Imagine the perfect funk guitarist: groove, precision and no solos – please welcome SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST. This innovative instrument gives you instant playability and total control, with the genuine flavor of the funk. Lovingly sampled in uncompromising SCARBEE quality, SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST is expressive, articulate and instantly useable – create driving rhythm guitar lines in minutes.
Essential for anything from funk and soul to hip hop and R’n’B, but also perfect for adding an organic element to house or pop, this instrument is highly addictive and a true funk phenomenon.
This product runs in the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER and in KONTAKT 5. And for amp modeling and stomp box effects, check out the free GUITAR RIG 5 PLAYER.
FEEL THE FUNK
Even if you’ve never held a guitar in your hands, SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST lets you channel the funk immediately. Using nothing but two fingers and a MIDI keyboard, you can jam and improvise for hours on end.
Your right hand controls the groove – each groove preset consists of three basic riffs and multiple variations. Your left hand selects chords and velocity, with each key mapped to a specific chord. In each chord map, just hit the white keys, moving upwards from C to play authentic chord progressions, many based on classic funk tracks – this instrument pays its dues to a great funk tradition.
ITS IN YOUR HANDS
For building your own chord maps, the chord finder is a compendium of funk guitar chords and voicings. Just select the chord you want – regardless of whether you can play it or not. And if you’re comfortable with the keys, use automatic chord detection to build your own chord maps.
Whatever chord you play is instantly added to a chord list, including voicing, top notes and alterations. Play a series of chords to create a mapping in seconds – perfect when you’re working with existing pieces.
UNDER THE GROOVE
Every aspect of SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST is editable. The groove editor lets you manipulate the individual elements of a groove, so you can remodel existing grooves or create your own phrases out of different articulations.
Clever algorithms handle the transitions between up and down strokes, mutes, hammer-ons and slides, to ensure that every groove sounds startlingly realistic. The same algorithms apply when you build grooves in the Groove Editor, providing a natural flow to your own custom riffs.
CAN'T FAKE IT
Over a year in the making, SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST is a breakthrough in guitar sampling. The construction process was incredibly detailed – 3411 chords, recorded in multiple velocities, up to 11 articulations, different playing positions and pickup settings, resulting in up to 152 samples per chord.
The finished instrument sounds organic and genuinely funky – it’s almost impossible to hear the difference to the ‘real thing’. SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST is a credit to the team involved: Thomas Skarbye, guitarist Soren Reiff and script specialist Nils Liberg.
THE MAKING OF SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST
Behind the scenes with the SCARBEE team
THOMAS HANSEN SKARBYE - SAMPLING SPECIALIST
Thomas Skarbye is a Danish sample-master. His products for NATIVE INSTRUMENTS are consistently innovative and authentic. Skarbye's almost compulsive attention to detail has earned him a formidable reputation in the industry.
On SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST: "This project was like nothing else we've ever made - it's like 10 times everything else. I mean, we actually built a sequencer - with artificial intelligence - inside Kontakt!! How crazy is that? We put so many smart rules into SFG to make it sound perfect. Occasionally I had to take a few hours off and go for a walk in the country - it was on these "relaxing" walks that I often came up with ideas for new features or solutions."
SOREN REIFF - GUITARIST
Soren Reiff, aside from being a musical director for Danish TV and solo artist, is a busy session guitarist. He's worked with top-calibre international artists, including David Sanborn, Chaka Khan, Mark King, Robert Palmer, Tower of Power, Randy Crawford, Paul Young and Thoots Thielemanns.
On SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST: "I've always felt I was in good shape and had fine guitar chops, but these recordings were so hard physically - I've never done anything like it. At times I had to get massages several times a week so my back, shoulders, hands and arms didn't get damaged. Sometimes we even forgot to eat because we were all so engaged in the process! But we also laughed a lot."
NILS LIBERG - SCRIPTING
Nils Liberg - SCARBEE Script Wizard - has worked with Thomas Skarbye on a number of sampled instruments including SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST, ALICIA’S KEYS, SCARBEE PRE-BASS, SCARBEE MM-BASS and SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS.
On SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST: "Without any hesitation, I can say that this is the biggest and most complex project I have been involved in. The spreadsheets that Thomas and Sören used to describe chords and sample data contained tens of thousands of manual entries. The user-interface was a challenge and required a lot of new elements that are not natively supported by Kontakt - a mini-sequencer, tab controls, listboxes, and modal dialog boxes.
This project was like nothing else we've ever made - it's like 10 times everything else. I mean, we actually built a sequencer - with artificial intelligence - inside Kontakt!! How crazy is that? We put so many smart rules into SFG to make it sound perfect. Occasionally I had to take a few hours off and go for a walk in the country - it was on these "relaxing" walks that I often came up with ideas for new features or solutions."
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 or KONTAKT 5 PLAYER version 5.5 or later
ELIMINATE ANY DOUBTS
COMPUTER MUSIC "Instantly usable and genuinely authentic. Scarbee Funk Guitarist not only sounds great, but is lots of fun. A worthy choice for musicians working in a broad selection of musical styles."Computer Music, UK, 05/2011