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    Hey, which Piano/ Keyboard do you think has the best balance between great sound and great keyboard action (Rhodes/Wurly/CP80/Pianos.... and with bulit in efx)

    Obviously buying a real rhodes is too expensive both in the short and long run, bulky and heavy.... so what do you guys think? Between the YAMAHA MX88/ YAMAHA CP/ Nord Electro 4-5/ Korg Sv-1 or Grandstage/ Kawai/ Kurtzwail (I actually heard a lot of bad things regarding build quality and keyboard action on the kurtzs) or.... Rolands? :O or... something else?

    My dream is to play a real rhodes/wurly/CP80 - obviously impossible. What's the closest I can get?
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    I have a Yamaha CP5 with wooden keys (great action and piano feel). It does a convincing acoustic piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzer and CP80 and they all respond very well to keyboard dynamics.

    The CP5 has been replaced by the more refined and much more portable CP4. I have played the CP4 and highly reccomend it. I don't know if it is the 'best' keyboard out there but it certainly does the job for me.
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    • #3
      Depending on the functions you want to use the keyboard for, you might look at the Yamaha Reface CP. A tiny 3 octave keyboard. I like the Rhodes and Wurlitzer sounds. I has a nice dynamic range with some sort of velocity sensitivity in play. Not really good for playing gigs, although I think some folks may be connecting the Reface CP to a MIDI controller keyboard.

      I bought the Reface CP mostly to have a keyboard to take along when traveling.
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      • #4
        My favorite Rhodes and Wurly sounds come from a plug-in called Velvet. Short of a nice Suitcase, or a 200A (IOW, a real hardware Rhodes or Wurli), that's the best I've heard.

        I'm sorry - I know that's not really what you're looking for since you want a keyboard, but it's still my favorite source for those kinds of sounds. I'm such a fan of that VI that I couldn't resist mentioning it... I use it with a Kurzweil SP2X as the controller, which also has very nice acoustic piano sounds of its own on board. I also like the feel of the keyboard.
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          Velvet is great - is it still exclusive to Pro Tools? It was the first time I really heard the nuances of the Rhodes in that detail from a synth.

          When I discovered the CP5, with its wieghted wooden keys and software adjustments such as hammer hardness and strike position, it took me back to the time when I destroyed the interior of a VW Beatle by hauling around a Rhodes and 100lbs of Twin Reverb/EVM12s.

          (The CP5 is a bit of a brute to carry which is why I recommend the newer CP4 to the OP)
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          • #6
            Originally posted by onelife View Post
            Velvet is great - is it still exclusive to Pro Tools? It was the first time I really heard the nuances of the Rhodes in that detail from a synth.
            No, it's actually possible to run the latest version of Velvet in other hosts now, including VST, AU, etc.

            http://www.airmusictech.com/product/...m_requirements

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            "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

            - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

            "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

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            • onelife
              onelife commented
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              Thanks Phil

              One of the things I like about Velvet is the option to dial in some of the mechanical sounds that result from having the cover off a Rhodes.












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