The superstar of electric pianos
After World War II, Harold Rhodes began to work on an electromechanical design for a small, affordable alternative to the piano for bedridden veterans. His company was purchased by Fender, a brand later bought by CBS. Rhodes’ design evolved in the Suitcase Piano in the mid ‘60s, which gained popularity amongst gigging keyboardists since it was a lot lighter and easier to maintain than a traditional piano. The 1970 release of the Stage Piano Mark 1 left off the speaker and amp for an even more portable solution that was often paired with a guitar amp—yielding different additional tonal character. The company experimented with various hammer compositions over the years, and 1974 saw a change in the Stage electronics—all of which changed the sound enough to inspire us to include these variations in our models.
Compared to the competing Wurlitzers, the Rhodes featured a longer keyboard, rounder sound, wider dynamic range and longer sustain. As a result, it was first embraced by demanding jazz keyboardists, becoming a key driver in the jazz fusion sound in the hands of talents like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Jan Hammer, and Joe Zawinul. The Doors’ vibrato-drenched “Riders on the Storm” introduced the Rhodes to the pop-rock world, followed over the next decades by hits like The Beatles’ “Get Back”, Steely Dan’s “Peg” and the Doobie’s “Minute by Minute”. Along the way, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, The Eagles and others landed top-charting ballads with the Rhodes’ smooth sound, causing it to become almost obligatory on pop love songs through to the present.
The Rhodes has been the go-to electric piano for keyboard pioneers and hit makers for the last 50 years. Now, the Stage-73 V is your go-to electric piano for the coming years.
Complete legendary electric piano rig
What’s better than perfect reproductions of the greatest electric pianos ever? Also getting included models of the classic amps and stomp boxes that helped make that sound famous.
Be careful you don’t trip over all the effects pedals on the floor below your Stage-73 keyboard. Like the instrument, they’re all models of classics. Kick in a swirling phaser or flanger, fatten up with a shimmering chorus, rock out with compression and overdrive, and get spacey with analog delay. You can even use the expression pedal for volume or wah—or set a funky auto-wah. The Stage-73 has all the effects you need to create a sound that’s all your own.
Our Suitcase model includes authentic modeling of the amp and speakers that were part of the original unit. For our Stage versions, we’ve modeled the classic amp they were most often paired with—including the combination of channel and master volumes to dial in however much warm overdrive you want, plus a sweet-sounding vibrato circuit and spring reverb. You can even control the cabinet mic axis to change the tone further. Now, that’s authentic!
Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.
Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.
The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.
You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.
However you play, perform, or create, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve made it as easy as possible to use and enjoy the instruments in V Collection 7. They intuitively map with the Arturia KeyLab range, and play nicely with other MIDI controllers too. You can use them in standalone mode, and in your preferred DAW. You can even play notes using your computer’s keyboard when you’re on the go!
- : Win 7+ (64bit) PC: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
1GB free hard disk space
OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
- : 10.11+: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
1GB free hard disk space
OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).
The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center. You can learn more about it here.
- Advanced Physical modeling engine (no static samples)
- Stage and Suitcase models
- Stage model features
- Fender Rhodes™ Stage 73 1973 and earlier (Tone)
- Fender Rhodes™ Stage 73 1974 and later (Bass Boost)
- Fender Twin amp
- Modeled spring reverb
- On and off axis mic placement
- Tone controls
- Mono vibrato
- Effects are post output circuits
- Suitcase model features
- Bass and treble EQ models
- Stereo Vibrato with speed and intensity controls
- Modeled preamp of the Suitcase amp
- Effects loop (pre-EQ)
- Output effects where you can change the order
- Volume, wah, auto-wah
- Analog Delay
- Advanced mode for editing the model itself
- Harmonic profile selections
- Velocity curve editor
- Tone bar resonance
- Pickup distance
- Pickup alignment
- Damper distance
- Dynamic range
- Hammer hardness
- Hammer noise
- 80 factory presets
- Easy to use MIDI mapping