Rhodes MK8 sound bank of its own: Rhodes V8. With a total of 30,000 samples and 100 velocity layers per note, you can now access the official Rhodes sound from your computer. You get a V8 preamp emulation with drive control, EQ and a four-waveform Vari-Pan effect with frequency and amplitude controls. A window allows advanced configuration of the virtual instrument, as well as four virtual effects: a compressor, a chorus, a phaser and a delay. On the configuration page, there is per-note control over timbre, fine tuning, level and damper response. Finally, a selection of microphones and amplifiers are available, as is an Expression input to any front panel parameter via MIDI CC. The Rhodes V8 Pro goes a step further by offering the Envelope parameter from the MK8 version to create envelope-controlled filter effects, such as Auto-Wah, and to use the Vari-Pan circuitry in audio frequency modulation.
Rhodes V8 and Rhodes V8 Pro have been developed for Mac and Windows in AU, VST and AAX formats. The V8 version costs €169.95 and the Pro version €274.95. Both will be available at the end of the Missing Keys competition organized by the manufacturer, on March 1st. For more information on this competition, visit the Rhodes website.