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Stage 54 is a new electric piano plugin that emulates a rare Rhodes you might never have heard of

Sampleson has proven itself to be a bit of a specialist at emulating electric pianos in software, already having plugin versions of various Rhodes and Wurlitzer models in its locker. Now it’s teamed up with Plugin Boutique to release Stage 54, a reboot of a super-rare Rhodes that focused on just the middle register of the piano.

Designed with chord and melody playing in mind, the original 54-key piano was designed for those who wanted the best possible tone for these particular musical elements. This software version is powered by a spectral modelling engine, which is based on samples but generates its sounds in real-time.

What’s more, Stage54 uses infinite round-robin technology, meaning that there should be infinite variations when you play a note, even at the same velocity. There are built-in phaser, tremolo, reverb and drive effects, and the plugin weighs in at just 45MB.

Stage 54 is available now via Plugin Boutique (opens in new tab). It runs on PC and Mac and is available now for the introductory price of $29/£24.

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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