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A classic and highly versatile electric piano sampled to perfection with all its characteristic entire dynamic range intact.

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    • Wide dynamic range with 16 velocities per key

    • Authentic character with all idiosyncrasies

    • Horizontal Release Technology for realistic sound


    a-200 This KONTAKT Instrument delivers an unrivalled reproduction of one of the most sought-after electric pianos. The character of the SCARBEE A-200 ranges from soft and sweet to a more biting, overdriven sound when played harder.

    The distinctive sound of the original instrument was much loved by pop and rock bands in the 1960s and 70s and has recently found favour with a whole new wave of pop, indie and jazz and electronic artists.

    This product runs in the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER and in KONTAKT 5.




    Thomas Instead of offering a 'grab bag' of many instruments which have been sampled to an 'acceptable' level, Thomas Skarbye focuses on a single instrument rendered to a level of detail previously unavailable to sample users.

    Through careful study and thorough restoration/setup he aims to capture the "soul" of the instrument and balances sound, playability and post-editing for a perfect match at the forefront of sampling technology. The SCARBEE A-200 was derived from Scarbee's legendary "Edgy Electric Piano".



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    The team at Scarbee recorded over 2,000 samples in 24-bit resolution with each of the 64 keys sampled at 16 different velocities. No extra EQ, tube saturation or compression was used during recording in order to provide an ultra-realistic sound and feel.

    With adjustable original instrument noise as well as the inclusion of Horizontal Release Technology*, this KONTAKT Instrument preserves the spirit of the original - including its charming flaws and idiosyncrasies. The flexible KONTAKT interface also contains a built in FX unit to further enhance its versatility and usability, and includes classic effects such as reverb, chorus, phaser, amp simulation, distortion auto-wah, pan, compression, delay and tremolo.

    *'Horizontal Release Technology' - release samples are chosen from a wave pool depending on how long a key has been held - allowing a note played staccato to create a release tone different from a note which is sustained for a longer period.
  • Artists

    What professional keyboard players say about SCARBEE VINTAGE KEYS


    "May I just say that your vintage keyboard sounds are the best out there. I've used them with Sheryl Crow, Mick Jagger, Damian Marley, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart and even though I have all the real instruments, I still used your samples. They feel and sound really great." Mikey Rowe played with Oasis, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Sheryl Crow, Travis, Future Sound of London, Naz and many others.

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    "Thomas's attention to detail is exemplary, perfectly maintained instruments aligned with the sampling patience of a saint - just imagine for one moment how long it takes to get all those beautifully recorded samples edited and mapped to play so well. I am so pleased that Native Instruments have now made a dedicated & endorsed version of the vintage keyboard collection to go along with Thomas's other fine instruments". Steve Levine - produced bands ranging from Punk to Beach Boys, collaborated with artists like Honeyz and Ziggy Marley. Currently producing exciting new bands like 6 Day Riot.

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    "Real production using virtual instruments only became a reality to me after I started using Scarbee Vintage Keys. Before that, was not because I simply didn’t have the 'core' sounds I use at the quality and playability that the Vintage Keyboards provided me. I still to this day start virtually every production with one of the Scarbee instruments. They are the first sounds I recommend to any clients or colleagues to purchase with their DAW systems, as I often have people asking me what I use. I carry them with me everywhere!" Nelson Braxton - bassist, producer and engineer, worked with Rachelle Ferrell, Richard Marx, Goapele, Ledisi, Steve Miller and newcomer Marc Thomas.



    "I love the Scarbee Vintage Keys. It's my go-to library for all the great keyboards I used to play at bar gigs. The real thing, without the cartage!" David Kahne - independent producer/engineer in NYC, worked with many artists, including Tony Bennett, Fishbone, Bruce Springsteen, Sublime, Soul Coughing, Sugar Ray, The Strokes, Regina Spektor, and Paul McCartney.

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    "Scarbee's superbly rendered vintage electric pianos and basses seem to find their way into nearly all of my productions. They've served me well in the studio and on the road, and I look forward to the new evolution of these fine sampled instruments from NI." Brian Monroney - guitarist and composer, toured as guitarist and musical director with the legendary Tom Jones for nearly 18 years. Now focused on recording, production, and composing music.

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    "To me Thomas Skarbye is one of the worlds best virtual instrument producers. He really knows how to make a sampled keyboard instrument musical and enjoyable to play. The touch response is really right and that's the key. The Vintage Keyboard Collection is a wonderful sounding tool chest of the best vintage electro mechanical instruments and I simply can't do without it!" Scott Kinsey - keyboardist with the Scott Kinsey Group, Human Element & Tribal Tech. Worked with Manhattan Transfer, WDR Big Band, Joe Zawinul, Dennis Chambers, James Moody and others. Also into movie soundtracks and CD mastering.

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    "I have searched for years for the ultimate and most authentic reed electric piano sound as obviously with the songs I wrote like "Dreamer" and "The Logical Song" I want that classic sound that has become so well known. Thomas Skarbye obviously had the passion and the patience to create what I consider the most authentic reed electric piano sound samples I have found. Thank you, Thomas for your desire for accuracy and excellence." Roger Hodgson - keyboardist, legendary voice, writer and arranger of most of Supertramp’s greatest hits.

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    "The richness of the Scarbee Vintage Keyboard sounds makes me want to play music." Katreese Wilson - singer, songwriter, producer. Emmy winner. Director of the Saturday Night Live band. Collaborated with music’s top stars. Toured and performed with Sting, Roberta Flack, Sheryl Crow and Stevie Wonder.

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    "Everybody knows that Scarbee leads the pack when it comes to vintage keyboards libraries! Now to put Native Instruments and Scarbee together, man that's a killer combination!" David Isaac - 3 time Grammy winning producer and artist. Worked with Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Wayne Shorter and others.

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    "Scarbee Sounds are a must have in every production I embark in my studio. The Scarbee Mark 1, for an instance, is so organic that sometimes it fools the most experienced ears, specially after people convince themselves I used that "real bulky thing" sitting in my studio!..." Otmaro Ruiz - professional pianist and keyboardist, performed in virtually every major international jazz festival, with such varied artists as Dianne Reeves, Tito Puente, John McLaughlin, Robben Ford and Jimmy Haslip.

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    "Without a doubt the Scarbee Vintage Keyboard Collection is the closest thing to the original instruments in tone, feel and playability. It's my first choice in virtual keyboard instruments and plays great in a track or as a solo performance." George Duke - piano player and synthesizer pioneer best known for his collaboration with Frank Zappa during the 1970s. Also wrote funk gems like "Reach for It" and "Dukey Stick", worked with notable Brazilian musicians like singer Milton Nascimento, percussionist Airto Moreira and singer Flora Purim.

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    "I have been a fan of Scarbee electric pianos for some time now. As far as plugins are concerned, these are my go-to whenever I need a realistic vintage sound." Philippe Saisse - jazz keyboardist, producer and arranger from France. Played with Al Di Meola, worked for David Bowie, Al Jarreau, Paul King, Rolling Stones and others.

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    "For the 4th album project running, Scarbee's Vintage Keys continues to be the exclusive source of Classic electric keyboard sounds for me. They are the ultimate 'no sweat, no fuss, just work' option!" Ola Onabule - jazz vocalist, produced all of his own albums. Guested with some of the finest soul and jazz artists including Diane Reeves, Gladys Knight, Al Jarreau, Patti Labelle, Roberta Flack, Joe Zawinul, Natalie Cole, Randy Brecker and Roy Hargrove.

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    "I use the Scarbee Vintage Keyboards because they are simply the best!!! They sound exactly like the real thing. I love the Scarbee instruments." Al Turner - A-List bass player, recorded with Kem, Aretha Franklin, Earl Klugh, Oleta Adams, Bob James, Nancy Wilson, Randy Crawford and Gladys Knight. Performed hundreds of live shows all over the world.

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    "The Scarbee vintage keyboards are simply without peer. They are the finest vintage keyboard samples i've ever heard, and are meticulously programmed to be extremely musical and playable." Richard Hilton - keyboardist and guitarist, done just about everything imaginable in a music studio. Also a studio consultant. Worked with Eric Clapton, Kid Rock, Donna Summer, George Clinton, Sister Sledge and many others.

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    "Ever since I heard them at the NAMM show Thomas Skarbye has had the best sounding vintage keys samples out there. And now it’s available with Kontakt 4 - I'll have to add it to all the rest of my extensive collection of Native Instruments!" Bill Steinway - keyboardist, composer, arranger, producer. Worked with many artists, like Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, The Crusaders or Adam Ant.

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    Instrument type:
    KOMPLETE Instrument
    For use with:
    Free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER (included in free KOMPLETE 8 PLAYERS, or KONTAKT 5
    Number of instruments:
    1 NKI
    Sound category:
    Electric Piano
    Download size:
    (Mac/PC): 850 MB
    System requirements:
    User manual:


    Powered by Kontakt
    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.

    System Requirements:

    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  


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