I know, I know….. another electric piano software instrument. Been there, done that. It’s true, we all have lots of electric pianos to choose from. Logic’s own Vintage Electric Piano is perfectly respectable on its own.
But the thing with software instruments is that it all comes down to one single defining factor: how does it feel when you are playing it? Some instruments just “feel” great to play. They may not even be the best sample sets in their class. But if they feel good when you’re playing them, nothing is more important than that.
I’ve always loved the feel of playing the Session Keys instruments from eInstruments. Their acoustic pianos and Rhodes instruments always seem to keep me sitting in front of the keyboard longer. And I always seem to come up with interesting nuggets of ideas that I might not have otherwise thought of. Why? Because they just feel good to play; so I end up playing more. And playing more leads me to come up with ideas outside my stock cliche well-worn things I play when I first sit down in front of the keyboard.
And now e-Instruments has come up with a sample set for the classic 1974 Wurlitzer electric pianos. And in case you are wondering, yes; it feels great to play! Weighing in at a solid 4.5GB, Session Keys Electric W is more than just a stunning sample set. Like their other keyboards, there are two sample sets to choose from. In this case, one is sampled from the instrument’s direct output. The other is captured from the instruments built-in speakers and recorded with various microphones.
Flashback alert: I am remembering back to the late seventies, having band rehearsals in my parents' basement. With limited amps available, we had to play quietly enough for the Wurlitzer speakers to cut through and be heard.
As with all the other eInstrument keyboards, there is a great library of musical phrases to choose from in the Animator section that provides a great jumping off point either for song ideas or piano parts for your own songs. Their incredible chord detection algorithms decode the chords you play in and instantly adapt the playback of the phrases to follow your chords. You can control the feel, swing, quantization, timing, and more.
And if that feels like too much, Session Keys has a Smart Chord function that allows for generating one finger chords, based on a specified key and scale. But unlike other one finger chord generators, Session keys offers lots of variations in the voicings for each chord. You can even combine Smart Chords with the Animator, and generate complete piano parts with one finger if that is your thing.