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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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Rhodes is back with the promise of new keyboards

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The legendary electric piano brand Rhodes comeback with the promise of new keyboards. For far more than a half-century, Rhodes has been synonymous with the electric piano, with models carrying the brand helping to define the sound of soul, jazz, funk, rock, pop, and a range of electronic music forms.

While the Rhodes piano sound is still popular – there are plenty of hardware and software emulations on the market – the brand itself has faded in recent years.

However, that may be changing; Rhodes is now under new ownership, and it appears that new instruments are on the way.

The recently established Rhodes Music Group Ltd is based in the United Kingdom and is led by Loopmasters CEO Matt Pelling, who states, “We aim to continue founder Harold Rhodes’ production of the best quality musical instruments.”

The Rhodes brand survives because of the distinct sound of its keyboards and its devoted fan base. The enthusiasm for Rhodes electric pianos has resulted in large online communities of enthusiastic owners and fans, which we applaud. Dedication to advancement feeds its enthusiasm for music performance and creation, as well as our wish to see the Rhodes keyboard’s heritage live on far into the future.

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