Our friends at e-instruments, creators of some of the best Kontakt instruments around, have set us a challenge. One of their artists Jonah Smith has recorded both his vintage Rhodes Suitcase electric piano and the Session Keys Electric S Suitcase VI for one reason, e-instruments want to see if we can spot which one is which.
In an interview on the e-instruments website Jonah Smith says;
I really like it. I like the interface and the DI sound is the closest approximation of what my Rhodes sounds like when I plug it in DI. It is excellent. I like it responds when you dig in. I think e-instruments has really got the details right; I don’t know if they did this on purpose but it sounds like they modelled maybe not the most perfect Rhodes – you can hear micro-harmonics here and there on certain notes. That’s the stuff that makes each Rhodes different and imperfect, and what gives the individual Rhodes their character. If you play a flawless instrument where every tone-bar and pick-up is aligned super-perfectly and balanced, it doesn’t have the right sound to me. I like them to be a little bit messed up and unpredictable, and I think they’ve really achieved that.
There are some cool features on it too; I really like the Pentamorph; it’s cool, it helps you get a unique, different sound and you can get to it quickly, and I like the different effects and tonality available. I really like the clean and dry sound. I also like the two sound sets – the Live and Studio – I prefer the Live a little bit more; it has a little bit of a tail on it.
This coming from a man who has owns a real Fender Rhodes suitcase, his signature sound, and who has been dragging one around from gig to gig for over 20 years.
Which One Is Which?
Below are three audio clips, two are the Session Keys Electric S suitcase piano VI, one is the real thing. Can you tell which is which?