There was one electric piano that was particularly in demand in the LA studio scene in the ’80s. It was known as the “E” among producers and players, a reference to the letter “E” that was stenciled on its case by Leeds Musical Instrument Rentals, to distinguish it from the other electric pianos in their collection. The “E” electric piano has been featured in many hit songs and albums, and for a good reason: its tone has a very clear, defined low end and a beautiful, bell-like tone in the register an octave above middle C.
Until now, the “E” model electric piano has never been sampled before.
In 2015, George Mamalakis, performing Jazz pianist and owner of the “E” electric piano, decided to undertake creating a virtual recreation of the “E”. With the guidance of Jay Graydon, producer, recording engineer, composer, and recording artist, George began the arduous process of sampling the “E” electric piano. Each key was sampled with 18 velocity layers, recording each note’s full, natural decay.
As of 2017, Orange Tree Samples has been working with George and Jay to develop the playable instrument using the Kontakt platform. Thanks to Kontakt’s powerful scripting engine, many options to customize the tone of the electric piano are included, such as an authentic model of the instrument’s built-in tremolo, multiple options for chorus effects based on custom DSP, and a modular effects rack.
Orange Tree Samples is 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.
• 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.
• Bespoke chorus and tremolo effects.
• Modular effects system with EQ, phaser, delay, algorithmic reverb, IR-based reverb, and more. The IR-based reverb features four reverb units, totaling over 500 reverb presets.
• Smart tremolo attack ensures that the tremolo starts at its strongest point, giving you clear note attacks.
Price: $179. There is an introductory price of $159 until July 24th, 2020. The Famous E Electric Piano is powered by the free Kontakt Player.
More information, as well as video and audio demos, is available at:
About Orange Tree Samples
Founded in 2008 by Greg Schlaepfer, a professional musician, composer, and audio engineer, Orange Tree Samples specializes in ultra-realistic sample libraries for Native Instruments’ Kontakt sampler featuring innovative scripting that enables users to easily achieve authentic sounding performances. Orange Tree Samples customers include Grammy and Emmy award winning film and television composers, gaming composers, noted rock and jazz musicians, independent artists, and home hobbyists.