MrRay73 Mark II is a digital simulation of the famous american electro-mechanical piano of the seventies, invented during World War II by a music teacher, Harold B. Rhodes (1910 – 2000), and widely used in almost all musical genres ranging from soul/black music to jazz, blues, modern and pop. This instrument has rapidly become a legend, and is still used today, altough samples have replaced the real thing so that very often music producers use huge sample libraries or hardware keyboards / workstations to achieve this kind of sonority, and often the result is a cold and ‘dead’ sound, with no vitality, no warmth, nothing that even compares to the unpredictability and genuineness of the real thing.
In 2007 an enterprising and far-seeing american businessman has started a new Company with the aim to re-manufacture the piano using the same recipe of the old factory, employing the same ingredients and offering the same “taste” of the vintage instrument. The new “Mark 7” piano was presented at the NAMM show and it was a big success. It’s on the market again, after about 20 years, with the same name, same “soul” but largely improved under many important technical aspects.
In a similar manner, MrRay73 Mark II is the second version of MrRay73, after two years from its introduction to the public, but with a huge difference in sound and functionality. While the old MrRay73 was one of the first successfull simulations of such an instrument, capable of offering similar vitality, warmth and richness of the real thing, the new “Mark II” version brings many new improvements, first of all for what concerns “THE SOUND”.
As opposite to sample libraries, a real-time reproduction of a certain sound has the ability to interact with the musician, producing different behaviours from time to time. Hardly you will hear exactly the same “waveform” twice. MrRay73 Mark II is a complete digital reproduction of the real instrument, with all the moving parts that, together, generate to the sound.
Summary of the main features:
• Full Polyphony (73 notes E – E)
• No note-stealing
• Adjustable single sound elements (metal, wood, pedal and damper noises)
• Sympathetic resonance and harp vibration
• Sustain pedal re-pedaling feature
• Six-stage vintage style Phaser effect
• Dual mode Tremolo effect
• Power amp simulation (Suitcase model)
• Adjustable wear of mallets and other elements (Piano Age)
• Stretch tuning or Equal Temperament
• Four velocity curves plus an adjustable “Dynamic range” level
• Fully Midi controllable with MIDI-Learn function
• Very Low CPU and memory usage
“MrRay73 Mark II” Release Notes June 30, 2008
– Version 2.0.3 released
– Fixed bugs that may crash some system when opening the GUI