UVI Attack EP88 Tacked Electric Piano

Tacked Electric Piano Virtual Instrument with 5 Mixable Sound Sources, 3 Buses, Effects, and 70 Factory Presets
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Compatible with:

Mac
Windows
Standalone
AAX
VST
AU

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UVI Attack EP88 Tacked Electric Piano
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The Unique Sound of a Tacked Rhodes Mark 1!

From classic shimmering EPs to percussive, bell-like ethereal sounds, UVI's Attack EP88 delivers a world of vibrant virtual instrument tone based on the striking sound of a tacked electric piano. The Attack EP88's entire library consists of more than 65,000 samples taken from a tacked 88-key Rhodes Mark 1 and covers numerous signal paths, including various DI and mic techniques. When you combine the bell-like sound of this unique piano with extensive effects and built-in processing, the results are as incredible as they are diverse. From classic soul to contemporary new age, UVI Attack EP88 gives your music an edge.

UVI Attack EP88 Tacked Electric Piano Virtual Instrument at a Glance:
  • The unique sound of a tacked Rhodes Mark 1
  • Multiple recording paths provide endless tone
  • Add amazing effects and onboard processing
The unique sound of a tacked Rhodes Mark 1

What's a tacked piano? It's a piano that's been modified with brass or steel tacks on the hammers to give it a distinctively percussive attack. To create Attack EP88, UVI modified a restored Rhodes Mark 1 the same way, adding a sharp and percussive attack to the instrument's bell-like sustain. What's more, they recorded full samples for three different tack positions, providing you with a range of percussive ping and depth of color. When you combine that with multiple recording paths and pedal positions, Attack EP88 delivers an impressive array of distinct sounds.

Multiple recording paths provide endless tone

As a recording project, you have to respect the amount of work that went into creating Attack EP88. Three different tack positions are just the beginning; in addition to three electric feeds (DI, tube, and contact mic), UVI recorded their hot-rodded Mark 1 acoustically with a pair of Bruel and Kjaer mics, plus a Neumann U67 in the mono position. Together, these recordings span thousands of samples covering eight velocity layers per note, plus round-robins, pedal positions, and more. When you blend all five signals (DI, tube, and contact, plus mono and stereo mics), the range of tone is limitless.

Add amazing effects and onboard processing

All five of the Attack EP88's sound sources are routed through three internal buses, and when the synth lovers here at Sweetwater started digging under the hood, we were amazed by how easily you can sculpt your tone. There's a bus for the contact mic, one for the stereo and mono acoustic mics, and one for the DI and tube electric sources. Each of these buses includes its own envelope and effects, so you can create dramatically layered sounds. The effects are extremely fun too, including a 3-band EQ, delay, and reverb on the contact mic and acoustic buses, and distortion, chorus, phaser, delay, and reverb stompbox-style effects on the electric bus. Add on 70 inspiring presets, and you're ready to go.

UVI Attack EP88 Tacked Electric Piano Virtual Instrument Features:
  • A unique virtual instrument based on an 88-key Rhodes Mark 1 prepared with brass tacks
  • Build your sounds with 5 fully mixable signals and 3 internally routed buses
  • Each signal source includes 8 velocity layers and up to 5 round-robins per mic, per note
  • Each bus includes independent envelopes, effects, and processing
  • Includes pedal-up, pedal-down, and key noise recordings plus per-note tuning
  • Get started right away with 70 amazing factory presets
  • Supports AAX, VST, and AU plug-in hosts
Get a whole new range of unique electric-piano sound with UVI Attack EP88!

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Tech Specs

Software Type Tacked Piano library
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 32-bit, 64-bit
iLok Required Account only required
Format Standalone, AAX, VST, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac 7200 RPM / SSD hard drive recommended, 4GB RAM minimum (8GB RAM recommended), 10GB free disk space
Hardware Requirements - PC 7200 RPM / SSD hard drive recommended, 4GB RAM minimum (8GB RAM recommended), 10GB free disk space
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number EP88

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4.5/5

Awesome Sound!

First, I would like to give a special thanks to my Sweetwater rep, Paul Lea. His service and dedication to helping me purchase the right gear and software for the best price has always been impeccable! Now let's talk about the Attack EP88. The Attack EP 88 is one of my go-to Rhodes. Why? The Sound! It's very full and FAT! I've tried many Rhodes VSTs but most sound too thin to my ears. The Attack EP88 has a boldness and body that will definitely not leave your ears and productions wanting. The Attack EP88 has some really nice presets, but what's really nice is that you can blend the different mic samples to create a very customized sound. Just play around in the settings and you'll see what I mean. Is it perfect? Well, I would say almost! One of my wish list items would be more control over the Trem Pan, but I have other plugs designed for that. I bought my first Rhodes brand-new as a teen in 1977. Do I miss it? Nope! Not with this beast! If you are serious about having a very rich sounding Rhodes that's not like the rest, then GET THIS NOW!
Music background: Recording Artis/Music Producer
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