Toontrack has announced the release of two new MIDI packs: Shuffled Backbeats MIDI and Shuffles EZkeys MIDI.
Even though these are two independent titles by two different artists, a similar inspiration-base was used for both the drum and the keyboard parts.
Shuffled Backbeats MIDI features a collection of drum grooves and fills inspired by shuffled rock, AOR and pop music.
There’s something about those swung eighth and sixteenth notes – not only theoretically, but physically. The moment you nudge those seemingly insignificant notes back, you instantly get a completely different feel and rhythm. Playing shuffled grooves, on the other hand, is far from simply backing off on notes – it’s a subtile art of timing and finesse. Listen to greats like Bernard Purdie, Jeff Porcaro and Steve Jordan, who all have immortalized and reinvented the shuffled groove in numerous timeless songs, and you’ll hear it.
The Shuffled Backbeats MIDI pack comes with a comprehensive collection of MIDI inspired by classic songs spanning several genres, all with that distinct swing feel. Expect the unmistakable blues-tinged rock backbeats, the ghost note-ridden AOR grooves as well as a host of laid-back variations, perfect for any ballad or soul track.
This is the ultimate broad-stroke palette of grooves for use in any creative context – from classic rock to modern pop.
The Shuffles EZkeys MIDI pack features Piano/keyboard MIDI inspired by rock and pop music with a shuffled feel.
The shuffled groove has been immortalized in numerous timeless songs over the years. In more modern contexts, though, it’s become somewhat synonymous with genres like AOR and fusion, but it can be found in practically any style of music – from traditional blues to contemporary pop. This is where the Shuffles EZkeys MIDI pack takes off. Rather than pinpointing a specific genre, it focuses entirely on the groove. Expect the sophistication of AOR, the twang and finesse of fusion and all the funk-infused soul, rock and pop you’ll need – all with that unmistakable shuffle feel.
If you’re looking for a broad palette of inspiration that transcends any narrow definition of style, this collection is for you. Start writing!
The MIDI packs are available for purchase for 25 EUR at Plugin Boutique.
More information: Toontrack