allan_evett Posted September 18, 2013 Share Posted September 18, 2013 I was checking out Ed Diaz's very comprehensive run-down of the VR-09 on YouTube, and the demo of the organ section caught my ear in a particular way. What I'm hearing is that the overall sonic construction of the VR's organ model sounds closer to that of the SK-1 / 2 than that of the tonewheel model in my Stage 2. To my ears, the Hammond clones - starting with the SK's and moving up through the XK-3c - have that authenticity vibe nailed. I'd have an SK-1, 73 instead of the Stage 2, if Hammond had put pitch/mod controls on that instrument for control of the non-organ sounds - especially the synths; I also like being able to bend and 'mod' clavinet riffs. While not quite as 'gutsy' as the Hammond clones, the VR-09 does have a piece of that authenticity vibe that I don't hear on the Stage 2, the Kurz PC3 series, or Korg's CX3 engine. Granted, the clonewheel engines on those keyboards are not in the least bit shabby, but there's a little of the mojo missing - at least to my ears; there's a clarity and directness of the sound that's not quite there - as opposed to the Hammond clones, and to a degree with the VR-09. At first I thought it might be related to EQ. But despite working with the different organ models, plus the EQ and effects on my Stage 2, it still sounds about 85% there - compared to the SK-1 (which I have played). Adding a Vent' brings the sound to about 90%, but there's still something missing. It's been similar with Kurz's KB3 and the Kronos' CX-3 - both of which I've played live. BTW, VB3 - which I use at home for recording - also has that authenticy vibe, in spades. Going back 30 years, and in no way a direct comparison, I also heard something akin to that while playing a Yamaha SK-30. Anybody else hear what I'm hearing ? Something just sounds more 'alive' with the Hammond clones, VB3, and potentially the VR-09. While I haven't played a Mojo, or any of the KeyB gear, those products' demos seem to present that same higher level of authenticity. 'Someday, we'll look back on these days and laugh; likely a maniacal laugh from our padded cells, but a laugh nonetheless' - Mr. Boffo. We need a barfing cat emoticon! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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