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4Front Rhode

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4Front Rhode
4Front Rhode by 4Front Technologies is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and an RTAS Plugin.
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2.0
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2.0
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None
Important Note
RTAS is Mac ONLY.
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4Front Rhode is a CPU-lightweight vintage Rhodes-type piano module with a gentle overdrive. This module reproduces the classic sound similar to RSP73 pianos. The sound generation is not based upon samples, thus there are 127 continuous layers provided with a vintage rhodes smooth overdrive.

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Average user rating of 3.00 from 7 reviews

4Front Rhode
Reviewed By gwenmollo
October 31st, 2021

Nice free instrument. It's simple, not much CPU usage. The sound is ... not that bad, but can't be useful in my opinion.

I use a lot the 4Front products to test my system, you can directly see if all is working.

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4Front Rhode
Reviewed By Sycopation
October 20th, 2015

Don't expect anyone to hear this and be fooled that it's the real thing, especially if it's prominently featured. But it can sound quite interesting nonetheless. I actually often use a bunch of effects on it to make it sound even less Rhodes-like, and I think that often works a lot better.

The low and high ends sound probably the least Rhodes-like of all, but the high end is really unique sounding, totally usable if you get creative with your effects.

I have the Native Instruments Rhodes and AAS Lounge Lizard, and they both sound more realistic than this, but I still keep finding uses for 4Front.

Totally recommended, and hey, it's free.

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4Front Rhode
Reviewed By Daedalus
June 27th, 2004

User Interface
Clear and easy to use!

Sound
This VSTi can make a beautifull Rhodes sound. It can't to much more than that, but it's not made to do other fancy stuff. the Rhodes-sound is resonably realistic, except when you play very high or very low notes.

Features
It can only make Rhodes sound, not much else. But like I said, it's not made to do much else.

Documentation
Average, but you don't really need any.

Presets
No presets!

Customer Support
Nice website with good support!

VfM
it's free!

Stability
Very stable!
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4Front Rhode
Reviewed By metalsvinet
October 2nd, 2003

a nice warm sounding rhodes emulation with just the right amount of drive. i tend to use it with the eq way down for a mellow muffled sound, but it sounds fine in the top end, too. if you buy the full version you get more tweakability, but i don't really need it as the basic version is spot on for me

you can even be a cheapskate and get the presets for the full version, they work in the free version too. so extra points for features for that.

i have not been impressed by the previous 4front instruments, but this one is a keeper. rock stable, too

vfm? well, it's free
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4Front Rhode
Reviewed By Andywanders
October 1st, 2003

According to the developer..

"This module reproduces the classic sound similar to Rhodes/Wurlitzer pianos."

This is very misleading, as anyone who's ever played a real Rhodes or Wurlitzer will testify. The tone is reasonable around middle C, but not very defined in the low register, and way too thin in the higher registers.

The four parameters don't seem to alter anything worthwhile, apart from the volume slider.

If you're really into the sound of a Rhodes, or Wurlitzer, there are much better alternatives to this (mda epiano for instance).

As for value for money, when it comes to free VST's, VFM means "was it worth downloading?" The answer for me was... NO.

Brok said about this "if you dont use it for pro recordings its ok"

In my opinion, if you don't want to use something for pro recordings, you certainly wouldn't want it on demos either.

I understand 4front are looking for advice on marketing. My advice, forget your free stuff, it's getting you a bad rep in certain circles. Concentrate on making your pro versions really "pro", then people will sit up and take notice.

I have a strong feeling this review will be receieved badly, but that's too bad. I'm just giving my honest opinion.
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