The 15 Pound Sk1 is the smallest and lightest Genuine Hammond Organ ever made, and it’s even more astounding when you consider the palette of Hi-Def Extravoices that are on board.
For the gigging musician, there is really no other choice but this comprehensive keyboard. How many times have you finished a satisfying show and faced moving your equipment with dread in your eyes; as your guitarist puts his ax in the case, picks up his amp and he’s out the door?
Now you can pack up and hit the road in a jiffy, too, with NO compromise in available sounds. If you’ve been “making do” with an imitation Hammond, or the “Jazz Organ” preset on your synth, because you had no room for a B-3 and Leslie, you can now bring the soul back to your show, even if the venue has a postage stamp for a stage.
GENUINE AND AUTHENTIC HAMMOND ORGAN
Authentic Chorus-Vibrato/Touch Response Percussion/Overdrive
12 HAMMOND MACRO PROFILES with 17 TWEAKABLE PARAMETERS
96 INDIVIDUALLY Adjustable, Voiceable Digital Tonewheels
Create YOUR Perfect “B-3″ From Showroom New to Road Worn Vintage
8 LESLIE MACRO PROFILES:
Type 31H (or “TallBoy”-the first Leslie Speaker released in 1941)
Type 722 (Mid 70’s “Home Organ” Model)
Type 760 (Late 70’s Solid State “Combo” Model)
Type 825 (1970’s Solid State Single Rotor Model)
ROCK TYPE (Early 70’s Model 925 High-Power “Combo” Model)
PR-40 (Non-Rotary Vintage Hammond Tone Cabinet)
17 TWEAKABLE LESLIE PARAMETERS
Create YOUR Perfect Leslie-Store it in any of 8 User Profiles
COMBINE THE HAMMOND ORGAN OF YOUR CHOICE WITH THE LESLIE OF YOUR CHOICE TO COMPLETE YOUR DREAM RIG!
1000’s of Combinations Possible
32 RANKS OF AUTHENTIC PIPE ORGAN
Each Rank Adjustable for Custom Voicing
VOX AND FARFISA COMBO ORGANS
37 Hi-DEF Extravoices with 114 variations
Yamaha C-7 Acoustic Grand
Upright Acoustic Piano
Yamaha CP70 Electric Grand
Rhodes Suitcase Electric Piano
Rhodes Stage Electric Piano
DX7 Piano Electric Piano
Wurlitzer Electric Piano
Lowery Holiday Organ (“Lucy”)
Clavioline (“Don’t Run”)
Vintage Hammond Extravoice (“Blue Star”)
Suzuki A-120 Accordion
Vox Jaguar Organ
Hammond SX String
Synth String 1
Synth String 2
Synth sweep Pad
Synth square Lead
“Funny” (from vintage Japanese Organ)
EXPANDABLE LIBRARY WITH FREE VOICES FROM HAMMOND WEBSITE
100 USER (RAM) PRESETS/100 FACTORY (ROM) PRESETS
10 PROGRAMMABLE “RADIO BUTTON” FAVORITES FOR INSTANT RECALL
DUAL INDEPENDENT DSP’s FOR ORGAN AND EXTRAVOICES
Digital Tonewheel Generator
The Sk Series’ VASE III “Engine” uses the exact model of Laurens Hammond’s design, executing it in the digital realm, with no moving parts, retaining all of the nuances, imperfections and idiosyncrasies of the original. The wheels are always “spinning”. When a note is played, the tones pass, just as water through a faucet. The random starts of each wave played allow for phase interaction, producing the rich tone so prized in the vintage Hammonds.
The Digital realization of Laurens Hammond’s System allows sophisticated control of every facet. Each Digital Tonewheel can be voiced for Volume, Timbre, Motor Noise and Leakage; enabling the musician to tailor the Modern Hammond to match the characteristics of any Vintage Hammond, or to create their own vision. Twelve Macro Profiles allow the user to quickly select the most popular “kinds” of Hammond, from Showroom-New to Road-Worn Antique and all points between.
Mr. Hammond used the Pipe Organ Design concept of “Unification” in creating the iconic Drawbars of his Electronic Organ. This concept allowed one or more keyboards to control the pitches of many pipes within one set or “rank” of pipes. Adopting the harmonic standards and nomenclature of the Pipe Organ, Mr. Hammond’s design assured that any organist would be able to play his instrument without a steep learning curve. Unlike the Pipe Organ, Mr Hammond’s design allowed variable volumes of each Harmonic represented by each drawbar. This variation gave the musician millions of combinations of harmonics, and assured that every Hammond player would be able to summon a unique voice. An extra level to the expression a Hammond Organist had at their fingertips was added because the Drawbars could be manipulated in real time. The Sk Series features real drawbars in the size, shape and configuration of Vintage Hammonds. The Drawbars also serve the Combo and Pipe Organ divisions, but with a slightly different function.
One of the most distinctive parts of the Hammond sound is the shimmering “Chorus Vibrato”. It adds a silken quality to the sound by adding a second, slightly detuned pitch to the original in the Chorus Mode, and repeat-modulating the pitch slightly in Vibrato mode. Few musicians realize the Chorus effect pedal widely used for Guitars and Electric Pianos had its genesis as a component of the Hammond Organ. Mr. Hammond’s original design used an electromechanical apparatus that looked much like the distributors you would find in the automobiles of the day, and ran off the same synchronous motor that powered the Tonewheel Generator. The Sk’s Chorus-Vibrato is executed in the Digital Realm, without moving parts, and works under the same model. The classic V1/V2/V3/C1/C2/C3 controls are familiar to anyone who has ever played a Hammond. As with the Tonewheel Generator, Digital control allows a wide range of adjustment that was simply not possible on the original. As the Antique organs aged, the components acquired their own unique qualities. Digital control allows the user to shape the Chorus/Vibrato’s various facets, with the added ability to “age” the effect-with the resulting treble emphasis and subtle distortion that marks the organs that develop this patina as “sweeter” than others.
The chief feature of the Hammond B-3 upon its release in 1955 was the inclusion of Touch-Response Percussion™ (Perc). This effect added a high “attack” to the Organ tone at either the octave or the twelfth, with a fast note decay. This sound was reminiscent of an xylophone or clave, and became immensely popular, immediately. Perc gave the Organ a bright highlight, and every generation of music has embraced this sound. Controls for the Perc have the classic nomenclature, familiar to anyone who has ever played a Hammond. On the Sk series, Perc is executed in the Digital realm, allowing a wide range of controls the organists back in the day did not possess. The 1′ drawbar muting, characteristic of the Vintage Organs can be defeated, as can the drop in Drawbar volume level that accompanied the engaging of the Percussion voice. You can control the volumes and decay times as well.
In order that every key (and pedal) of the Laurens Hammond’s Organ could access every Tonewheel as predicated by the Drawbar settings, an electro-mechanical apparatus lurked behind the keyboards, with 9 contacts corresponding to each drawbar for that keyboard and a series of contacts attached to each key. As a key was depressed, the contacts sequentially touched, and the circuits were completed to produce the Organ tone that was registered by the Drawbars. The very nature of Electric circuitry dictated a click could be heard at the top of each note played when the current-carrying key contacts touched. Laurens Hammond considered that click to be a nuisance, and worked to no avail in order to rid his organ of that imperfection. The jazz players who embraced the Hammond Organ, however, found the click to be a percussive highlight, and wanted nothing to do with its eradication. To make matters worse, as the Vintage Hammonds aged, the click became more pronounced, and by the Rock and Roll era, the Key Click assumed a role of importance that Laurens Hammond could never imagine. The Sk series allows you to adjust the intensity of the key ON click, and the key OFF click. The timbre of the click may also be adjusted. Mr. Hammond would have greatly approved of the Sk, as you can turn the click all the way off if you desire, creating a Vintage Hammond Organ that could not exist in the physical world.
Vintage Combo Organs
At the dawn of the Rock and Roll age, many groups could not carry the 500 pound Hammond Console Organ and 450 pound Leslie Speaker. The advent of transistor electronics brought forth smaller, more affordable portable Organs. The Thomas Organ Company in the U.S. and Italy’s Farfisa were at the vanguard of their design, and the Rock and Roll community embraced their instruments fervently. Thomas sold their Combo organs under the Vox name and their premier offerings were the “Continental” and the budget priced “Jaguar”. Farfisa’s organs became Rock icons, and the marque reached its height with its “Professional” model. The sound of the transistor Combo Organ never went out of style, and has even flourished in the “Indy” scene of the 21 st Century. The sounds of all three classic instruments are faithfully reproduced in the Sk series, with the ability to register them in the exact way you were able to on the originals. All three models employed a variation of Hammond’s Drawbars, and an accompanying legend on the control panel marks the functions for each drawbar, for each model.
Pipe Organ Division
The compact Sk series has a mammoth heart, with the inclusion of 32 Digital Ranks of Classical (Church) Pipe Organ derived from our Flagship 935 Church Organ. The Pipe Organ division uses the Drawbars as Drawknobs to select the stops you choose. Now you can take this majestic sound wherever you desire, whether it is to accompany Worship, Perform Classical Organ Literature, or Practice with Headphones in your Dormitory Room. Progressive Rock groups have relied on the sounds of Classical Pipe Organs, and have had to compromise with the few inflexible samples contained in Synthesizers and Samplers, but now the sky is the limit with a Classical Pipe Organ that can be registered in the traditional manner. As is customary with Hammond, each rank of pipes may be voiced independently to the user’s specification, and stored for instant recall.
The Drawbar and Combo Organ Divisions have a number of effects that may be applied. 4 different types of Overdrive, Phase, Flange, Chorus (Stomp Pedal Style-separate from Hammond Chorus), Auto Pan, Ring Modulator, Wah-Wah, Delay and Tremolo. A 3-band EQ is available with Shelf Lo and Hi with sweepable Mid control.
The Sk has an onboard Music Player that reads Mp3 or .WAV files stored on an attached USB “Thumb Drive”, and plays the audio signal along with the SK’s output through the Stereo ¼” outputs. A discrete volume control for the player and start/pause controls are located next to the Master Volume control. There is a system-wide reverb available, also a system-wide Equalizer. The Reverb parameters are saved within each preset, but the system-wide EQ is independent of the Presets, its settings remain unchanged regardless of Preset choice. System Upgrades are issued through this Website, and are installed via a USB “Thumb Drive”.
THIS MODEL COMES IN 66, 73, AND 88 KEYS!
SK1 – 3.5″H x 35″W x 12″L, 16 LBS
SK1-73 – 3.5″H x 44.3″W x 12″L, 21 LBS
SK1-88 – 3.5″H x 52″W x 12.5″ L, 27 LBS