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The Hammond XK5 is the very best portable Hammond Organ ever made. XK5 is the first instrument to feature Hammond's exclusive Hybrid Multiple Key Contact System for the ultimate Tonewheel organ performance.  Just like the original classic Hammond, five sets of Harmonic Drawbars® are at your hands for quick sound manipulation, and the built-in tube pre-amp adds warmth and "dirt" to the sound when required. 

The XK-5 features our very best Leslie® speaker simulator to date with adjustable Slow & Fast Speeds, Rise & Fall Times, Horn/Drum/Subwoofer Volume Balance and custom microphone settings.

 

The XK5 is one our newest additions to the Hammond family and has already been dubbed The New Original™. In large part, this is due to the way it sounds and feels just like an authentic Hammond organ from back in the day. One of the most significant challenges faced by modern organ manufacturers is how to replicate the sounds and tones of a mechanical instrument with digital technology. With the XK5, we believe we've come closer than ever to reproducing that iconic Hammond sound. From redesigning the keyboard action for that real sense of heft, bounce, and key dip, to the introduction of a part-mechanical, part-virtual key contact system, we’ve integrated revolutionary new technologies into the XK5.

 

However, this isn’t an entirely new instrument. Many established features and finishing touches that have become hallmarks of the Hammond style remain. This includes integrated Leslie™ sound technology, customisable virtual tonewheels, and dedicated octave shift and transpose buttons. We want to give you the best, most authentic sound possible and have taken feedback and advice from several professionals and Hammond Organ enthusiasts to ensure that we’re staying true to our original sound. If you want to replicate the famous Hammond B-3 look, feel, and tone, you’re not going to get any closer than the new Hammond XK5.

 

One of the significant innovations in the XK5 is the brand new sound engine. The original Hammond tone wheels were designed as spinning discs on shafts. ‘Teeth’ were cut into the edge of each of these disks, with the pattern made by these teeth, along with disc’s speed of rotation, determining the pitch that was played. An authentic, early Hammond contained 91 of these discs – all of which have been reproduced in the XK5 through a combination of modelling and sampling. This all-new sound engine constitutes an incredible leap forward in organ technology and has resulted in one of the most appreciated organs of modern times – the XK5.

 

Complete Customisation

The new sound engine isn’t the only attraction, though. The XK5’s distinct sound can be customised to an almost endless degree. Our early reputation was built on the fact that, though all Hammond organs sounded incredible, after a few years of use, no two sounded identical. The wear and tear these instruments experienced resulted in organs that developed their own idiosyncratic sound as they aged, with some models and specific organs becoming famous for their unique tone. With the XK5, you can customise the instrument’s properties to achieve a ‘just out of the showroom’ or ‘stage-battered’ sound. By adjusting the leakage between pickups, or setting the purity of the sine wave, you can programme your XK5 to duplicate iconic organs of the past. There are even presets for those Hammond organs that passed into legend. With the push of a button, you can sound like Dr Lonnie Smith or the Rolling Stones' Chuck Leavell.

 

Hybrid Multiple Key Contact System

One of the most exciting innovations found in the XK5 is the Hybrid Multiple Key Contact System. The original Hammond organs employed a system by which every key that was played closed nine mechanical contacts, with each of the contacts being released at slightly different times if you depressed the key slowly. This influenced the sound of the organ in an incredibly subtle way, though it played an integral role in defining the Hammond’s soulful flavour.

 

With the XK5, a new Hybrid Multiple Key Contact System has been implemented. This avoids the issues faced by modern MIDI note-on systems, by linking each note to three mechanical contacts, each of which is linked to another three virtual contacts. This results in a playing experience that perfectly replicates the B-3 and is also completely customisable. Players can programme the time-spread between the ‘note-ons,’ as well as the order in which you hear the harmonics sound. It’s this ability to shift and alter the traditional sounds of the old Hammond organs, which makes the new XK5 such a joy to play.

Hammond XK5

SKU: XK-5
    • New mechanical keybed design with "waterfall" style keys

    • 61 Playable Keys (5 octaves) plus 12 Preset Keys

    • Optional Lower Manual XLK-5 Available

    • Optional Pedalboards 13, 20 & 25 Note Available

    • MTW™ (Modeled Tone Wheels) 61 Note Polyphony + 5 Note Bass Poly

    • 4 choices of Drawbar voices for Manuals (A-100, B-3, C-3, Mellow)

    • 100 User, 100 Factory Patches Assignable to Preset Keys as Favorites

  • Keyboard

    61 playing keys plus 12 Preset Keys

    Square-front (“waterfall”-style)

    New mechanical key-bed design

     

    Keyboard Virtual Multi-Contact System

    Custom Contacts (3 Factory, 3 User)

    3 Physical Contacts, 9 Assignable Virtual Contacts

    Adjustable Attack, Release, Decay

     

    Preset Keys

    9 Presets plus Cancel each Manual

    2 Adjust Presets each Manual

    9 programmable Preset Banks

    Patches

    100 User, 100 Factory Patches

    Assignable to Preset Keys as Favorites

    Assignable Patch Load: Drawbar registrations, Drawbar parameters, Internal & External Zones, Multi-Effects, Reverb.

     

    Pedalboards (Optional)

    13 or 20-note spinet-style

    25-note radiating

     

    Pedal Features

    Adjustable Pedal Sustain

    Pedal to Lower coupler

    Custom Pedal Registrations (3 Factory, 3 User)

     

    Split

    SPLIT panel control

    Assignable split point

     

    Tone Generator

    MTW™ (Modeled Tone Wheels)

    61-note polyphony for Manuals

    5-note polyphony for Pedals

     

    Harmonic Drawbars

    5 sets (4 Manuals, 1 Pedal)

    Upper 2 X 9 pitches

    Lower 2 X 9 pitches

    Pedal 2 pitches

     

    Drawbar Voicing

    4 choices for Manuals (A-100, B-3, C-3, Mellow)

    4 choices for Pedals (Normal, Muted, Synth 1 & 2)

     

    Custom Tone Wheel

    3 Factory, 3 User for A-100, B-3, C-3 & Mellow Drawbar Voicings

    CTW’s identified by model and serial number

    Adjustable parameters for each tone wheel

     

    Touch-Response Percussion

    Percussion On, Normal/Soft Volume,

    Slow/Fast Decay, 2nd & 3rd Harmonic,

    Adjustable Normal/Soft Volume settings,

    Slow/Fast Decay rates, Velocity, Key Tracking,

    1’ Drawbar Cancel ON/OFF

     

    Vibrato & Chorus

    Virtual Scanner™ (3 settings)

    Adjustable rate, Vibrato/Chorus Mix

    Vibrato-on-Pedal: ON/OFF

     

    Overdrive

    Tube/Solid State

    Adjustable drive level

     

    Tube Preamp

    12AU7/12AX7 Tubes

    Adjustable Routing & Drive Level

     

    Matching Transformer

    Adjustable drive level, Hysteresis, upper/lower/percussion levels

    Multi-Effects

    Tremolo, Auto Pan, Wah-Wah, Ring Modulator, Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, Delay. Adjustable parameters for each effect.

     

    Master Equalizer

    Bass/Mid/Treble panel controls

    Adjustable gain & center frequency

     

    Programmable Equalizer

    Bass, Mid, Treble

    Adjustable center frequency

    Hammond Preamp Tone Control

     

    Leslie

    STOP, FAST, BYPASS panel controls.

    Custom Cabinets (8 Preset, 8 User)

    Adjustable Slow & Fast Speeds, Rise & Fall Times, Horn/Drum/Subwoofer Volume Balance, Microphone Settings.

     

    Reverb

    ON/OFF panel control

    11 programs

    Leslie-on-Reverb: ON/OFF

     

    MIDI

    5 MIDI Templates

    3 Keyboard Channels (Upper, Lower, Pedals)

    6 External Zones (3 Upper, 2 Lower, 1 Pedals)

    Assignable MIDI channels, key range, Program Change, Pan, Velocity Curve, Min/Max Volume

    IN 1, IN 2, OUT Connections

     

    Display

    OLED, 20 character, 2 line

    7 Control Buttons & VALUE Rotary Knob

     

    USB

    “A” port (“To USB Flash Drive”)

    “B” port (“To Host”)

     

    Tune / Transpose

    Transpose +- 6 semitones

    Fine Tune +- 10 cents

    Octave Up/Down +- 2 octaves

     

    H-Bus Connector

    To Pedals/Expression Pedal

     

    Audio Connections

    LINE OUT L/MONO / R
    Headphone Jack

    11-pin Leslie Connector

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    Other Connections

    CONTROL 1, CONTROL 2,

    8-pin DIN (EXP-100F Expression Pedal)

    AC Input

     

    Dimensions

    119 cm (W) 40cm (D) 12cm (H)

    Weight 15.7 kg.

     

    Optional Accessories

    LC-11-7m (11-pin Leslie Cable)

    CU-1 Switch (half-moon switch for Leslie Control)

    EXP-50 (Expression Pedal)

    EXP-100F (Optical Expression Pedal with Footswitch)

    XPK-100 (13 Note Pedal Board

    XPK-200 (20 Note Pedal Board)

    XPK-200L (20 Note Pedal Board with Long Pedal Keys)

    XPK-250W (25 Note Pedal Board)

    XLK-5 (lower Manual)

    ST-XLK5 (Stand for Lower Manual)

    MR-5W (Music rest for XK-5)

    Softbag