Producer Eric Persing explains the motivation of the project, "Hurricane Katrina devastated the homeland of America's true original music – this region has given us the Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Funk and Rock & Roll that have influenced the world for generations. By offering this collection of authentic grooves at an affordable price, our hope is to inspire other musicians creatively and especially to benefit the disaster victims by donating the project to re-building homes in the area."
New Orleans Strut Drum collection includes 50 all new grooves by:
- 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 all inspired by the heart and soul of Louisiana and Mississippi music - including authentic Jazz, Blues, Cajun, Zydeco and Neville Brothers-style Funk and Second Line feels. The drummers were recorded by Grammy-winning engineers at legendary Los Angeles studios like 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. All of these amazing performances have never been released before on any other collection.
The New Orleans Strut library is available in several formats – including Groove Control® activated S.A.G.E. format for Spectrasonics’ Stylus RMX groove instrument plug-in, Apple Loops format for Apple GarageBand/Logic users and also as standard audio loops in AIFF/WAV formats - which can be used in nearly any audio application.
This special New Orleans benefit collection is only $25 and is available exclusively via Internet download through Spectrasonics website at techshop.spectrasonics.net/. Because of its large size (approximately 100mb per format), a broadband Internet connection is required.
For more information on the New Orleans Strut collection visit http://www.spectrasonics.net/neworleans/.