Jonah’s Ambisonic Rhodes
Ambisonic Rhodes MK1. James Kedwards – Berkshire.
I was left this project to do by a friend, Jonah, after he passed away in May of this year – he was a passionate young musician and FOH engineer that inspired me to be the person I am today.
This library features his MK1 Rhodes, played through a fender duo (slightly driven) and line-6 amplifi. I recorded his MK1 with a U67 on Amps, two PZM mics about three metres away, this is mixed with line signal and a U47 Ambient.
The aim of this project was to put into practice my new ‘virtual surround’ processing, which I developed for the Live Sound use-case, allowing for a pseudo-surround 3D mix area, assigning channels to ‘Zones’, while only using LR output.
This processing is a custom Linux OS and hardware, simply creating a multi-dimensional mixspace; which for Live FOH worked so well that I brought it into use when sampling. If you’d like to know more, feel free to reach out to me @_jkedwards_.
The rhodes was recorded through the mics listed above, into Midas Pro-6 preamps (I had only digital consoles on hand) and into PT at 96k. These were then sent through my Matrixbrute for filtering, then edited into Kontakt.
There are p (soft) f(hard mechanism) and sus(sustain) layers, you’ll find them in the Samples folder – the sustains are really well balanced after the surround processing, and I left the others at a low level.
Thanks to Richard Furstenheim for letting me collect the room impulse of the Royal Chapel, this is what both this Rhodes, and ‘Jonah’s Piano’ are processed through before reverb.
Try using with ‘Jonah’s Felted Grand’ as a multi for an incredible result.
More instruments coming soon (there’s the Royal Chapel Organ also in surround which should be interesting!)
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