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Currently gig with a Nord C2D combo organ. Considering replacing it with the Hammond XK5 - one manual. Anyone tried Or got the new Hammond? I hear it's got a great keyboard and much improved sound and Leaslie emulation.Not unhappy with the Nord but a bit bulky and due for an update. Just use it for the Hammond B3 sounds.
 
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Welcome to the forums ! I can't comment on the XK5, but I'm ruined by having played a real B3 in my younger years. A bad back and old age now means that I have to go light weight or stay at home. Recently I installed the Hammond B3X on an Ipad and was surprised at how good it is. I ran the Ipad output through a Neo Ventilator leslie sim and this app sounds realistic. I gig with 2 keyboards, with MOXF6 on top, and am seriously considering incorporating the Ipad into my set-up to cover all Hammond parts. You might check out the app and save some money and weight. YMMV Don aka B3maniac
 
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The XK5 is a serious upgrade form the C2D. The leslie sim on the XK5 is good, but not great (but better than the C2D); everything else is excellent. The keybed is sweet. You could start with the XK5 and down the road add the lower manual if you feel the need for a lower manual. I have tried one an through a real leslie (122A) it sounded as close to my B3/122 of anything that I have heard.

The other model you might want to explore is the UHL X3-1. New concept organ, it doesn't use software, it is a hardware solution using FPGA ( Field Programmable Gate Arrays) technology. The latency is very very low and the sound is spot on.


Listen to this, it is the HX3 sound module running through a Jupiter keyboard. The HX3 sound module is the guts of the UHL keyboard:

 
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Welcome to the forums ! I can't comment on the XK5, but I'm ruined by having played a real B3 in my younger years. A bad back and old age now means that I have to go light weight or stay at home. Recently I installed the Hammond B3X on an Ipad and was surprised at how good it is. I ran the Ipad output through a Neo Ventilator leslie sim and this app sounds realistic. I gig with 2 keyboards, with MOXF6 on top, and am seriously considering incorporating the Ipad into my set-up to cover all Hammond parts. You might check out the app and save some money and weight. YMMV Don aka B3maniac
Thanks - good thought. I've read the keyboard feel and bounce back on the keys are almost the same as a real B3, so I'm interested as much in the playability of the key bed.
 
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The XK5 is a serious upgrade form the C2D. The leslie sim on the XK5 is good, but not great (but better than the C2D); everything else is excellent. The keybed is sweet. You could start with the XK5 and down the road add the lower manual if you feel the need for a lower manual. I have tried one an through a real leslie (122A) it sounded as close to my B3/122 of anything that I have heard.

The other model you might want to explore is the UHL X3-1. New concept organ, it doesn't use software, it is a hardware solution using FPGA ( Field Programmable Gate Arrays) technology. The latency is very very low and the sound is spot on.


Listen to this, it is the HX3 sound module running through a Jupiter keyboard. The HX3 sound module is the guts of the UHL keyboard:

Sounds darn good - guess the keyboard bed feel of the Roland Jupiter will be different from the XK 5 in terms of feeling like a B3. Managed to find a dealer to play one tomorrow along side my C2D and do a side by side comparison through my KC 400 keyboard amp. Will let the Forum know.
 

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