Hammond XM-1 + XMc-1
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XM-1 + XMc-1, Sound Module from Hammond.

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patrice_ 10/12/2013

Hammond XM-1 + XMc-1 : patrice_'s user review

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Rack Hammond sounds. Plenty of opportunity to customize the sound settings: type of stamp, percussion, key click, etc. .... Leslie effects with several simulation models and adjust speeds and accelerations, etc. .. several settings can be stored Leslie. It is for example a preset Leslie types 122 and another 760 types. From memory, I seem to remember that you can store up to 5 settings (including a single rotor ... not very musical)
The module allows you to play on three votes: two keyboards with 9 drawbars + pedal with two zippers, which corresponds exactly to a Hammond organ console.
In short, everything is adjustable or almost controllable by noon sysex
Possibility of desks XMC1 zippers. Damage the connecting cable is too short and the connectors are not standard. Note that setting the zippers also transmits Midi.
Also possible to connect a Leslie, but with a non-standard connector (again..)

UTILIZATION

The setting is tedious, you have to play with only buttons (no slide, no keypad) by navigating through menus, change settings, etc. ...
After that, once you set one or more sound "type", you can use the console zippers for adjusting the sound live.
Note that this material reliable, no crashes, no fault, although I used it regularly.

SOUNDS

Simulation Hammond, very good at the time, at least today, although very suitable. Unfortunately, a BIG weakness in emulation: The vibrato scanner is pretty much immité but becomes catastrophic if we add the integrated Leslie effect. The two separate effects work well, but not cumulative.
Another weak point is a technical limitation: no separate keyboards vibrato.
I had the opportunity to use the module with a real Leslie (my 770), and in this case, the result is very correct.
Finally, whatever you do enter a Leslie, the result is always good!

OVERALL OPINION

Today, I no longer use this material for several reasons: First I play a real Hammond. On the other hand, I use an electro north when I have no Hammond (much more versatile, with Vox sounds, piano, rhodes, etc ...)
When I used this module, it was mainly an organ with two midi keyboards, but this format keyboard for me today (a bit short keyboards, tiny bracket).
This module still has the advantage of using a pedal with a typical sound of the Hammond pedals, which is an advantage for me (which I could not do with the electro north)