Hammond XK1 query


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Hi. I know I should be playing through a real leslie, but I can't afford one! The question is: how do I get the screamin' hammond sound (Jon Lord. Ken Hensley, pretty much any classic rock band's sound) with just my XK1 through a pa? I've tried all the rock presets, the Purple preset and various others, plus a myriad of combinations till I'm blue in the face, including the distortion knob. I also tried the 4444xxxxx drawbars only, working from there, and I still can't get it. Surely it's not impossible? I've got more 'realistic' Hammond sounds from my Korg N5EX (which admittedly includes samples from their CX3).
Yes, I really should have a double manual, and I should have a leslie, but it is a real Hammond and I would have expected to pretty much nail the sound I'm after with the XK1.
Please can some of you wonderful people save me?
Tyburnian.
 
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... how do I get the screamin' hammond sound... with just my XK1 through a pa?
The answer is - you can't !... just through a standard PA - which aims for a clean sound.

Jon Lord, for example, in addition to a Leslie 122 (sometimes 2 of them) also used a Marshall guitar stack.

The 'screamin' sound is produced by the tube (valve) amps.

To get close to this you could try the much-praised Neo Instruments 'ventilator'.

It's not cheap (about £370) but has recieved excellent reviews from all who use it.

A cheaper alternative would be to go through an amp simulator (usually a floor pedal) -

many companies make them such as Line6 / Boss etc.
 
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+1 on the vent.
go here at the 3:25 mark in the video and listen to the overdrive:
 
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Hi Dave,welcome to this forum. Jim has one of the best Ventilator reviews, and that played a factor in my purchase. I'm extremely please with the Ventilator use live, and it has become a permanent part of my rig. Don
 
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I was using a MS Low Pro/Pro 3T before the Vent purchase. What I liked about the MS was that when you floored the expression pedal the 3T horn has what appears to sound like a "wider" radial circumference, where as the Vent's horn sounds like the spin is tighter (smaller radial circumference). I miss that wider circ however the Vent's cabinet simulation changed the sound of the hammond tone in my V5+ so that it sounds more realistic. The Vent's setup is so much simpler that I just forgo the circumference issue and inside of two minutes the "leslie" is setup. Can't beat that.
 
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I have a Motion Sound keyboard amp in the music room that I never use. I need to try the vent in that and see what it sounds like...it should be killer.
 
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Like the others have stated, you can't really get it without the same gear. But I have tinkered with the Xk-1's Leslie settings and have gotten closer results than the presets.
 
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I own the XK-1 and get a good enough sound for my 50-year old ears for CR cover band work. I just use the manual setting and tweak the drawbars to taste. Then again, I'm not doing John Lord huge overdrive, just adding the icing on the cake to an otherwise standard 4-piece CR cover band. I'll take 15 lbs over 450 any day, too.
 
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Run it through a Neo Ventilator Leslie 122 simulator pedal and you'll be amazed. The Vent weights a couple of pounds and is as close to a real leslie as you'll find in current technology. Don
 

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