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Toontrack Music Unleashes Funkmasters EZX

Toontrack Music have somehow managed to get exclusive recordings of two of the most important drummers in popular music, Clyde Stubblefield and John “Jab’o” Starks, and now, Toontrack Music is making them available to you! It’s about as close as you’ll ever get to having these two legendary drummers playing live in your studio! Individually or in tandem, Starks and Stubblefield were the principal drummers for the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown. Both fans and critics alike consider their collective playing in Brown’s band to be the absolute pinnacle of soulful funk! What’s more, their combined drumming on the classic double album Sex Machine is some of the most inspired and funky drumming ever recorded.

Eventually, samples and loops of their original beats and breaks would go on to become the foundation of hip-hop, while their breaks gave birth to countless genres of underground, experimental, and popular music. Their breaks inspired innovation within the ranks of top DJs as well as sample-based production, thus making the two musicians among the most sampled and influential drummers of their time. And now, Toontrack Music has sampled their unique sounds and grooves exclusively for you to use in your own studio! Funkmasters EZX features two kit interfaces, one for Clyde and one for “Jab’o.” The EZX also features effects sliders in the Ezmixer – a vinyl effect created with the use of iZotope’s Vinyl plug-in and a large-plate reverb that was resampled at the Toontrack Music Studios – delivering everything you need to access those authentic-sounding funk stylings. Funkmasters EZX will be available through Toontrack Music distributors and retailers at the end of November. Naturally, your Sweetwater Sales Engineer has more information, and you can bet we’ll announce the release date right here, once we get it. To hear MP3 demos of the material, go to http://www.toontrack.com/ezx.asp#funkmasters.

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