Exclusive keyboard phrases from funk and soul legend George Duke, powered by the KONTAKT player.
George Duke will forever remain a seminal figure in the worlds of jazz, funk, and soul. With five Grammy Awards to his name George’s career was a long and illustrious one, from the early days in the 60s as the George Duke Trio, right up to his work with Jill Scott. George’s distinctive, funky style can be heard on records by such legends as “Cannonball" Adderley, Frank Zappa, Billy Cobham, and Jean Luc Ponty, as well as on his own impressive discography. He worked with such luminaries as Smokey Robinson, Anita Baker and The Pointer Sisters, among many others, and often collaborated with his long-time engineer and friend, Erik Zobler. A new generation of fans sprang up with the advent of hip-hop, as crate diggers found and used George Duke samples in numerous productions, including tracks by Kanye West, Ice Cube, MF Doom, and even Daft Punk.
A PERFECT STARTING POINT
GEORGE DUKE SOUL TREASURES is a treasure trove for producers looking for instant soul for their tracks. Exclusively recorded for Native Instruments by American soul and jazz legend George Duke, over 500 soul-drenched keyboard loops are ready to go, and without the need to dig for samples through crates of dusty vinyl.
All loops are perfectly sliced and tempo-synced, and you can easily edit and re-arrange all slices to create countless phrase variations - providing an immediate harmonic basis without requiring advanced musicianship for your hip-hop, R&B or soulful electronic tracks.
This instrument contains acoustic, Rhodes, Wurlitzer and Clavinet pianos recorded by George Duke and his personal engineer Erik Zobler, using highly sought-after vintage equipment. Two version of each phrase are available - clean and 'Tubes & Tapes'. The signal was routed through various analog outboard gear before finally being sent through a Requisite Audio tube optical limiter, and recorded to an Ampex analog tape - adding that authentic, warm, soul brother flavor.
FLEXIBLE EDITING AND REARRANGING
Each phrase is divided into several slices, which can be triggered individually from any point in the loop, making it easy to re-arrange and create countless variations. Sound parameters like tune, volume, attack and stretch can be adjusted on the fly with every step visible via the Waveform Display.
Timing is flexible – KONTAKT's timestretching delivers pleasingly smooth results. You can also drag and drop a MIDI file into your host sequencer – including the timing information for triggering the slices – giving you maximum flexibility when building and finalizing the tracks in a DAW.
Eight different filter types and studio-quality convolution reverb and provide additional sonic possibilities, with each effect chain triggerable via a MIDI keyboard.