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Hal Leonard Books publishes The Hammond Organ

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Hal Leonard Books has published The Hammond Organ by Scott Faragher.

Hal Leonard Books The Hammond Organ

With a foreword written by Al Kooper, the book covers virtually everything one could want to know about the Hammond Organ, from it’s technical components to it’s history and the players who gave it it’s place in the development of American music.

“The Hammond has been around since 1935 and has played an important roll in virtually all fields of American and World music,” said Faragher. “I spent seven years researching and interviewing people for this book, from former and current Hammond employees, to engineers, technicians, and top players in all fields. All musicians should know the history and importance of this remarkable cultural icon.”

The Hammond Organ covers various models from the original 1935 Model A tube/tone wheel organs, to the solid-state (transistor) era, to the current digital age, with production dates and photos for each. The book also provides a complete history of the Hammond tone cabinets, as well as the famous Leslie speaker, with photos and technical data for each. Faragher’s account of the demise of the original company, its limbo, and its rebirth is supplemented by many observations from former and current employees of both the original and the new companies. Also included is a comprehensive buyers’ guide telling where to find and buy a vintage organ, what to look for, which models to avoid, and what to pay, as well as important technical tips.

More than 200 artists in all fields who recorded using the Hammond organ are profiled, with pertinent discographies and photos. Among the many world-famous organists who have contributed to The Hammond Organ through interviews and observations are James Brown, Brian Auger, Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf), Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night), Richard “Groove” Holmes, Joey DeFrancesco, Steve Winwood (Spencer Davis Group, Traffic), Gregg Rolie (Santana), Rev. Charles Hodges (Al Green), Lenny Dee, Rod Argent (The Zombies, Argent) Greg Hatza, Hank Marr, Gene Ludwig, Melvin Rhyne (The Wes Montgomery Trio), Al Kooper (Blues Project, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bob Dylan), Carlton Lattimore (Joey Dee and the Starliters).

The Hammond Organ is a must-read for not only Hammond fanatics, but also anyone interested in American music and it’s history.

The Hammond Organ is available from Hal Leonard Books for $29.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books / The Hammond Organ

Bob Leggitt releases FreeST Mutiny + Real Rotor

Bob Leggitt has released FreeST Mutiny, a virtual polysynth instrument, designed to create retro, analogue-type sounds.

FreeST Munity
FreeST Munity

The kind of sounds keyboardists used in the days before MIDI. The VSTi is not based on any particular synth model, but was created with an ethos of 1970s simplicity – everything on the front panel, no hidden parameters, what you see is what you get.

I wanted the synth to be musical and have a practical, useful sound set – presets which could go straight into recordings without much tweaking. I feel the presets are a big part of what this VSTi is about.

FreeST Real Rotor

Bob also released Real Rotor, a rotary speaker effect.

The FreeST Real Rotor VST rotary speaker effect replicates the sound of a mic’d up, valve-type, bass-plus-horns rotary speaker cabinet, as typically used with an old Hammond organ. It’s a development of my original Real Rotor effect, which was integrated into the FreeST VSTX3 virtual organ. Not only does this new version have improvements over the original, it’s also the first time the rotary has been available in its own right, not as part of an instrument. So now the Real Rotor can be used with any VST organ, and indeed any other instruments you feel it would suit.

Bob Leggitt plug-ins are available as freeware for Windows (VST).

More information: Bob Leggitt

Hollow Sun releases Novalite for Kontakt

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Hollow Sun Novalite

Hollow Sun has released Novalite, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

A ‘lite’ version of our award winning Novachord library, this features just the raw Novachord waveform but comes with two ‘resonators’, a ‘Mellow’ (lowpass) filter, an AHDSR envelope and a uniquely implemented LFO to recreate the antiquated tones of this 1939 behemoth.

But there’s a twist …

You can have up to four layers and each one can be individually mixed, panned, tuned, detuned, filtered and shaped to create sounds unimaginable on the original instrument as well as surprisingly authentic tones and textures that will set your teeth on edge!

Novalite features

  • Genuine Hammond Novachord samples from a re-conditioned original, 44.1kHz/24-bit.
  • Advanced Retro Synthesis Engine.
  • Balance, velocity and ‘spread’ controls.
  • Distortion, cab sim, EQ, chorus, phaser, rotary cab, echo.
  • Convolved reverb featuring a wide range of impulses.
  • Four layers each with tuning, level and pan, vibrato, two resonators and ‘Mellow’ filter, and AHDSR envelope.

Novalite for Kontakt 4.2.3 full version is available to purchase for £10 GBP.

More information: Hollow Sun / Novalite

Cupwise releases Color Springs for Nebula

Cupwise

Cupwise has released Color Springs, a collection of programs for Nebula 3 by Acustica Audio.

What: A Gibbs spring reverb tank made in the early 70′s, of the type commonly used in Hammond organs and various Fender equipment. Two springs.

How: Sampled 14 different ways, some with the goal of capturing just the spring sound with little extra coloration, others with added flavor. The idea was to provide many variations of the spring reverb sound, giving several options for any situation requiring verb. Among the methods used- placing small objects on the springs (or wrapped around them), using the clamp (which I believe is to keep the pan/springs from moving around much during transportation) to dampen the effect, using different feedback paths, different sources of amplification, using cassette tapes, and playing the tones through the setups at different speeds/sample rates to shift the behavior up and down the frequency spectrum (check program specific details for more info on this). All were sampled with the RME hdsp 9632, at 96khz.

Color Springs for Nebula (full version required) is available to purchase for $6 USD.

More information: Cupwise / Color Springs

Freshtone Lost Tapes Vol 1 now available from Time+Space

Freshtone Lost Tapes Vol 1

Time+Space have announced a new partnership with UK sample library developers Freshtone.

Freshtone Samples features the work of producer musicians Matthew Corbett and Mike Wilkie who are best known in the world of samples for their work with Zero-G, including ‘Sounds of the Seventies’, ‘Vocal Forge’ and ‘Vocal Foundry’ which were all released to critical acclaim. They are also successful Film, TV and Production music writers with their tracks having been featured on many hundreds of productions around the world.

Time+Space has been appointed as the official worldwide distributor of Freshtone’s sample libraries and are pleased to announce the first release – Lost Tapes Vol 1 – which is available now as a DVD or download.

Lost Tapes Vol 1 features

  • 43 Funk and Soul construction kits, all recorded to tape using only mics, instruments and equipment from the sixties and seventies.
  • In WAV, Aiff, Acid WAV and Rex 2 format, Lost Tapes was recorded in a unique environment.
  • The tracks were played on a wide range of sixties instruments from legendary manufacturers such as Burns, Baldwin and Dan Electro into vintage Selmer and Vox amplification.
  • Premier and Ludwig kits also from that decade were recorded using a selection of rare ribbon mics and old tone wheel Hammond B3 and A100 organs further evoke the past. All tracks were recorded onto an old Studer 1” tape machine via an EMI Redd desk which once resided in the famous Decca Studios.

The Freshtone Lost Tapes Vol 1 is now available from Time+Space for RRP £39.95 GBP / 47.95 EUR / $63.95 USD.

More information: Time+Space

Hammond introduces SK-1 portable organ

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Hammond SK-1

Hammond has introduced the SK-1, a portable organ featuring 9 adjustable mechanical drawbars.

The Hammond SK1 is the first “Ultra-Portable” organ in its history, weighing in at just 15 pounds, and the first Hammond portable to feature a wide range of Extra Voices.

The “Drawbar” section is a complete Hammond Organ with all the traditional features: Real Mechanical Drawbars, Chorus Vibrato, Touch-Response Percussion, and the most authentic Digital Leslie we have ever offered.

“Vx” and “Farf” combo organ models are also available, as well as an assortment of fine classical Pipe Organ voices derived from our 935 Church Organ. Acoustic and Electric Pianos, Clavs, Accordions, Vintage String Synth, Wind Instruments and Tuned Percussion round out the specification.

The SK2 model adds a second 61 note keyboard for added convenience-you may play the SK2 as a two-manual organ, or assign the Drawbar/Extravoice divisions to your choice of keyboard.

The SK1 is priced at $1,999 USD (MAP) and the SK2 at $2,895 USD (MAP). Expected shipping is mid-June, 2011.

More information: Hammond / SK-1

Iliadis sets Organ instrument plug-ins free

Iliadis has set free its organ instrument plug-ins for Windows.

Iliadis iVF Combo Organ
Iliadis iVF Combo Organ

Iliadis plug-ins

  • iVF Combo Organ, two manual transistor organ simulation.
  • iBX Organ, tonewheel organ simulation.
  • Euthymia Electronic Organ V2, Hammond clone simulation.
  • VH-1 & VH-2, two great organ simulations.
  • iSPINNER, simple rotary speaker simulation.

The Iliadis plug-ins are available to download as freeware for Windows (VST). Donations are appreciated.

More information: Iliadis

Jiggery-Pokery releases Blue Meanie & Retrospect ReFills

Jiggery-Pokery Blue Meanie
Jiggery-Pokery Retrospective

Jiggery-Pokery has announced the release of Blue Meanie and Retrospect, two new ReFills for Reason 5.

Blue Meanie: Virtually an ARP 2600 – Nearly 500 massive Thor patches for Reason 5, inspired by the classic synth.

Designed to bring the semi-modular nature of the ARP 2600 into Reason, Blue Meanie uses multiple Thor units to emulate all the “modules” of original: three analogue VCOs, VCF, Noise, Sample & Hold, Voltage Processor, and audio-in processing, plus the addition of a Sub Osc for some low-end, woofer-wobbling grunt.

Retrospective: 40 years of synthesizer history – An epic Refill of vintage synths and electronic keyboards.

JPs’ biggest project to date, the conversion of Hollow Suns’ huge archive of samples into Reason. With over 600 patches for NNXT and Combinator from instruments including the Oberheim M1000 and M12, Yamaha CP70 piano and FS1R digital synth, digital glory from the PPG Wave 2, Moog Taurus, Korg M01, Eminent 310U and the Roland VP-330.

Blue Meanie is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP, Retrospect is £39.95 GBP.

Jiggery-Pokery has also announced that the Hammond Novachord and Nebulae Pads are now available directly from Jiggery-Pokery for £19.95 each.

More information: Jiggery-Pokery