RMI Electra-Piano

An RMI Electra-Piano recored DI through a Universal Audio LA-610 MkII preamp with some slight NR....

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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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  • A nice retro sounding harpsichord

    This sounds like a harpsicord that came out of a 90s game-boy game! I like it, even though there is some very tiny slight noise on it, which you won't really notice unless you go hard with the sustain pedal and chords. It's not too dynamic though, and you can't really customize the sound since there are no options other than a verb and echo knobs, which I didn't personally enjoy myself. Very nice overall!

    Alex Raptakis18 October 2021