Scarbee – Classic EP-88s


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Product Description


  • Multiple models from 1974 or 1976 included in both a 73/88-key version – passive or keyboard-amped 
  • Flexible on-board effects with alternate routings 
  • 88 keys, 30 velocities and 8294 samples 


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The BIG EP is a passionately sampled electric piano from the 70’s. By design the 88-key version is darker than the 73, however by using custom modifications plus advanced technology, we add a ‘non-existing’, bright 88! You can also dial in the sounds of various Mark 1 models: the ‘woody’ 1974 and the ‘metallic’ 1976. FX includes custom keyboard preamp and the three split EQ – a spoecial modification suggested to me by George Duke. Scarbee Classic EP-88s has more samples, greater dynamics and more keys – 88 of them! (compared to Scarbee Mark 1) Anyone who has tried to restore an instrument like this knows that the lowest and highest octaves take as much time as the rest of the keys put together – It’s a true battle where you need a lot of patience, lots of spare parts and some luck too.

We wanted to have the best possible sustain on each key, perfect balance of tone and as much bark too. There are harder strikes (compared to Scarbee Mark 1) – as well as softer ones.

We spend an enormous amount of time cleaning the samples for noise – each sample went through four stages, where the last two were done by hand. The reason for this was the fact that we wanted to be able to offer presets with extreme treble EQ settings without having extra noise – and without hurting any part of the recordings.

Try to select a Snapshot like ‘Bahian Love Affair’ – and turn the Instrument Noise totally down on the Settings page – and listen to the difference…

MATRIX – CEP-88S EXPANSION is now included for free.

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cep88s FXEvery musician tries to find his sound – and producers love to be able to get exactly what they are looking for. We made it easy for you: There are 45 different snapshot presets ready for you – and if you want to make your own sounds? Get started with the 117 FX presets.

You can even select different routings and have some FX come before or after amp. The possibilities are there for sure. As a tribute to George Duke we created a 3 zone split EQ and a stereo knob so you can carry on what this great man started.



calibrationTo make sure you guys will get the best out of SCARBEE CLASSIC EP-88s we made a smart Key Action Calibration utility that will reveal if you actually trigger all velocity zones with your current keyboard.

With our new electric keyboard library we also introduce several new systems that improve the playability and add further realism to virtual instrument keyboards.

  • Advanced Release Sample System
    We simply scanned all sustains from start to end and Nils Liberg and me (Thomas Hansen Skarbye) designed a system so that release the samples will always have the correct sound and energy- no matter the dynamics or the time sustain is held.
  • Release Sample Resonance System
    We created a new way to control the “box” resonance so it would completely mimic reality.
  • Advanced Sus Pedal Behaviour
    It wasn’t enough to add pedal FXs of all kinds… we also changed the way the sustain notes affect each other when playing the same key repeatedly.
  • Note Off Delay
    On the MIDI keyboard the release sound started a little to fast compared the the real instrument and repeated notes sounded too staccato like. The solution was to simply delay the note-off sent from the MIDI-keyboard or sequencer so that it would change in same time as the original instrument. It too made a real difference in the playing experience!

You can read more detailed about this in our manual – that can be downloaded too. (see Specs)



INST 3DWe imagined how it would look in real life…

FX 3DTo be inspired…to do our very best with the sound.

The talented artists at Voger Design did these amazing 3D renderings


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