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Rhodes MK8 specifications, photos, and video revealed

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Rhodes has released the first photographs and video of the MK8 electric piano, a much-anticipated reincarnation of the legendary instrument that was initially revealed in July.

They’ve also released a detailed set of technical specs, which builds on the previously revealed analog effects section, inbuilt preamp, three-band EQ, and Kluge Klaviature keyboard, offering greater details on the keyboard’s action, pickups, vari-pan, and much more.

Rhodes has stated that their whole website will be available to everyone who has signed up for their newsletter by Monday, November 1st. The property will be open to the public on December 1st.

Rhodes MK8 specifications

  • Tone Generation: Rhodes Custom Precision Steel Tines and Tonebars.
    Tine and pickup rails made from sustainably sourced Baltic birch.
  • Promotion: Rhodes Custom high impact black ABS hammers with built-in lubrication. Rhodes new design with a uniform height for four-zone hammer tips. Rhodes Custom Aerospace damper combs (bass, mids and treble). Rhodes Custom black wool damper felts.
  • Keyboard: 73-part (E8E80) Rhodes Custom spruce keyboard from Kluge Klaviaturen GmbH, key frame made of oak and beech.
  • Pickups: Rhodes custom precision-wound Alnico pickups with anti-slip adjustment for precise voicing and flattened pickup heads for precise volume adjustment.
  • Effect option: Rhodes custom precision-wound alnico pickups with anti-slip adjustment for precise voicing and flat-ended pickup heads for precise volume adjustment.
  • Front panel and rear grille: black / silver anodized aluminum.
  • UI panels: Brushed aluminum foil. Black with silver lettering or silver with black lettering.
  • Left connection panel: 2x balanced XLR outputs (L / R), 2x 1/4 ” jack outputs (L / R).
    1x 1/4 ” jack send, 1x 1/4 ” return. Direct pickup-out via send socket (can be operated next to the main outputs). 1x 6.3 mm headphone socket on the left cheek block with independent volume control for the headphones.
  • Right connection field: USB (reserved for future firmware updates). Expression control input jacks 1 and 2.
  • Power supply: 15 volt, 4-pin, lockable XLR supply with universal voltage.
  • Analog preamplifier section: Analog signal path from the pickup rail to the output. Volume, drive, envelope (auto-wah) controls.
  • Analog EQ section: Active EQ (low, medium, high, +/- 15dB). Voltage-controlled mid-filter frequency control, accessible via envelope and / or expression pedals, for real analog wah effects and keyboard-controlled slow-phase effects.
  • Vari-Pan: Rhodes custom vari-pan circuit with rate and depth controls. Four waveforms to choose from (square / cat’s eye, up ramp, triangle, sine). LFOs can be operated at audio rates and offer everything from classic Rhodes stereo panning to modulated soundscapes and polyphonic synthesizer-like layers. Use the bass slider to mix between dry Rhodes signals and audio rate modulation effects.
  • Stand: Rhodes Custom telescopic tripod made of polished steel in robust powder-coated black or classic high-gloss polished chrome. Height-adjustable front legs. Can be packed compactly for transport.
  • Lid: ABS black, special colors.
  • Housing: Light ply case with Tolex, aluminum base plate, option made of solid walnut.
  • Sustain pedal: Rhodes custom twist lock piano connection with flexi cable. Access to adjustment of the damper mechanism via the rear emblem. Chrome base plate. Aluminum shell. Rhodes folding anti-slip rubber protection mat. Standard matt black, special colors to match the lid.
  • Assignable pedal controls: volume, center frequency (wah), both (pedal 1). Pan rate, pan depth, both (Pedal 2). Phaser rate, chorus rate (Pedal 1, FX version). Delay time, delay feedback (Pedal 2, FX version).
  • Weight and Dimensions (approx): 75lbs / 34kg. 1153 (W) x 563 (D) x 225 (H).

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Snarky Puppy’s keyboard player gets his hands on the new Rhodes MK8

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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.

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The Rhodes MK8 effects have been revealed

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The new electric piano will have a compressor, delay, and chorus.

Rhodes has been revealing a bit more about its new MK8 electric piano, giving us plenty to be excited about but holding a few ‘essential’ secrets (pun intended) close to its breast.

 

 

Those paying careful attention may have noticed that the MK8’s keyboard will be manufactured by Kluge Klaviaturen GmbH, a subsidiary of the Steinway group. This is touted to provide “unrivaled expressiveness and a subtle piano-like feel.”

We just discovered that the inbuilt preamp features a three-band EQ with wah on the mid-band, as well as a vari-pan that affects the audio rate. There are two expression pedal inputs for foot control.

So far, so good, but we can now confirm that the MK8’s analog effect section will have a VCA compressor, as well as BBD chorus and delay effects. There is also genuine bypass.

The most important of the remaining concerns are those involving cost and availability. We have the feeling that this is a no-compromise project, and we suspect that this will be reflected in the price. We don’t anticipate the MK8 to be released any time soon.

Oh, and hearing the MK8 would be fantastic.

The Rhodes website will keep you up to date.

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Rhodes will release their MK8 really soon

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We now know that Rhodes will introduce the MK8 electric piano under a new ownership structure.

This is currently being developed in the company’s facility in Leeds and will be available soon.

However, the latest teaser shot confirms that the distinctive appearance of prior models has been maintained.

In the weeks leading up to the release, more information will be released in little doses. On the Rhodes website, you may find out more about the event.

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Rhodes has released images of their new electric piano

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The Rhodes brand has only been under new ownership for a few weeks, but it appears the young company is almost ready to reveal its first electronic piano.

There’s been a lot of speculation over whether or not this is a real Rhodes, rather being a digital simulation of some type.

I can see why this would be the case – after all, there’s no use in owning a brand like Rhodes and then not using its legacy.

Two years of research and development have gone into this new Rhodes, and Dan Goldman, the new Rhodes Chief Product Officer (and demon Rhodes player) is not doing anything to temper the expectations of the Rhodes community.

To him, “the new piano has the same feel and character as a vintage piano, but everything that wasn’t perfectly made has been made perfectly and with enormous attention to detail.”

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