Neo Soul Keys electric piano instrument review

Submitted by on Nov 30, 2011

Yo what’s good fam!

I been waiting to do this one for a while!

I had the first version that requires the full version of Kontakt, but they said the “powered by” Kontakt version was coming in a few months so I waited until it was done.

This is a Kontakt instrument dedicated to Neo Soul EP made by Jamal Hartwell at

You know I love EPs so let’s see how it stacks up!

What is Neo Soul Keys?

I know what you’re thinking….”man, ANOTHER electric piano?”

I know I thought that….

but the thing that grabbed my interest on this one, was that it was the first one I knew of that was specifically created to capture the urban/soul ep sound.

Plus, the guy who made it, Jamal Hartwell, is pretty dope on the keys,

and I would consider his sound to be very soulful.

So you know I had to check it out.

This is created to be used inside the free kontakt player or the full version of kontakt

It uses high quality samples, some impulse responses, and some amp simulation

Quick Specs

  • content: 2.6gb
  • format: kontakt player 4 or 5, and kontakt 4 or 5
  • price: $199 ($20 to upgrade from non player version)

How does it sound?

This is all that matters, and for me, I’m very picky with my EP sounds. I have some favorites for sure, so I wanted to see what was up with this.

Bottom line, they got it!

It has the warmth, the grit, the bark, the silkiness, the growl…it has “that” sound.

Each time I test a new EP it gets closer to the sound I prefer, but there was still always a little “something” missing.

Sure, there are many great, well recorded, amazing sounding EP libraries. I have a few

But when it comes to actually capturing that soul, that dirt, the smooth funk that we know from records, albums, and live performances….this is it.

I love the control you have over the sound, the fx, the small nuances, the amp sims, all come together to make a great instrument.

Even the default ep sound, is awesome.

What’s the bottom line?

I’m an EP fanatic, I’m ALWAYS looking for the best EP.

I have some favorites, and this one finds it’s way right to the top of that list.

This is definitely one of my “go to” EP libraries, I find myself using it alot.

If you like EPs, specifically soulful, urban, dirty, smooth, and funky ones….get this, no question, 5 out of 5 subs

I love everything about it, love the interface, and totally love the sound.

I really like the fact that they made it available to people who do not own the full version of Kontakt, making it a Kontakt Player library really opens it up to everyone.

Every time I got an EP library, even if I felt it was the best I had heard up until that point, I always found myself looking for more.

I can honestly say now, I have no need to look elsewhere, sure I’d probably still try to find a real rhodes one day.

But I don’t feel my EP choices are lacking, and I definitely feel like someone has actually captured the sound I imagine when I think EP, based on my many years of listening to music.

Check out this little promo video he did, watch him go IN on them keys, dudes a beast!!

As usual, leave a comment below and let me know what you think

Then go get your own copy! Neo Soul Keys product page

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3 years 10 months ago

Nice review! Have you tried Soniccouture’s Broken Wurli? Really curious as to how they compare.


3 years 10 months ago

@Cris, thanks for watching, I have not heard that one, I’m more of a rhodes fan than a wurli fan though, but I like a good wurli too :)

3 years 10 months ago

@saintjoe, You should check out the broken wurli too, it’s really something. Killing my CPU though :-)

3 years 10 months ago

@Cris, cool man thanks, will check it out!

3 years 10 months ago

all i can say is wow this is great i was just looking at the history of the rhodes piano and all the work that went into the making this fine instrument and what it cost to buy one and to get one of these for 99 bucks is great this is a fine sounding ep for the money thanks for the info

3 years 10 months ago

@tony, yes indeed, this is a very great product and has a great sound too it, definitely captured the grit and soul of the soul rhodes instrument.

3 years 10 months ago

Hey Joe!

You have excelled yourself. This is DOPE! Right at Christmas time, this is on my list.

Thanks for the Dope review my friend!


3 years 10 months ago

@everythingbutthegirl, no doubt fam! I literally think anyone that loves EP/Rhodes, should have this, period.

3 years 10 months ago

@saintjoe, On the case bruh!

3 years 10 months ago

@everythingbutthegirl, no doubt :)

iLogic Chop
3 years 10 months ago

Hi Saint Joe!, I Interesting in this sound, Can I make slices in maschine pads? Byyee

3 years 10 months ago

@iLogic Chop, yes it’s great, it is not loops so you can’t slice it up on the pads

3 years 10 months ago

I am a bity puzzled. I’ve been following the development on this Electric piano and just checked the link you indicated and it is not yet on sale. Where did you get you copy of the new version? Do let me know.

3 years 10 months ago

@Ola, I bought the original when it first came out, been waiting for this one, I got my copy directly from Jamal it should show up in the shop soon