Art Vista's new electric bass libraries consist of three individual Kontakt 5 Player instruments featuring the recordings of Antonio “Tony” Newton, the Detroit bass man whose career spanned from the early days of the electric bass - with John Lee Hooker and Little Walter, and as staff bass player at Motown alongside James Jamerson, through his later fusion work with Tony Williams.
Baby Funk Brother Tony Newton toured and recorded with Motown artists such as Diana Ross and the Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Four Tops, Temptations, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Spinners, and others. A little known fact is that Newton and James Jamerson played together as two basses on many Motown hits. Newton was also the staff bassist for the talented songwriting-producing team, Holland-Dozier-Holland, and their Invictus-Hotwax label.
Later, Newton gained recognition as one of the founding fathers of fusion, as bassist-composer-vocalist in the acclaimed jazz-rock fusion group: The Tony Williams Lifetime, penning fusion classics Snake Oil and Red Alert. Newton was also a member of the British hard rock group, G-Force, with veteran guitarist Gary Moore. Throughout his career, Tony Newton has played on a large number of gold records. He has performed and recorded with the Mamas and Papas, Honey Cone, Little Richard, Hugh Masekela, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin and many others.
The GrooveMaster series includes three playable sampled electric bass plug-ins: Old School Bass, Double Neck Bass, and Bright Funky Bass. These libraries feature intelligent automatic idiomatic playback. A line played from a midi keyboard will instantly transcend into a credible live bass performance without the use of keys switches. The intelligent playback enables two-hand playing, but configurable key-switching is also available if so desired. These basses bring you the "real thing", a slice of history and the distinctive sound of one of the bass players that defined the role of the electric bass in modern music.
Each of GrooveMaster’s three sampled instruments, Old School Bass, Double Neck Bass, Bright Funky Bass has an MSRP of $99.00. A bundle of GrooveMaster’s three sampled instruments is offered for $199.00.