is an Electric Piano emulation based on vintage
Fender Rhodes MK1™,
Hohner Clavinet D6™, Wurlitzer™ and Yamaha™ CP-70 e-pianos. Available in VST 32 bit and 64 bit
Sound is generated via a hybrid method that combines
synthesis and sampling techniques, to create the
most realistic sounds of these vintage electric pianos.
EP Selector. One instrument offering the sound of four
Electric Piano (Stage Piano Mark I)
Hohner Clavinet D6™
CP-70 Electric Grand Piano
(Brilliance: Mellow, Normal and Bright)
Tremolo Section: Recreates the classic
effect (which was called
on the real
front panel). Contains a LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator)
with modulation depth,
frequency and offset. The panning slider controls the
output effect distribution between left and right
speaker and to help create a broad spectrum of
5-Band Parametric Equalizer:
EQ composed of five parametric filters with
Frequency, Bandwidth and Gain knobs. Equalization allows
you to lower or raise the volume of specific frequency
ranges for bass and treble manipulation. Also contains
global gain wheel to adjust the overall volume (Turn the
wheel to right to boost a band, or to left to decrease
Decay & Release Time:
Decay sets the note
decay while the key is pressed.
Release sets the release (fade out) time after the key
is released, offering unique tone to each player.
32 presets for Tremolo effects and Parametric EQ
ready to play. Creating new sounds is as simple as
combining these presets in different ways and tweaking
any associated parameters from there as desired.
500 MHz Processor (Pentium®, Celeron®
AMD® or equivalent) minimum.
128 MB or higher recommended.
VST compatible host / Digital Audio Workstation
DAW/ MIDI Sequencer:
This VST software can be "plugged in" to any host application that supports VST
Technology like: Image-Line FL Studio, Steinberg Cubase Pro, Artist and
Elements, Cakewalk by BandLab, Ableton Live, Cockos REAPER, PreSonus Studio One,
Acoustica Mixcraft, MAGIX Acid Pro, MakeMusic
Finale, Avid Sibelius, Mackie Tracktion, AudioMulch, Steinberg Nuendo, Magix
Samplitude, Magix Music Maker, Cantabile (Lite, Solo, Performer), n-Track
Studio, VSTHost, DarkWave Studio, Propellerhead Reason, SAVIHost, Making Waves and much more
MIDI Controller Device: A MIDI Controller is
required to play this VST instrument. The most common type of device in this
class is the keyboard controller. After launching the Digital
Audio Workstation or MIDI host application be sure to select the appropriate
MIDI device before attempting to play your MIDI controller.
An ASIO® soundcard is recommended for
low latency real-time play.
test extensively the demo version of your selected product (s) in your
make sure there are no misbehaviors before purchasing.
the Unregistered/Demo Version:
Same sound quality than the full version. It generates a short beep in all output
channels every 10 seconds. Be aware that certain sounds may not be available.
The full version is available to purchase, as downloadable
software, the price is US$35,
and you can download the full version as soon as your payment
is received (normally the same day)
" E L E C T R I K E Y S " is based on 4 Vintage Electric Pianos
1) Fender Rhodes Mark I™
(1969-1975) The Fender Rhodes
product line evolved quickly as the 1970's began. The
73-key Electric Piano was renamed the Fender Rhodes
Suitcase Piano in 1969, featuring a black harp cover
and a stereo 80W amp, and by 1970 the Fender Rhodes
Mark I Stage Piano was available. The Stage Piano
was the piano top from the Suitcase model, modified for
use with an external guitar or bass amplifier. The Stage
model featured detachable legs (parts from a Fender
pedal steel guitar), a sustain pedal and pushrod (part
of a Rogers hi-hat stand), and a simplified front panel
with only volume and bass EQ controls. Internally, the
Stage Piano was nearly identical to the Suitcase
model. Over the last few decades, the electric piano has
played a central role in music of all types, from
jazz/fusion and funk, to rock and dance. The Rhodes was
used much in jazz-fusion throughout the 1970s. Chick
Corea's album Light as a Feather and Miles Davis's In a
Silent Way featured the Rhodes throughout the whole
album. Joe Zawinul of Weather Report, Jan Hammer of the
Mahavishnu Orchestra and Herbie Hancock also used the
Effects The piano's
clean tone is what you hear on many essential Fender
Rhodes recordings, but definitely not all of them. The
Rhodes sounds even better with the right amp and
effects. The Suitcase Vibrato was the original
Rhodes effect, built into all versions of the Suitcase
piano (as well as Stage models with the Super
Satellite & Janus I
systems). The idea behind the Vibrato was to simulate a
rotating speaker, although the actual sound was quite
different. The first version of the Vibrato was in mono,
a tremolo effect that varied the amplitude of the
piano's output in a square-wave pattern. When the
Suitcase amps went stereo in 1969, this pattern was
translated into a panning effect. Front-panel controls
were provided for Speed and Intensity.
and inventor, Ernst Zacharias, designed the first of
these, the Cembalet, in the 1950’s. This was intended to
be a portable, amplifiable version of the Cembalo, or
Harpsichord. This worked by plucking the end of a flat
reed with the key, which was then picked up and
amplified in much the same way as an electric guitar. A
little later came the Pianet. Both the "CH" and "N"
models once again used flat reeds, but employed a very
different plucking/striking action. When a key was
depressed it engaged a "sticky pad" with foam backing
which actually stuck to the reed. When the key was
released, the pad came unstuck causing the reed to
vibrate which was then amplified. The Pianet model "T"
came much later and utilized the suction of a soft
rubber pad onto the reed. This was somewhat superior to
the "N" and "CH" models, but still had several
drawbacks. Although made very popular by bands such as
the Zombies and Small Faces, there wasn’t much dynamism
available from the keyboard. As all the reeds were
damped upon release, this negated the possibility of
obtaining sustain via a foot pedal.
The D6 was later superseded by the model E6 and the
Clavinet/Pianet Duo. These were basically the same, but
more roadworthy and better protected against proximity
hums and generally quieter than previous models.
However, these models came just a bit too late on the
scene in the age of electronics to be as successful as
they deserved to be.
Inventor Benjamin Miessner had designed an amplified
conventional upright piano in the 1930s, and Wurlitzer
used his electrostatic pickup design, but replaced the
strings with struck steel reeds. The instrument entered
production in 1955 as the EP-112 and continued to be
produced in various forms until about 1982 when
production of the EP-200A ceased.
The Wurlitzer piano is usually a 64-note instrument
whose keyboard range is from A an octave above the
lowest note of a standard 88-note piano to the C an
octave below the top note of an 88-note piano. Tone
production in all models comprises a single steel reed
for each key, activated by a miniature version of a
conventional grand piano action and forming part of an
electrostatic pickup system using a DC voltage of 170v.
A mechanical sustain pedal similar to that of a
conventional piano is fitted
Compared with its erstwhile rival, the (Fender) Rhodes
electric piano, the Wurlitzer has a brighter, more
hollow sound. When played gently the sound can be quite
sweet and vibraphone-like, becoming more aggressive with
harder playing. In a pop or rock band setting with
guitar(s), bass and drums the Wurlitzer has a
distinctive and clear sound where a Rhodes would tend to
blend in. However it has also been used successfully in
MOR ballads and even country music.
4) Yamaha CP70™
The quest for a portable piano has been around since the
invention of the Fender Rhodes and the Wurlitzer. Of
course, neither of these actually sound like pianos...
they have a pleasant sound that is 'piano-like' but in
no way are they a substitute for the real thing.
Several companies tried all sorts of things (including
some fairly horrible electronic things) but it wasn't
until Yamaha released their CP70 'Electric Grand Piano'
in the mid-'70s that I had something approaching a
'real' piano that could be toured around and amplified
easily without any difficult mic techniques.
There were three models in the product's lifetime... the
original CP70 (73-note keyboard) which was superceded by
the CP70B (with balanced outputs) and the CP80 (a full
88-note keyboard version).
VST is a trademark of Steinberg Soft- und Hardware GmbH
The Rhodes name and logo are trademarks of Joseph A.
The Fender name and logo are trademarks of Fender Musical
Clavinet is a registered trademark of Hohner International.
Wurlitzer is a registered trademark of the Baldwin Piano Co.
Yamaha is a registered trademark of Yamaha Corporation.
These trademarks are not affiliated or associated with
Syntheway and are mentioned only to describe the types of
sounds reproduced by ElectriKeys Electric Piano.