I don't know if it has to do with the water, the air, or the bbq (it's probably a combination of all three), but there's something uniquely magical about the feel and sound of drummers from Memphis, Tennessee. This is definitely the case with Memphis native, George Sluppick, and his first Yurt Rock release, "In The Pocket Vol 1".
Recorded on a wide array of vintage, analog gear at the incredible Memphis Magnetic Recording Co., In The Pocket Vol 1 features a whopping 3.5 GB of loops and samples covering a range of funk, soul, blues and rock grooves. To take things a step further, this library features three sonic options for every loop in the library:
Stereo Mix (w/ no room mics)
These three options allow you to choose from a "tight and dry" drum sound using the "no room mics" option to more of a vintage vibe with the mono mix, and finally, more of a modern and wide-open drum sound with the stereo mix option.
The full, unedited performances from each loop session are also provided, allowing you to jam along or write to complete, song-length drum tracks. These full performances also include the three different mix options, allowing you to pick the vibe that you're looking for.
In addition, multi-velocity samples are included putting the sounds of vintage Ludwig, Rogers and Slingerland drums and George's personal cymbal collection at your fingertips.
Product Specs: Number of Sessions: 45 Tempo Range: 62-167 BPM File Size: 3.5 GB
- Instant Download - 100% Royalty-Free - High Quality 24 Bit 48 KHZ WAV Audio
About George Sluppick: George Sluppick is an American drummer born in Memphis, specializing in blues, funk, soul and R&B. At 19, he toured with blues guitarist Albert King, thus beginning an illustrious music career. As a touring drummer for more than 35 years, he’s traveled the world and backed up Macy Gray, Charlie Hunter, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Morgan James, Chris Robinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart and JJ Grey, just to name a few.
Now a full-time session drummer, working all over the U.S., George has honed his recording skills on hundreds of sessions in some truly great studios including Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, The Sonic Ranch in El Paso and Delta Sonic Sound in Memphis. For a full discography please visit his website, sluppick.com.
He currently resides in Greensboro, NC.
Artwork Photo: Jamie Harmon
George Sluppick Live w/ Charlie Hunter:
Founded deep in the hills of Laurel Canyon by Ryan Gruss in 2021, Yurt Rock is the number one destination for musical creation featuring the world's greatest musicians. Here's the story of how it all started.
Ryan's journey in the music business began after graduating from The Berklee College of Music in 2000 with a degree in Musical Performance for Drums, and then moving to New York City to begin his "career" in the real world. He applied for a job at Atlantic Records and he soon found himself at their headquarters, spending his first week filling in for employees and answering phones in different divisions of the company, including the marketing and legal departments. One of those phone calls was from a female asking to speak with the President. Ryan asked for her name and she said, "tell him it's Jewel". "Jewel...?" Ryan asked, trying to get a last name before transferring the call. "Yes. JEWEL", she sternly responded. Ryan was not aware that she was on Atlantic, and not a fan. Apparently, the feeling was mutual. But the story goes on...
It was during his second week at Atlantic when Ryan was approached by the HR department, asking if he was interested in becoming Ahmet Erteguns' (the legendary Founder and CEO of Atlantic) assistant. His mind was blown and he instantly accepted the position.
This began a mentorship between Ryan and Ahmet, helping him with everything from listening to demos from potential artists and taking notes, to arranging meetings with current and former Atlantic acts like Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, and Robert Plant. The executive office suite was unlike anything Ryan had seen before. There was a private chef (this was in a time when major labels were still flush with cash) who would prepare anything you wanted, and Ahmet's office, bigger than most NYC apartments, was literally a museum of music history memorabilia. Ryan suddenly had a front row seat at the top of one of the most influential labels in the world, eating lots of free Foie gras, and the experience would provide the perfect springboard into the music industry. Little did he know, that springboard would soon shatter into pieces.
After leaving Atlantic Records in 2004, Ryan joined an up and coming indie rock band called The Rinse as their drummer. The band was quickly signed to a management deal by legendary producer/manager Peter Asher. Ryan was suddenly on the other side of the music world, now pursuing a career as a professional drummer. Crazy things were about to happen. Like that one night in San Fransisco with Robin Williams...
The band toured the US and UK, opening up for bands like Maroon 5 and playing to bigger and bigger audiences. However, the music industry was suddenly in a financial crisis, with streaming and digital downloads crushing the revenue of all of the major labels. The music industry was falling apart and Ryan was right in the middle. After 4 years of playing with The Rinse and a deal with Columbia Records vanishing into thin air, Ryan decided to change career paths and began working in the Digital Asset Management world, designing and operating digital distribution platforms for companies like Nickelodeon and Revlon.
A job offer from the innovation firm Continuum brought Ryan back to Boston in 2008. Finally, with a decent salary, Ryan and his wife moved into a house with a basement that had room for a studio (this was never possible when living in a tiny apartment in NYC). In 2009, Ryan started a blog where he would come home from lunch everyday and record a multitrack drum loop in Logic. In the evenings, he would then write a blog post detailing the inspiration behind each groove, and post the Logic Sessions as free downloads.
It was when music tech blog, Create Digital Music, featured an article about the Logic Sessions, that Ryan suddenly found himself back in the music industry, this time as a producer for producers, creating loops that captured a more "human" feel than anything else out there.
In 2010, Ryan launched The Loop Loft and began recording other musicians and treating it like a record label, providing the artists with royalties from the sales of each loop pack. Word began to spread amongst the studio musician community, and a roster of legendary musicians like Omar Hakim, Joey Waronker, Matt Chamberlain began to form and quickly grow.
For the next 8 years, Ryan continued to organically build The Loop Loft, adding more artists and content on a weekly basis. Partnerships with companies like Ableton, Native Instruments, BandLab and PreSonus were formed. Guitar Center also began to sell products from The Loop Loft. The company was now the top-selling source for loop and samples, generating millions of dollars of revenue each year. It was a career and a company that Ryan had never dreamed of or anticipated, but he had finally found his musical North Star.
Ryan left Native Instruments in 2020 and formed Yurt Rock, literally inside of his Yurt studio in the hills of LA. But with the COVID pandemic grinding studio work to a halt, Ryan decided take the time and move his family to Nashville, a place that many consider the music capitol of the world. It was time for a fresh start.
Ryan immersed himself into the Nashville Studio scene, and soon began producing the top session musicians in town including Rich Redmond, Marcus Finnie and again joining forces with Daru Jones, who had also recently relocated to Nashville to join Jack White's band.
With dozens of the world's top musicians, Yurt Rock has quickly become the ultimate source for producers, engineers and songwriters seeking not only loops and samples, but also custom BATTERY/MASCHINE kits, Ableton Live Packs, Logic Sessions, multitracks and much more.
It's been a wild ride over the past 22 years for Ryan, going from working at Atlantic Records, to touring the world as a drummer, leaving the music industry and then coming back in through an unexpected side door, being a producer for producers.
What does the next 22 years hold? Plenty of exciting collaborations and productions with more legendary artists, custom plug-ins and a new music platform, all designed to improve the workflow and inspire music makers around the world.
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Your loops are 100% Royalty-Free. What exactly does this mean?
This means that you can use any of the loops purchased from Yurt Rock in your own songs and you are free to sell the recording commercially without owing us any money. It’s that simple.
What file formats will I receive?
All of our audio loops and samples are high-quality, 24 bit 48 kHz WAV files. All of our MIDI drum loops are mapped to General MIDI format.
What do you mean by "drag and drop into any DAW"?
For each release that you download, we provide everything into organized folders (by bpm and tempo) that allow you to quickly find the loops and samples that you're looking for. From there, simply just drag and drop the file into Logic, Ableton, Pro Tools, FL Studio and any other DAW that you might be using.
Who is behind Yurt Rock?
Yurt Rock was founded in 2021 by Ryan Gruss. Ryan was formerly the Founder & CEO of thelooploft.com (which was acquired by Native Instruments in 2018). Yurt Rock picks up where The Loop Loft left off, providing access to even more legendary musicians from around the world.
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