BbAltered Posted June 23, 2016 Share Posted June 23, 2016 Hello. so I saw today there is a Leslie sim shoot-out over at the Keyboard Mag web-site. They compare the Lester K, the GSI Burn, the Hammond leslie pedal, the Vent II, and the Pigtroniz Rototron. They had good things to say about eache - here: http://www.keyboardmag.com/gear/1183/review-roundup-rotary-speaker-simulator-pedals/58520 And I started thinking about getting a leslie sim (the article did exactly what it was supposed to do....) 1) In my studio I play a Hammond XK3 thru a MotionSound Pro145. You would think that having actual rotating speakers (ok, baffles) would be the "gold standard" for a Leslie sound. But when I compare the MS Pro145 to the onboard sim in the XK3, the MS Pro145 seems weak in comparison. The onboard XK# sim is much more obvious, more louder and present, and sounds nothing like the rotating baffles of the MS Pro145 - it sounds fake and cheesy compared MS Pro145. So I'm thinking the onboard sim of the XK3 is "hyped" to make it sound louder and more obvious compared to actual rotating baffles (yeah, buried somewhere in the software menus of the XK3 are some controls to "dial down" the leslie effect. I never explored those because, hey, I got a MS Pro145). 2) In performance, I use a Roland VR-09. The leslie sim on that is pretty wretched. If I plunked down $400 on a leslie sim, it would be to use with the VR-09. (I don't use the MS Pro145 at gigs because it doesn't fit in my car with all the other gear, and the expenditure of sweat I would have to use to get it on and off the stage). But I have to say, I gotten a bunch of very complimentary listener comments on the organ sound as is. If it works, why change things? I'm wondering what others do with their VR-09 - use the onboard effect or get a leslie sim? J.S. Bach Well Tempered Klavier The collected works of Scott Joplin Ray Charles Genius plus Soul Charlie Parker Omnibook Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life Weather Report Mr. Gone Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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