Wurlitzer sound on the Roland Gaia – how to make a classic Wurlitzer keyboard patch by Geoffmobile

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Geoff from geoffmobile.com demonstrates a patch he created for his Roland Gaia SH-01 synthesizer that emulates a classic “Wurlitzer” keyboard sound.

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The Wurlitzer or “Wurlie” sound I find is very useful when trying to blend smoothly with other instruments such as guitar, saxophone, or voice. It is more classic and acoustic sounding than some other more electronic-sounding leads. It is modelled after the classic Wurlitzer keyboard sold in the 1950’s to 1980s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wurlitzer_electric_piano

To download the Roland Gaia patch shown in this video (for Free ! :), please click:

To load this file into your Gaia, connect your Gaia to your computer using USB and use the Gaia Tool (linked below) to load the patch into your Gaia.

Also shown at the end of the video is a short tutorial on how to create this sound using the Gaia Tool.

Gaia Tool by Grauw:

Chords played in the demo song are from an original song by Gio Levy:

Thanks for watching!


Technical notes:
Filmed on a Sony Cybershot DSC-HX30v, audio captured using Audacity (direct from SH-01 using USB) and a Zoom H1 / Sennheiser ME-2 lav mic for the voice. Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 on a Windows 7 Dell PC (Intel i7 and USB 3.0 for a faster workflow). Audio and video tracks were synced using Pluraleyes (fully licensed).

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5 Responses to “Wurlitzer sound on the Roland Gaia – how to make a classic Wurlitzer keyboard patch by Geoffmobile”

  1. Billy says:

    This is so great! Thanks for this, Geoff!

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Geoff Peters says:

    awesome thanks so much James!!! Great to hear! Cheers, Geoff

  3. James says:

    Good quick tutorial on Wurlitzer synthesizing. And great playing as well.

    I myself play a DSI prophet 12 and have been looking for tips on electric piano synthesis, with no luck until now. Sound on Sound has some great (and very rigorous) articles on synthesizing acoustic piano, but its really more than what I need. You’ve pointed me to exactly where I need to start programming.

  4. Geoff says:

    @Mog – thanks a lot for your comment! and thanks for sharing your music too :) Cheers, Geoff

  5. Mog says:

    Love the Wurlitzer patch. It’s good of you to make it available for download. I’ve been using the gaia tool for some time and I don’t know how I’d get on without it. I’ve watched a few of your videos and envy your keyboard skills, I’m very much a beginner so my own music is created by recording short segments and mixing them into soundscapes. My last attempt can be downloaded at http://www.last.fm/music/Mog+(UK)/Forest+Of+Forst if you’re interested.

    Keep up the good work

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