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The BIG EP - a passionately sampled 88 key electric piano from the 70's - designed and programmed to deliver true and inspiring authenticity. Now including MATRIX - CEP-88S EXPANSION.
The BIG EP is a passionately sampled electric piano from the 70's. By design the 88-key version is darker than the 73, however by using custom modifications plus advanced technology, we add a ‘non-existing’, bright 88! You can also dial in the sounds of various Mark 1 models: the ‘woody’ 1974 and the ‘metallic’ 1976. FX includes custom keyboard preamp and the three split EQ - a spoecial modification suggested to me by George Duke. Scarbee Classic EP-88s has more samples, greater dynamics and more keys – 88 of them! (compared to Scarbee Mark 1) Anyone who has tried to restore an instrument like this knows that the lowest and highest octaves take as much time as the rest of the keys put together – It's a true battle where you need a lot of patience, lots of spare parts and some luck too.
We wanted to have the best possible sustain on each key, perfect balance of tone and as much bark too. There are harder strikes (compared to Scarbee Mark 1) - as well as softer ones.
We spend an enormous amount of time cleaning the samples for noise – each sample went through four stages, where the last two were done by hand. The reason for this was the fact that we wanted to be able to offer presets with extreme treble EQ settings without having extra noise – and without hurting any part of the recordings.
Try to select a Snapshot like 'Bahian Love Affair' – and turn the Instrument Noise totally down on the Settings page – and listen to the difference...
MATRIX - CEP-88S EXPANSION is now included for free.
This product runs in the free KONTAKT Player or full Kontakt. Download via Native Access.
Every musician tries to find his sound - and producers love to be able to get exactly what they are looking for. We made it easy for you: There are 45 different snapshot presets ready for you - and if you want to make your own sounds? Get started with the 117 FX presets.
You can even select different routings and have some FX come before or after amp. The possibilities are there for sure. As a tribute to George Duke we created a 3 zone split EQ and a stereo knob so you can carry on what this great man started.
As I had been in regular contact with George Duke over the years and also been fortunate to meet him a couple of times, I contacted him in order to discuss the features of this new “Super EP”. I was very interested in the various keyboard mods that was made for him in the 70s and 80s.
On April 1-2, 2013 George wrote to me:
“On the plexiglass version [of the electric piano] that I used for a long time, I had the harp split into three parts so I could EQ each section the way I desired and pan it true stereo if I desired.
By the way, if you can please include some pedal up, pedal down noises along with a WIDE real time dynamic range. The one thing I miss the most playing a virtual electric piano is being able to achieve the softest soft to the grit that happens when a key is punched hard!
There are also some inherent generic noises that occur that one should be able to dial in if desired, that way a single instrument can serve a variety of purposes. I know I'm probably asking for the world but that's the way I see it...and after all, you're the BEST!!".
In 'George Duke – The Final Interview' (Keyboard Magazine august, 2013) George says:
”As a matter of fact, [Thomas] Scarbee and I have been talking about doing a “Duke R***** [electric piano].” He’s an amazing cat.”
I was so thrilled by the project and was not aware of the fact that he was severely ill at that time.
It was a shock to learn that he was gone. We had already started the first recordings and prototypes and now we were left alone with the project – without our natural “beta tester” and idol.
We had so many challenges – but everytime we were about to give up – I thought about GD and decided to continue. I'm proud to say that the team managed to implement all the wishes from George – and more to.
The Scarbee EP-88s has the subtitle “The BIG EP.” which refers to his email address he used – having the word BIG.
|For use with:
|Free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER (included in free KOMPLETE 8 PLAYERS, or KONTAKT 5
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This is a Kontakt Player instrument.
This means that you do not need to own the full version of NI Kontakt to use it.
It will run as a plug-in instrument in any VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/WASAPI, compatible host program or DAW
eg: Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, DP, Reaper, Pro-Tools. No extra purchase necessary.
Windows 7 or higher (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2, 4 GB RAM (6 GB RAM recommended)
Mac: OS X 10.9 or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM
Requires KONTAKT 5.5.2 or KONTAKT 5 PLAYER version 5.5.2 or later.