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RD700GX supernatural EPs: some suggestions


Aidan

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Joe asked me via PM whether I could share some of the settings I have on my RD700GX for the Supernatural EPs. I thought I might as well post them publicly, so if it's of no interest to you, please skip now :)

 

Other GX owners, please feel free to chip in with any of your own concoctions.

 

I don't claim any particular authenticity for these - I have little or no experience with the "real thing" - but they work for me. Here, then, is the first of the three I currently have stored in my "one touch" settings.

 

Rhodes 1: quite soft, but well defined, based on a setting posted on the Roland Clan forums.

 

(p1)

 

Tone type: Tine EP

Bar Angle: 0

Pickup distance: -2

Bell/Thump: 0

Bell Character: -10

Damper noise: +10

Key off reso: +3

Hum noise: 0

Tuning type: Type 2

Level: 127

 

(p2)

 

Effect: Phaser (I have this turned off by default but ready to switch in)

Rate mode: hz

Rate: 0.85hz

Depth: 82

Resonance: 49

Low gain: 0db

High gain: 0db

Level: 127

 

(p3)

 

Amp type: Old case

Treble: +10

Bass: 0

Tremelo Sw: On (I do have this on by default)

Trem rate mode: hz

Trem rate: 2.90hz

Trem depth: 51

Trem duty: 0

Speaker sim: Twin

Level: 72

 

(p4 - Key touch edit)

 

Key touch: Light

Key touch offset: 0

Velocity: Real

Velo delay sens: 0

Velo keyflw sens: 0

Key touch mode: Mode 2

 

EDIT: Sorry, should have added that I use the equalizer/sound control panel to add 7.8dB on the High Mid Gain control. Judicious use of the equalizer is key to putting some character into the GX's EPs, I've found.

Studio: Yamaha P515 | Yamaha Tyros 5 | Yamaha HX1 | Moog Sub 37

Road: Yamaha YC88 | Nord Electro 5D

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Another Rhodes: this is punchier and more compressed. Use the key touch settings to adjust how much "bark" you want. No use of equalizer this time.

 

(p1)

 

Tone type: Tine EP

Bar Angle: +6

Pickup distance: +1

Bell/Thump: 0

Bell character: -10

Damper noise: 0

Key off reso: 0

Hum noise: -10

Tuning type: Type 2

Level: 125

 

(p2)

 

Effect: Linedrive (on by default - adds a little grit)

Strength: Soft

Type 1:

Drive: 15

Low gain: 0db

High gain: 0db

Level: 127

 

(p3)

 

Amp type: New case

Treble: +12

Bass: +8

Tremelo Sw: On

Tremolo rate mode: hz

Trem rate: 1.25hz

Trem depth: 17

Trem duty: +10

Speaker sim: New

Level: 127

 

(p4 - key touch edit)

 

Key touch: Medium

Key touch offset: -10

Velocity: Real

Velo delay sens: +5

Velo keyflw sens: 0

Key touch mode: Mode 1

Studio: Yamaha P515 | Yamaha Tyros 5 | Yamaha HX1 | Moog Sub 37

Road: Yamaha YC88 | Nord Electro 5D

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My current Wurli: I was really looking for that "What I'd Say" sound in the raw sample, which I think this achieves to some extent, though the bottom notes don't sound quite there - I'm not sure there's a way to fix that.

 

This has two effects in reserve to add. Switching in the trem (and maybe reining back the velocity response a bit) gives you that mild Norah Jones type Wurli, while adding in the chorus gives you instant Supertramp.

 

(p1)

 

Tone type: Reed EP

Bar Angle: -9

Pickup dist: 0

Bell/thump: -4

Bell character: -3

Damper noise: +10

Key off reso: 0

Hum noise: 0

Tuning type: Type 2

Level: 127

 

(p2)

 

Effect: Chorus (switched off by default)

Pre-delay: 2.0ms

Rate mode: Hz

Rate: 2.40hz

Depth: 55

Phase: 60deg

Balance: D50:50W

Level: 127

 

(p3)

 

Amp type: Wurly

Treble: +5

Bass: +1

Vibrato Sw: On (but effect switched out by default)

Vib rate mode: Hz

Vib rate: 5.30hz

Vib depth: 42

Speaker sim: Wurly

Level: 114

 

(p4 - key touch edit)

 

Key touch: Light

Key touch offset: +4

Velocity: Real

Velo delay sens: +7

Velo keyflw sens: 0

Key touch mode: Mode 2

 

EDIT: Sorry, forgot the equalizer stuff again: High gain boost of 4.6db, hi mid boost of +5.0db

Studio: Yamaha P515 | Yamaha Tyros 5 | Yamaha HX1 | Moog Sub 37

Road: Yamaha YC88 | Nord Electro 5D

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I had PM'd Aiden a few months ago with my edits for the Supernatural Rhodes... I believe he found the result too harsh for his liking:

 

SUPERNATURAL

TINE E. PIANO

 

DESIGNER 1

Tone Type: TINE EP

Bar Angle: +3

Pickup Distance: 1

Bell/Thump: 1

Bell Character: +10

Damper Noise: +5

Key Off Reso: 0

HUM Noise: 10

Tuning Type: Type 2

Level: 127

 

DESIGNER 2

Effect: Compressor

Attack: 20

Threshold: 64

Post Gain: +6dB

Low Gain: 0dB

High Gain: +12dB

Level: 127

 

DESIGNER 3

Amp Type: OLD CASE

Treble: +15

Bass: 0

Tremolo Sw: Off

Tremolo Rate Mode: Hz

Tremolo Rate: 1.25 Hz

Tremolo Depth: 50

Tremolo Duty: 5

Speaker Sim: NEW

Level: 72

 

KEY TOUCH EDIT:

Key Touch: MEDIUM

Key Touch Offset: 0

Velocity: REAL

Velocity Delay Sens: 0

Velocity Key Flow Sens: +53

Key Touch Mode: MODE 2

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Drawback, thanks for reposting that - revisiting it, I actually like it a whole lot better, though it won't be for anyone who doesn't like bell-rich Rhodes sounds. But that's quite pretty :)

Studio: Yamaha P515 | Yamaha Tyros 5 | Yamaha HX1 | Moog Sub 37

Road: Yamaha YC88 | Nord Electro 5D

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