Sononics Revival Rack Extension – Reviewed

It was almost 10 years ago when I entered Luis Ruvina’s Booth on Musicália (the Portuguese parallel to the Namm Show). Luís was at the time the Portuguese re-seller for Suzuki-Hammond, but above all a great organ player. I remember the distinguishing sounds of a Hammond B3 accompanied by the languishing chords of Tuniko Goulart’s jazz guitar urging me to enter his booth. Luís was playing a B3 through a HUGE Leslie (about the size of a medium fridge). I’ve never heard such a beast in person – you will never “feel” its true grit until you are at least 2 meters from one! The presentation lasted about 30 minutes but I remember it as if it was yesterday. 30 minutes of pure musical magic!

If bringing a bit of that magic to the Reason rack was Sononics objective with Revival… They’ve succeeded! Read on for the full review of this new-generation organ Rack Extension.

Radical Keys Rack Extension – Reviewed

The first time I played an electric piano was at my Uncle Milt’s house way back in 1979. His step son, Tony, played in a band and had a beautiful Rhodes Suitcase Piano with matching Janus amps in the basement! I remember Tony powering the Electric Piano up and playing some chords with the Vibrato effect on, swirling the sound around the room. It was magical! But can software capture that kind of sonic voodoo today? Propellerhead attempts this with their Radical Keys Rack Extension, released one year ago this month. Let’s find out if it recaptures the magic, shall we?