Feeltune Rhizome LE (No Longer Available)
Groove Production Workstation with VST Support, 4 Displays, 32 Rotary Encoders, 16 Velocity-sensitive Pads, and Rhizome OS2 Software - Mac/PC
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The Next Generation of Hands-on Music Creation and PerformanceWant the amazing groove production power of the Feeltune Rhizome SXE, but you already have a computer? The brand-new Rhizome LE Groove Production Workstation is roughly half the price of its big brother. It uses the power of your Mac or PC to create an incredible groove production station. The Rhizome LE is the exact same hardware control surface as the Rhizome SXE. It's got the same four displays, 32 rotary encoders, 16 velocity-sensitive pads, VST support, and much more, as its sibling. The Rhizome OS2 software environment is included, with built-in sequencer, sampler, drum machine, synthesizers and effects.
The Rhizome LE gives you access to every feature you need to create music, right from the front panel. You have 32 endless rotary encoders and 16 backlit buttons to control your project, and four large displays give you immediate visual cues as to what each knob and button is controlling. The included Rhizome OS2 software environment makes the Rhizome LE the perfect host for your VST instruments and effects, eliminating the need to change settings with a mouse - just grab a knob and turn it, just as you'd expect from a hardware unit. So with the hands-on immediacy of hardware, the power and expandability of your computer, and worldwide acclaim from top producers and artists, the Feeltune Rhizome LE groove production workstation could be just what you've been searching for.
Feeltune Rhizome LE Groove Production Workstation at a Glance:
The best of hardware and software, combined
So many Sweetwater customers ask us how to get the tactile experience of working with hardware unit when using software. The Rhizome LE has this nailed down pat. A staggering array of encoders, buttons, and switches are always assigned to a parameter, depending on what you're working on at the moment. It's easy to create your own custom control maps, but the beauty is that the Rhizome LE makes you feel like you're loading up patches on a hardware groovebox, even though you're actually working with software.
You can use third-party Windows-compliant VST instruments and effects with the included Rhizome OS2 software environment, creating your own custom set of sounds that you can pull up instantly. And thanks to the Rhizome's sequencer and extensive hands-on controls, you can go from auditioning your new software synth to creating sounds and producing tracks faster than you ever could with a mouse and keyboard. And even if you don't have any VST instruments, you'll love the wide assortment of sounds available in the Rhizome OS2 software environment.
Excels on stage and in your studio
The Rhizome LE was built to travel, and is even the proper size to meet airline carry-on requirements. The multi-angle stand is easy to adjust for optimum placement, and the heavy-duty construction will let you gig with confidence. The hands-on design of the Rhizome LE makes it an instrument you'll love to perform with, and the extensive real-time control you have over your project will open new creative possibilities. And because it's so intuitive and easy to create with, you'll love having the Rhizome LE in your studio too!
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Most Versatile Hardware Sequencer Around
by cfr from Oakland, CAI used to use a Yamaha RS7000. I bought it right when it came out and it cost about $1300. At the time it was likely the best MIDI sequencer out. It didnt take too long, however, to be phased out due ... read more [+]to its smartmedia card reader, limited RAM, and SCSI port. Having a sequencer based off Windows or Mac OS, running VST's, USB3, and supporting USB MIDI (so many controllers dont even have a MIDI port any more!) is one of the most upgradeable, future friendly options there is.
September 4, 2012
Music Background: soundcloud.com/c-f-r
MIDI sequences are treated almost like audio samples, with custom start points, loop points, loop modes, etc... Features I am boggled that no one has included yet except maybe in a clunky DAW. It is mundane options like these that inspire me to make new types of music. Also, holy crap, you can load a project in the background and mix it in dj style. Why hasnt anyone thought of this yet?! This is how electronic music is performed, not song, break, banter, song... like a rock concert. before you needed clever setups to fill in silence while you could load the next project
I also own NI Maschine, and was never happy that I really could not avoid using a mouse and keyboard, because honestly I have very little self control and clicking around on a mouse tends to drag me away from focusing on the music I am trying to get into. I know that they market maschine as something you do not need to use a mouse with, but realistically it hasn't really been true for me. I can edit the piano roll very easily with the knobs on this thing, maybe one of the best features. I can use the maschine as a plugin anyway, which is overkill, and awesome. This things displays three times the VST parameters that maschine can on its little screens.
Its funny because it is a DisplayLink USB monitor under the knobs and so is dealt with in windows as another monitor. You can drag your mouse and windows onto the display. I would imagine that It is best to have a fast computer and USB3 since I think usb monitors take a lot of processing power.
It is not a mature product by any means, there are a bunch of quirks and bugs, but Feeltune has responded to all of my emails and has provided two updates within a week, fixing bugs I reported. Besides the SXE version, this is essentially the only product these guys make, so all efforts go into it. If they keep up with my bug reports like they have this thing will be very solid very quickly. I am obviously pretty excited about it close [-]
David, Renton, WA
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