The Loop Loft has launched World Grooves Vol 1, a percussion and drum loops from a legend of rhythm: Mino Cinélu.
From turning the jazz world upside down with Miles Davis, to exploring new fusion frontiers with Weather Report, to dominating pop radio with Sting, Mino Cinélu has brought his signature style of drums and percussion to the biggest artists in modern music. With the release of World Grooves Vol 1, The Loop Loft brings Mino’s legendary rhythms directly to your DAW.
“With Mino Cinélu, any music swings…” -Miles Davis
Recorded in pristine detail at NYC’s famed Bunker Studios, The Loop Loft tracked Cinélu performing on his massive collection of drums and percussion, resulting in a collection of loops that is a melting-pot of grooves from around the world.
World Grooves Vol 1 features
- 218 loops (24-bit/48kHz), 363 MB content.
- Instruments include: Congas, Shakers, Drum Kit, Djembes.
- 100% royalty free.
- WAV, REX2, Stylus RMX and AIFF (Apple Loops) formats.
The sample library costs $49 USD.
More information: The Loop Loft / World Grooves Vol 1
Cinesamples has released Piano in Blue, a grand piano sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
We were provided a unique opportunity to preserve an important piece of musical history in its final days. Word had come to us that the historic Clinton Recording Studios in midtown Manhattan was forever closing its doors, destined to be transformed into a modern condominium complex.
One of the many treasures contained therein was this particular Steinway Model D Concert Grand which used to live in the Columbia Records 30th Street Studios. The CBS 30th Street Studio, “The Church” was perhaps the most influential recording studio of the 50’s and 60’s producing dozens of legendary albums in various genres.
Of those recordings this piano played a critical role in two albums which are still considered among the finest recordings of all time. First being the original Glenn Gould “Goldberg Variations,” the most critically received classical album of all time. Four years later came Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” which forever altered music.
In 1981 Columbia closed its doors and this piano was brought to Clinton. In addition to the grand two of the original Columbia Nuemann U49 microphones made the journey also. These were two of the five (or six) microphones originally used on the Kind of Blue date. We were fortunate enough to sample this special grand using these two original microphones.
Piano in Blue features
- 1949 Steinway D via Neve 8078 Console.
- 8 Velocity Layers Sampled Chromatically.
- 9300 Samples.
- 3 Microphone Positions.
- Close/Vintage – 2x Neumann M49 near the lid.
- Mid – 2x B&K 4007 at the tail of the piano.
- Far – 2x Sennheiser MKH20′s in the hall.
- 2 Processing Paths (Tape; Direct in).
- Studer A800MKIII 24 Track Analog Tape Machine.
- Programmed by Sam Estes; scripted by Greg Schlaepfer; recorded by Tim Starnes.
Piano in Blue is available to purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD (regular $129 USD).
More information: Cinesamples / Piano in Blue
Andy Baio of Waxy.org has launched a Kickstarter project for Kind of Bloop, an 8-bit tribute to Miles Davis.
I’ve always wondered what chiptune jazz covers would sound like. What would the jazz masters sound like on a Nintendo Entertainment System? Coltrane on a C-64? Mingus on Amiga?
I’ve researched the topic quite a bit, and was only able to find four jazz covers ever released — ast0r’s version of Coltrane’s Giant Steps and Charlie Parker’s Confirmation, Sergeeo’s own Giant Steps cover, and Bun’s version of Coltrane’s My Favorite Things. (If you know more, please let me know!)
So I asked ast0r and sergeeo, along with three incredible chiptune artists (Virt, Shnabubula, and Disasterpeace), to collaborate on a track-by-track remake of the album. I’m raising the money to legally release the album, pay the royalties1, print a very limited run of CDs for Kickstarter backers only, and pay the artists for their hard work on these very challenging songs.
Check Waxy.org for more information.