Scarbee has released their Vintage Keyboard FX (VKFX) VST plugin, a virtual rack packed with models of a range of different vintage analog effects processors.
Coded by software developers Thomas Serafini, Alfonso De Prisco - and graphic artist Stefan Kengen, the VKFX completes Scarbee's vision for vintage keyboard sample libraries which faithfully capture the sounds of the original masters - right down to the effects processing which was often a key element in defining a classic instrument's unique 'voice'.
Loaded into the VKFX are eight effects processors, including the essential electric piano preamp with stereo tremolo, a Compressor, Wah (Envelope Filter), Phase Shifter, Chorus Unit, Overdrive, Tape Delay, and a Valve Amp modelled on arguably the most popular device ever used to amplify electric keyboards (and the model includes the four spring reverb).
Multiple mode switching allows module architecture to alternate from one popular version of a particular effects processor to another which has a completely different sonic character - at the touch of a button.
Simultaneous editing of all processors is available via a friendly and intuitive interface presented in the form of a rack of independent modules.
Module order can be rearranged by simply dragging and dropping modules to where they're needed, giving users fast and total control over the effects chain.
Easy A-B morphing between presets makes experimentation and creation of new sounds addictively effortless.
All rates and times can be sync'd to VST host, internal clock or left independent for a more 'analog' approach.
All parameters are automatable. All parameters are assigned to MIDI controllers.
A flexible file management system allows one, several or all modules to be loaded and saved - enabling easy mixing and matching of module presets saved from different sessions.
The licensing arrangement allows the licensed user to install and operate VKFX on up to three PCs simultaneously - greatly easing investment costs for users running multiple CPU systems.
Mouse sensitive tool tips allow the user to get manual-style information by simply hovering the mouse over any area of interest.
A comprehensive on-line manual in pdf format is only one mouse click away at all times.
Scarbee Vintage Keyboard FX plugin is priced $299 and is now available in PC-VST format as a download, with a boxed version due out early 2005.
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