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Ian Rae


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Redditch, England
Post  Posted 15 May 2021 7:16 am    
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There are various sections I could have posted this in, but this one's the winner.

In my current band, which does a lot of soul type stuff, I often find myself occupying territory which would normally be inhabited by a Fender Rhodes. The steel has even more sustain obviously, and it can unexpectedly bend the odd note too!

I now record all our rehearsals so we can appraise ourselves. Here's an excerpt illustrating the above.

https://soundcloud.com/user-917146569/joy-pain-excerpt/s-TWcJAFiIYv1

16-channel Tascam interface
Steel, guitar and bass all direct, 6 mics on the kit
Mixed in Reaper
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Bill Hatcher

 

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Atlanta Ga. USA
Post  Posted 22 May 2021 3:12 am    
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Sounds more like an organ to me. I would think of a B3 rather than a Rhodes. Get a good Leslie simulator. Cool sound.
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Andrew Frost


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Toronto, Ontario
Post  Posted 12 Jun 2021 11:50 am    
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I like that approach to comping, Ian. Your tone and voicings really suit the style.
A rotary simulator would indeed work well here!
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Ian Rae


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Redditch, England
Post  Posted 12 Jun 2021 1:45 pm    
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I can achieve a more out-and-out rotary sound, but the hybrid of chorusey piano with organ sustain does suit a lot of our music. It is telling that the rest of the band have passed no comment - if they didn't like it they would tell me!

When we do some reggae I'll post an example of the Hammondish noise I make.
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Fred Treece


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California, USA
Post  Posted 13 Jun 2021 6:53 am    
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What you’re doing there fits the song perfectly, to my ears. The part fits your sound very well.
What a joy it must be to play over a rhythm section like that, especially the bass player. Mr. Green
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David Mitchell

 

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Tyler, Texas
Post  Posted 16 Jun 2021 8:33 am    
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I like it better than an organ or electric piano. It has that Hammond organ bark but can bend notes within chords which a conventional organ/piano cannot do. Cool sound. Go with it.
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