, we got back to the roots of the blues, laying down a multitude of slow (63 bpm) backbeats, fills, breakdowns, builds and endings. With every component of the kit individually mic’d and on separate channels, we provide you with complete control over the drum mix. If you’re a serious blues artist looking to customize your own authentic drum tracks, then Slow 12/8 Blues is the Multitrack Session for you.

The Slow 12/8 Blues sample pack is available to purchase for $15 USD.

More information: The Loop Loft

Organic Loops releases Americana Guitar Licks and Riffs sample library

Organic Loops has released Americana Guitar Licks and Riffs, a sample library by Frontline Producer.

Organic Loops Americana Guitar Licks and Riffs

John “Kones” Konesky, legendary axe god with US Rock Band “Tenacious D”, dims the lights, opens the Bourbon, flicks the switch and takes us out on to the highway, from the Beaches and Boulevards of LA to the Alabama swamps.

The pack aims to give maximum flexibility to producers wanting to bring a big splash of all American authenticity to any genre. With picks, slides, power chords, chugs, riffs and dynamics, Americana is blazing a trail to new frontiers with this beautifully recorded, inspirational collection.

Featuring riffs including 4, 8 and 12 bar versions, enchanting Acoustic melodies and Slide guitar. FX Riffs are also included with Delays, Echoes and Blues Distortion, Muted Notes and also plenty of riffs which move from Country to Hard Rock.

Americana Guitar Licks and Riffs is available to purchase for £24.95 GBP.

More information: Organic Loops / Americana Guitar Licks and Riffs

Organic Loops releases Acoustic Blues Guitar

Organic Loops Acoustic Blues Guitar

Organic Loops has released Acoustic Blues Guitar, a collection of acoustic blues guitar loops and samples, for producers of many styles looking for the sublime sound of acoustic guitar played by Sandy Buglass, a great player with feel and expertise, especially when it comes to Blues and Country styles.

Featuring Blues Riffs including 4, 8 and 12 bar versions, enchanting Acoustic melodies, Slide Guitar parts oozing character and style, Slow Plucked Riffs and Rhythms, and lots of natural Acoustic nuances.

FX Riffs are also included with Delays, Echoes and Blues Distortion, Muted Notes and also plenty of riffs which move into an almost country sound.

Acoustic Blues Guitar weighs in at 340MB and features 125 Loops, and 16 One Shot Hits, recorded at 24Bits and between 80 – 120 Bpm. Also included are 16 ready to play patches for Reason NNXt, Halion, EXS, SFZ and Kontakt compatible soft samplers. Apple Loops, Reason Refill and Ableton Live versions are also available to purchase separately.

Acoustic Blues Guitar is available from Loopmasters for £19.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Acoustic Blues Guitar

Backbeat Books publishes The Blues Guitar Handbook

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The Blues Guitar Handbook

Backbeat Books has published The Blues Guitar Handbook, by leading guitar authority Adam St. James.

This comprehensive book and CD package provides everything a guitarist needs in order to understand and master finger style acoustic blues, bottleneck, post-war electric blues, jazz blues, and modern blues-rock.

“The Blues Guitar Handbook will help players quickly make more sense of the blues and realize there is so much more to the blues than most players think. It isn’t all just 12-bar, I-IV-V chords or minor pentatonic scales”, said St. James. “In writing the book, I really wanted to help players have more fun with their guitar, and gain confidence that they can become the ‘hot’ blues player in their neck of the woods!”

This latest entry in Backbeat’s bestselling handbook series starts by exploring the humble beginnings of blues guitar through the early decades of the 20th century, moves into the ’40s and ’50s, then it’s the blues-rockers of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s before the story comes up to date, with today’s blues flame-keepers. Profiles of such players as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Keb Mo’ highly the evolution the this great American art form.

The Blues Guitar Handbook contains a comprehensive section for mastering electric and acoustic blues from the very basics and leading into more advanced rhythm and lead techniques before examining four key styles: acoustic blues, classic electric blues, blues rock, and jazz blues.

The Blues Guitar Handbook features

  • A step-by-step course in playing the blues, from 12-bar to advanced soloing.
  • Advice on guitars, strings, picks, and amps.
  • Practical guidance on reading both TAB and traditional notation.
  • Essential theory for blues guitar.
  • Instruction on bends, harmonics, tremolo, and tapping.
  • Extensive chord and scale diagrams.
  • Complete songs to listen to and play.
  • A CD of the books key examples and exercises.
  • An encyclopedic history of blues guitar and its players.

The many exercises in the book are supported by specially recorded audio tracks on the accompanying CD.

The Blues Guitar Handbook is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.

More information: The Blues Guitar Handbook

Big Fish Audio releases Highway Blues

Big Fish Audio Highway Blues

Big Fish Audio has released Highway Blues, a sample library for blues music production.

Finding a high quality blues library, that’s useable, isn’t always easy. Big Fish Audio has taken the guess work out of that problem with Highway Blues. This library contains nearly 9 GB of blues loops (5 GB 24bit WAV content). This library contains 39 blues construction kits in multiple styles and tempos ranging from 66 BPM to 168 BPM, and in total, there are over 1,000 original loops. Not only will you be receiving the acidized WAVs, Apple Loops and REX2/RMX formats, we’ve also included the multi-track drum loops for your use as well.

The Kontakt version of Highway Blues is part of our KLI Series and includes patches of each construction kit, allowing for quick and easy arrangements of the parts. In addition there are “sliced loops” patches which lay out each individual slice of a loop on the keys to create new and original custom parts.

Highway Blues is available to purchase for $99.95 USD.

More information: Big Fish Audio / Highway Blues

Toontrack releases Blues MIDI collection

Toontrack Blues MIDI

Toontrack has announced the release of Blues MIDI, a new MIDI collection played by played by drummer Hans Lindbäck.

of Just like jazz and rock, blues has been accused of being the “Devils music” and of inciting violence and other poor behavior. Now, we wouldnt want to agitate any such despicable conduct, but rest assured, the undeniable rhythm of blues drummer Hans Lindbäck and the latest addition to the Toontrack MIDI collection – Blues MIDI – will involuntarily get your heart pumping, your fingers aching and your head bobbing.

With the included breaks, fills and full 12 bar groove variations in different tempos, feels and time signatures, propelling your music to a smoky bar stage and giving it a truly authentic impossible-to-program live touch has never been quicker, easier or more rewarding.

Blues MIDI features

  • Categorized in different songs.
  • Full 12 bar variations.
  • Open hats / closed hats / cymbals / breaks / intro fills / fills / endings sections.
  • Works with EZdrummer® and Superior Drummer® (optimized for 1 kick, 1 snare, 2 toms, 1 floor tom, 2 crash cymbals, 1 ride cymbal).

Blues MIDI is available to purchase for 25 EUR / $29 USD.

More information: Toontrack / Blues MIDI

Future Loops releases Blues Guitar Mojo sample pack

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Future Loops Blues Guitar Mojo

Future Loops has announced the release of Blues Guitar Mojo, a selection of classic Blues Guitar Loops with the soul and tradition of the Blues genre.

Blues Guitar Mojo explores the genre immortalized by legends such as BB King, Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughn and features 357 guitar loops, including two main groups of samples:Licks (with vibrant solos and Blues riffs) and Rhythm (with steady chord-driven loops).

With Electric and Acoustic Guitar performances and a big variety of Keys, tempos in Blues Guitar Mojo range from 72 to 194 BPM .

Blues Guitar Mojo is available to purchase for 29.95 EUR.

More information: Future Loops / Blues Guitar Mojo