November 29, 2013 8:15 AM

A quick sort-of-improv on the Rhodes for this month's challenge. Playing it through my ProCo Rat for a little oomph.

For the nerds: it's a Rhodes Stage 73 Mk I into a Rat into a Danelectro Tremelo into a delay into a Roland JC77 with a bit of reverb.

The interesting thing for me is that you basically get verse, lift, chorus and bridge all done in one minute, and everything else from this point on would be repetition.

posted by sweet mister (6 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Dig it!
posted by tybeet at 6:54 AM on November 30, 2013

Rhodes sounds sweet.
posted by chococat at 8:29 AM on November 30, 2013

This is tasty as all get out. Sounds great--both your playing, and the tone that you arrived at. Man, I want a rhodes or a wurlitzer. The simulations are pretty good these days, but they still pale in the face of that sound.
posted by umbĂș at 8:02 PM on November 30, 2013

They're almost getting affordable now. I was able to buy a Rhodes, Hammond M3 and Leslie 760 for quite a lot less than the Korg SV1 that I'd been using up until then.

One of the things I discovered from my Rhodes is that (like the Hammonds) they're pretty much indestructible. Unless they're all corroded out inside, you can repair/replace pretty much everything, and all the parts are still available. So there's no reason to be afraid of buying a cheap one.

Some of the sims are excellent now (the NeoSoul one is the most soulful and realistic by far) but the real thing has a gnarl and attitude to it which is impossible to simulate. It's all about the touch sensitivity, being able to go from a bell like sound to an overdriven roar, which os very hard to do even with a bunch of velocity layers in a sample, since there are so many ways to voice the tines.
posted by sweet mister at 9:49 PM on November 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

Nice! That is a fantastic sound you got. I really love the melancholy ending.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 2:55 AM on December 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

Great sound!
posted by capricorn at 12:07 PM on December 2, 2013

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