A lover of all things 70’s in nature combined with the likings of funky sounding pianos, when I saw a RMI Electra-Piano for sale at my local vintage music shop a few years ago, I didn’t think twice of snagging it! Mostly known for its use by artists such as Dr. John and Fela Kuti, the RMI has a strange Harpsichord / Synthesizer sound which is quite unique.
In this first go around of sampling it, I chose the “Piano” and “Harpsi” tabs to be engaged. When recording I always find myself ending up on these settings, so figured this was a good place to start. Perhaps a future sampling session will include the “Lute” tab, and the “Accenter” tab (which adds a sort of percussive note) to be added.
Included in this Kontakt instrument is a self-made IR spring reverb to be can dialed in. The IR is of a Fisher Spacexpander (a favorite of King Tubby). You’ll also find an Echo FX knob that gives the instrument a little sense of space.
The RMI was recored DI through a Universal Audio LA-610 MkII preamp with some slight NR. The samples are EQ’d flat, but I find adding a 1073 10k / 4.8K boost can give it some nice clarity. Lots of room for your own treatment, so enjoy!
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