Yo, ever since I bought Motu BPM I’ve been more interested in the sounds available from Motu and UVI.
Probably because they can all be opened in BPM, either way, I’ve been checking them out.
So far so good.
Today I’m checking out one of Motu’s instruments, dedicated to electric keyboard sounds.
The name of the product is simply “Electric Keys”, of course I love a dope EP so this sparked my interest even more.
Let’s check it out
So what is Electric Keys?
It’s like a buffet of electronic keyboard sounds and devices.
Despite what many may think at first (myself included) Electric Keys is not just about being another Rhodes or Wurly library….
Basically what you have is a “who’s who” of electric keyboard instruments.
Names like Roland, Yamaha, Korg, Hammond, Wurlitzer, Fafrisa, Mellotron, Moog, and Hohner should give you an idea of what to expect
And just in case you were wondering, these are all sampled in 24 bit, 96Khz, multi sample goodness
It’s a library of electric sounds broken into several major categories
Classic electric pianos, classic electric organs, electro-mechanical keyboards, funky clavs, Japanese CPianos, keyboard bass, rare & bonus keyboards, string machines, tape sampler, reed electric pianos, the B electric organ.
- content: 40gb of 24bit multi samples
- format: vst, au, rtas, mas, dxi, mach 5, uvi workstation, motu bpm
- price: $279.99
How does it sound?
As you know, specs mean NOTHING if a product doesn’t sound good. Luckily for the end user, Motu specs match the sound quality so you won’t be let down at all.
What I noticed at first playing with this, is that the sounds are very dynamic and “authentic”. Meaning an old 1960′s organ sounds like it should, not extra hi-fi. Same for old string machines…they sounds as cheesy as ever!
Each category was recorded in a way to capture the actual feel of the instrument. Some of the organs actually had the sound of the mechanical parts of the instrument in there.
With a library as diverse as this, covering so many different areas, you’d expect there to be some overlap, maybe an organ that sounds like the Wurly, or the Wurly that sounds pretty much the same as the Rhodes with just a different fx on it…not true.
These instruments could have been instruments on their own. Meaning…you could have broken down each category, and sold it as it’s own product, and folks wouldn’t be disappointed. Despite how vintage these instruments are, the recording and quality is still top notch.
I haven’t even talked about the fx engine, which allows you to take your sounds to a whole new level instantly. Everything from slight reverb to weird flanged-out chorus type multi fx…basic and usable to insane and wacky.
But it all works.
Not to mention the quick controls on the front panel of the instrument that let you quickly adjust things like bass, mid, treble and drive, or add tremelo while adjusting the depth and speed.
The sound is really good, think the fact that there are so many different categories represented, with so many different types of electric keyboards, really adds to the sound quality.
As you can tell, I like the sound and playability of the instruments, as well as how true they are to the instruments themselves. You get the smooth mellow sounds of Rhodes right next to the bite of a B3, followed by the cheesy and synthetic sound of a random string machine.
What’s the bottom line?
It’s easy to see how someone can become a fan of the Motu products, honestly, I wasn’t paying much attention until I got bpm and wanted to expand it. Knowing it could read all of the Motu instruments was definitely a plus in the decision to get it.
The interface of Electric Keys is simple but very nice, I need a good interface on my software, sorry…if it’s ugly I can’t use it. Call me superficial if you must but I HATE ugly software.
The fact that you can load these up in your daw on their own, as well as in Mach 5, UVI Workstation (free) or Motu’s BPM just makes it more flexible.
The sound quality is just flat out good, and usable…even without adding any fx. Many vintage key lovers will instantly recognize many of their favorite sounds and instruments, which could possible provoke inadvertent “old school” jam sessions…..that’s a good thing though
I really could find nothing wrong with this library, it really delivered above and beyond my expectations, I’m an EP fanatic, but the fact that you get multiple types of electric instruments in one library is like getting two prizes in the cereal box…just makes for a great day
Electric Keys without a doubt in my mind gets 5 out of 5 subs. Like I said, what impressed me even more than the sound quality is the diversity of sounds in here.
Good stuff man!
You can read up on all the instruments and the library over at Motu’s website: Electric Keys- vintage electric keyboard instrument
Check out their demos and such. I don’t think you can purchase directly from their website, but you can get it from some of your favorite online retailers.
let me know what you think…leave a comment below