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Native Instruments Scarbee 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 A-200 was much loved by pop

and rock bands in the 1960s and 70s and has recently found favor with

a whole new wave of pop, indie and jazz and electronic artists.


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".


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.