The Funkmasters EZX was recorded in Nashville’s renowned Sound Kitchen Studios and captures the legacy of two of the most innovative, inspiring and influential instrumentalists of our time. Meet the principal drummers in James Brown’s band: Clyde Stubblefield and John “Jabo” Starks.
Fans and critics cite the collective era of these two drummers, who often played in tandem, as the pinnacle of funk music. Samples and looped audio of their original beats would go on to become the foundation of hip hop, their grooves gave birth to countless genres and the use of their breaks inspired innovation within the techniques of DJ-ing.
This product doesn’t only unveil the audio legacy of these two remarkable artists, it captures their touch, feel and timing in a MIDI library with signature grooves, played by the masters themselves.
FEATURE SPOTLIGHT• Sampled by two of the most influential drummers ever: Clyde Stubblefield and John “Jabo” Starks
• Two separate kits available in separate interfaces
• A plate reverb as well as a vinyl effect, adding a subtle vintage vinyl player hizz, available in the mixer
• Extensive MIDI library included
John “Jabo” Starks setup
• Yamaha Maple Custom 22″
• Yamaha Mahogany 6×14″
• Yamaha Maple Custom 12″
• Yamaha Maple Custom 13″
• Yamaha Maple Custom 16″
• 14″ MEINL Byzance Medium Hihat
• 16″ MEINL Byzance Medium Crash
• 18″ MEINL Medium Ride
• MEINL Woodblock
Clyde Stubblefield setup
• Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute 20″
• Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute 7×14″
• Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute 13″
• Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute 14″
• Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute 16″ Hats:
• 14″ MEINL Byzance Medium Hihat Crash:
• 18″ MEINL Thin Crash
• 20″ MEINL Medium Ride
• MEINL Woodblock
Clyde Stubblefield and John ”Jabo” Starks use Yamaha (trademark property of Yamaha Corporation) drums with Remo (trademark property of Remo Inc.) heads, MEINL (trademark property of Roland Meinl Musikinstrumente GmbH & Co. KG) cymbals and Vic Firth (trademark property of Vic Firth Inc.) drumsticks.
The music demos for the Funkmasters EZX were played and produced by: Alana Rocklin (bass), Brad Bowden (keys/synths, drum programming, production), Jeff Coffin (tenor sax), Akil Thompson (guitar, keys/synths, bass, drum programming, production). Track 2, 4 and 5 produced by Henrik Kjellberg using the Funkmasters EZX MIDI files.
Windows XP SP3 or newer, Pentium 4 or Athlon processor with 512 MB RAM
Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, G5 or Intel processor with 512 MB RAM
1,2 GB free hard disc space, DVD drive, A working EZdrummer or Superior Drummer 2.0 installation