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Offline jr30

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Recording Rhodes with D.I. (Vintage Vibe Piano)
« on: September 03, 2019, 10:41:37 AM »

I have got a brand new Vintage Vibe Piano with 64 keys and build in preamp. Tried severals ways to record to my audio interface and prefer the sound direct from the harp, instead of the build in Preamp. Also I have tested with my clean Brunetti Singleman Amp (a la Fender Blackface) and still prefer the uncolored sound direct from the harp into my RME UFX Audio Interface at Instrument Level and get quiet good results.

The sound is warm and bells. I miss the 'bark' of my old 1975 Rhodes and hope my Rhodes Engineer can help me to set it up more dynamically with less bell and more 'bite'.

There are two units I think they can help to improve the sound for recording:
  • Sansamp Para Driver D.I. V2
  • Empress ParaEQ

I have no experience with D.I. and don't know D.I. helps to get better results? Cable length is no issue and my RME UFX Interface has an HI-Z Input already.
What do you think about these units, or do you recommend other solutions?

Thank you,
« Last Edit: September 03, 2019, 10:52:17 AM by jr30 »

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Re: Recording Rhodes with D.I. (Vintage Vibe Piano)
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2019, 06:57:47 AM »
Hi + welcome ;-)

A VV Piano is a kind of 'alternative', but not a 1:1 Rhodes replacement. There are lots of small differences in materials, parts design etc. which make the VVs sound like an own kind of mechanical E-Piano (very Rhodes-like, indeed).

In fact, the 'bark' is some kind of mechanical generated distoriton (esp. in the low end), so an EQ or drive pedal will only give approximate results...

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Re: Recording Rhodes with D.I. (Vintage Vibe Piano)
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2019, 06:46:40 AM »
I never really thought of bark as being distortion. I've always thought it as being more like a quick attack, dynamic range induced sound which can be adjustable, but I wouldn't start turning screws in a new instrument unless it were necessary,
1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 270 Butterfly Grand
2004 Hammond XK3
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
2017 Yamaha P255
2020 Kawai CA99
....and a few guitars...