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Old 07-27-2014, 10:33 AM   #1
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Microkorg Rhodes Sound?

Hello everyone! I know very little about synthesis. Someday i hope to learn more about it but alas, as of now i do not. So someone skilled in synthesis, With an original microkorg, Please help me create a good sounding, jazzy, rhodes piano sound? I know it is possible, like here: [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]


However i'm broke right now and cant buy that sound library. I'm broker than broke. So someone out there, willing to give me some tips to make a sound identical to that of the link i posted, I would give much respect to you! In desperate need right now lol.

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Old 07-27-2014, 11:31 AM   #2
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Re: Microkorg Rhodes Sound?

Choose a synth first of all.

Also that looks like a free synth type from its GUI. There are a a few nice ones out there.

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Re: Microkorg Rhodes Sound?

if you're willing to go the software route, this is what I use sometimes, and the price should fit your budget!

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Re: Microkorg Rhodes Sound?

There are tons of Rhodes emulations around and if you do a bit of digging I'm sure you can find Sound Fonts or multi samples for free. Or Peguinoid's suggestion. : )

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Re: Microkorg Rhodes Sound?

Well i'm trying to synthesize the sound on my microkorg. I'm not using it for any of my songs, i just need one for live use, And i'd rather use my microkorg instead of software. Thanks for the suggestions anyways though, if i ever need a rhodes sound for my tunes i'll use those suggestions

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Re: Microkorg Rhodes Sound?

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Well i'm trying to synthesize the sound on my microkorg. I'm not using it for any of my songs, i just need one for live use, And i'd rather use my microkorg instead of software. Thanks for the suggestions anyways though, if i ever need a rhodes sound for my tunes i'll use those suggestions
Well, the MicroKorg is more or less a subtractive synth yea? In that case I would probably just look up a tutorial on how to synthesize a Rhodes patch with subtractive synthesis and try to apply it to the MicroKorg.

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Re: Microkorg Rhodes Sound?

Tbh, id just go with a multisample. It's really more of a pain to synthesize than it's worth. I usually just use a patch on my digital piano called "60's E Piano". I believe there is an extremely good wurlitzer soundfont out there.
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Re: Microkorg Rhodes Sound?

don't forget the processing, rhodes do well distorted a bit, some EQ boost in the lows and highs.
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Re: Microkorg Rhodes Sound?

Hi there, I made that Rhodes patch you were asking about.

I can tell you generally the four things you need to do:

1. Start by getting a good timbre from the oscillators. This will be bright and possibly have hideous overtones, but we'll filter those out in step#2. The MicroKORG has some digital waveforms called DGWS, which includes a few E-Piano sounds. On the patch you referenced I used 37.EPiano2 on Oscillator 1. That gets you a lot of the way there. For Oscillator 2 I set it to Square Wave, because, like mentioned by others, e-pianos have a bit of a saturated sound to them, and a square wave is kind of like a clipped distorted sine wave.

2. Basically for any kind of piano patch you use both the filter and volume envelopes to make it so that it's got bright and loud attack and fades to be duller and quieter. You have to set the Filter EG so that they Filter Envelope affects the filter frequency. You most likely want to be using a Low Pass Filter and roll down the cut off so that you don't get too much high frequency. All these settings need to be tuned by ear, to taste, and depend on one another quite a bit, so it's a lot of going back and forth between them all again and again.

3. You're probably going to want to make your piano velocity sensitive. You do this with the patch slots by patching velocity to the amp and/or filter, so that when you hit the key harder the sound gets louder and/or brighter. Again, you have to tune this to taste, and then maybe go back to your filter and tune that.

4. Finally, you'll want some modulation. Typically electric pianos have some tremolo on them. So you need to patch an LFO to the amplitude.

I've added a handful of e-pianos of different sorts to that preset pack for the MicroKORG -- more mellow or aggressive, analog-sounding or digital -- and each one I take a different approach based on the sound I'm after. On a couple of them I didn't use any DGWS digital waveforms, instead just sine and saw waves with ring modulation and/or cross modulation and/or sync to create the timbre I needed. You can patch keyboard map to the panpot to create a stereo spread. You can use a little vibrato by patching an LFO to pitch. There are other ways to create a more nuanced attack sound that doesn't involve the filter or amp, but that's pretty advanced.

Hope that helps. Ultimately, to make good synth patches you need a good ear and an attention to detail, and you need learn what every single parameter does and how it affects the sound in different scenarios. The MicroKORG is severely limited in its patching capabilities, so for a nuanced physical sound like the electric piano you're pushing it to its limits, trying to milk everything you can from it. You can read up on that stuff, but I recommend also spending a lot of time just playing with it to get a feel for it. I use KORG's sound editor software so that I can have all the parameters visually in front of me at once, instead of having to dial through various menus, finding what I'm looking for on a tiny matrix. That helps.

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