Using the EVP88 Model Parameters

The model parameters specifically affect the currently selected model.

Figure. Model parameters.
  • Decay knob: Alters the decay time of the piano sound. The lower the value, the less the sound sustains—and the higher the level of damping applied to the vibration of the tines. When short values are used for this parameter, the main tone is more pronounced and is heard for a longer period than the transient harmonics. Sonically, the effect is somewhat reminiscent of an electric guitar string being damped with the palm of the picking hand. Electric pianos can be modified in a similar way. Higher values (longer settings) result in more sustain and a less dynamic feel.
  • Release knob: Determines the amount of damper applied after the keys are released. Extremely long settings (high Release values) allow you to play the piano like a vibraphone.
  • Bell knob: Determines the level of the (inharmonic) treble portion of the tone. It is useful for emulating classic electric piano sounds.
  • Damper knob: Sets the level of damper noise—caused by the damping felt hitting the vibrating tine of the original instruments.
  • Stereo Intensity knob: Affects the stereo field of the sound:When it is set to high values, bass notes are heard in the left channel and treble notes are heard in the right channel. The effect is nice and spacey, but avoid using it if you’re aiming for a faithful re-creation of a vintage electric piano.