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Sonic Couture / The Canterbury Suitcase

Postby Piet De Ridder » Aug 07, 2017 5:19 pm


Sonic Couture has released a new sampled Rhodes piano: The Canterbury Suitcase.

"The Canterbury Suitcase redefines what detail and experssion means in a virtual electric piano. Back in June of 2012 we were recording Grand Marimba at Canterbury Music in Toronto. Studio owner Jeremy Darby was showing us his collection of vintage instruments, and let us try his Rhodes Suitcase 88. We knew immediately it was one of the most beautifully maintained and best sounding Suitcases we’d ever played. In the summer of 2016 we went back into Canterbury to sample it, and with the invaluable help of Adam King and Robbie Grunwald we got an amazing, authentic and dynamic sound. We recorded three different signals, the line-out, the tightly close mic’d speaker cabinet, and natural room ambience. That was just the beginning. After several months of painstaking editing, we finally have what we feel is the best sampled Rhodes available."


Instrument specifications:
- Original instrument: Rhodes Suitcase 88 1976, Canterbury Studios, Toronto.
- Channels: Line out
- Speaker cabinet mics: AKG414 pair with brass C12 capsules
- Room mics: Soundfield MKV at mid distance
- Fully configurable velocity sensitive filter on each channel: filter types include HPF, LPF, LP Ladder, BPF, Phaser, Notch, Peak.

Library specifications:
- 24 bit 48 kHz sampling.
- 16 GB library (8 GB with Kontakt NCW compression)
- over 11,000 samples
- 21 to 25 velocity levels per note, with intelligent round robin
- key-off & pedal release samples
- Tuning preset library with user micro-tuning function
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Harmonic voicing adjustment
- Velocity curve setup
- Custom effects insert chain
- Custom IR reverb processor with Soniccouture IR library
- Kontakt Player + NKS compatible.
- Requires Kontakt 5.6.8

Price: €149


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Re: Sonic Couture / The Canterbury Suitcase

Postby mr anxiety » Aug 14, 2017 4:42 pm

Anybody jump in on this one yet to share the experience?


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Re: Sonic Couture / The Canterbury Suitcase

Postby Piet De Ridder » Aug 17, 2017 4:31 pm

I'm sure it's a great library — several users whose ears I trust, and many more whose ears I don't know, all say the same thing — but as I am nipple-deep in virtual Rhodesses already, I just can't convince myself to buy this one too.


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Re: Sonic Couture / The Canterbury Suitcase

Postby Lawrence » Aug 18, 2017 2:21 am

It must be just me...I like my Rhodes to bark when hit hard, that chunkines/edginess that Rhodes pianos have when hit too hard by bangers like me. It may well be there, but I don't hear it in the demos.

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