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#2874305 - 08/21/17 04:22 PM Re: The Canterbury Suitcase Electric Piano [Re: Beethree]
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Originally Posted By: Beethree
Has anybody played both this and the newest Scarbee 88?


Yes- as of yesterday when I got the Canterbury. With the caveat that I've only played with it for a few hours I'd say the Canterbury is more authentic and thicker sounding on a pure note basis not driven by effects. The Ep-88 barks/cracks/snaps harder if you program it that way, which I really like although it's probably not true to any real Rhodes. Plenty of effects available for both. Both seem to chew up CPU. I'm trying to operate on 32 sample buffer but the release of the sustain pedal gives me intermittent pops in Reaper. No pops when using stand-alone Kontact playing Canterbury. Still investigating this.

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#2874461 - 08/22/17 12:35 PM Re: The Canterbury Suitcase Electric Piano [Re: Beethree]
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About the effects: the routing is entirely flexible, and the quality of the effects is quite good -- I think these are from Soniccouture vs. wrappers of Guitar Rig and Kontakt effrects.
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#2874544 - 08/22/17 07:50 PM Re: The Canterbury Suitcase Electric Piano [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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The first thing I did was go after old Joe Zawinuls wah-wah sound, easy as pie, then John Paul Jones "No Quarter" Maestro phaser, pretty juicy.
Twin Reverb Amp sound with a little Spring, spectacularly thick.

My only beef with Keyscape LA Custom is it thins out in the upper octaves.
Comps are noticeably louder.
Canterbury can go from LH Bass like Chicks Light As A Feather, then switch to comp plus solo, without having to lighten the left hand clusters.

It sounds real nasty through Blue3s updated Rotary plug in...

I'm actually trying to find an example of where not to use this instrument to no avail.
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#2874572 - 08/22/17 11:47 PM Re: The Canterbury Suitcase Electric Piano [Re: hardware]
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You caught it right there -- this is the first Rhodes that I have been able to play clusters on (especially complex jazz voicings) without the bottom end going all muddy.
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#2874594 - 08/23/17 03:06 AM Re: The Canterbury Suitcase Electric Piano [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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I've notice this on a majority of VSTi's.
Especially synths.
Mid Range was always decent but high and low ranges were never on.
I had to keep discrete audio analogs in my rig since I need that quality of sound.
Another shockingly good instrument is 8DIO Clavinet.
After 20 years I can smile.
Someday maybe a Sax that doesn't morph into a Kazoo in the high Tenor range.
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#2874609 - 08/23/17 04:15 AM Re: The Canterbury Suitcase Electric Piano [Re: hardware]
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Unlike my Yellow Lab who has to carry around her newest toy or latest donated pair of socks at the exclusion of all else, I'm trying to refrain from making an early judgement. It's too easy to like and gravitate to the latest purchase the most (at least for me) although Canterbury sounds and plays wonderful. But I said the same about EP-88s just a few weeks ago.

I did spend hours yesterday running clinical experiments to determine cpu usage between this and EP-88. Canterbury for the most part is not a problem on my 5+ year old pc running at a 32 sample buffer. It does give an occasional audio click if all 3 outputs (mike, line and room) are used. Not unexpected and many of the preset patches only use 1 or 2 outputs. I really have to sustain a lot of notes to "force" an audio click. Ep-88 does not have this selectable output configuration. I've concluded that EP-88 sucks up CPU cycles on pedal release because this is where it's using some serious modeling per the on-line and user manual description. A 64 sample buffer doesn't seem to help and at 128 I get less pops but still enough to annoy me. Contrary to some previous statements I made it's independent of whether run as stand-alone or within Reaper. I realize it could be my system and I do plan on upgrading in the next 6 months or so . But for now it's pretty much un-usable.

Now...where did I leave those socks?

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#2874726 - 08/23/17 11:43 AM Re: The Canterbury Suitcase Electric Piano [Re: ngk]
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And Canterbury Rhodes performs flawlessly on my Yoga 2 PRO @ 256 samples!!! Super nice. I just wish the scaling control could make the upper end louder if desired. Now, it is only negative scaling.

About latency settings: 128 is the standard for live playing, and many computers handle this well, but for failsafe operation, 256 samples is plenty responsive and will usually avoid clicks.

Trying to operate, live, at 32 or 64 samples is asking for trouble i my exeperience.


Edited by ngk (08/23/17 11:48 AM)

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#2886548 - 10/22/17 07:14 PM Re: The Canterbury Suitcase Electric Piano [Re: ngk]
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Itís possoble that Iím not picky enough, and Iím certainly no Rhodes expert, but Iím still leaning more on the EP 88 more than the Canterbury. Iíve had more time with the EP 88 so thatís definitely coloring my opinion. If anything, I find that they are both really distinctive instruments and I can see myself using both in different settings. Also, worth noting, Iíve been using both with Amplitude Fender Twin and a virtual pedal board. So I really havenít explored the built in effects in either library.
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#2886550 - 10/22/17 07:32 PM Re: The Canterbury Suitcase Electric Piano [Re: RoadHousePiano]
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The best feature on Cantebury is really Mic Mixing and Mono summed pan.
I run a 50 foot MIDI Cable out front with a battery operated 49 note POS just to set the Panning.
Itís so damn wide I have to re adjust per gig.
The PA is stereo which some guys frown upon but we use excellent automated vocal FX and my keys must be stereo.

Using DSP and Hardware FX (TC Fireworx) for chorus/verb.
Blue3 Leslie plug, and Cantebury Phaser for that No Quarter Maestro Phaser Sound.

Pretty much never use Keyscape or PianoTeq Rhodes now.
Both are very good but once I go through so many gigs and can concentrate on playing instead of sound quality/work arounds I keep the one that makes me smile the most.
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#2886565 - 10/23/17 12:34 AM Re: The Canterbury Suitcase Electric Piano [Re: RoadHousePiano]
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Also, worth noting, Iíve been using both with Amplitude Fender Twin and a virtual pedal board. So I really havenít explored the built in effects in either library.


RoadHouse, do you use a mono or stereo input into Amplitube? If stereo, do you have separate amps on the Left and Right?

I always wondered why Amplitube seems a little unfriendly to keyboard players. Maybe there's an easy way to duplicate the left and right amp setups (which I haven't found) or maybe no one uses a stereo input (but me)?

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#2886598 - 10/23/17 07:17 AM Re: The Canterbury Suitcase Electric Piano [Re: SuckerMC]
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Originally Posted By: SuckerMC
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Also, worth noting, Iíve been using both with Amplitude Fender Twin and a virtual pedal board. So I really havenít explored the built in effects in either library.


RoadHouse, do you use a mono or stereo input into Amplitube? If stereo, do you have separate amps on the Left and Right?

I always wondered why Amplitube seems a little unfriendly to keyboard players. Maybe there's an easy way to duplicate the left and right amp setups (which I haven't found) or maybe no one uses a stereo input (but me)?
I'm using GigPerformer as my host. I have a stereo out of the Canterbury into Amplitude and a stereo out of Amplitude to my Line Out. Now, what happens within Amplitude I'm afraid I'm naive to. I'm somewhat tech illiterate. I can tell you that I don't have separate amps for the L and R channels.
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#2886600 - 10/23/17 07:24 AM Re: The Canterbury Suitcase Electric Piano [Re: RoadHousePiano]
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Originally Posted By: RoadHousePiano
Originally Posted By: SuckerMC
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Also, worth noting, Iíve been using both with Amplitude Fender Twin and a virtual pedal board. So I really havenít explored the built in effects in either library.


RoadHouse, do you use a mono or stereo input into Amplitube? If stereo, do you have separate amps on the Left and Right?

I always wondered why Amplitube seems a little unfriendly to keyboard players. Maybe there's an easy way to duplicate the left and right amp setups (which I haven't found) or maybe no one uses a stereo input (but me)?
I'm using GigPerformer as my host. I have a stereo out of the Canterbury into Amplitude and a stereo out of Amplitude to my Line Out. Now, what happens within Amplitude I'm afraid I'm naive to. I'm somewhat tech illiterate. I can tell you that I don't have separate amps for the L and R channels.

With the stereo tremolo on the suitcase engaged, you are hearing stereo? As I see it, the only way that could happen is if Amplitube is set to pass dry signal Ė which defeats the purpose of using it imo, so there must be something I'm missing (or my opinion is misguided!).

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#2886619 - 10/23/17 08:42 AM Re: The Canterbury Suitcase Electric Piano [Re: Reezekeys]
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Originally Posted By: Reezekeys
Originally Posted By: RoadHousePiano
Originally Posted By: SuckerMC
Quote:
Also, worth noting, Iíve been using both with Amplitude Fender Twin and a virtual pedal board. So I really havenít explored the built in effects in either library.


RoadHouse, do you use a mono or stereo input into Amplitube? If stereo, do you have separate amps on the Left and Right?

I always wondered why Amplitube seems a little unfriendly to keyboard players. Maybe there's an easy way to duplicate the left and right amp setups (which I haven't found) or maybe no one uses a stereo input (but me)?
I'm using GigPerformer as my host. I have a stereo out of the Canterbury into Amplitude and a stereo out of Amplitude to my Line Out. Now, what happens within Amplitude I'm afraid I'm naive to. I'm somewhat tech illiterate. I can tell you that I don't have separate amps for the L and R channels.

With the stereo tremolo on the suitcase engaged, you are hearing stereo? As I see it, the only way that could happen is if Amplitube is set to pass dry signal Ė which defeats the purpose of using it imo, so there must be something I'm missing (or my opinion is misguided!).
I don't have my laptop in front of me to check this out but a quick search turned up that Amplitude is Dual Mono only. Not stereo.
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#2890268 - 11/14/17 01:05 PM Re: The Canterbury Suitcase Electric Piano [Re: RoadHousePiano]
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The Canterbury is now the only Rhodes library I'll use. It has even kicked UVI Tines Anthology to the curb when going for the more modern 80's sound. Such a flexible library! You can easily make it sound like any Rhodes model you've ever heard.
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