Soniccouture has teamed up with Mikael Jorgensen of the band Wilco for the release of RMI Rocksichord, a full Kontakt-format rendering of the 1960s 'electric harpsichord'.
Mikael started sampling his ancient Rocksichord keyboard, but hadn't the time to finish the looping and programming. Soniccouture asked him how he would feel if they finished the job and offered it as a free download from the Soniccouture site (he said yes, obviously).
The Rocksichord is a big, blue, chunky sounding beast that has been used by a huge number of musicians over the years, including The Beach Boys (on Sunflower), Genesis, Dr. John, John Lennon, Stereolab (on Sound-Dust), Sun Ra, Terry Riley (on A Rainbow in Curved Air), Rick Wakeman (solo and with Yes), and Wilco (on A Ghost is Born).
RMI Rocksichord is currently only available in Kontakt format (3 or 4), and is a free download from www.soniccouture.com