James Wiltshire from The Freemasons and F9 Audio talks about their latest 80s funk inspired sample collection ‘Minneapolis Funk’ (http://www.loopmasters.com/products/4075) recorded with legendary bass player Guy Pratt. In this video James runs through all of the packs features within a demo set he has put together in Logic, showcasing the unique RIFF-MATIC sampler patches, and the flexibility of this product for cross genre producers.
About Minneapolis Funk Feat Guy Pratt
From the late seventies right up to the late 80s the city of Minneapolis forged its own post-disco musical path – An incredible mixture of Funk, Rock, Pop and the emerging Synth and New wave movements pioneered by the city’s own prodigal son: Prince. During the 80’s international charts and dance floors were inundated by hit after hit from the purple one and the unstoppable production team – Jam and Lewis.
So how do we re-create these sounds today – The Minneapolis sound relied on one thing: The Players. For this incredible pack we enlisted the help of one of the finest (and funniest) bass players alive today: Guy Pratt. To hear his work listen to Madonna’s ‘Like a prayer’ or Michael Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’. He is one of the only bass players ever hired by Bernard Edwards of Chic to play bass and knows every funk move in the book. Not only that he can knock out the very finest in Funky Guitar parts.
For this recording we went back to basics’ – Only Synths available at the time were used (Jupiters , Super Jupiters, Prophets , Oberhiems etc) and everything went through thousands of pounds of on-genre Neve SSl and GML pre amps , Eq’s and compressors. Original Beatboxes such as the Linns, 808, Simmons all used by the Minneapolis artists were sampled and careful processed to get just the right future retro approach for inclusion in modern productions.
Guy’s Beloved 1963 Fender
Jazz bass “Betsy’ was recorded through a Neve 1081 pre, a very odd Ukranian Valve Compressor (HCL) and the High end GML 8900 Dynamic gain controller resulting in a sound that bites and sings the incredible bass-lines created for this collection.
The result is Stunning – Imagine having access to original multitrack sections of Minneapolis sessions as well as royalty free access to the master tapes. Each piece is available as a mastered 2 track in a variety of forms (full, section by section, Drums only – and all music with no drums). Then split into every single component part – We’ve kept the keys pretty much the same between the two tempos in this volume (116 and 110 Bpm) so many parts can be combined from the different pieces.
Check out the full demo and free taster samples here: http://www.loopmasters.com/products/4075