Over the last several weeks, we’ve learned a lot about the upcoming Rhodes MK8 electric piano, and we’ve even seen some renderings, but it’s only now that the team behind it has given us our first good look at what it is looks like.
Bill Laurance, the keyboard player for Snarky Puppy, recently paid a visit to Rhodes HQ and had an opportunity to play the new piano.
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If this is the final MK8 design, it has the traditional Rhodes appearance while yet having its personality. To the left, we can see the Preamp, EQ, and Vari-Pan sections, but there are no effects, indicating that they will not be included as standard. Those who wish to specify the compressor, delay, and chorus will most likely find them to the right.
“Making it into a Rhodes synthesizer while retaining the legacy of the classic MKI and MKII,” Bill said. “It’s stunning. This is a really important instrument.”
The Rhodes MK8’s pricing and release date are yet to be determined, but we do know that the new Rhodes website, which will allow you to learn more about it, will go up on November 1st.