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Hammond XK-1c Portable Organ   

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The XK-1c is Hammond's smallest and lightest Genuine Hammond Organ. A sharp contrast to the days when you needed a truck to haul around a B-3 Organ a...Read More

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      OVERVIEW

      Same roaring sound of the B-3, in a compact and much lighter package.

      The XK-1c is Hammond's smallest and lightest Genuine Hammond Organ. A sharp contrast to the days when you needed a truck to haul around a B-3 Organ and a Leslie Speaker for that roaring Hammond sound, the XK-1c takes up much less space and is much easier to transport. The XK-1c still provides the full majesty and versatility of the industry standard B-3, but in a compact package weighing in at only 16 pounds.

      Following the lead of the wildly popular SK series of ultralight keyboards, the XK-1c uses the same Virtual Tonewheel "engine" as Hammond's flagship B3-mkII Console Organ, with all the traditional elements, such as Hammond's original Chorus/Vibrato and Touch-Response Percussion. The latest digital Leslie is also onboard, completing the classic setup, which is one of the most desired pieces of gear for any keyboard player in any genre of music.

      The XK-1c features extensive customization capabilities, allowing the Organ to be tailored into replicating any Hammond/Leslie vintage, with all settings stored in each patch. Most common aftermarket "Hot Rod" modifications are possible within the editing facilities, as well. A wide variety of different Hammond tones are contained in the factory patch library. There are 64 Factory patches and 64 User-programmable patches available.

      In addition to the Drawbar Profiles, the sounds of two of the most popular transistor combo organs are included, along with 28 equivalent ranks of Classical Pipe Organ sounds. The Combo Organ and Pipe Organ voices may be fully registered in traditional fashion via the Drawbar controls.

      FEATURES
      • Ultralight Hammond keyboard with the sound of a full-size B-3 organ
      • Same Virtual Tonewheel "engine" as the B3-mkII Console Organ
      • Hammond's original Chorus/Vibrato and Touch-Response Percussion
      • Extensive customization capabilities, tailor to replicate any Hammond/Leslie vintage
      • 64 Factory patches and 64 User-programmable patches available

      The sound of a legend reborn. Order the XK-1c today.

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      HammondXK-1c Portable Organ
       
      4.8

      (based on 4 reviews)

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      • Easy to use (3)

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      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good- but complex

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      from Delaware

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • All The Organs You Want
      • Flexible
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Almost Too Much To Handle
      • Dense - Complex
      • Difficult to Use

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Studio Live
      • Travel

      Comments about Hammond XK-1c Portable Organ:

      I don't know where to start. Be prepared to read the manual, and read it again (repeat indefinitely). There are so many parameters to adjust you can spend an hour just trying to get the sound you want. After about 30 minutes I'm burnt out and have to come back to it. You basically can adjust everything, but you have to go through many pages to options to find everything, and it isn't very intuitive. The good side is you can select different types of B3s, plus a pipe organ, a farfisa, and a vox continental. The organ sound you want is in there, but you may have to spend time to get it. You can save up to 64 user patches but the spots they have for those patches already have patches in them and they are not redundant patches from the unwritable "program" patches. So you have to find some sounds you don't want and overwrite those. You can split the keyboard and add pedals which is nice. The Leslie isn't bad, but I've never had any simulator come close to a real Leslie. But, in the mix I don't think it would make a big difference. Chorus, overdrive & Vibrato are good (you can set the parameters on those also.) The biggest adjustment I had was that the key travel is a bit deep compared to my plastic-key synths, so when I went to do a fast riff, I flubbed half the notes. I've had to practice to get the feel of it. (It's some work.) You can set the "sounding point" of the keyboard so that it triggers as soon as you touch it (which I prefer) but when you do that you lose the velocity sensitivity on the percussion. (See page 74 in the manual.) Also, with the "custom tone wheel" settings you can set the parameters of each key, but it is a long, laborious process. Plus there are only 6 slots for these "custom tone wheel" settings and they have 5 of them taken with stuff you don't want to mess with, because it will affect all the patches that use that tone wheel setting. That leave one user spot and it also already has something in it. Plus there are no instructions on how the tone wheel parameter adjustments will affect the whole sound. I'm now in the process of manually writing down all those tone wheel settings and maybe I'll come to some understanding when I can look at it all on an Excel sheet. I can't go into everything, it's really that deep. But, I feel I may have 10x more organ than I need. If you are particular and need a variety of organs you can't beat it. Light and sounds like a B3; I wish I had it 25 years ago. But, for practicality, if I were to do it again I might look into the Roland VR-09.

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      5.0

      Hammond XK-1C ORGAN

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      from North Carolina

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Concerts
        • Learning

        Comments about Hammond XK-1c Portable Organ:

        This was a gift for my wife who has played piano for yrs. I love the sound of Hammond and was able to speak with a sales rep. who was knowledgeable about this product. Delivery was quick which was great due to busy Christmas season. Set up was a cinch and the organ was played at our church Christmas play the same day we received it. The sound was great through the church PA system though we have just begun to experiment with the tones (which seemed plentiful). I love the sound of the original B3 matched with a Leslie and this seems to generate fairly accurate similarity. This is a great deal as I understand it can be matched with an upper register and bass pedals. For now, it is a great stand alone organ. Would definitely recommend.

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        5.0

        I love this thing!

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        from Austin, TX

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Realistic Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Live Performance

          Comments about Hammond XK-1c Portable Organ:

          I am very impressed with the xk-1c. I have been using it for both live and studio work for over a month. The tone wheel patches, including B3, and B3 splits with upper manual and pedals for bass accompaniment are fabulous! It is one of the top two keyboards I now own.

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          5.0

          great new Hammond

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          from Chico, CA

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action

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            Best Uses

              Comments about Hammond XK-1c Portable Organ:

              Great Hammond sounds plus pipe organ and vintage organ sounds (similar to Vox and Farfisa. Light weight. Looks good with the simulated wood ends.

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