Favorite Rhodes VST?

Discussion in 'Mixing, Post-Production, and Effects' started by Starry_Music, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. Starry_Music

    Starry_Music New Member

    Mar 27, 2019
    I am not satisfied with my Rhodes sounds, which I get from Omnisphere, Spitfire Labs, and some Komplete sounds. Any recommendations ?
  2. ceemusic

    ceemusic Active Member

    Dec 14, 2008
    New York area
    Scarbee - EP-88s, Lounge Lizard
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  3. chillbot

    chillbot Sock Muppet

    Feb 6, 2014
    La Canada Flintridge, CA
    So many!

    Like pianos though, so much of it is preference. You would not be unhappy with either Lounge Lizard or Pianoteq. And as an added bonus both have super tiny footprints.

    You didn't like the Vintage Keys in Komplete? There's a couple in there I use all the time.

    Personally I'm not a huge fan of Keyscape but most people love it... seems like a logical step if you have Omni. I find the rhodes almost "too good" in Keyscape, which doesn't make any sense but it's how I feel.
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  4. chillbot

    chillbot Sock Muppet

    Feb 6, 2014
    La Canada Flintridge, CA
  5. KallumS

    KallumS Active Member

    Jul 26, 2018
    Camden, London
  6. wst3

    wst3 my office these days

    Apr 2, 2010
    Pottstown, PA
    I use several, Lounge Lizard among them. Lounge Lizard tends to win the nod when I need to customize/tweak the sound. However, I almost always start with sample libraries, and especially those from SampleTekk, Scarbee, and Soniccouture.

    As has been mentioned, there are a LOT of different options.
  7. OP

    Starry_Music New Member

    Mar 27, 2019
    These replies are incredibly helpful! Some serious users on this site! If anyone is willing to weigh in... I posted a question in the "Omnisphere..." forum. Kind of a detailed "what's that sound" question. Some sounds I hear just "haunt" me and there are two links in my post that kind of show what I mean. very subtle, interesting sounds. Any input welcome!!! And thanks again
  8. OP

    Starry_Music New Member

    Mar 27, 2019
    I will review. them!!! Thank-you!
  9. KMA

    KMA member

    Sep 25, 2017
    My default is still the Scarbee Rhodes that came with my NI Komplete.

    The Arturia one is nice too, but it's more of a system drag.
  10. chillbot

    chillbot Sock Muppet

    Feb 6, 2014
    La Canada Flintridge, CA
  11. WaveRider

    WaveRider Member

    Mar 17, 2019
    Check out Sonic Couture - The Cantebury Suitcase. The EPs that come with Keyscape are also outstanding.
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  12. Quasar

    Quasar Senior Member

    Jun 26, 2012
    AAS Lounge Lizard is great.
  13. studiostuff

    studiostuff Active Member

    Dec 15, 2015

    Get a real Rhodes and run it through a BF Fender Twin Reverb amp.

    Your life will change in two ways: No VI will ever sound as good to you after that, and your back will need constant attention from a physical therapist of some sort.
  14. stigc56

    stigc56 Active Member

    May 14, 2009
    Keyscape and Scarbee.
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  15. Heinigoldstein

    Heinigoldstein Active Member

    Nov 4, 2013
    And you'll improve your playing technic and maintenance skills !
  16. Nick Batzdorf

    Nick Batzdorf Moderator

    Sep 14, 2004
    Los Angeles
    The amp part, okay, but I used to have a real Rhodes and for me having another one wouldn't make any difference whatsoever!

    Leaving aside that with no MIDI in you have to be a keyboard player (as opposed to a "keyboard-as-tool" player like me), I've found that Rhodes is one of the instruments that sampling/synthesis does incredibly well. It's a sine wave with a short hammer attack! And once you've added tremolo, chorus, etc., I couldn't possibly tell the difference.

    My first reaction to the old Scarbee Rhodes was that it made my Kurzweil K2500X keyboard feel like the real thing. There are other really good ones as well, all mentioned here except Velvet, which comes with Pro Tools.

    By the way, they're not "VSTs," they're V.I.s, sample libraries, whatever.

    I know, I'm crabby, but that term has always annoyed me.
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  17. scoble08

    scoble08 New Member

    Jan 21, 2016
    +1 Pianoteq! Very responsive.
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  18. StillLife

    StillLife Senior Member

    Mar 18, 2017
    I have the Canterbury Suitcase and Spitfire's North 7. Both excellent, but if you're just looking for rhe rhoded, I think the Canterbury is the best.
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  19. JamieLang

    JamieLang Member

    Jul 27, 2018
    Scarbee's newer EP88 is wonderful to play. IME. He's really good at making keyboards very PLAYABLE as opposed to simply "sounds like"....turn that finger latency UP, yo....

    That said....Keyscape is a better buy for EPs in general, having two very different Rhodes, digital EPs (which aren't as easy to get right as many seem to think)...Wurli....a lovely C7 to layer in....

    So.... $99 for a lovely to play Rhodes88....or $399 for "all EPs you will ever need for a long time"...Canterbury is a nice rough sounding unit. "unique". It would be hard for me to call that the best one, because it's SO unique....like if Keycape ONLY had that modded up "LA Blue"...the Canterbury sounds like a modded up Rhodes. Lovely....but, not definitive. It's more for EP playing geeks (guilty) who smile at having 10 options for the family of sounds. :)
  20. studiostuff

    studiostuff Active Member

    Dec 15, 2015
    Crabby people are my people!! ;)

    As I mentioned, there are some reasons to use Rhodes VIs, most are great reasons. I have a bunch and use them when I'm in a hurry. No-one has ever said to me, "Wait! Stop playback...!!! That's NOT a real Rhodes, is it?"

    For me, the low-mids and low freq stuff on the real deal seems richer, more emotion-producing for me, more soulful. It's probably an equal mix of nostalgia and my imagination.

    But having backtracked from my comment as much as I dare, for me, nothing but the real deal comes close.

    It's probably the aroma of cigarette smoke and stale beer I'm attracted to...
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