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The Famous E Electric Piano AVAILABLE NOW from Orange Tree Samples

gregjazz

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For Leeds Musical Instrument Rentals in North Hollywood, it was just a simple method of cataloging their instruments by stenciling letters on the cases of the electric pianos. One of their electric pianos in particular took notice by producers and session players, the one marked with the letter “E”. It wasn’t long before the “E” became one of the most highly sought-after electric pianos in the LA studio scene in the ‘70s and ‘80s, being featured in countless hit songs and albums. It got to the point where the “E” had to be scheduled months in advance for tracking dates.

Its sound is remarkable: the low end is clear and defined, and it has a sweet, bell-like tone in the register an octave above middle C. The inventor of the electric piano himself referred to the “E” as the best electric piano he had ever heard.

Until now, the “E” model electric piano has never been sampled before.

Determined to share its beautiful, pristine tone, George Mamalakis, the owner of the “E” electric piano, began sampling it. As a seasoned Jazz pianist who actively uses virtual instruments in his performance setup, George Mamalakis is well-acquainted with the depth of sampling necessary to recreate the dynamic, nuanced sound of the “E”. Beginning in 2015, with the guidance of Jay Graydon, Grammy award winning producer, recording engineer, composer, and recording artist, George began the long undertaking of meticulously sampling the “E” electric piano. To assist in the process, George invented a mechanical device which he named VERA, which is able to mimic the human motion of striking each key, but at very precise dynamics. Each key was sampled with 18 velocity layers, with each note’s natural decay into complete silence.

Since 2017, Orange Tree Samples has been working with George and Jay to produce the playable instrument using the Kontakt platform. Orange Tree Samples is known for their innovative scripting in sample libraries, and this library is no exception. We added a lot of exciting options to customize the tone of the electric piano, including a detailed model of the instrument’s built-in tremolo, several chorus models that use custom DSP, and a flexible modular effects rack.

We’re excited to present the resulting virtual recreation of the instrument, The Famous E Electric Piano, so that you too can enjoy the experience of playing the “E” electric piano.

Video Demos:

Audio Demos:
Demo #1: Song for Ori
Demo #2: Aurora Terrialis (Terry Trotter)
Demo #3: Everything You Be (Terry Trotter)
Demo #4: Don't Forget Your Suitcase
Demo #5: The Famous E (George Mamalakis)
Demo #6: First Time Love (Chris Poehler)
Demo #7: Dawning of The Digital Angels (Steven Cravis)
Demo #8: Not Like This (Johan Landqvist, ft. Andreas Aleman)
Demo #9: Reflectiva (Terry Trotter)
Demo #10: Homage To Terry (George Mamalakis)
Demo #11: How Does This EP Make You Feel (Chris Poehler)
Demo #12: Kaleidoscope (Terry Trotter)
Demo #13: Clare's Tremolo (George Mamalakis)
Demo #14: Terry's Blues (Terry Trotter)
Demo #15: Angela (George Mamalakis)
Demo #16: Dyno My E (George Mamalakis)
Demo #17: ChoRevNoEQ (George Mamalakis)

Key features:

  • Over 1,300 samples recorded at 96khz, 24-bit, totaling 7.0 GB (compressed to 3.26 GB using Kontakt’s lossless NCW format).
  • Over 70 production-ready factory presets created by Jay Graydon, George Mamalakis, Greg Schlaepfer, and Chris Poehler.
  • Chorus and tremolo using custom DSP.
  • Modular effects system with EQ, phaser, delay, algorithmic reverb, IR-based reverb, and more. The IR-based reverb features four legendary reverb units, totaling over 500 reverb presets.
  • Smart tremolo attack ensures that the tremolo starts at its strongest point, giving you clear note attacks.

Pricing:
$159 USD (regularly $179). This $20 off introductory discount lasts until July 24th, 2020.

Format:
This sample library is powered by the KONTAKT Player, so it does not require any additional software.

Downloads:
User Guide (PDF)

Visit the product page here: The Famous E Electric Piano sample library for KONTAKT

Or you can click here to order The Famous E Electric Piano directly
 
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kaipiranha

New Member
Fun fact: Listened to the first demo for a few seconds - Song for Ori - and thought "Well, where's a version of 'Not Like This'?" :laugh: Gorgeous sound! Added to my shopping list. :)
 
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zvenx

Senior Member
Greg, to me this thing sounds phenomenal.
As I was listening to the walk thru, I pulled up my current Rhodes offerings, there is something almost magical about this one.
Congrats.


rsp
 

zvenx

Senior Member
A little more info on it.

rsp
 

sostenuto

NKS Fan !
Will just buy this now, so OTS Lib remains complete. Audio and early video make this another unique and classic OTS offering. ( glad to be fanboy in this single instance )
 

CGR

Pianist, Composer & Arranger
Wow - this looks and sounds stunning. Greg at Orange Tree Samples was a great choice for this project - he really knows his stuff, and is also a very good keyboardist/pianist.
 

kaipiranha

New Member
Wow - this looks and sounds stunning. Greg at Orange Tree Samples was a great choice for this project - he really knows his stuff, and is also a very good keyboardist/pianist.

...and it was probably no mistake either to team up wit Jay Graydon on this one. :)
 
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Virtuoso

Socially Distant Member
Each key was sampled with 18 velocity layers, with each note’s natural decay into complete silence.
I don't know if there's something wrong with my download, but I'm hearing a ton of hiss on this piano, to the point that I'd call it unusable. I switched off all the effects and EQ to rule them out as the source of the hiss and recorded this clip to show what I mean.

Is anyone else seeing this?

 

Virtuoso

Socially Distant Member
Have you actually played it?

They do claim, as I quoted above, that "each note’s natural decay into complete silence". A bit of hiss is fine given the nature of the beast, but doesn't it seem excessive? It's far noisier than the Keyscape Rhodes and the Scarbee and Soniccouture ones are pretty much silent.
 

StillLife

Senior Member
I don't know if there's something wrong with my download, but I'm hearing a ton of hiss on this piano, to the point that I'd call it unusable. I switched off all the effects and EQ to rule them out as the source of the hiss and recorded this clip to show what I mean.

Is anyone else seeing this?

It is probably because of my tinnitus, but I don't hear any hiss at all in this example.
 

VivianaSings

Active Member
I don't know if there's something wrong with my download, but I'm hearing a ton of hiss on this piano, to the point that I'd call it unusable. I switched off all the effects and EQ to rule them out as the source of the hiss and recorded this clip to show what I mean.

Is anyone else seeing this?

You're not nuts - that actually is pretty noisy. If you put any compression on the Rhodes, that's gonna get a lot worse. That's the kind of noise I usually get from compressing an amped Rhodes pretty heavily to begin with.
 

gamma-ut

Senior Member
Have you actually played it?

They do claim, as I quoted above, that "each note’s natural decay into complete silence". A bit of hiss is fine given the nature of the beast, but doesn't it seem excessive? It's far noisier than the Keyscape Rhodes and the Scarbee and Soniccouture ones are pretty much silent.

As far as I can tell, you took the quietest section and turned it right up.

This seems to be in the same area as "why do felt piano samples have so much background noise"?
 

gamma-ut

Senior Member
The only way I can replicate that level of hiss is to whack the EQ up on the high mids and treble coupled with a volume gain that would cause clipping at normal velocity.
 

wst3

Lunatic - it's really that simple
Moderator
I don't know if there's something wrong with my download, but I'm hearing a ton of hiss on this piano, to the point that I'd call it unusable. I switched off all the effects and EQ to rule them out as the source of the hiss and recorded this clip to show what I mean.

Is anyone else seeing this?
Wow! No, I am not hearing that much hiss in the tails, I'm wondering if I ever let them play out long enough to expose the noise?

Thing is, and I am in the minority, I'd still rather the hiss than the artifacts from noise reduction. I'll have to play around some more.
 

Virtuoso

Socially Distant Member
As far as I can tell, you took the quietest section and turned it right up.
No - that's exactly how the notes decay - no post processing at all. Just the default preset, with the chorus/EQ/reverb/gain switched off to isolate where the hiss is coming from, bounced straight from Logic. I'll post a comparison in the Sample Talk thread.
 

BezO

The Artisan
I was hoping for multi-output for DI, amp/mic & room. This would be a no brainer if so. I'll have to think about. Sounds really good though.
 
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