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3rd party Rhodes & Piano samples for NW2

Postby denistu » 16 May 2021, 15:52

Hi,

Got my NW2 recently and love the synth engine.
As expected, Rhodes and Piano sounds are very basic and since NW2 doesn't read samples from the Nord Piano library, I was wondering if someone can recommend high-quality 3rd party Rhodes & Piano samples that we could load into NW2 using the Sample Editor? I am sure those will not be as good as NS or NP Rhodes since the Sample Editor doesn't support multi-layer sampling but I hope there are some good "single-layer"Rhodes out there.

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Re: 3rd party Rhodes & Piano samples for NW2

Postby taxman » 16 May 2021, 17:28

There are some in the Nord Sample library
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Re: 3rd party Rhodes & Piano samples for NW2

Postby denistu » 16 May 2021, 17:37

taxman wrote:There are some in the Nord Sample library


Thanks. I believe those are already included as presets in NW2, but they are just ok. Looking for something better, closer to the quality of the ones in Electro/Stage.

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Re: 3rd party Rhodes & Piano samples for NW2

Postby DJKeys » 16 May 2021, 17:41

denistu wrote:
taxman wrote:There are some in the Nord Sample library


Thanks. I believe those are already included as presets in NW2, but they are just ok. Looking for something better, closer to the quality of the ones in Electro/Stage.

Thanks,
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You may want to try sampling your own Electro and then loading the converted sample into the NW2. It still will be a single velocity sample, but you can use velocity on the filter and the amp to give you some control over expression.

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Re: 3rd party Rhodes & Piano samples for NW2

Postby taxman » 16 May 2021, 18:16

You may want to try sampling your own Electro and then loading the converted sample into the NW2. It still will be a single velocity sample, but you can use velocity on the filter and the amp to give you some control over expression.

This would be my 2nd solution :D
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Re: 3rd party Rhodes & Piano samples for NW2

Postby denistu » 16 May 2021, 18:23

taxman wrote:You may want to try sampling your own Electro and then loading the converted sample into the NW2. It still will be a single velocity sample, but you can use velocity on the filter and the amp to give you some control over expression.

This would be my 2nd solution :D


Thanks guys. Yes, that would be an alternative but unfortunately I do not own an Electro. Sold it a long time ago. :)

When reading about NW2 ability to load samples from the Nord Library I assumed that this includes pianos & Rhodes samples available to Nord Electro/Piano/Stage keys. Unfortunately I realized that that's not the case once I received my NW2. Nobody's fault by mine. :(

If I can find really good Rhodes samples from a 3rd party I think that would solve my problem.

Thanks,
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Re: 3rd party Rhodes & Piano samples for NW2

Postby taxman » 16 May 2021, 18:40

Perhaps at synthonia (synthcloud), They have soundbundles
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Re: 3rd party Rhodes & Piano samples for NW2

Postby tsss27 » 21 May 2021, 03:10

You're not going to find a "really good" single velocity rhodes or piano unless the dynamic range you need is limited (I.E. a soft felt piano can sound fine with a single layer.) This is not the right tool for the job. You can find 2, maybe 3 different velocities and use morphing to crossfade their levels, but it is fiddly for anything above 2 layers and it's simply not going to give you the full expression that the piano library provides...not even close. It is possible to create playable piano-type sounds by using velocity morphing on the filter, amp and layer levels but don't expect authenticity.
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Re: 3rd party Rhodes & Piano samples for NW2

Postby denistu » 21 May 2021, 23:37

tsss27 wrote:You're not going to find a "really good" single velocity rhodes or piano unless the dynamic range you need is limited (I.E. a soft felt piano can sound fine with a single layer.) This is not the right tool for the job. You can find 2, maybe 3 different velocities and use morphing to crossfade their levels, but it is fiddly for anything above 2 layers and it's simply not going to give you the full expression that the piano library provides...not even close. It is possible to create playable piano-type sounds by using velocity morphing on the filter, amp and layer levels but don't expect authenticity.


Thanks for the info.
Returned my NW2 and got Nord Stage 3 Compact instead. I do miss the layout of NW2 but not having a good selection of rhodes was a dealbreaker for me.

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Re: 3rd party Rhodes & Piano samples for NW2

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