XK3, Anniversary Edition
Hammond XK-3. Single manual Drawbar
Organ for the SERIOUS Hammond Player!
The XK3 is undoubtedly the most 'full on' Hammond single manual we have ever seen or heard. From turning on the
power the organ delivers the most powerful and authentic sound imaginable. This
is a Hammond for the most serious and demanding of players, and without a doubt
it is the real deal.
instrument is definitely the way forward for anyone who needs authentic B3
sound and feel. At just over 19 kilos, XK3 represents the ultimate compromise for
the touring musician. Improved digital Leslie means your completely self
contained and can just set up and play. Coupled with a Leslie 21 system it
is the definitive Hammond setup.
access to 12 banks of 11 presets (via reverse colour keys ) that can be
changed 'on the fly'
we all know and love
access to REAL VALVE (tube) Preamp and Overdrive, as well as Tone control
for fine tuning sound quality.
display centre offers access to the most comprehensive array of parameters
for the 'tweekers' amongst us.
Hammond touch response percussion,
split point and new 'manual bass for quick access to funky left hand work.
know what your thinking, but stand back and listen to Joey DeFrancesco,
Tony Monaco, Daisuke Kawai, Deryl Winston and Takanobu Masuda put the XK3
through its paces. Once you have heard them re-assign the button to a more
Drawbars can be assigned to
Upper, pedals and Lower OR you can use them on upper as banks Bb and B - just
like the original Hammond Consoles.
The new XK-3 contains (96) independent
oscillating digital tonewheels for accurate reproduction of the B3 sound.
Importantly, this keyboard has full polyphony.
|| Vacuum Tube
The XK-3 is equipped with a vacuum tube
preamplifier for warmth and rich overdrive. The overdrive circuit consists of
two bands. Thus even if the sound is overdriven, you can still obtain purer
Custom Tonewheel (and
There are a number of Custom Templates pre-loaded into the
XK3 as follows:
This template is the classic B3 model. When purchasing a B3 you would maybe try
three or four to find the best one of the bunch (they were all slightrly
different from new- some great, some good, and some not so good)...well this is
the best of the B3's
The 80s gave us sampling technology, and with it the
'clinically clean' 'Organ sound'. Basically take a Hammond B3, record it
digitally, get rid of all of the grunge, noise and imperfections picked up in
the sampled sound...hey presto... 1980s Hammond.
Take an A100 and stick a couple of micrphones in front of the speakers..all
that noise!, motor hum, leakeage..etc..etc. This is the sound most Hammond
Clones try and replicate.
Tonewheel generators are somewhat random, take out that 'randomness' and
give each tonewheel a mathematical formula and this is the result. (Somewhat
like a late 70s/early 80 Hammond Console/Spinet. e.g Concorde, Elegante, Aurora
Dropped Middle Ranges- accenting the high and low frequencies
opposite to Husky- Bass and treble dropped.
Infamous Hammond X5- dull triangle waveforms and flat output levels on every
Very Brite- the manual says "suitable for surfin' music", amusing...but
try it and you will soon realise Hammond dont mean surfin' the net.
Cheap Transistor ..or cheesy organ (italics ours)
The manual says 'junk transistor organ, it contains insufficient bass and
treble'. What they mean is nasty..but incredibly cool late 60s/early 70s
combo organ.."you beautiful stranger, light my fire before the sun rises
over that house."
the warm glow from the vacuum tubes!
2x Vase III Digital Tonewheel
73 keys (61 +12 preset keys), Waterfall with velocity
9 pitches, B type/Mellow/Bright
2 Pitches, Muted/Normal/Synth.
Second On, Third On, Fast Decay, Soft
430 - 450 1 Hz steps
-6 -0 +6 semitones
On, fast, Brake. Digital, 2 rotor.
Vibrato and Chorus
V1, V2, V3, C1, C2, C3
Upper & Lower On/Off
Speed: 5 (6, 10 -7.25Hz)
Preamp On, Overdrive
Vacuum tube amplifier
5 Lengths (Pedal)
Map Low, High
Pedal Top Key
12 Banks x 11 Presets + adjust B
Power On / Off
20 characters, 2 lines with 9 control switches and Rotary encoder.
CompactFlash card slot
Template: 3 Modes, Zoned 3 Parts and Keyboard
MIDI In 1, In 2, Out
Expression Pedal 1, 2
Foot Switch 1,
Effects Send, Return
Line Out L/Mono, R,
11 Pin leslie
119(W) x 40(D) x 12 (H) cm
John Richardson (right) of the
'Ginger Pig band" is the first UK owner of the new XK3. (with Leslie 21b
pro and 2121)
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"Ginger Pig Band" website.
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