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I’m trying to decide between these four VST clean tone Rhodes libraries: Keyscape, VTines, Famous E, and Scarbee 88. Has anybody compared all four? Which Has the best un effected clean tone sound and response to playing?

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Have you demoed Pianoteqs's version? The Scarbee is the only one of those four I have, but PTQ is by far my favourite Rhodes.

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I don't know "best".

There's the fully-modelled "Lounge Lizard EP-4", by Applied Acoustic Systems. It lets you adjust the physical properties of the (virtual) instrument -- move around the pickups, etc.

There are many "presets", all user-alterable.

For a completely "clean" tone, just turn off all the effects.

You can download that, and test it out, before paying for it.

https://www.applied-acoustics.com/lounge-lizard-ep-4/


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I have the Scarbee88. It's deeply sampled.
I haven't liked other sampled Rhodes libraries. Either there was velocity switching or the sampled instrument was in poor condition.
With Scarbee88, it feels like I'm playing a real instrument.
I like Pianoteq (acoustic piano) but their Rhodes never quite grabbed me. However you can demo it.
VTines seems to get a lot of positive comments.

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I used to play the Scarbee 88 in the past and it was pretty good IMO. I've also tried various modeled Rhodes piano sounds and in a similar fashion to the modeled acoustic piano counterparts they are not very convincing and sound "rubbery" to my ears. Roland started used modeled Rhodes in the RD-700GX if I'm not mistaken it was a step backwards compared to the sampled Rhodes pianos.


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To add to the confusion... XLN Addictive Keys Mark One is also a contender, IMHO


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Also you may know that the Scarbee goes on sale every so often - about half price.
I believe AcousticSamples (Vtines) has periodic sales as well.


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