Applied Acoustics Systems Lounge Lizard EP-3
Applied Acoustics Systems Lounge Lizard EP-3

Lounge Lizard EP-3, Virtual Electric Piano from Applied Acoustics Systems.

JeffTadashi 05/03/2012

Applied Acoustics Systems Lounge Lizard EP-3 : JeffTadashi's user review

« A flexible, unique rhodes soft synth »

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Applied Acoustics System's take on an electric piano synthesizer plugin is unlike the rest. It is not based on samples from the real Rhodes or Wurlitzer pianos, yet it sounds surprisingly real, and it infinitely more flexible. Immediately, you'll see controls that are beyond the standard soft synth parameters: Stiffness, Tine, Geometry, Damper, etc. This is a smart soft synth that gives you deep control over the electric sound, with incredible sounding results. If you want a synth that sounds exactly like a Rhodes or Wurlitzer, this may not be the best tool. But if you like electric pianos, but would love to change tonal details, and adjust every little parameter to your liking, then this is the soft synth for you.

Compatible with Mac and Windows systems, it also includes a tremolo, EQ, and multi effects section in addition to the basic electric piano controls. You can easily save and organize your presets within the plugin as well.


I've personally never used an authentic Rhodes or Wurlitzer piano, but I use them a lot in my music and are familiar with how they sound in most modern recordings. Alongside my Native Instruments version of the Rhodes, the Lounge Lizard does seem slightly more digital and synth-y, but the Native Instruments uses hundreds of megabytes of samples, and it is extremely inflexible: one sound is pretty much all you get. Lounge Lizard is much more lightweight, and cpu processing has not been an issue: I've used it live at low latencies with no problems.


Overall, this is a unique synth and a unique take on electric pianos, and for fans of synthy pianos and realistic pianos alike, this is a product worth checking out. The official price for this plugin may seem a bit steep, given that it's installation is just a few megabytes, but it is certainly unlike any other, and it is capable of producing some amazing electric piano sounds, with little hassle and little tweaking necessary.