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Hammond XK-5

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XK-5 61 note keyboard

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I was fortunate enough to be invited to take part in the Hammond EU XK-5 pre launch seminar in Holland.
I am sure you have read lots about this HAMMOND Organ model already on various web sites so I am not going to go into a technical review here, just a first impressions hands on reaction.

The XK-5 is just ridiculously good. Its a HAMMOND - Feels like, Sounds like, has all the tactility, articulation, player feedback and warmth of HAMMOND Organ.
Game changers here are the new multi contact key system - transformer matching modelling, Leslie speaker simulator, all new sound engine.

I will go into much more detail of the XK-5’s customisable features at a later date. For now all you need to know is that when you sit down and touch it for the first time you will be shocked !! .. it has the immediate ‘bite’ you would expect… triggering varied note pressure depressions gives you that all important tonal and colour control you expect and need .. the new Leslie simulator and dual valve pre amp with various routing options are noting short of amazing.
No point in comparing this with any other model old or new because the bottom line is … and I say it again .. THIS IS A HAMMOND ORGAN … JOB DONE.

It will be available in single keyboard format or with the lower manual XLK kit with various bass and swell pedal options. The good news for existing XK-3 system owners is the their existing XLK lower manual will work with the XK-5
Watch this space for details of the official UK launch shows coming soon.
Malc Deakin

£3,250.00

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XLK-5 Lower manual controller

Virtual multi contact lower manual upgrade for XK-5 only

£1,424.00

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Stand for XK-5 system

Stand for XK-5 system

£630.00

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Bass Pedals

Bass Pedals

Dedicated 25 note MIDI pedal board for XK-5 system.
Pictured with optional swell pedal not included

XPK-100, XPK-200, XPK-220L MIDI bass pedals are also compatible with the XK-5 and XK-5 system

£2,623.00

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Dedicated Expression Pedal for XK-5 system

Dedicated Expression Pedal for XK-5 system

Dedicated Expression Pedal Kit for XK-5 system

£393.00

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Matching Bench

Matching Bench

Matching Bench as pictured with the complete XK-5 system
This price and item is for the bench Only

£630.00

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matching wooden music stand.

matching wooden music stand.

Music Rest for XK-5

This picture is not the actual item but very similar in design

£198.00

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Full Hammond XK-5 system console organ


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Completely Redesigned Key-bed: The XK-5’s keyboard action is built in-house, not sourced from a third-party manufacturer. We designed it to duplicate the heft, bounce, and key dip of a “new old stock” and well-maintained B-3™: No springy synth keys allowed! Master Hammond players who tested early prototypes confirmed that nothing comes closer to the feel and response they expect. Of course it has the “waterfall” key fronts critical to Hammond playing techniques such as palm slides. Play the XK-5 alongside any other modern organ and we’re convinced you’ll find the difference stunning.

All-New Sound Engine: The XK-5 employs new proprietary technology to recreate Hammond’s storied tone wheel generator with unprecedented accuracy and flexibility. Tone wheels were spinning discs on shafts, each with its own pickup pointing at the edge. The pattern of “teeth” cut into the edge of the wheel and its rotational speed determined the pitch. Modeling and sampling are combined in an exclusive process to capture the frequencies of all 91 tone wheels found in the original organs, not to mention other important sonic details such as key click, harmonic percussion, vibrato-chorus, and more.
Tone wheel generators have become like rare violins or classic cars: Even though Hammond originally calibrated all instruments that left the factory to sound identical, no two are exactly alike after decades of use. So we’ve extended the programmability of both the overall generator characteristics (such as leakage and cross-talk between pickups) and individual tone wheel behavior (such as the purity of the sine wave) to almost ludicrous depths. In addition to letting you perfectly duplicate different conditions of Hammonds—from showroom-new to road-abused if that’s what you’re going for—there’s the ability to recreate individual organs right down to the model, year, and serial number! Presets will capture the exact tonal qualities of famous artists’ instruments, from jazz great Dr. Lonnie Smith to Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones) to Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey) and more.

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Virtual Matching Transformer: An often overlooked subtlety of the Hammond sound was that the tone wheels generated tiny voltages that needed to be stepped up, and you could be “drawing on” some of the same wheels at the same time by playing similar notes with similar drawbar settings on both manuals. All signals from the upper, lower, and pedal manuals passed through a matching transformer that was intended to even things out before the signal moved on to the preamp and vibrato-chorus scanner. The transformer—a piece of iron with a coil wrapped around it—could “remember” some of its saturation based on how hard it had been working previously, thus affecting new notes played. Physicists call this hysteresis. Musically speaking, it affects how much “volume robbing” you hear and adds to what Hammond aficionados think of as the “breathing” quality of the organ. (The phenomenon is similar to why some recording engineers like transformer-equipped microphones and/or preamps for certain sounds.) In the XK-5, the matching transformer and its place in the signal chain is modelled precisely, and the saturation and hysteresis amounts are adjustable from barely-there to over-the-top. Like we said, we’re closing the final few millimetres of the realism gap.

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MORE FEATURES
We didn’t stop there. Just a few of the XK-5’s more than 50 innovations and features include:
• Four full sets of Harmonic Drawbars plus pedal drawbars, just like on original Hammond console organs including the B-3
• 12 additional virtual tone wheels are devoted to harmonically complex pedal tones (i.e. more than just 16′ and 8′ sine waves), as found on Hammonds beginning in 1945.
• Custom tone wheel profiles available via download.
• Our best-ever Digital Leslie effect. Anything else is just a “rotary simulator.”
• Continuously variable Digital Leslie speed if desired.
• Dedicated octave shift / transpose buttons.
• Improved DSP-based overdrive complemented by vacuum tube preamp.
• Improved vibrato-chorus.
• Dedicated on/off buttons and amount knobs for reverb, overdrive, and assignable multi-FX.
• Lower B drawbars can alternately control 9 MIDI CC messages for external gear.
• Left and right ¼” outs can be used at the same time as Leslie output, for running the XK-5 through a real Leslie in parallel to stationary speakers, a subwoofer, or house P.A.
• More key-triggering modes for pedal-to-lower coupler (Manual Bass function).
• Firmware updatable via USB flash drive or directly from computer.
• Crisp new OLED display is more readable under different lighting conditions.

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PAYMENTS AND DELIVERY Delivery on the XK-5 61 note keyboard is estimated to be the end of Oct 2016. If the event of any delay we will contact you

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