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.
• 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
Funkmasters EZX - product details
John "Jabo" Starks setup
• Yamaha Maple Custom 22"
• Yamaha Mahogany 6x14"
• 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 7x14"
• 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 original concept for this EZX by Brad Bowden for Toontrack Music/New Polyphony.
The sounds for the Funkmasters EZX were recorded, engineered and mixed by Leslie Richter, Mattias Eklund and Brad Bowden at Sound Kitchen, Nashville, USA.
The MIDI files for the Funkmasters EZX were played by Clyde Stubblefield and John ”Jabo” Starks at Sound Kitchen, Nashville, USA and Per Mikaelsson at Toontrack Studios, Umea, Sweden.
The MIDI files were recorded by Brad Bowden and Henrik Kjellberg.
Sound and MIDI editing: Henrik Kjellberg, Nils Eriksson and Mattias Eklund.
Project coordination: Brad Bowden, Kathie Williams, Erik Phersson, Andreas Sundgren.
Graphic designer: Fredrik Ärletun.
Head of support, beta testing and configuration manager: Rogue Marechal.
Coding: Olof Westman.
The music demos for the Funkmasters EZX were played & 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.