We have always known that the future of virtual instruments would be a hybrid of sampling and modeling. With samples alone, the flexibility is lost when it comes to performance, and with modeling alone too much of the authentic sound is lost.
The VTines was limited to desktops for a while, but we were able to make it work on iOS, you can now take it with you everywhere, on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 11.0 or later.
The VTines LIVE is almost the same on iOS, the only differences are that it is not as tweakable as the desktop version, but the base engine is untouched and you still get the continuous response, the great suitcase simulation as well as the vintage stereo tremolo effect.
The « Live » version of our instruments has been especially thought for Live performance usage. CPU and RAM footprints have been optimized, so that our model can run on IOS devices. We paid a particular attention to making it easy to connect and use with external MIDI keyboards, and/or within you favorite AUv3 host
Our model gives you access to a 100% continuous response, a very small sized app (86Mb) and a very high tweakability.
It also ensures that the staccatos and releases that make up for half of the realism sound perfect, not like a fadeout, not too loud, just perfect.
You can adjust the overall volume of the VTines live.
The second concentric knobs, just like on a real suitcase rhodes control Treble and Bass. We measured this carefully and made sure the ranges and frequencies matched the original.
The vibrato (we talk about it more in depth below) has two controls, the depth and the speed. We carefully measured the output of the preamp and copied the real output of each channel. We also added a tempo link as it can be very useful. We also extended the original range as this is a common mod on real Rhodes.
There are two very common FX accessible on the front panel: reverb and drive. You can control their amount from here but if you want further adjustments, you need to go to the FX page.
You can also engage the AMP simulation from the front panel.
Our AMP simulation is true stereo, meaning that we have a very precise stereo image which is extremely useful when the Vibrato is on.
Modeling also means customization, the full desktop version allows for more options, but the LIVE version still ievs you access to a few parameters.
On this panel, you can adjust many parameters to shape the sound of the VTines LIVE. Here is what each parameter does.
1- The pedal volume controls the volume of the sound made by the pedal when you press and depress it.
2- The Dynamics button controls the volume of the lowest velocity allowing for a greater or smaller dynamic range. It is set by default to the maximum range of the real instrument.
3- Bell amount: The Bell is a known characteristic of the Rhodes pianos, you can adjust how much of it there is for all notes. Increasing it will also increase the attack as the Bell plays an important part in the attack of a Rhodes.
4- Release Volume: The release is the the sound captured after the note is released. That characteristic noise has been carefully adjusted to sound exactly as the one of the original instrument, but you can control its volume.
Requires an iPhone or iPad under at least iOS 11.0