Spectrasonics has released the New Orleans Strut (Mac/Win; $25), a drum loop collection to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The library (available in Stylus RMX, Apple Loops, AIFF, and WAV formats) features 50 new grooves from seven world-class drummers. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the library will go to Habitat for Humanity's relief effort in rebuilding homes for the victims in New Orleans and Mississippi.
The drummers involved include Abe Laboriel Jr. (Paul McCartney, Seal, Sting), Alex Acuña (Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, Whitney Houston), Billy Ward (B.B. King, Robbie Robertson, Joan Osborne), Gregg Bissonette (Santana, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai), John Ferraro (Steve Morse, Aaron Neville, Albert Lee), Bob Wilson (George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Boz Scaggs), Eric Boseman (Liquid Grooves, Backbeat, Justo Almario).
The featured grooves are inspired by the heart and soul of music from Louisiana and Mississippi, including authentic jazz, blues, cajun, zydeco, and Neville Brothers-style funk and second-line feels. The drummers were recorded at legendary Los Angeles studios such as Capital Hollywood, Royaltone, O'Henry, The Enterprise, Music Grinder, and Bill Schnee's.
Drum kit loops, brush loops, and unique percussion instrument loops (Oil Cans, Refrigerator Lids, Spoons, etc) are included, and none of these performances have been released before. The New Orleans Strut library is available in several formats, including Groove Control activated S.A.G.E. format for Spectrasonics Stylus RMX, Apple Loops format for Apple GarageBand and Logic users, as well as standard audio loops in AIFF and WAV formats, which can be used in nearly any audio application.
This special New Orleans benefit collection is available exclusively as a download via the Web at the Spectrasonics Web site. Because of its large size (approximately 100 MB per format), a broadband Internet connection is required. For more information about the New Orleans Strut collection click here.