Vase-II sound Generator
Any instrument that
carries the Hammondģ name
must have the drawbar-sound. That is why the XE
equipped with the well established DRB Vase-II Digital Technology Sound
engine, which has been praised by professionals and the most ardent
Hammond traditionalists. In this latest version, the sound
generation system also provides an extensive range of solo and ensemble
instrument voices plus rhythm and special effect options.
Hammonds own drawbar control
system is widely acclaimed by professional players for being the
original and best. To achieve all of those special Hammond combinations
and effects it is this system that outperforms all others. The XE
boasts two full sets of nine drawbars and two bass drawbars, all of
which perform at real-time without any reponse-time delay. The
system has a selectable choice of tonal nuances such as the B3 with its
characteristic generator crosstalk, Brite or Mellow plus features such
as foldback-control on the upper and lower octaves, variable attack,
adjustable overdrive and the all important "key click"
The XE technology faithfully recreates the traditional Hammond vibrato and
chorus generator effects in the recognized six degrees. It also provides
the very latest in advanced Digital Leslie. This very important effect
for a complete Hammond experience is fully adjustable to suit player
preference. The simulated upper horn and bass rotor "Rise"
(speed up) and "Fall" (slow down ) times can be independently
adjusted. The "Brake" ( stopping) time can also be
changed. Volume balances between the horn and bass rotor can by
customized and even a simulated mike set-up can be varied for angle and
distance. When an external 11-pin Leslie is connected to the XE
the on-board simulator is automatically disconnected.
Hammond believes that also a
single-manual instrument must have a high-quality keyboard. For
series, Hammond has opted for their superb "leaf
spring" keybed, found on all top quality models since 1965. This
distinctive "off white" exclusive keyboard provides warmth and
smoothness to the touch but also speed and toughness to satisfy all
Quality Instrumental Voicing
In addition to
the extensive variations of traditional Hammond sounds, the XE
introduces 275 sampled instrument voices available in three combinable
polyphonic sections. Hammond has introduced some newly sampled voices on
including a rich stereo grand piano, a sleazy, breathy tenor
sax, a haunting flute, some wonderful acoustic guitars and a selection
of accordions presenting a range of reed permutations. For the
bass section 21 specific voices are available and for sound effect 16
different settings (Chorus, Flanger, various Reverb-types...) are
possible. User voice sections are also provided in which you can
create and store your very own edited versions.
With such an
array of sounds and effects available it is important to be able to
select and recall your favourite registrations quickly and easily. The XE
has ten banks of ten user programable set-ups each one containing
information effecting the right hand, left hand, bass, MIDI, reverb,
Leslie, style and rhythm settings. A complete one hundred set-ups
readily available. A different set of 100 registrations can be loaded
via floppy disc or via the special CompactFlash Memory Card.
Accompaniment Styles and rhythm
rhythm and auto-band orchestra sections combine to provide Hammond's
completely redesigned rhythmic accompaniment section. 100 new rhythm
patterns each with four variations which can be programmed to change
automatically, work together with three accompaniment variations to
create 1200 automatic backing patterns. The accompaniment operates
in 3 different modes : Single, Fingered Mode and Pianist. For the
not so accomplished player there is a one finger easy-play system.
By utilising the Rhythm Preset function each rhythm will automatically
select a suitable instrumental registration to compliment the chosen
pattern. Two rhythm fills, an intro and ending pattern are also
provided as well as Hammond's exclusive touch tempo which allows you to
set your own rhythm speed by simply tapping the touch tempo button. This
can be done at the start or even during a rhythm sequence.
Additional styles can be loaded via floppy disc or via the special
CompactFlash Memory Card.
A built-in style-converter
allows the use of rhythm-styles produced for other instruments.
This allows you to utilise previously purchased style libraries on your XE
pro-lite (Not all formats may not be compatible).
Pro chord automatically generates full right hand harmony on single note
play. This way it is real easy to make your playing sound like a
true professional. This advanced Hammond feature uses
multiple separate voices to create rich harmonies. Up to 20
different settings, from jazz combos through theatre organ tibias, to
Hollywood style string orchestras and big band sections are available.
provided its distinctive graphic LCD information screen for the XE-series.
This new display allows instant visual access to all the voicing and
control sections. A short-cut feature eliminates any time consuming
effort paging through menu screens. Simply press and hold a control
panel button, and all information regarding that section will be
automatically displayed. You donít have to be a computer whizz to
operate this instrument.
Hammondís philosophy of ease of use the on-board sequencer is just
that. Simple controls allow for a virtual recording studio at your
finger tips, enabling you to create your very own multi-tracked
wonder how you would store your style data, sequencer data, preset
registration data, etc. without hooking up any external equipment and
not running out of space ? The answer is a CompactFlash slot.
You can save all your precious data on a CompactFlash Memory Card
(At the time of this writing the present max. memory of a huge
128MB is available as a storage medium on your XE
amplification with S.E.S.
and power speaker-system
a great sound engine and a vast array of voicing is only as good as the
amplification system through which it is played. For the XE-series,
Hammond has developed a special high-performance stereo amplifier that
will generate a solid 2 x 50W output. Couple this to the included
external speakers and you will experience an unbelievable sound for such a compact
instrument. To widen the stereo image even further Hammond has
added its exclusive S.E.S. (Sound Expansion System). This
function provides the player with a much broader sound sensation through
an expanded stereo image simulation.
Since your instrument is
equipped with internal flash-rom memory, you can upgrade the
system-software via the disk drive when an important new version becomes
Equipped for Direct Leslie Plug-in
is designed to accept direct plug-in of any 11-pin external
Leslie. The volume of the in-built Leslie pre-amplifier can
be regulated to match different types of Leslie, which can be very
usefull on stage. Leslie motor speed-switching can be controlled
via the keyboard selector, an optional foot switch or through MIDI.
for your future needs
may start out by using the XE
as a stand-alone single-manual or you
may decide to progress with the additional use of the optional XPK-100
MIDI Pedalboard and the EXP-100F Expression pedal, you will have the
maximum of control as offered by a full featured Hammond Organ.
||61 keys with Initial touch
||240 x 64 dots graphics LCD with
LED back light
||9-Upper, 9-Lower, 2-Bass
||2nd, 3rd, Soft, Fast
||PCM Vase-II ô & DRB Vase-II
ô Digital Technology
||Leslie : 2 Rotor Digital Leslie,
Vibrato/Chorus : V1, V2, V3, C1, C2, C3
||Reverb : 8 types Chorus : 8 types
S.E.S. (Sound Expansion System)
Echo for MIC input
||275 PCM voices + 28 user voices ,
||2 Sections (Rhythm & Voice ,
4 elements Parametric (Low, Low-mid, Mid-high, High)
||10 Banks (10 Presets each), 100
||100 x 4 variations, Disk styles
Start/Stop, Intro/Ending, Fill-in 1, Fill-in 2
Autoband 1, Autoband 2, Autobass, Memory
Auto-vari, Touch start, Touch tempo,
||3,5 inch 2HD
(for SMF-player, Sequencer, Style, Set-up, Upgrade)
||Compact Flash Memory Card
(for Sequencer, Style, Setup)
||Line out L/R, Line in L/R, Mic
In, Mic Out, Headphone
Expression pedal (EXP-100F) with Foot switch,
Ext. Leslie 11-pin,
Computer interface (PC,MAC,MIDI IN2),
MIDI IN / OUT / THRU
||2 x 6", 2x tweeters, external
speaker cabinets with tuned bass ports.
||2 x 50W (with
2x 4 Ohm speaker outputs for optional studio monitors)
|MIDI Pedalboard XPK-100
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|Foot Switch FS-9H