Jim Alfredson

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  1. Best Hammond Organ Clone 2017

    Well, you already have an XK3c. The SK2 sounds like that, but with a slightly better Leslie sim. So you already know what you're getting. The KeyB Legend looks pretty nice. I think it's slight above your budget? Can't recall at the moment. The Uhl is interesting but the last time I heard the Leslie sim, I thought it was mediocre. They may have fixed that. Either one is probably a good option.
  2. Rudy Van Gelder interview from 1995

    This thread has taken a strange turn.
  3. Rudy Van Gelder interview from 1995

    I hope you stick around, too. I apologize if anything I said came across as offensive, which was certainly not my intent. But I'm pretty sure from your post that everything is cool between you and I. I re-read this thread, too and was reminded that I should do the experiment I wrote about above consisting of recording a source through two of the same interfaces but at different bit-rates. I could do that with my desktop DAW and my laptop DAW, both connected to an individual Steinberg MR816x interface and each interface fed the same audio signal from a microphone via a splitter. One interface would be set to 16bit 44.1kHz and the other to 24bit 44.1kHz. That would be a very interesting experiment.
  4. band videos

    I use Sony Vegas 13 to edit the videos. I believe Sony sold the software to another company and they are up to version 14 now, but I am still using 13 because it works. Essentially, I use four cheap Go-Pro knockoff cameras (SJCAM SJ4000) positioned around the stage. I also multi-track record the audio separately using a Macbook and Presonus interfaces to capture the audio. I then dump all those files to my computer and mix the audio first in Cubase. Then I export the finished mixes and start the video editing. To edit the video, I first line up the files from the four cameras in Vegas by hand. I start one song at a time since without timecode the video files drift away from each over the course of 10 minutes or so. So it's not possible to just line them up once and let them fly. I use the onboard camera audio to line them up. Once the four videos are lined up, I line up the mixed, multi-tracked audio to them. Then I make adjustments, since usually the video looks better if the mixed audio (and the camera audio for that matter) is shifted just a hair backwards from the video. And then I go into multi-camera mode in Vegas and switch between cameras with the number pad. That's the main reason I use Vegas; you can switch between up to four cameras and it automatically makes cuts, mutes the non-used clips, etc. It's fairly easy. I think Adobe Premiere has a similar feature.
  5. Best Hammond Organ Clone 2017

    As you may have gathered asking this question in other forums / FB posts, it's a loaded question that contains a lot of emotional reactions, bias, and of course subjectivity. My own biases are towards Hammond Suzuki, since I'm an artist with them but I will preface that by saying that I approached them, not the other way around. And as of this writing, they have not given me any digital organ for free; I paid for my XK System that I used with organissimo and others from 2008 to 2012 and I paid for my SK2 that I use now, albeit a discounted price. With that out of the way, I have played all the models you're considering with the exception of the KeyB Legend. I currently have a student that owns a Mojo, so I play it several times a month during our lessons. Before I give my impressions, note that I have owned and used the VB3 software for going on 10 years. I still use it in some of my work today though usually it gets replaced by either a real tonewheel console or the Hammond SK1 / XK1c. Concerning the Mojo, the short version is that I am not impressed by it. I think it sounds overly processed, the bass is rather flabby and ill-defined, and it has a strange latency that I can't believe other Mojo users don't notice. I honestly do not understand why it is as venerated as it is among organ enthusiasts. When I play it, I feel like I'm playing a synthesizer's idea of what a Hammond should sound like. I don't know if that makes sense. I think the chorus/vibrato is very good, the percussion is good, and the Leslie sim is good, but the overall tone and especially the latency or maybe better put the feeling of disconnect between my fingers and the sound really bothers me. I will say this: Whenever I use VB3 to demo a song, when I replace it with either the real deal or the SK / XK1c, the replacement fits so much better in the mix. The XK5 is a different beast altogether. It is way beyond the XK3c, which is a great board. If you are an organist, if you have any familiarity with the real console tonewheel Hammonds and how they feel, then you will understand why the multi-contact system in the XK5 is so important. If you've never played a real Hammond, then you might not understand. I really think the XK5 is the best Hammond emulation on the market. But yes, it's expensive. And big. The KeyB Legend sounds really nice but I think those two videos from NAMM that show Cory Henry playing both the XK5 and the KeyB Legend speak volumes. The Hammond responds like a Hammond should and you can hear it in his playing and how he plays it. The KeyB sounds nice but it doesn't respond like a real tonewheel organ and for guys like Cory that literally grew up at the console, that's a big deal. Playing a clonewheel changes the way you play. It's the same for an acoustic piano vs a digital piano. You have to play a digital piano differently than a real acoustic. Same for a clavinet. It's REALLY easy to emulate the sound of a clavinet yet nothing emulates the actual feel of playing one. And once you play a real one, you understand why it is played the way it is; why Stevie Wonder came up with those funky clavinet lines on Superstition and other tunes. The actual feel of the keyboard makes you play a certain way. I'm still happy with my SK2. It sounds great. The XK5 is far superior though and there are moments in playing the SK2 where I try to pull off a technique that would sound so great on a real Hammond or on the XK5 and it just doesn't work. Case in point is this video. The sound, I think you'll agree, is killer. But dig when I do the glissando up to the high C during my solo at about 2:14 or so, it just doesn't sound authentic. This is because of how the SK2 and every other clone except the XK5 triggers the notes. On a real Hammond, doing a fast glissando like that would mean that not all the contacts under the keys would necessarily close nor would they close at the same time, making the sound almost like a 'wah wah' effect as you glide up. In other words, it would be more organic, less perfect, less stiff. So it boils down to two things: 1) What is your budget and 2) Is authenticity more important than weight / cost? Hope that helps.
  6. A cover of the Jimmy Jam / Terry Lewis R&B classic.
  7. Thought some folks around here would dig this.
  8. NEW CD now available for pre-oder

    Thanks, guys! Yeah, the cover art came out better than I had hoped. Really excited about it!
  9. Bill Heid

    I'm starting a new thread on Bill Heid because more people need to know about him. He put out some fabulous records on the Savant label that anyone who calls themselves a fan of the organ should own. And for everyone who thinks Unity is the best organ record ever, you need to listen to Dark Secrets. In fact, it was listening to that record this weekend during my drive to and from gigs that I decided to start this thread. The album is set-up just like Unity: Hammond B3, drums, trumpet and tenor (with some percussion here and there). The tunes are very Larry Young-ish (Heid having studied with Young) but there is also some greaze on tunes like "That Dirty Thang". It also features one of my favorite drummers (who happens to live right here in Lansing) Randy Gelispie. While all of his records are great, another superb one is Bop Rascal. This is a trio date, with the amazing Perry Hughes on guitar. Perry is one of those cats that all the musicians know, but the public isn't as knowledgable about him. Perry is second to no one on the guitar: The guy can hang with anyone. An incredible player in the Wes tradition, I try to see Perry play whenever I can. I'll never forget seeing Bill Heid play for the first time at the Detriot Jazz Festival. He went on right before Jimmy McGriff. Joey DeFrancesco was going on after Jimmy, and both of them were backstage during Bill's set. Bill had Perry and Randy with him and they were playing their asses off. I was watching Joey's reactions and every now and then he would just look back at Jimmy or Houston Person (who was playing with Jimmy, I believe) with a look of "man, this guy can PLAY!" on his face. Y'all gotta get hip to Bill Heid. He's the real deal.
  10. Ventilator vs built-in Leslie

    Hi Egor, It depends on the style of music for me. The strengths of the Ventilator include the overdrive and the sense of 3D realism but it doesn't have the solidity in the bass that the SK's internal sim does. This works well for blues, rock, and other styles where you're not playing pedals and/or left-hand bass. The internal sim works well for the jazz organ thing due to that bass solidity mentioned above. I especially like how the bass pedals sound with the internal sim. Hope that helps! ----Jim
  11. NEW CD now available for pre-oder

    You can still sign up. Yes, the $30 option gives you the Xmas tunes. They are in update 2: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/organissimo/updates/77575
  12. NEW CD now available for pre-oder

    89%. SO CLOSE! http://bit.ly/2hXWNQ3
  13. NEW CD now available for pre-oder

    Thanks, everyone! Up to 76% funded. Let's keep it going! Mike, the HM session will hopefully be out in late spring 2017.
  14. 2005 Holiday Tunes for you!

    Three new songs are up for free, but only for our PledgeMusic contributors. http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/organissimo/updates/77575 You know you want 'em!
  15. 2005 Holiday Tunes for you!

    Hey, guess what time of year it is? We're recording new holiday music this year, to be released next week. But only to our PledgeMusic contributors. http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/organissimo
  16. Twitter and Facebook

    They are there for me, too.
  17. Viscount Intercontinental - Portable B3 Knockoff

    At the least, pretty much every synth needs the electrolytic capacitors replaced, as they only have a lifespan of about 25 years or so. The power supply electrolytics can be especially dangerous as they might fail and cause voltage problems which can fry sensitive components downstream. This happened to a Yamaha CS50 I bought for cheap. The original owner shoved it in a closet for 30 years, then took it out one day and plugged it in and the dried out electrolytics in the power supply caused a voltage surge which blew out pretty much every proprietary Yamaha chip in the thing. Not fun. There's also calibration to get the synth back to factory spec. Some also contain foam that disintegrates over time that must be removed. And many suffer from problems with the keys / action.
  18. Rudy Van Gelder interview from 1995

    Ok, I misunderstood. Thanks!