De Hammond XK-2 is een zeer waardevolle opvolger van de XB-1. Een heerlijkheid was het vernieuwde waterfall klavier, waardoor een echt B-3 gevoel in de toetsen verkregen werd en ook de ouderwetse "glides en strikes" over het klavier weer helemaal mogelijk waren. Hierdoor verkreeg het instrument door het gerenommeerde blad KEYBOARD de Sound quality, de Playability en ook nog eens de Authenticity Award in juni 1999.
Hieronder een uitvoerige Engelstalige beschrijving:
Since the late 1960's several Hammond portable organs and keyboards were developed as light weight alternatives to the B-3.
Hammond Suzuki developed the digital, single manual XB-2 and dual manual XB-5.
Each portable offered Hammond players an alternative to carrying a B-3, C-3, L 100, M-3 or other Hammond organ.
Each successive portable featured the latest in available technology and narrowed the tonal differences to the original B-3.
The XK-2 represents the latest step in Hammond's ongoing effort to digitally replicate the classic B-3 sound, states Steven Eaklor, Director of Product Planning and Development.
The new instrument uses Hammond's V.A.S.E. II (Versatile Advanced Sound Engine) sound generating system for unparalleled realism not only from the Drawbars but from the Vibrato, Leslie, Reverb and Overdrive as well.
Attempts by other manufacturers at sampling a B-3 and adding Drawbars are not good enough to satisfy Hammond portable organ and keyboard owners interested in a replacement for their aging Hammonds.
The new Hammond XK-2 provides for the idiosyncrasies of the electro-mechanical Tonewheel Generator which formed the basis for the classic Hammond sound.
The XK-2 offers the closest digital reproduction of the classic sound while offering many features not found in any other keyboard or portable organ.
The XK-2 digitally generates the pure harmonic sound of the classic B-3 including nuance characteristics of generator crosstalk and other important features such as adjustable Drawbar foldbacks at the top and bottom octaves, adjustable Attack (keyclick) and adjustable overdrive. Sixty four user programmable presets, percussion, 6 degrees of chorus and vibrato and other B-3 characteristics were designed into the XK-2 for maximum professional flexibility.
Some early Hammond organ models lacked foldback found in the B-3 and similar models.
These models had keyboards which were wired differently internally with the first 12 bass tones normally found only on the pedals of B-3 and other organ models with foldback.
Other later Hammond organ models had additional tones above the highest frequency tone found in a B-3.
The XK-2 can easily be configured to recreate these earlier or later organs to suit the organist's playing needs by altering the adjustable foldback points.
The XK-2 is earning solid acceptance from touring professional and church organists, home and studio players worldwide by delivering the classic Hammond sound and performance.
The original B-3 weighed approximately 400 pounds where the new XK-2 weighs just 30 pounds. The XK is the best choice for players requiring top digital keyboard performance at very reasonable cost.
The Hammond XK-2 contains a built-in library of 64 custom Hammond drawbar organ patches. Factory presets represent the most commonly used B-3 drawbar settings in Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Country, Rock and other music styles. The library is user programmable for Upper Manual, Lower Manual and Pedal keyboard use.
An essential part of the legendary B-3 sound is the Leslie Speaker says Warren Brunsting, Vice President of Manufacturing.
The XK-2 uses the new B.M.T.P. (Balance Monitored Time Phased) Digital Leslie.
This new system is the most authentic Digital Leslie System to be offered by Hammond and Leslie to date. The XK-2's on-board Digital Leslie is fully adjustable to suit user preferences. The simulated upper horn & bass rotor "Rise" (speed up) and "Fall" (slow down) times can be independently changed. The "Brake" (stopping) time for both horn and rotor can also be adjusted. Volume balance between the horn and rotor can be tailored to suit the user.
Simulated Microphone settings can be changed to replicate the different options when miking a Leslie.
The new B.M.T.P digital Leslie was designed to offer the professional user total control to replicate older single-speed tube amp Leslie's (21H, 22H, 45, etc.)
Later two-speed tube amp models (122, 142, 145, 147) and solid-state Leslie's (760, 770, 900, 910 and 925, etc) for live and recording purposes.
The XK-2 was designed to accept direct plug-in of any 11-pin Leslie and can be used with many earlier tube and solid-state amp equipped Leslie models with appropriate Leslie connector kits.
The current Leslie models of choice among XK-2 professional owners are the 122XB, original 122 or 147 or later 122A/147A series (with connector kits).
The new 771 solid-state full size high-power Leslie or the new Pro-Line Leslie Model 330.
Leslie motor speed-switching can be handled either from a control on the keyboard or , through an optional footswitch which plugs in to a 1/4" footswitch control jack on the rear of the keyboard or through MIDI.
Also Equipped with Digital Leslie and 1/4" Stereo / Mono Line-Out
The internal Digital Leslie allows the user to utilize the XK-2's 1/4" Line Out jack and a standard amplifier / speakers, mixing or PA equipment.
When an 11-pin Leslie is connected to the XK-2 the on-board Digital Leslie is automatically disconnected. If the 1/4" Line Out jack is used with a Combo Pedal Preamp and Leslie, or another rotary horn device, it is very important to turn the on-board Leslie OFF through the programming software. Although the on-board digital Leslie is an excellent option for small bands or recording studios, for the best classic Hammond sound, an Acoustic Leslie is preferred.
In addition to authentic B-3 drawbar sound the XK-2 features a new 61-note keyboard
utilizing deluxe square-front keys to truly recreate the look and feel of the durable B-3 keyboard.
This new instrument has an inbuilt 64-patch library that is user-programmable for Upper Manual, Lower Manual and Pedal Keyboard.
Digital Reverb, digital Leslie with horn and bass rotor simulation, Touch Response Percussion and user-adjustable Vibrato and Chorus are also included.
The XK-2 features 32-note polyphonic and 16-part multi-timbral performance and data can be saved to a MIDI data recorder via MIDI Data Dump.
Many of the advanced features already found in Hammond's XB-Series of products such as the XB-5 and the XB-3 are incorporated into the XK-2, such as adjustable Drawbar Foldback, selectable Drawbar Voicing, adjustable Rise and Fall Times for the inbuilt Leslie,
adjustable Percussion Level and adjustable Attack (key click)
The front panel contains a backlit 24-character LCD screen, as well as the ON/OFF Power Switch, Master Volume, Reverb and Overdrive Control and a group of Touch Tabs for selecting Presets and editing various parameters. Also, there are Touch Tabs for controlling Percussion, 6 degrees of Vibrato and Chorus, Leslie SLOW/FAST/OFF and Keyboard Split ON/OFF.
A Drawbar Select control allows the player to select between Upper, Lower and Pedal and make changes to the Drawbar registrations while playing.
Besides adjustable Rise and Fall Times the new B.M.T.P. Digital Leslie also includes
adjustable Brake Times for both horn and bass rotor, adjustable Volume Balance between horn and bass rotor and simulated Microphone Settings.
Included on the back of the XK-2 is a socket for directly connecting an 11-pin Leslie Speaker. Other connections include line output jacks for right and left channels, MIDI IN/OUT/THRU ports, headphone jack, foot switch jack and expression pedal jacks.
Hier een heerlijk mopje, helemaal volgens het boekje door Adrian Rose. Hij heeft er alleen een MIDI-pedaal onderliggen en door de key-split functie van de XK-2 heb je dat toch een aardig compleet orgel.
En dan hier ons eigen clublid Bennie Veldman met zijn band even herlijk "on the road"