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Rhodes Mk7 revisited


Gary75

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I'm just in the process of putting new felts on my Mk1 and generally having an intense YouTube listen to Rhodes vids. Anyway, I came across this video from a few years back of Jeff Lorber using an active Mk7, and it has a great tone, certainly the tone I like to hear. But like a post in the video comments, I have always assumed it was a slightly ballsless Mk1 judging from other videos. Do you guys think this tone has a certain amount of outboard gear in the signal path? - and I'm thinking tubes here.

 

 

[video:youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVDoD56KmCc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

 

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Obviously ignore the playing difference, but you see my point with this active Mk7 tone compared to Lorbers.

 

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Lorber plays the Rhodes mk 7 w/ the "suitecase-type" amplification

http://rhodespiano.com/rhodes_speakers.htm

 

The active MIDI (AM) stage model sounds a bit weird, but obviousely EQed to the taste of that player and connected to a different amplifier,- this recorded/miked w/ the crappy room sound.

Sounds horribe to my ears,- I prefer the "lorber" sound too.

 

A.C.

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I'm just in the process of putting new felts on my Mk1 and generally having an intense YouTube listen to Rhodes vids. Anyway, I came across this video from a few years back of Jeff Lorber using an active Mk7, and it has a great tone, certainly the tone I like to hear. But like a post in the video comments, I have always assumed it was a slightly ballsless Mk1 judging from other videos. Do you guys think this tone has a certain amount of outboard gear in the signal path? - and I'm thinking tubes here.

 

 

[video:youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVDoD56KmCc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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That's not me playing the Beatles tune. But glad you liked my video picks.

 

Just trying to decide if Lorbers sound is partially derived from the amp cabinet, or if he's going direct (which I found a reference to him doing in his studio when he took delivery of his Mk7). Certainly some grit in the sound, and I think it does have a nice tube pre on it, but I'm no audio expert.

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....a very nice rendition of "She's Leaving Home" a wonderfully paradoxically sad, but happy Beatles tune. Well done.

 

[OT] but this is one of my all time Beatles tunes. On Sergeant Pepper's LHCB no less. George Martin String arrangements = beyond beautiful. Same with the chord progression. K. [/OT]

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It seems hard to aurally compare the two videos. The Lorber video obviously has a professional approach, and the Rhodes is recorded direct from the amp system into the recorder. You don't pick up the ambient mechanical noise of the piano, and are therefore getting only the pure tone. It's a great tone and shows the pure essence of the instrument.

 

The second recording sounds like the piano is plugged into an amp, and then recorded right into the camera's microphones. The camera is getting the distant sound of the amp, plus all the ambient noise of the piano. The Rhodes itself produces a lot of mechanical noise, most notably the initial bell tone attack, as well as the movement of the hammers and thunks from hitting the keys. I would assume that the camera is closer to the piano than it is to the amp, and is therefore picking up just as much ambiance. In that case, you really can't tell what the amp is producing.

 

IMHO, they're both great sounds for particular songs/situations. That's part of the reason I can never play a real Rhodes again; I like all the variations and know I could only have one mechanical setup on the piano. Much of that variation comes from the setup of the piano and not just the amp.

 

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