About a year ago I sampled a friends Rhodes Mk I 73 Rhodes.
It had just been serviced by one of the leading Rhodes guys in Sweden and was in a very good condition. The guy who owns the piano bought it new in the mid 70's and has always taken good care of the instrument.
Since Scarbee made this wonderful 73 I decided to do something different.
I know that the Fender factory used Fender Twins as a reference amp when setting up the pianos and pianists in bands I've played with also used Twins asa a amp for their Rhodes, so I thought I give it a go.
The Rhodes is therefore sampled using a miked Fender Twin! The amp was set to play clean but gives the piano a charachter that differs from a piano sampled straight, and that was the purpose!
All notes has been sampled in 16 different velocities with 16 matching releasesamples giving it 32 samples/note. You all know what this means for dynamic expression!
Here's some demos. They have been published in another thread, but I though that I make a new thread since this will be another subject really.
Here's a couple of more demos. First three made by Wolfgang Klutsch.
Thanks Wolfgang for letting me use these for the demos!
Sound very promising.... and very different from Scarbee !
Is there ambience added ? If not, the miking sound quite ambient...
Sound is very clean, not only the *sound* (almost no saturation), but also it seems very very much in tune.
Upper Bass have some raisonnance that might be difficult to manage, but maybe my playback system is not so accurate... Scarbee one don't have this pb because the bass is more even and saturated...
Well, thank's to work on a scarbee 73 alternative... there is none for the moment !
No, there's no ambience added. The demos are made using the samples with no effects added.
I guess that miking could add some ambience, but it was miked close.
The Rhodes was tuned directly prior to the recording so it should be ok!
I had a Rhodes growing up and this sure sounds like that keyboard I had.
Miking it is a must I feel for this instrument.
By the way, why did you choose not to use the actual Rhodes speakers instead of a twin?
Thanks! Yes, it does add some character to the sound, doesn't it.
The Stage 73 doesn't has any speaker built in and I happened to have a Twin around. Also, I'm used to play with guys using Twin as a amp for Rhodes, so it was a bit of a flashback.....
I saw it as a experiment as the usual way of recording a Rhodes for sampled instruments are to line them, so I thought I'd do something different.