November 2, 2015

The development of the SCARBEE – THE BIG EP started in summer 2012 and is now finally coming to an end. The final version of this classic electric piano is actually the 4th version! We started over several times as we were not satisfied with the sound. During this time we have refurbished 3 different pianos (including new tolex and all metal, logos etc;)) before we found the right instrument. The sound and dynamics will be fantastic – its very full of life and we wanted a version that was less “tamed” than our previous product “SCARBEE MARK 1”. This means that no modifications was added to the keyboard in order to reduce damper and key noises – we went for a sound with lots of plings, rattles and other noises – to get the vibe of a 70s well-played instrument heard on favourite albums. We also passionately followed the many advice given by late George Duke and added several features that he had on his keyboards in the funky fusion days. The keyboard will have 88 keys – and all tonal spareparts used are original – most are 70s NOS (new old stock) unopened packages that we required on Ebay. We have really cared about each note and trying to get the perfect balance between dynamics, bark, bell and sustain. More news will follow…
October 12, 2013
We are proud to tell you that SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS has been nominated for Pro Tools Expert Product Of The Year 2013 – The People’s Choice Vote! So please go and vote for it here: Here is the description that follows the nomination: “When it comes to sampling then it takes a lot to beat Thomas Scarbee, a top musician, friend of music industry legends and perfectionist sampler, what do you expect? His Native Instruments Scarbee Rickenbacker was no exception and took Russ back to his 80s post punk days.
June 17, 2013
Sound On Sound has given SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS a fantastic review – with no “CONS”: Scarbee’s Rickenbacker Bass is expressive, a doddle to use, sounds highly realistic and sits effortlessly in a mix. It’s especially well suited to rock and pop styles, lending them authority and drive.. Read the full review by Nick Magnus in May 2013 issue or buy the full review: here.
Another fine review...
June 17, 2013
Blogcritics has given SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS a very positive review: I found the Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass very easy to use and in keeping with the standard of all of the Native Instrument products, with a very high sound quality. When you add to that all of the variations of sound that you can create from this bass, it is really incredible and because of that I really have to highly recommend the Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass.. Read the full review by T. Michael Testi: here.
New Exiting Future for Scarbee
April 4, 2013
The partnership between SCARBEE and Native Instruments have now changed from “exclusive” to “non-exclusive”. We will continue to co-develop successful products with NI in future, but in addition to that, SCARBEE can now release own products based on slightly different concepts. One of the things we are likely to examine, is the idea of releasing series of sample libraries for Kontakt, where ex. the user can buy additional content for the main product. This will be very attractive for the user and also a natural and inspiring workflow for my team and I as we like to release more often – and also produce more specialized expansions. We will also release standard Virtual Instruments that comes with Kontakt Player – it all depends on what suits the concepts best. These products will be sold EXCLUSIVELY from our website: www.scarbee.com Finally this change also means that SCARBEE can work with other companies – including hardware companies. This is something we have wanted to look into for many years.
April 4, 2013
RELEASE TIME has given SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS the TOP PRODUCT AWARD! “Thomas Scarbye did it again! Outstanding instrument recorded outstanding, outstanding playability, very thoughtful automation for less versed keyboard-bass player, built-in effects, beautiful appearance, reasonable price. This virtual instrument is in my opinion an absolute blast. Period. Read the full review (in German) by Andi Saitenhieb here. new_award
Sounds And Gear give 5/5 to SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS
March 18, 2013
Sounds And Gear has given SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS the highest possible score (5 out of 5)! “I really, really….REALLY like the sound of this bass!”, says the reviewer JK Swopes and comments later:“This bass really sounds good and I find myself grabbing for it as a first choice when I want a nice, clean, deep, and real sounding bass”. Read the full review here.   5subs-300x56
MusicTech Excellence Award to RICKENBACKER® BASS
March 11, 2013
MusicTech Magazine has given SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS the highest possible score (10 out of 10) and thereby the MusicTech Excellence Award in the March 2013 issue of the magazine! “With the added processing power and scripting of Kontakt 5 Rickenbacker Bass shines as one of the best sample basses we’ve ever heard!”, says reviewer Mark Cousins. protools_expert_award
Jan 15, 2013
SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS has just received its first Editors Choice Award from Pro Tools Expert. “Stunning bass, stunning sampling… Huge thumbs up from me…. sell your bed and buy it!” Says Russ Hughes. It’s a very positive review that makes the whole team behind this project very proud! Go and see the full video review here! protools_expert_award
Jan 10, 2013
Native Instruments and SCARBEE are proud to present SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS, capturing the unmistakable, iconic sound of a Rickenbacker® 4003 for the first time in software. SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS features meaty, low end thunder and crisp, detailed midrange punch thats effortlessly cuts through a mix. Painstakingly sampled by Thomas Skarbye, ideal for distortion, and the first SCARBEE bass to be played with a pick, this officially licensed instrument delivers all the character and versatility of the original.  
SCARBEE RICKENBACKER® BASS runs in KONTAKT and the free KONTAKT 5 player and is available now at the NI Online Shop priced at $ 99/ 99 €. » More about this product
Jan 10, 2013 Today SCARBEE has launched a brand new web site in Responsive Design that will make the user experience much better on mobile phones and tablets. For the next weeks will will continue to enhance site with more content and design.

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