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"A lovely sample library ... You are not going to find these sounds anywhere else. I auditioned the samples one by one and I got incredibly itchy to start messing with them right away - they are so inspirational and musical."
                                                                                              Ronnie on, September 2009

 "Each note has a different mechanical preparation and was recorded for its full duration at several Velocities. These make exceptional semituned percussion instruments. For more conventional playing, presets are provided that map a single sound across the keyboard." 
                                                                                        Len Sasso in Electronic Musician, April 2005

Prepared Rhodes

 It's a real Rhodes that is prepared as John Cage and others prepared an acoustic piano, that means you insert springs, plastic tubes, pins, etc., all kinds of objects inside the piano. These objects when touching the strings or the tines change the sound of each key played. All the notes can be radically different from each other and often you don't even recognize the original sound. You get an instrument that is much more percussive in nature.

Even if there are some clean sounds, this is a "dirty" instrument, when you put things inside an electric piano, a lot of things happen sonically, like strange vibrations and resonance between objects and tines. Even the release of the key produces artefacts on notes. All sounds have their natural decay, none is cut or looped.

Sounds range from clean percussive to edgy tones and the set covers a lot of musical and sonic ground, it may be useful in various styles of music.

Also included are patches simply made from one sound mapped across the keyboard and you can create your own. These make fun semituned percussion instruments. Their number vary according to each specific format. Moreover, as NI Battery and Kontakt have unique features, there are additional patches using these features for each.

Digitally recorded directly in a Tascam DA-88. Every note was sampled and almost every note has multiple velocity layers (from 2 to 6, average 4). There are 367 mono samples as the actual instrument is.

There are 2 main programs that emulate the actual instrument where each key has a different sound. The first one covers 72 keys, the second one 52 keys. Each key has a unique sound with up to 6 velocity layers. The sample set size is 63,2 MB. 

Every note was prepared by Maxime de La Rochefoucauld who is also internationally known as a composer and a builder of mechanical musical automatons:

Performance, preparation of samples and programs: Zvon. 

- Wav
- Soundfont
- NI Battery 3
- NI Kontakt 3 (full version, not the player)

prepared electric piano audio samples

Note that the 2 packages below ALSO INCLUDE the Mobile version that is on the Sounds for iOS page, BUT NOT the Caustic version.

Wav files and Soundfont : wav files and soundfont can be used with any sampler or software that supports them. The soundfont includes 43 programs (38 semituned instruments).

Battery 3 and Kontakt 3: over 115 kits/patches including 67 semituned instruments and 47 (55 for K3) extra patches where the samples are twisted and warped with their granular synthesis engine. The samples take a whole new dimension and the results vary from clean sounds evocative of traditional instruments to weird SFX. 



Audio examples are divised in 2 groups, the first group contains examples that can be achieved with any of the 2 full version packages

  • Bach 2 parts invention #13 v2, from a MIDI file (all formats) 


  • Distorted PR,  through an amp sim (all)


  • Vibrating Orient (all)


  • Music Box (soundfont, B3, K3)


  • Harplike (soundfont, B3, K3)


  • Wav file with pitch randomization 1


  • Wav file with pitch randomization 2


  • Doubled by PR: the Prepared Rhodes can be excellent on its own, but it can also be used to double drum hits, snare and hats are not doubled.


The examples below are specific to the Battery 3 and Kontakt 3 formats

  • Fairytale (B3, K3)


  • Harplike 2(B3, K3)


  • Softy (B3, K3)


  • Site under Construction (B3, K3) 


  • Very very strange 1 (K3) 


  • Very very strange 2 (K3) 


  • Random 02 (B3, K3) 


  • Drifting duo (B3, K3) 


  • Distorted Japan, arpeggiated in K3 with phaser and delay (B3, K3) 


  • Rekkerd demo: made by Ronnie from Rekkerd, all sounds from the Prepared Rhodes with a Kontakt multi of 6 instruments. Demonstrates well the versatiliy of this set. 


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