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NAMM 2012: Feeltune Rhizome SXE and LE

Best Bits:
  • Ability to choose the all in one or controller version
  • Superb workflow for quick creation of a song
  • Better looking black colour scheme
But:
  • It’s very big and unwieldy
  • The angle might become tiring to use after a while (even at the lowest) – we’ll have to see.
Key Specs:
  • Four 24 bit colour screens
  • Velocity sensitive pads
  • 32 encoders
  • Embedded i5 processor Windows 7 system, or bring-your-own computer option

We first saw Rhizome at last year’s Musikmesse, and it impressed me then; it’s an all in one production solution with various modules that allow VST plugins to become part of its workflow, from step sequencers to piano roll and live remixing tools. I had a few reservations here and there, but Feeltune have more or less totally cleared them up with their reboot. The original white Rhizome is discontinued to make room for the SXE and LE models, which are a more attractive black colour and feature improved specs and no embedded computer, respectively. The software (which can be used to update the original model too) is now a real force to be reckoned with, as the sampling engine has had a big overhaul and live performance features have been tweaked and refined. We’ve been promised a review model next month, so expect the usual in depth look soon!

Rhizome

Video: Feeltune Rhizome

First of the post Musikmesse videos is this interesting new workstation from FeelTune. Rhizome is an integrated hardware and software solution, that runs on a customised OS and host but loads in standard VST plugins.

Rhizome is an integrated hardware and software solution

Designed as an elegant solution to a setup that has a computer, keyboard, pad controlller, mixer, and so on, Rhizome is not only attractive but also seems, on first look, to be a very efficient and hands on way to make music. More information and videos when I get a unit in for review – here’s Julian going over some of the cool, and new to Musikmesse 2011, features…

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