Vangelis's Fender Rhodes

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Vangelis's Fender Rhodes

Post by VCO8 » Wed May 20, 2015 4:30 am

I know this isn't a synth, but bear with me.

The Fender Rhodes he had (from the 70's, up to 1984ish)...What kind of mods did he have on it? I love the rich bell sounds (almost like a Celesta) he got on it.

example:
(at 0:37)

(at 0:01)


P.S. ...And why did he buy a CR-5000 instead of the 8000?? (this was in '80, so he certainly had the money!)

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Re: Vangelis's Fender Rhodes

Post by Esus » Wed May 20, 2015 1:12 pm

Maybe it was the Dyno My Piano:

http://www.fenderrhodes.com/history/dyno.html

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Re: Vangelis's Fender Rhodes

Post by smith toppleton » Wed May 20, 2015 4:55 pm

Damn. Best music ever written.

This is pure guesswork, but it might just be the lexicon reverb/plate reverb in the studio plus recording to tape that gave it that soft, ringing tone. It seems like some of that sharp Rhodes transient sound (especially in the upper octaves) is being softened as a result of some processing. What else did they send stuff through at Nemo Studios?

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Re: Vangelis's Fender Rhodes

Post by VCO8 » Wed May 20, 2015 6:04 pm

smith toppleton wrote: What else did they send stuff through at Nemo Studios?
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/1997_ar ... gelis.html

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Re: Vangelis's Fender Rhodes

Post by Micke » Wed May 20, 2015 7:42 pm

Vangelis had a 10-band graphic equalizer put into his Rhodes.
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Re: Vangelis's Fender Rhodes

Post by vinyl_junkie » Wed May 20, 2015 8:42 pm

Don't know how he recorded his Rhodes but bare in mind the amp/speaker/mic combo can have a big impact on it's sound and imo is the best way to record them rather than going DI



Speaking of Rhodes, the Doobie Brothers had a very distinct sound on theirs

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Re: Vangelis's Fender Rhodes

Post by antilles » Wed May 20, 2015 9:38 pm

Micke wrote:Vangelis had a 10-band graphic equalizer put into his Rhodes.
Yeah, here's a pic of his modded Rhodes:

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Re: Vangelis's Fender Rhodes

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Wed May 20, 2015 10:03 pm

External processing is vitally important as well. In the early 1980s, it would be Lexicon 224 and Roland Dimension D. Before that, he had used a Maestro Echoplex, Binson Echorec, AKG BX-20 Reverb, and Roland RE-201/301.

The Rhodes plus Lexicon reverb gives that sparks-in-the-dark type of sound, if you know what I mean.

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Re: Vangelis's Fender Rhodes

Post by antilles » Wed May 20, 2015 11:51 pm

Also I see a Boss CE-1 chorus pedal in the pic, all though he may have used that only for the CP-80.

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Re: Vangelis's Fender Rhodes

Post by madtheory » Thu May 21, 2015 5:40 pm

I think you can adjust where the hammer strikes to change the overtones.

But I think it's more likely that he has good dynamics control. Play soft you get that bell, the Rhodes needs to be in perfect condition so all notes sound at ppp.

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