Simply plug a MIDI keyboard in your computer and you're ready to play one of the best electric keyboard ever made: a wonderful Rhodes™ electric piano manufactured in 1979.
UVI Instruments are well known and have been deeply used by professional musicians and producers for more than a decade thanks to some unique software like MOTU MachFive™, Ethno™ and BPM™, Spectrasonics Stylus™ and Atmosphere™, UVI Workstation™... to name a few.
UVI Electric Piano features the best of the UVI technology and the most efficient user interface to play an instrument: launch it and play !
They were several models of electric pianos along the years; and for most keyboardists the number one model remain the ones produced between 1975 and 1979. This is the one we did use for the UVI Electric Piano. It was in a good shape, and we did restore it to have it perfectly in tune and well working.
During the recording steps we used the best high-end audio devices as well as the best Analog-to-Digital converters.
This marvelous keyboard was deeply multi-sampled on every key with release samples on every note, to capture the beauty and the warmness of the original instrument.
The electric piano was invented in the 1940s, and its principles derive from both the celesta and the electric guitar. The action is similar to that of a conventional piano, but whereas in a conventional piano each key causes felt-covered hammers to strike sets of strings, in this piano felt-tipped hammers (after 1970 neoprene rubber tips on plastic hammers ) strike metal dowels called "tines" to create a ping sound which also resonate the tone bars over each tine (the asymmetrical tuning fork principle), creating a mellow ring. Different models of the pianos were manufactured between 1970 and 1984, 73 and 88 note versions, the stage model, and the suitcase model which included built in amplifier and speakers.
Electric pianos were particularly popular from the early 70's-mid 80's, and many of its signature songs date from this period :
◆ The Doors' "Riders on the Storm"
◆ "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
◆ "Still Crazy After All These Years" by Paul Simon
◆ "Babe" by Styx
◆ "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" by Stevie Wonder
◆ "Peg" by Steely Dan
◆ The intro to "Sheep" by Pink Floyd
◆ "Get Back", by the Beatles (avec Billy Preston)
◆ "Spain" by Chick Corea (Return to Forever)
◆ "Watermelon Man" by Herbie Hancock (Headhunters)
◆ "A Remark You Made" by Weather Report
◆ "Angela" (theme from "Taxi") by Bob James.
They have never gone out of style, however, and are an integral sound in current neo-soul, smooth jazz, Electro and many, many other genres.
◆ Super easy to use and great sounding instrument
◆ Featuring a classic Rhodes™ manufactured in 1979
◆ Recorded in a world class studio with the best gear
◆ Deeply multi-sampled (sustain, release, pedal noise...)
◆ Expertly edited and scripted using the latest UVI Engine
◆ Low Memory usage thanks to lossless realtime decoding
◆ Custom velocity curves to fit your playing style
◆ Onboard great sounding FX: Speaker Cabinet, Drive, Tremolo, Autopan, Chorus & Flanger
◆ Superb integrated old school "Spring" reverb
◆ CPU efficient
◆ Ultra low latency
◆ Compatible with built-in or third party sound cards
◆ Compatible with all USB/MIDI keyboards and controllers.
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