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Offline JanustheManus

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Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« on: September 30, 2017, 07:10:13 PM »
There are many pitch shifting pedals out there (like the Digitech Whammy and the EHX Pitch Fork) but they all go by by semitones.

I personally like an off tune Rhodes because it brings extra warmth to the sound.
Is there a pedal that has a microtonal tuning slide like this one on this Kurzweil? Or is there a way in which I could build one (and attach it to the name rail of my Rhodes) ?
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Re: Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2017, 05:54:23 PM »
I don't understand what kind of out-of-tuneness you're looking for. Shift the whole thing up or down? Layer an off-pitch signal with the original for a chorus effect? Having a kind of pitch bend joystick?
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Re: Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2017, 08:48:53 PM »
Like a pitch joystick/wheel that doesn't spring back to its original position. Almost as the "fine tune" knob on the Minimoog.
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Re: Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2017, 05:07:12 PM »
I'm not aware of a pedal that does this, which doesn't mean there isn't one. There must be a way to do it with a plugin/software, so you can at least hear the result.
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Re: Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2017, 05:19:58 PM »
There ya go. I am soon to buy an audio interface and so I'm sure there is something like that word n a program.

Thanks bourniplus
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Re: Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2017, 07:07:42 AM »
I guess it's possible, and I know you are talking about using with a real Rhodes, but if you have any digital keyboards with a decent Rhodes sample ( I.E. Yamaha P series, which aren't too expensive) you can raise and lower the pitch through the keyboard.
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Re: Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2017, 07:52:00 AM »
That's an idea. An outboard effects processor might have this feature as well. I'm going to look into that. Thanks pianotuner steveo!
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Re: Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2017, 07:58:43 AM »
The Digitech IP33B rack version has the Whammy patch.
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Re: Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2017, 10:44:42 AM »
Wow. And with an expression pedal I could bend the pitch and hold it there?
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Re: Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2017, 10:53:29 AM »
That is correct sir. Or mount a potentiometer of the same value as the pedal. Hammond Organist Dick Sims (Eric Clapton) used to have the pot from a Wah pedal mounted on the organ so that he could sweep the range and leave it wherever he wanted.
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Re: Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2017, 10:42:16 AM »
you could also try EHX Ring Thing with an expression pedal.

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Re: Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2017, 10:45:29 PM »
Yes! I've always wanted a Ring Mod pedal
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Re: Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2017, 10:46:34 PM »
I've experimented with the whammy in GB and it was based on a Digitech Whammy! I could buy myself a whammy pedal...
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Re: Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2017, 11:45:58 AM »
You might also check out a Boss PS-6 Harmonist

It can do detuning in 5 cent increments (+/- 5-20 cents). It also has a whammy-ish pitch bend mode - I use that with my Rhodes a lot.

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Re: Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2017, 08:02:41 PM »
Wow! I will take a look...
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