Rhodes Mk II and Wurlitzer Model 200a sample library by Keyboard Waves (S)
* Format: ALL (.X3A)
* Name: Rhoditzer.X3A
* Size: 451.8MB
* SDRAM OK: Library requires Flash Board
* Voices: 80 User Voices, 32 Rhodes + 32 Wurlitzer + 16 Rhoditzer
* Bank loads to: User Bank 4
* Other formats: Motif XS
* Requires Flash Memory
As good as the internal Rhodes sounds are in the Motif XF they are not the ‘last word’ on the subject. For a start they have not changed much since the original Motif came out in 2001 and, while they are still excellent sounds, they are quite ‘clean’ and ‘precise,’ which is not exactly how mechanical instruments such as the Rhodes and Wurlitzer pianos behave in real life.
This collection is unique in that it doesn't just offer lovingly sampled Rhodes and Wurlitzer voices (44.1 / 24-bit), it also has a range of blended voices, hence the 'Rhoditzer' name. These hybrid voices are obviously pianistic in nature and application but they're unique and provide some excellent new raw material for both live and recorded work.
Of the 80 Voices, 32 are based on samples of a 1981 Fender Rhodes Mk II. Samples were taken at eight velocity levels minimum (some are at eleven levels). Each note also has its own Note Off sound assigned on Part 4, providing an additional - and indeed crucial - level of realism. Voices also come with some assignable controller features such as bass boost and high frequency/EQ boost. Mod wheel progressively applies chorus and the ribbon controller progressively applies reverb. These are nice touches as there are many 'types' of Rhodes sound and part which, although you can't manipulate in real time on an actual vintage Rhodes instrument, you can achieve by tweaking the action or the tine bars (the metal rods that generate the sound) and pickup position. Keyboard Waves may not have set out to produce a specific song-based collection but the voice names, manual and also the excellent selection of YouTube demo videos give you a pretty decent clue to which material the creators had in mind for each voice. Armed with Rhodes Babylon you'll be able to knock 'em dead should Steely Dan's signature Rhodes-thru-an-MXR-phaser employing Babylon Sisters be in your repertoire.
The 32 Wurlie voices are based upon samples taken from the classic Wurlitzer 200a, the go-to instrument of seventies superstars Supertramp. Several Supertramp voices are offered (the voices 'Stranger' 'Dreamer' and 'Bloody' shouldn't be too hard to attribute). Alan Parsons was also a Wurlie aficionado and C13 totally nails Eye In The Sky. In terms of controller assignments, the Wurlie voices substitute bass boost for the all-important and often used vibrato.
A real Fender Rhodes and a real Wurlitzer are great instruments but they're not terribly practical - financially, physically, technologically - for everyone. (A Wurlie also just has a somewhat restrictive 64-note keyboard with a fairly nasty, shallow and plasticky keyboard action.) If you just want a top class collection of sounds that are associated with these classic keyboards then the Rhoditzer library will provide them in and on your Motif XF. Keyboard Waves has created a number of YouTube videos that not only showcase the sounds but also the excellent playing skills of the programmer.