Appendix F - Send in the clones (Hammond and Leslie simulators)

Maintained by Mark Longo (longo@zk3.dec.com)
Last updated: 24-June-96

Keyboards

 
Hammond-Suzuki XB series:
XB-2, XB-3, XC-3, XB-5
(described elsewhere in FAQ)
Viscount (or Fujiha) D9
single manual drawbar organ

Out Of Production

Crumar Organizer
Single manual drawbar organ, percussion (c. 1970's)
Crumar T1
Single manual (61 note), 1 split, 9 drawbars, percussion, vibrato and tremelo, 4 presets.
Crumar T2
Double manuals, two sets of 9 drawbars, one for each manual and one set of 2 drawbars for playing the "lower tone" from the lower manual.
Elka X-50
Single manual 9 drawbar organ, 6 non-editable presets, four percussions (2nd, 3rd, 4th, plus octave below 3rd [5 1/3']); Leslie simulator (single rotor); percussion volume, percussion decay, keyclick and overdrive sliders; built in light-duty road case, no MIDI.
Korg CX-3
Single manual 9 drawbar organ, adjustable key click, adjustable 2nd/3rd percussion, Leslie simulation, 3 drawbar presets, no MIDI
Korg BX-3
Double manual drawbar organ, 9 drawbars per manual, 3 static presets, adjustable key click, v1-3/C1-3, adjustable 2nd/3rd percussion, leslie simulation
Rhodes (Roland) VK-1000
Single manual drawbar organ, fully programmable, key click, vibrato/chorus, percussion, Leslie simulation
Roland VK-09
Five octave single manual drawbar organ, selectable sine/square wave, envelope shaping, key click, vibrato/chorus, percussion, leslie simulation
WLM Organs
 
Made in Finland in late 70's and early 80's, there were 3 models: TRIP, BEAT, & HIT. The organs used solid state analog tone generation with 12 sub-divided oscillators. They were sold primarily in the european market. There is an excellent Web page with more detailed information and images at:

http://www.utu.fi/~juhpalmu/wlm.htm"

TRIP - Combo organ with two 5 octave double manuals.
HIT - Two 49-note manuals and a 13-note pedalboard. 9 drawbars and 7 percussion drawbars for the upper manual, 6 drawbars for the lower manual, 4 drawbars for the pedals. Variable percussion attack and sustain. Pedal attack and sustain. Vibrato. Spring-line reverb. 7 presets. Lightweight (60kg, 132lbs) it folded into a plywood, aluminum edged, road case which also served as a stand, a very elegant design from the pictures of it on the Web page.
BEAT - A home model similar to the HIT that was available in 4 & 5 octave double manual versions, 13 note pedal board, and added a simple rhythm machine and a built-in amplifier and rotating speaker system.
Yamaha SK-15
Four octave single manual synth w/ 5 drawbars/sliders, 3 organ presets, percussion, key click, chorus/vibrato, string section, synth section, keyboard splits, Leslie simulation, no MIDI
Yamaha SK-20
Same features as the of SK-15 except with 5 octave manual, 7 drawbars/sliders, 11-pin Leslie connector

Modules

Oberheim OB-3
re-labeling of the Viscount D-9e (see below)
Oberheim OB-3 Squared
New model manufactured by Oberheim. Very similar to the OB-3 in form and function but with three MIDI channels (enables use of two keyboards and a set of MIDI foot pedals foot pedals), controllable percussion, and reportedly improved sound.
Peavey Spectrum
single rack space module, 32 voices, 4 part multi-timbral, reverb, Leslie simulation, vibrato/chorus overdrive, speaker simulation, 128 ROM presets, 4 waves respond to MIDI drawbars, MIDI program changes, 16 bit wavetable sample synthesis. No percussion control.
Viscount (or Fujiha) D-9e
Table top (keyboard top) realtime drawbar module version of the D9 keyboard, MIDI control, 1 MIDI channel, percussion, key click, adjustable overdrive, vibrato and Leslie simulation, 5 registration presets.
Voce Micro-B II
Half space rack module, 36 drawbar presets, adjustable key click, v1-3/C1-3, adjustable 2nd/3rd percussion, adjustable overdrive, Leslie simulation, complete MIDI control
Voce V3
Single rack space module, realtime MIDI control of drawbar settings, drawbars detuned to equally tempered scale (like the B3), programmable key click, v1-3/C1-3, programmable 2nd/3rd percussion, programmable overdrive, Leslie simulation, effects loop, EQ, patch storage, complete MIDI control

Out Of Production

Voce Micro-B (out of production)
Half space rack module, 36 drawbar presets, adjustable key click, v1-3/C1-3, adjustable 2nd/3rd percussion, adjustable overdrive, Leslie simulation, limited MIDI control
Voce DMI-64 Mark II (out of production)
Single space rack module, programmable

Electronic Leslie Simulators

Dynacord DLS 223
Single rack space digital effect with reverb and distortion, dual rotors, MIDI control.
Dynacord DLS 300
Software upgraded version of the DLS 223 for "improved rotor structures".
Electro-Voice FX-70
repackaging of the Dynacord DLS 300
Korg G4
Oversized stomp box, dual rotors, knobs for volume, distortion, speed, acceleration, mic distance and spread, for foot switches for distortion, speed, stop, and bypass.
Rolls Rotorhorn
Single rack space, limited MIDI control
Voce SPIN
Half rack space analog effect, MIDI control, dual rotor, many pre-sets, knobs for volume, balance, overdrive, MIDI channel, and preset select.
Rotovibe & Uni-vibe - by Jim Dunlop Electronics
Single-rotor Leslie simulator; foot pedal (volume type) speed control (no fast/slow switch); depth control. For more information see:
http://www.jimdunlop.com/wahs.htm

Out Of Production

Avalanche Effects Brianizer
Stomp box, dual rotor, adjustable speed and accel/decel rates, leslie/on/off, studio/stage settings
Digitech RPM-1
Single rack space analog/digital hybrid effect, 12AX7 tube pre-amp w/ overdrive, no MIDI, dual rotor, knobs for overdrive, speed, balance, mic spread.
A review of the RPM-1 is contained in the Hammond/Leslie FAQ at:
http://ddi.digital.n et/~bbaker/files/rpm1review.html
Dynacord CLS 222
Single rack space analog effect, dual rotors out of production 1993
Multivox LD-2 (a.k.a. Little David)
One of the first Leslie simulators, packaged as a 10" high replica of a 122, non-mechanical, made briefly in the 1970's.

Mechanical Leslie Simulators/Clones

Motion Sound PRO-3
The PRO-3 uses a rotating treble horn and a titanium driver in tandem with a stereo/mono bass rotor simulation signal output through 1/4" front panel jacks. You feed an organ signal to PRO-3's 1/4" mono input, and patch the PRO-3 low frequency output signal to a keyboard amplifier. The PRO-3's rotating horn characteristics are modeled on the Leslie 147.

The PRO-3 dimensions are 6.5" x 20" x 16.5" and it weighs 26 Lbs. The front panel is vertically centered on the left third of the unit front. Two rails run along the bottom from front to back and are designed to straddle the handle of a keyboard amp. The horn compartment is vented so that about 60% of the sound comes through the front and 40% through the rear and sides, simulating a 147 horn with the back off and turned around. The horn amplifier is 30 watts RMS with .3% distortion, and is very loud. For more information see:

http://www.goffprof.com/catalog/motionsound/pro3t.html

A review of the PRO-3 is contained in the Hammond/Leslie FAQ at:

http://ddi.digital.n et/~bbaker/files/pro3review.html
Motion Sound R3-147
The R3-147 Rack Mount System is effectively a fully sealed and acoustically isolated unit containing a PRO-3 with internal microphones and a 12AX7 tube pre-amp. The extensive front panel gives the user control over treble rotor speed and accel/decel rates, bass rotor simulator speed and accel/decel rates, control of AM and FM components and open/closed bass cabinet simulations in the bass rotor simulator. Left and right microphone controls allow for close/distant mic'ing variations and treble/bass rotor balance controls tailor the mix of high and low frequency sound. Rotor fast/slow/stop can be controlled either via MIDI or through a provided footswitch.

Out Of Production

Dynacord DC200
The DC200 is a combo amp with treble and bass rotors packaged in separate enclosures. The treble enclosure is 63cm(25")W x 53cm(21")D x 35cm(14")H. The lower enclosure has the same width and depth and is 79cm(31")h. Stacked height is 114cm(45"). The upper enclosure contains the familiar pair of rotating horns (one is a counter balance only) and is open on all four sides. The lower enclosure contains a 15" speaker firing downward into a rotating drum and open in the front only. The unit is trademarked as the "Spacesound System".

The DC200 uses a 200 watt amplifier with separate volume controls for the treble and bass rotors and a common set of bass and treble knobs.

Dynacord is a German company but most of the components are manufactured in Italy. It is not know if the DC200 was offered to the North American market.

Echolette ME II
This unit appears to be a close relative to or copy of the Dynacord DC200.
Solton
Two-box vinyl cabinet; upper a horn system like the PRO-3; lower a drum system, including a small forward-facing horn. Amp included a small mixer, and it looked like the rig could be used for additional instruments independently of the whirly sound. A European manufactured unit, it's not know if it was ever sold in the US.
MS-Audiotron
Apparently this was a speaker-only unit, about 2' tall with treble rotor and a statically mounted bass speaker. A Eurpopean manufactured unit, it's not know if it was ever sold in the US.

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