Wurlie is based on a Wurlitzer 206A model. The Wurlitzer 206A is a student model, and is very similar to a 200A except for its beige color and built in amp/speaker (it also did not come with a tremolo). It was designed to be paired with a 206, which is the teacher model and they were mainly used in conservatories. The teacher had a headphone and microphone to be able to listen to each student individually and talk to them without others hearing them.
Once equipped with a DI output and a tremolo system the 206A sounds exactly like a 200A with the exception that it also has a built in amp that is more powerful and has more bass than the two small front speakers of the 200A’s.
Authentic Reed Sound
Recorded from both the direct output using a state of the art DI (Universal Audio Solo 610) and also using a pair of microphones right above the keys next to where the head of a player would be.
Wurlie is truly the most detailed and accurate recreation of the famous reeds electric piano sound. You have access to many features including the mix of the Acoustic and Electric volumes. With the right Acoustic / Electric volume adjustment, you can easily transition from a live sound to a more intimate sound of you just playing at home with the warmth of the key clicks and sound.
The student models don’t have the vibrato circuit built in by default, there is a common mod for these instruments that consists of adding the vibrato circuit and even add the possibility to control its depth and rate. Wurlie goes a step further and adds the stereo pan present in Rhodes suitcase instruments.
Just like for every mechanical instrument, there are resonances, but in the case of the Wurlie, they are very specific. We captured the sympathetic resonances for both pedal up and pedal down and modelled them carefully to make sure you get the most natural response.
All the FX you need
Wurlitzers are often played with FX, we added a 2 band EQ, a Spring reverb, a tube distortion, a chorus and a flanger, and there is also a list of known amp simulations to choose from. That’s pretty much everything you need to mimic the sound of any Wurlie in any song.
You can turn on or off the amp simulation, based on a the real amp of the Wurlitzer (at three different distances), we also added a few other amp simulations like a Mesa Boogie, a fender 210, and a Gibson. You also have the choice to load them in stereo or in mono.
Advanced settings and MIDI controls
The advanced panel lets you control a few things like the pedal noise or the release volume, and also a few more parameters of the FX. There is also a complete section of MIDI controls to tweak the response of the Wurlie and match it exactly to how you like it.
- 1.21Gb uncompressed, 278Mb compressed in lossless flac format, around 3123 samples.
- 10 Velocity layers for the sustain.
- 20 Velocities for the release.
- Time based release samples for accurate staccato sound.
- Sustain pedal noises (up and down), triggered automatically.
- Independant mix of the acoustic/electric sound.
- Sympathetic resonance on both pedal up and down.
- Complete control over the midi response.
- Vibrato simulation.
- Saturation, chorus and flanger effects.
- Amp simulation of the real cabinet.
- Spring Reverb.
- Advanced UVI scripting giving you access to a simple yet powerful interface and advanced features.
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