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Toontrack releases three new MIDI packs for modern funk

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Toontrack has released three new MIDI packs inspired by modern funk – one each for drums, EZkeys and EZbass. They cost €29 each.

Modern Funk Grooves MIDI pack

The grooves and breaks recorded by the early 1970s funk forerunners are some of the most sampled and imitated in modern music history. In fact, the rhythm sections of that era laid the groundwork for what would become the basis of early hip-hop and other beat-heavy genres to follow.

While this collection of drum MIDI certainly nods to the past, it has its sights steadfastly set on the past few decades and especially the now. Think Jamiroquai, Vulfpeck and their contemporaries and you'll get the idea. Expect a broad collection of sturdy beats, loose feels and intense rhythms that all pivot around one thing – the heart of it all: groove.

Feature Spotlight:

  • Drum grooves and fills inspired by modern funk and other related genres.
  • Performed by noted session drummer Darby Todd.
  • 3/4, 4/4 and 7/8 in straight and/or swing feel with tempos ranging from 93 BPM to 160 BPM.
  • Organized in convenient song parts (intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus and fills).

Modern Funk EZbass MIDI pack

In a funk groove, anything goes – slapping, popping, double-stops, triple-stops, picking, tapping and the list goes on. But at the same time as it takes playfulness and creativity beyond the convention, it never strays from its basic core value: locking in with the drums to form a bedrock-solid groove foundation. Because, if there's one genre out of them all in which the groove is central, it's funk.

This EZbass MIDI pack concentrates on funk of the past few decades and delivers a collection of modern-sounding, big, bold, inventive and savvy basslines for songs where the bass will be the obvious showstopper.

Feature Spotlight:

  • EZbass MIDI inspired by modern funk and other related genres.
  • Created by session player Laurence Cottle.
  • Organized in convenient song parts (intro, verse, pre-chorus and chorus).
  • 3/4, 4/4 and 7/8 in straight and/or swing feel with tempos ranging from 93 BPM to 160 BPM.

Modern Funk EZkeys MIDI pack

This EZkeys MIDI pack was influenced by the origins of funk but firmly has its foothold in today. Expect all the slick harmonies, clever rhythms and keyboard grooves you need.

Feature Spotlight:

  • Piano/keyboard MIDI inspired by modern funk and other related genres.
  • Performed by professional session player.
  • 3/4, 4/4 and 7/8 in straight and/or swing feel with tempos ranging from 93 BPM to 160 BPM.
  • Organized in convenient song parts (intro, verse, pre-chorus and chorus).
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