In spring 2017 I was contacted by Jamie Crist - who goes under the name SEA on various audio related forums. He had done some very creative sounds using a complex Midi modulation setup in his sequencer and Kontakt. He asked me if I could add a Pre-FX Delay so that the signal chain could play inside (serial) the reverb and not parallel. Since we had used all FX possible in Kontakt - we had to spend months on experimenting with re-arranging the FX slots so we could offer this option.
We also wanted each Snapshot to have its own advanced Midi CC modulation settings - and the only way to do this was to build the MATRIX page. SEA had asked me if he could save midi CC assignments per patch - which originally you couldn't since in Kontakt it's a global thing - so every time you chose a different patch, your midi cc would have to be reset per patch. Thus the MATRIX idea was developed.
The big challenge was the fact that since we had to build a new .nki (Kontakt program) in order to make new structure work - we had to find a way for the user to export/import their older User Snapshots. This was indeed tricky and at some point we almost gave up. The problem was that scripter Nils Liberg and I had to create a 100% correct conversion of the FX and rom the old vibrato system to the new. To add value to the Expansion Pack we decided to create 30 new Snapshot presets that uses the new MATRIX feature.
The Frank Montis sound
When Frank Montis uploaded this video to Youtube in December 2016 we started to receive so many requests for this sound. Emails came coming: "Would it be possible to get the sound from Frank Montis please?" I asked Frank if this could be possible - and as the kind man he is - he said yes. We are now proud to be able to feature 4 of his custom made sounds.
Be sure to check his super funky DR. EAGER video too - with a "fictional" (made only in video FX) SCARBEE keyboard...
MIDI CC Modulation feast!
If you are using the Scarbee Classic EP-88s for live playing, you may want to be able to do some smaller adjustments using ex. the Modulation Wheel to control the intensity of the Vibrato. Or if you want to create some more advanced, artistic sounds you can now select several FX parameters to be controlled by 1-3 controllers. Up to 6 different parameters can be mapped to each of the 3 controllers. Be aware that some of the parameters – especially the ones that sets Levels - can introduce small clicks. The solution is to limit the max/min range of these – or simply not to use them if you find it too anoying. Min - Max: Alters the scaling of the assignment so that the automation values are mapped to a limited range of the assigned parameter. The reduced range can then be automated with finer resolution. NOTE: You can use a higher number on Min than on Max (ex. 100 – 25) – this will reverse the direction of the FX parameter so instead of value going up – it will go down.
The Delay now have an option to be set th PRE FX so that the delayed signal now can be processed with example Reverb for some very nice patches.
We have also fixed a few bugs in this 1.1 version.
There will be a free separate 1.0.1 update for all existing users in case you don't need this Expansion.
Vibrato/Speed Sync We have changed the sync system so that you can now set the right sync value in all tempi and not have to select tempo 120 before changing note value.
Setting the speed in Hz did not work properly – it has now been fixed.
Bass Key Pitch Drift Due to a missing “dummy group” in the instruments internal group structure, the last group sus - treble (b) - pitch 2 did not get correct Vibrato settings if Bass Key Pitch Drift was set to Little. It has now been fixed.
FX Routing If you loaded a Snapshot that used FX Routing 2 (FX1 – Keyboard Amp – FX2), then changed to Routing 3 (EXT Amp – FX) – the values on EXT AMP would be set to zero (0). It has now been fixed.
We spend a lot of time and effort to make this instrument fully compatible with Native Instruments' new Native Kontrol Standard (NKS).
The NKS format allows SCARBEE CLASSIC EP-88S to be integrated with Maschine and Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards.
All of our 76 factory Snapshots are tagged and categorised - available while browsing in Maschine or Komplete Kontrol.
We have made custom control knob mappings for SCARBEE CLASSIC EP-88S entire factory Snapshot library. With Maschine and S-Series keyboards, each patch loads a custom performance page with all parameters immediately available.
Tweak all the settings, adjust the effects - no controller setup required.