Accurately sampled from one of the funkiest keyboards ever created: the iconic D6 model Clavinet famous for its percussive playability and gritty sound.
The original Clav has always held a special appeal in funk, fusion, rock and soul music for its unique melodic twang and sonic versatility, from brilliant, vibrant, nitty and gritty to soft, rich, mellow tones.
For this instrument, we meticulously sampled every texture, articulation and hammer tip string-striking mechanic of the authentic D6 Clavinet in both the muted and unmuted modes, recreating all the dynamic control, feel and expression of the original funkified icon.
Using only a few controls, you can achieve an array of deep sonic textures, capturing the distinctive timbre of the Clavi’s unique single-coil pickups. Choose from the selection of factory presets, featuring patches modeled after Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” Billy Preston’s “Outta Space” and other classic songs; or shape your own tones using the built-in auto-wah, amp overdrive and other effects.
Electric 200 Piano
Precise sampling of the classic 200-model electric piano featured on classics by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Queen, with effects, compressor and amp added.
Electric 200 captures the bite, bark and punchy reed tone of the electric piano model used on classic recordings by Ray Charles, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan and many more.
Sampled from two individual instruments, each with its own distinct tone, Electric 200 gives you the flexibility to create classic and adventurous sounds in rock, jazz, R&B and electronic music – “a quantum leap forward in feature, tone, responsiveness, realism and grit from other sampled Wurlitzers,” according to top studio musician Charlie Judge.
Electric 200 is designed to deliver the human touch that is so essential when sampling tonally complex analog instruments. For an authentic feel with true physical presence, you can mix in the sound of the internal piano mechanisms, as if the original instruments were sitting right in front of you.
The included high-quality effects give you tons of versatility in just a few knobs. Use the phaser for a classic ‘70s stomp pedal sound, the reverb for natural spatial placement within your mix, or jam live with the intuitive controls for smooth modulation effects. Combined with musical tone controls, Electric 200 gives you endless possibilities for adding this sought-after electric piano sound to your music.
Electric 88 Piano
Get the soul and character of a unique electric piano, sampled to capture the nuances of the original vintage instrument, with effects, compressor and amp added.
Over time, vintage pianos tend to sound different from key to key. They detune, change in tone and become non-linear. The fascinating thing is that these audible imperfections creates a beautiful and unique instrument, one that can move you emotionally when you hear it.
This is something we kept in mind when creating the Electric 88. We decided to sample a unique “road-worn” piano, carefully capturing the non-linearity of the individual keys to preserve its charming character. When we sampled the piano, we had each key played multiple times by hand to give it a real human feel. The result is a phenomenal electric piano full of personality and a sound that will instantly be reminiscent of classic ‘70s pianos: full of funk and soul.
Electric 88 also gives you the tools to create a wide variety of diverse sounds. Use the mix section to control the level of the internal mechanics, tines and key-up sound, or the Formant control to shift the samples upward or downwards for an interesting new dimension of tone and character. Also included are high-quality tremolo, autopan, phaser, chorus and reverb effects and controls for boosting bass, mid and treble frequencies, making sure that Electric 88 always finds its way into the mix. Combine this with the compressor or amp, and you can achieve anything from mellow and heavenly jazz tones to distorted rock riffs.
Electric Grand 80 Piano
Faithfully sampled from the classic electric grand piano which defined 80s pop, rock and R&B hits by Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock plus many more, and served electronic music innovators from Vangelis to the present.
Featured on hits by Journey, U2, The Police, George Duke, Phil Collins, Toto, Hall & Oates, Billy Joel and countless others, the original 80-model electric grand continues to be a favorite among modern rock bands like Keane and electronic musicians such as Ulrich Schnauss. “I had one of the original Yamaha CP-80 electric grand pianos for years,” says top studio musician Charlie Judge, “and it’s great to have that sound once again.”
Electric grands are known for their reverberated chords and polished, shiny leads. Since the original piano uses fewer strings per key, it creates a tone that can be more easily mixed into your music compared to traditional acoustic piano.
The Waves version brings to life this electro-acoustic sound, with features from the original such as tone controls and tremolo. Also included is Sustain Resonance, which controls the simulated sympathetic resonance of un-played strings – perfect for adding depth to long chords and solos alike.
The instrument’s mixer section lets you blend four separately sampled sounds from the original piano: the main sound, the key up, the internal mechanics and the sustain pedal. With high-quality effects plus a studio-grade compressor and limiter included, you now have everything you need to play Electric Grand 80 in the studio or live on stage.
Grand Rhapsody Piano
Sampled from the Fazioli F228 grand piano housed at London’s Metropolis Studios – the very piano played on Grammy-winning hits such as Adele’s “Hello.”
Like a sleek Italian sports car, the Fazioli F228 model was engineered from the finest Italian parts and craftsmanship, taking its wood from the same red spruce forest where Antonio Stradivari cultivated his rare and celebrated violins. The deep bass, rich resonance and crystal clear tonal qualities produced by the wood have made the Fazioli a highly coveted instrument for the most discerning ears in music.
Recorded at Metropolis with 8 different pairs of state-of-the-art microphones and the highest-quality preamps and converters, Waves’ Grand Rhapsody virtual piano delivers the same majestic sound as the studios' original Fazioli piano, with added features that only a plugin can provide.
From pop/rock songwriting to electronic production to intimate jazz and classical piano, Grand Rhapsody offers a wide range of tonality for musicians and producers. You can blend up to 3 mic pairs of your choice and choose their position; control how much of the pedal, key up and sympathetic resonance you mix into the overall sound; and apply Waves’ award-winning effects including EQ, compressor, limiter, delay, and reverb based on Waves’ state-of-the-art H-Reverb.
Whether you prefer to load one of the expertly programmed presets or create your own sounds from scratch, Grand Rhapsody furnishes you with all the warmth and richness you’d expect from one of the most luxurious pianos in the world – plus a little extra, from Waves.