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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Hammond XB-2 Setup

Sunnking

Knoxville ,TN

Feb 13th, 2008 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What type of amp, Leslie, or other hardware do I need to get close to the B3 sound with the XB-2? Is the expression pedal a must have? Keyboards are new territory for me.

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Feb 14th, 2008 05:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The XB-2 is one of the older "clonewheel" organs and the Leslie simulator is supposedly not so hot. However, let your own ears be the judge before you spend a ton of money on a rotary amp like a Leslie or Motion Sound. One thing that will help alot is using a stereo setup. The sims are all designed to be played in stereo. This is a bit at odds with the fact that rotary amps ar strictly mono but for the sim it needs stereo seperation to work right. If not a stereo amp/amps, a small portable PA like a Stage PAS or Passprt PA will do you nicely.

If you're still unhappy then go for a Motion Sound rotary amp or a Leslie.

For me, before I spent alot of money on a different amp, I'd upgrade that old XB-2 to an XK-3, or a Nord, Korg, or Roland organ. The sounds and sims are leaps over what you have now.

Sunnking

Knoxville ,TN

Feb 14th, 2008 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I gave the stereo hookup a try. I could definitely hear a richer and deeper sound. Thanks for the advice

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Feb 18th, 2008 08:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

K9 said everything I could say, but I'll add this about the expression pedal:

One neat thing the expression pedal has over the regular volume is that it "enhances" the overdrive settings; you could have the OD set at max with a regular volume pedal, but that's only about three quarters of what you get with the expression jobber--it's got much more range in that area.

One big negative: The pedal will not stay set! I gave up using mine because after I'd let my foot off the thing, it'd drop to the max level all by itself! Hard to be subtle when your organ wants to yell.

The mock-leslie sound on the XB is pretty lame, even in stereo. I used a Motion Sound Pro-3 with mine, which helped things very nicely, although Motion Sound stuff has it's own problems and issues.

--Crispy

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Tiger Town

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Feb 21st, 2008 11:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a Motion Sound Pro3-T with my XB2, and it made all the difference in the world. The expression pedal is really a helpful part in copping a full-size Hammond vibe, but I'd rather have the Pro3T and fake my way through the volume pedal issues. I've had to do swells with my pinky on the volume knob - tele style - when I've forgotten the expression pedal.

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Dec 21st, 2009 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a real B3 and the XB2, with some tweaking on some settings like 888000000, played side by side, it's hard to tell which is which from the other room, whole someone plays a hand on both at the same time.

I have to set the XB2 on Mellow drawbar settings from the default brite or b3, and the Percussion level from 15 down to 9.

Another must is you have to take off the top cover and adjust the volume, swell, gain and od adjustments on the Circuit board. From amp or pa to amp or pa.

Strabo

Ireland

Jan 16th, 2010 04:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

To pick up the "stereo" suggestion above, I have had best results from a Hammond XM-2 (same beast, no onboard keyboard) when the two amps being driven were not placed on opposite sides of the stage (which can sound a bit "seasick" to me) but were placed _together_ facing out at 90 degrees to one another. This is admittedly less helpful if you are running the two outputs into two channels of a PA and trying to pan them, but placing the two sources beside one another replicates the sound of a Leslie much more accurately and is indeed how the stereo source was intended by Hammond to be set up. You really get the "swish" on the slow settings and the fast settings have a similar sense of physical motion.

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