Electric Piano(?) sound from "How Deep Is Your Love", "Just The Way You Are", others

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tboulette
KVRist
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407 posts since 23 Oct, 2006 from Northern New England

Post Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:46 pm

OK, for years I've loved the sound of what I presume is some model of electric piano from around 1977. The sound is features on the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love" and Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are", among other recordings I can't think of at the moment. It's a really warm and almost vibraphone like sound. What is that instrument? Can anyone here enlighten me?

TIA.
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standalone
KVRAF
5759 posts since 8 May, 2008 from ssssskipping ......... I left you there

Post Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:52 pm

Rhodes MK1?.

TristezaOrange
angelboy
4598 posts since 21 Aug, 2001 from Larnaca, Cyprus

Post Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:52 pm

Ah yeah, the Minnie Riperton "Loving You" sound, right? Yeah, what exactly is it? Just a Rhodes?

Bonteburg
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4260 posts since 25 Mar, 2002 from A quaint little village just south of Hamburg, Germany

Post Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:57 pm

Hmmm.... sounds like there's a fair amount of Flanger on the Billy Joel one!

And both of them have a fairly long release and don't really go up to 11 so they are clean.

Marco :)

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standalone
KVRAF
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Post Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:01 pm

Here is a MK1 library, check if it's what you are looking for:

http://www.cinematique-instruments.com/?p=143

Nystul
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441 posts since 30 Apr, 2007

Post Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:40 pm

Sounds like a Rhodes, played with soft touch, and run through some effects.

Mokafix
KVRian
830 posts since 9 Aug, 2004 from Berlin

Post Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:42 pm

Just an info you might consider :
The DynoMyPiano preamp was very popular on Rhodes in the 80's, and I do believe that it is big part of the Rhodes tone as many know it.
http://www.fenderrhodes.com/history/dyno.php

You can get something similar with EQing I think, by enhancing Rhodes overrtones to get a bright "chimes like" tone on attacks at low velocity.
From what I know it might be around 6kHz.
It gives the rhodes a nice "less muffled" sound than the basic EQ.

edit :

The songbird/dyno CS5 stereo chorus was also popular at that time.
This could also be a hint in your research.
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tboulette
KVRist
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407 posts since 23 Oct, 2006 from Northern New England

Post Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:45 pm

standalone wrote:Here is a MK1 library, check if it's what you are looking for:

http://www.cinematique-instruments.com/?p=143
Could be. I've been messing around with Electric in Ableton Live and I start getting something close when I reduce the "stiffness" and "force" parameters in the MK1 patch. No doubt there's some studio effects going on in the recordings.
"Enough Spyro Gyra and you're hoping you'll be killed in a knife fight."
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robogone
KVRAF
21375 posts since 26 Jul, 2005 from Gone

Post Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:16 am

Bonteburg wrote:Hmmm.... sounds like there's a fair amount of Flanger on the Billy Joel one!
I'm thinking it might be chorus - old 70s chorus pedals could give you some pretty extreme sounds.

Kevin63101
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418 posts since 30 Apr, 2008 from St Louis, MO

Post Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:06 pm

I would have guessed Billy Joel was using a Mutron Bi-phase, but probably was a small stone phaser. Take a look here: http://www.fenderrhodes.com/history/effects.php

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