January 8, 2007

Oh, please, no...

by Chris Randall

Apparently, the Rhodes remake will actually be at NAMM this year, only like 5 years after that dude bought the name and started threatening to make one. There is actually a web site up and everything, and since it's on the interwebs, you know it's true.

I have to say that the technical data on the preview page isn't exactly inspiring. I can't for the life of me figure out why a simple mechanical instrument would need a USB port and an LCD screen, so it makes me think that they may have tried to improve on an already good thing. The words "state of the art" appear twice in three bullet points, and since the original Rhodes was created in 1946, I'm wondering how much "state of the art" technology should really be applied.

However, I don't think it's a ROMpler. If it is, I swear to christ I'm gonna start fashioning a shiv.

Any other rumors we should all be aware of? I do know a certain effects maker is supposed to debut a new flagship, but other than that, I haven't heard about anything that would really qualify as "interesting."



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Jan.08.2007 @ 1:48 AM
I restored a Rhodes once- that was a fun couple of weeks. Simple, brillant design inside that must have been very labor-intensive to assemble. Here's hoping they didn't fuck with it too much.

Jan.08.2007 @ 4:18 AM
If they aren't lying, it's not a ROMpler. From the web site's NAMM blurb: "ASK our knowledgeable sales personnel about the first new electromechanical pianos in 22 years". Agreed, I have no idea what USB ports would do on an instrument like that. I reckon they're fitting some kind of MIDI trigger system on some of the models at least, so they'd double up as MIDI controllers.

Otherwise, my NAMM prediction is pretty much "same crap in new shiny packages". But we'll see about that.


Jan.08.2007 @ 7:30 AM
Waldorf posted a blueprint style drawing of a synth shaped like their Wave a few weeks back on their homepage which many say may or may not be their new product. Anyone with any pre info please do spill the beans. They released the Nanosynth which is a scaled down micro q like sounding card for the CME controllers, so Terratec I hear is going release their a version of their latest VST Komplexer which can load MicroQ patches but can be an add on into the new controller keyboard they are releasing, just like the Nano synth for the CME joints. Controller keyboards loading VSTS, Korg is to release 3000 new products by the way. Cant wait to see what Behringer copied.


Jan.08.2007 @ 7:43 AM
Given that the Rhodes will be the only electromechanical piano in production, all the had to do was actually make the thing to be exciting. Why they feel the need to ad speak it up is beyond me.

Presumably that kind of technology as saviour marketing approach comes part and parcel with being inclined towards threats of litigation to protect the famous brand name you now own but did not build.


Jan.08.2007 @ 10:49 AM
penzoil washington
ummm, how do you do an electromechanical piano with pitch bend?? either it's a modeling instrument or it's "loaded with techno", ie; crap dsp.

? Tremolo and pitch bend


Jan.08.2007 @ 11:22 AM
It has a MIDI out, and it's just as easy these days to make it a USB MIDI interface. (It's probably an OEM board you can buy.) And the screen is for the MIDI features, and perhaps effects? That's my guess.

Yeah, the Wave-looking keyboard caught my eye, too.


Jan.08.2007 @ 11:55 AM
"Why they feel the need to ad speak it up is beyond me."

Because your average marketing person is more terrified by blank page-space than anything else in this world. I think they use copy-length to compensate for short-comings in other areas.


Jan.08.2007 @ 11:57 AM
Chris Randall
Yeah, I tend to agree with Penzoil that it's loaded with techno. We'll see, though.



Jan.08.2007 @ 12:24 PM
mike kiraly
loaded with techno never gets old.

Jan.08.2007 @ 1:17 PM
Umm, there's going to be a box from Arturia, a hardware rack device, with "selected modules" from Arturia's TAE products - with wooden panels. A nice display in the middle, loads of knobs. :-) Oh, and a Jupiter-8V.

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