Glistening Rhapsody

An Elka Rhapsody 610 recorded with a distorted sound.

The story

I’ve had an Elka Rhapsody 610 on my workbench for a while now; whilst I’m still waiting for some capacitors to arrive to finish recapping, it’s now in a state where it’s fine ‘in the mix’ and has been allowed some studio time.
As it has a “Piano” sound it seemed a great idea to sample that for Pianobook. However, the piano sound is about the most boring sound the Rhapsody can make, so that idea went somewhat in the bin (for now).

One day, by accident I monitored it through the wrong channel and it made a great almost distorted sound. I worked a bit on that and ended up with a ‘Reverb – Pitch Shift -1 Oct – Reverb’ chain through which I sampled.
You can find this sound, as well as the rather angelical and pure piano through the same effect chain.

Sadly, I think they’ve turned out far too drenched, but maybe some people will get some use out of them.

The patches just use the raw samples without any effects or scripting, but it might be worthwhile to adjust the release according to taste.

Robert

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  • Beautiful but limited

    Even though it's just two little patches, both of them sound really well! I do like more the Piano one, because I feel it has more placement posibilities. Not that the other bigger one is bad, not at all! It's just a personal preference. The ambience projected is majestic, but you are just left with the default settings because there are no others. Pretty fun nonetheless!

    Alex Raptakis27 October 2021
  • Beach House / Outer Space

    I originally named this patch Beach House when i downloaded it cause it kind of reminds me of them. It has a vintage warm synth vibe and i feel like would be cool in indie music as well as sci fi/ space documentary type stuff. I wish the piano patch had more of an extended range but overall I'm enjoying this alot

    septemberwalk25 October 2021
  • This could be for you...

    For me this is a surprisingly versatile patch. Though drenched in a lot of reverb, the Organ like nature of the top end register sounds really cool and will likely work really well for indie rock stuff. The low register is probably best implemented into scores that need low drones and big 'synth hits'. I personally would love slightly more range at the top, so you can get into some higher notes with the organ sound. Though I'm not sure that's even possible with this Elka Synth. But otherwise this is great!

    R.Treves25 October 2021
  • Reverby fun!

    There's a lot to like and a lot of inspiration to be found in this lovely little sample library. The Pitch Shift Reverb All sound is definitely reminiscent of a pip organ with the crescendo pedal all the way up, while the limited range Pitch Shift Reverb Piano is like a gentle pad. I do wish that dry versions of these sounds had been included as that would doubtless be useful to many people, but it is fun to play with the reverby sounds.

    Sam Ecoff30 October 2021
  • The Good The Pad and The Ugly

    A Good organ like sound. A Pure pad thats highly useable and the Ugly being no GUI.

    Jim Sanger30 November 2021