The Vintage Vibe Variable Voice Control
Variable Voice Control
Now you can personalize your tone, instantly!
With its appearance on thousands of iconic records, it’s not hard to hear just how versatile the classic Fender Rhodes sound can be. But there are a myriad of factors that contribute to the sound of a Rhodes piano, like the vintage of piano used, and how each of those instruments was set up. With an original production run of approximately 20 years, many different iterations of Harold Rhodes’ design were produced, and over the past 50 plus years, countless musicians and technicians each had their own idea of how to voice their piano.
What is Voicing?
The traditional Rhodes design allows for the timbre of each individual note to be adjusted from full fundamental to pure overtone, and anywhere in-between. Voicing is the process of selecting a tone and adjusting all of the piano’s notes to sound uniform, from one note to the next. The downside of such adjustability is the time it takes to voice an entire piano, as well as the effect such voicing has on the feel and performance of the piano. Many action specifications are altered by adjusting the height of the tine in order to change its position relative to the pickup.
How can voicing versatility be achieved in a minimum of time without adverse effects on the piano’s playability?
The answer is the Vintage Vibe Variable Voice Control. By globally repositioning the pickups as opposed to the tone generators, the complete sound spectrum is available to the musician instantly, and with infinite adjustability. Strike line, hammer blow distance, escapement, and damper lost motion all remain unaltered, preserving feel and response throughout the timbral spectrum.