Rhodes piano in a shape of TAYNA. In this third for us plugin we continued to adhere to the concept adopted at the very beginning of our adventure: to release the most natural instruments without unnecessary functionality. We also decided to concentrate on a slightly unusual side of the Rhodes piano sound - quiet and mysterious. The sound of our instrument does not provoke. With every note you play, it feels like it calmly tells you a secret, after listening to which you would want to settle down under a blanket, dim the light and think about its meaning.

The instrument itself was found at a Minsk recording studio. We were immensely happy that it was made in 1970. The very first Rhodes piano appeared on a market much earlier, but if its popularity in the 50s and 60s can be compared with an unblown bud, then it was in the 70s when this bud turned into a proper attractive flower (we imagine it to be orange or yellow as a lot of things in the 70s).

While thinking about the time for the release we decided that it has to be now, in January, because of the special warmth of the sound, which perfectly matches the inner cosiness of our homes, in the cold winter months (sorry to the Southern Hemisphere about it)

the adventure

rhodes piano
the mechanics

We ran all the articulations of Rhodes piano through the vintage Studer A810 tape recorder for a warmer, natural and less sterile sound. TAYNA has one articulation on board, but in 2 versions.
1 version.
The classic sound of Rhodes piano which has 4 audio lines:

For the first one one we used the Roeyer ribbon and the Neumann tube microphones to record the sound of Rhodes piano that went through the classic Fender tube combo amplifier from the 60s and the classic tube preamps by Universal Audio and Chandler Limited.
The Fender tube combo amplifier was quite old (while still sounding great) and on some notes you can spot shaking of the frame and lamps, which we decided not to eliminate as we perceive it as an additional color to the sound that could be called 'a noise from the past' and definitely not 'a flaw'.

For the second line the sound of Rhode piano went straight to the Neve 1073 followed by the 1176 compressor by Universal Audio.

The third line is acoustic one. It is a close up of the Rhodes piano that was recorded by vintage AKG microphones and a Soviet ribbon microphone. As a result we have sound that is rustling, soft and intimate.

The fourth line is a room line. We caught it with stereo ribbon microphones that was made by a master from Bashkortostan. Then this sound went through Russian clone preamps of the 1073 Neve preamps (we have got here a Russian line, so to speak). Eventually, we created the sound which works as a perfect addition to all the other lines. It brings volume and presence, but at the same time there is absolutely no sense of reverb.

2 version.
The designer sound.

You might be slightly overwhelmed by the amount of tubes that were used in this version. We balanced all the sound lines to our taste by connecting them into one and passing it all through a long chain of analog tube equipment that consists of 3 compressors, a limiter, an analog filter, a tube EQ and a tube distortion. At the very end the sound also went through the Studer A810 tape recorder.

The sound turned out to be mysterious, dark, very saturated with harmonics and even a little growling in places.

There is a sound designed X slider In both versions. All its sounds are based on the original Rhodes piano samples. We used a lot of cassette tapes, eurorec modules, guitar pedals and other analog equipment. We are also very happy that all the sounds and processes used in sound design are completely analog. We did not use a single VST plugin - it is just important for us to emphasise.

There are 2 articulations: sustain and designed sustain.

The sound of sustain is reminiscent of the warmth of a fireplace. But this fire is not the one that burns recklessly and not the one from the look at which you would like to start dancing. It is rather a gentle flame that needs to be constantly kept alive. You would only feel the warmth from it if you are close enough - just at that distance so that this fire could tell you a secret, or in Russian - 'tayna'.

Imagine, that you are hovering in outer space. It is happening not today or yesterday, but at some point in the 70s (it is important). There is only darkness around you, and there is only the sun before your eyes. But although the sun is very far away, its light still warms. Even when you closes your eyes, you feel the warmth on the drooping eyelids and it makes you feel not so lonely anymore. The designed sustain's sound can easily describe your inner state at that particular moment.

the skills

the recording language
The road to our third instrument TAYNA was slightly winding. After recording WREMENA.ONE and TWO, we decided to move to another country and, naturally, we did not have enough time for any balanced work before such a significant turn in our lives.

Another thing that we did not have at that point was the knowledge about how those lives would be organised in a new place. In order not to leave empty-handed, in the spring of 2021, while collecting things and thoughts and packing them tightly into suitcases, we recorded Rhodes piano.

At the beginning we did not have a vivid concept of its presentation and were quite skeptical, asking ourselves: 'Can something good come out of this quite chaotic time?'. But, despite that, we gave it a chance and, looking back, we are glad we did. The concept, ideas and the whole vision of the plugin emerged naturally, during the recording sessions.
the form
When we hear the sound of Rhodes piano, we hear the 1970s. Despite the fact that the instrument itself was invented long before that time, it was in the 70s that it gained the greatest popularity. That's why it was this exact decade that served as the inspiration for the plugin's color palette and design. The subdued light of a lava lamp, wallpapers with the symmetric and flowing patterns and clothes of orange-yellow-brown shades are the perfect match for the warm and cozy sound of Rhodes piano.
•1 articulation in 2 versions
•Custom tape designed and eurorec style patches
•5 RR per note
•Up to 4 velocity per note
VST3/AU plugin for macOS (10.11+) and Windows
NOT compatible with Reason, Pro Tools and any other DAWs that do not support VST3/AU formats.
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• ? GB uncompressed

Use the PULSE app for the installation. It's free and has the fastest speed for downloading. You'll have your own watermarked copy of the instrument. The whole process is described in the Manual.
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