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    Smile SCARBEE join forces with Alicia Keys to create virtual piano

    NAMM Show 2009, Anaheim - January 17

    American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, pianist, producer and actress Alicia Keys and Scarbee, have joined forces and created a virtual piano software with the obvious name: Alicia's Keys!


    Read the whole story and listen to first demos at:

    www.scarbee.com

    cheers

    __________________
    Thomas Hansen Skarbye
    Singer, Bass Player, Composer
    & Creative Director, SCARBEE

    www.scarbee.com & www.myspace.com/scarbee
    Thomas Hansen Skarbye
    Singer, Bass Player, Composer
    & Creative Director, SCARBEE

    www.scarbee.com & www.myspace.com/scarbee

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    Re: SCARBEE join forces with Alicia Keys to create virtual piano

    Some more demos - in funk, jazz and pop style...

    these are originally made for my electric keyboards but shows a new side of the piano. Note that there are several small pieces within each mp3!

    All dry off course..

    Songs are by Christian Vinten and sevan Gökoglu

    www.scarbee-downloads.com/demos/ak/Christian_Vinte n_Jam.mp3

    www.scarbee-downloads.com/demos/ak/Christian_Vinte n_Jam_2.mp3

    www.scarbee-downloads.com/demos/ak/Sevan_Gokoglu_J am.mp3

    enjoy
    Thomas Hansen Skarbye
    Singer, Bass Player, Composer
    & Creative Director, SCARBEE

    www.scarbee.com & www.myspace.com/scarbee

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    Re: SCARBEE join forces with Alicia Keys to create virtual piano

    Isn't Alicia Keys also promoting some new Yamaha CP piano at Namm? I wonder how she's pulling that off.

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    Re: SCARBEE join forces with Alicia Keys to create virtual piano

    Quote Originally Posted by elcabong View Post
    Isn't Alicia Keys also promoting some new Yamaha CP piano at Namm? I wonder how she's pulling that off.
    She has a long relationship with Yamaha and will develop sounds with them as well.
    Thomas Hansen Skarbye
    Singer, Bass Player, Composer
    & Creative Director, SCARBEE

    www.scarbee.com & www.myspace.com/scarbee

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    Re: SCARBEE join forces with Alicia Keys to create virtual piano

    Oh, ok. Well I suppose there's no reason why she has to limit herself. But I guess she won't be able to go around saying either is "the best."

    BTW, I really like what you guys did with your sampled E-pianos and effects. However, I do wish you had sampled more E-Piano models and less Clavs in your combo package, but that's just my taste.

    So, I'm looking forward to checking out what you're doing with this new acoustic.

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    Re: SCARBEE join forces with Alicia Keys to create virtual piano

    Hi Thomas,

    sounds really good. Not that superbright sound that you'd usually expect from a sampled Steinway but not muffled either. And not that big concert grand sound. Somewhere right in the middle and should be really suitable for ballads some Soul/R'n'B stuff. Good work!

    Hope it won't be too expensive and demanding for my G5


    Thorsten

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    Re: SCARBEE join forces with Alicia Keys to create virtual piano

    Quote Originally Posted by elcabong View Post
    Oh, ok. Well I suppose there's no reason why she has to limit herself. But I guess she won't be able to go around saying either is "the best."
    Well, as far as I know she - personally - uses Steinway...and the sample doesn't sound Yamaha-ish at all ;-)

    As for "officially": the only reasons to limit herself could be her contracts but she should be able to read them. And Charlize Theron's case should be well-known (being signed to a watch brand and then running around on official events with a watch of a nother brand....not good) ;-)

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    Re: SCARBEE join forces with Alicia Keys to create virtual piano

    Hey Torsten,

    I can say so much that it is NOT a Steinway - but a rare anniversary model of another big brand.

    We captured a special sound using vintage microphones and vintage preamps.

    I hope to upload some classical demos soon - as it sounds really nice. We have added option for reversing stereo and compress stereo too for audience perspective.

    cheers
    Thomas Hansen Skarbye
    Singer, Bass Player, Composer
    & Creative Director, SCARBEE

    www.scarbee.com & www.myspace.com/scarbee

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    Talking Re: SCARBEE join forces with Alicia Keys to create virtual piano

    Hey Thomas,

    sounds really, really beautiful, especially the pp/ppp layers...must be a grand built in Japan... but not Yamaha...
    ....hmm, maybe a little bit more "punch in the face", a little bit more "body", when it gets to ff/fff layers...but it´s just my taste.
    This will definitively be my next "add" to my library!

    Best, Sam

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    Re: SCARBEE join forces with Alicia Keys to create virtual piano

    Quote Originally Posted by SCARBEE View Post
    Hey Torsten,

    I can say so much that it is NOT a Steinway - but a rare anniversary model of another big brand.

    We captured a special sound using vintage microphones and vintage preamps.

    cheers

    Hey Thomas,

    so much for "quality" interviews in "quality" music magazines

    Anyway - I really like the sound. Surely not for any kind of song but for quite some right on the spot!

    I'm just kind of "fed up" with the usual Steinway D samples or other concert hall monsters so I'm really happy about every new more intimate sounding sample. I don't know - even the classical pianists I knew personally preferred a B-211 over a D-274.

    I'm curious and will stay tuned!

    Cheers,

    Thorsten

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