Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #9: Yamaha CP-35 Rack

My CP35 w/ "Cowboys and Synthesizers" Mascots

 

The Yamaha CP-35 is a pretty cool vintage electric piano.  Made sometime in the 1970s or 80s this instrument has a wide range of tone, sometimes reminiscent of the Fender Rhodes keyboards.  Probably my biggest gripe about this keyboard is its size.  The thing is huge and heavy.  Cleverly, the case transforms into legs, but lugging this baby around to gigs is pretty much out of the question.  Fortunately, it now fits in your laptop.  The original model has flanger and tremolo effects, which I have attempted to emulate.  I’ve also added some chorus, vibrato,  and delay to add some flavor to it.  The CP-35 is capable of a fairly wide range of electric piano sounds, and I have sampled five offerings.  So the next time you need a nice dreamy vintage piano sound reminiscent of “Daniel” by Elton John, or a Stevie Wonder-esque funk piano, load up the AfroDJMac CP-35 rack.  As, always send along any music you make with this or any rack, and I will post it.

Here is a short walkthrough of the rack.


Check out my “Nintendo EP,” it’s a free download which features songs created using the original Nintendo as a sound source, as well as acoustic and electronic instruments to create fun, lofi songs.

Download AfroDJMac’s The Nintendo EP