I have tried AAS Lounge Lizard
, Native Instruments EP, love Lazy Snake as well but I took the red pill six month ago and went back to Mac.
I don't think Lounge Lizard
sounds very realistic but it is nice to play with
and it sits OK in a mix: if you're heavily effecting your Rhodes, you might
get great results(built in FX are cool)
Native Instruments sounds closer to the real thing,
Scarbee's mp3 demo's sound quite convincing........
I have the Kurz K2600 with VintageEP-ROM and this one sounds really good,
again when used with FX, because clean doesn't cut it when soloed.
I have also a NordELectro2 which is great for live, when you don't want to sacrifice your back..., or a Rhodes part that must be clean(noise free and artifact free) and/or buried in the mix, otherwise you could hear it's not the real thing.
Don't get me wrong: ANY of the above instruments can sound good and musical, that's up to you!
But...having played & recorded several Rhodes MKI,MKII,Suitcase=
I must admit that I am jealous at the Protools-users, because they have Velvet
now, which made me drool like a Tex Avery wolf seeing a couple of hot chicks, after I listened to the demo's on their website.
I work on LogicPro,Cubase4,Live6 but I might just buy an MboxMini only to use Velvet in Protools and import the results back in other DAW.
WHY? the most amazing feature to me is the sound of the hammers & pickups that have been captured really accurately and give this 3d depth of a real Rhodes(lacking in any of the above)PLUS the fact when you play Rhodes you hear those mechanics=leaving them out in a VI is a mistake/when you listen to even a DI'd rhodes behind the glass
of the control room you hear those mechanics ticking PLUS here you can adjust the mechanic's volumes.
And it is definitely not "clinical" like most of the above.
That's a major issue for the other contenders, because yes you could throw in a cab simulator, distortion & other "gritty" FX but it just ADDS to the original sound, not incorporate it.
Velvet can sound smooth to dirty from the inside.
Actually I am VERY jealous at PT users......
Just go to Digi's site and listen to the demo, if you don't like that sound then you don't like the Rhodes.Period.(again I don't use PT nor am a salesman but I might just give in to this temptation for the Velvet)
Oh did I mention the included FX sound awesome
At the end, whether it is the closest possible emulation or not doesn't matter, it's your(or the key players') musicality that'll make that Casio sound great