Second manual to use with Hammond SK1-73


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So I was using an Arturia Keylab 61 Essential as a second keyboard (MIDI controller) with my Hammond SK1-73 which worked okay (not real thrilled with the keyboard), but I dropped it and broke one of the keys. So I ordered a M-Audio Keystation 61 Mk3 because of the semi-weighted keys, but I cannot get it to work with the Hammond. When I talked to Sweetwater, they said (after extensive tweaking of MIDI, and research) that the M-audio is probably not a "stand alone" keyboard, and has to be played through a computer, as opposed to the Arturia. So I have two questions for you all. (1) Has anyone got a M-audio keyboard to work as a second manual with a Hammond clonewheel? (2) what is a good inexpensive MIDI controller to use as a second manual with a Hammond clonewheel? Thanks!
 
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If you can find one, an M-Audio Code 61. Also, M-Audio keyboards MIDI OUT ports are defaulted "off" intentionally. Why? I have no freaking idea. The USB port works automatically, but not the MIDI OUT port. Make sure that you activate the Midi Out port in the menu system.
 
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So I was using an Arturia Keylab 61 Essential as a second keyboard (MIDI controller) with my Hammond SK1-73 which worked okay (not real thrilled with the keyboard), but I dropped it and broke one of the keys. So I ordered a M-Audio Keystation 61 Mk3 because of the semi-weighted keys, but I cannot get it to work with the Hammond. When I talked to Sweetwater, they said (after extensive tweaking of MIDI, and research) that the M-audio is probably not a "stand alone" keyboard, and has to be played through a computer, as opposed to the Arturia. So I have two questions for you all. (1) Has anyone got a M-audio keyboard to work as a second manual with a Hammond clonewheel? (2) what is a good inexpensive MIDI controller to use as a second manual with a Hammond clonewheel? Thanks!
If you can find one, an M-Audio Code 61. Also, M-Audio keyboards MIDI OUT ports are defaulted "off" intentionally. Why? I have no freaking idea. The USB port works automatically, but not the MIDI OUT port. Make sure that you activate the Midi Out port in the menu system
 
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It sounds like Dave probably has the answer. Basically, anything with a 5-pin MIDI Out should work fine, as long as you can put it on the channel that corresponds to the lower manual channel of the Hammond.
 

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It's usually best to get support from the factory rather than the dealer. The dealer barely has time to glance at the manual before the next latest and greatest comes along :p

Gary ;)
 
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It's usually best to get support from the factory rather than the dealer. The dealer barely has time to glance at the manual before the next latest and greatest comes along :p

Gary ;)
I agree. I emailed M-Audio over a week before I contacted Sweetwater, and never received an answer, so I thought that was my next best option.
 
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Manufacturer support can take months to turnaround, even without the pandemic.

Patience is a virtue. ;)

Gary ;)

PS. Let us know how long m-audio takes to respond.
 
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