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The new Hammond XK-5

A modular instrument that can grow from a single keyboard to full organ like the B-3...

Hybrid Multiple Key Contact System

On classic Hammonds (and in our current, full-sized New B-3 mk2 family), pressing a key closes nine mechanical contacts: one for each drawbar. Your ears usually hear the multiple harmonics as one note. Depress a key slowly, however, and you can hear the harmonics come in at slightly different times. Normal playing created a subtle "slop" between otherwise crisp attacks, and the more drawbars you pull out, the more of an almost subliminal but chewy and soulful character it impacts to the sound. One perhaps feels this more than hears it, but seasoned players certainly notice its absence.

You can't accomplish this with a single MIDI note-on, which is what most of today's organ and synth key actions use. In the XK-5, we use three mechanical contacts at different points in the keys' travel. Each of these in turn triggers three virtual contacts, giving you separate "note-on" connections for every drawbar frequency in the same manner as the original nine-contact electro-mechanical Hammond-organs. The result is a fingers-to-music connection that perfectly duplicates sitting at a vintage B while saving on weight and cost. Plus, the time-spread between these "note-on's" is programmable, as is the order in which you hear the harmonics speak. And since the contacts all receive and transmit MIDI note data, you can capture every harmonic nuance of your performance in your DAW program of choice -to which you can directly connect the XK-5 via USB.

XK5 Image Gallery

Completely Redesigned Key-bed

The XK-5's keyboard action is built in-house, not sourced from a third-party manufacturer. We designed it to duplicate the heft, bounce, and key dip of a "new old stock" and well-maintained B-3: No springy synth keys allowed! Master Hammond players who tested early prototypes confirmed that nothing comes closer to the feel and response they expect. Of course it has the "waterfall" key fronts critical to Hammond playing techniques such as palm slides. Play the XK-5 alongside any other modern organ and we're convinced you'll find the difference stunning.

XK5 Videos

Hammond XK5 A Beginners Guide

Hammond XK5 Classic Edition

XK5 Specifications


MTW I(Modelled Tone Wheel I)
61 polyphony (for manual)
3 polyphony (for pedal)



73 (61 + 12 Preset Keys) 
Water Fall type
Virtual Multi Contact



- Upper: 2 x 9 Pitches
- Lower: 2 x 9 Pitches
- Pedal: 2 Pitches
- Manuals: 4 choices (A-100, B-3, C-3, Mellow)
- Pedal: 4 choices (Normal, Muted, Synth1, Synth2)
- Virtual Multi Contact



Buttons - Percussion On, Th ird Harmonic, Fast Decay, Volume Soft 
Adjustable - Touch, Velocity, Decay (Fast, Slow), Level (Normal, Soft)



Vibrato and Chorus - Digital Scanner
Tube Pre-Amp Device: 12AX7, 12AU7 - Adjustable: Routing, Level
Overdrive - Control: On, Depth
Multi Effects - 8 programs
Equalizer - Bass, Mid, Treble, Tone
Internal Leslie - Advanced Digital, 2 Rotors - Buttons: Bypass, Stop, Fast
Reverb - Digital, 11 programs - Control: On, Depth - Leslie On Reverb
Master Equalizer - Bass, Mid, Treble


Buttons - Pedal To Lower, Split, Transpose, Octave Down, Octave Up, Lower
Adjustable - Coupler Highest note, Split Point


Capacity - 100 User Patches, 100 Factory Patches, Adjust Preset A#/B
Favorites - 10 Keys
Patch Load Options - Drawbar Registration, Drawbar Parameters, Internal Zone, External - Zone, Eff ects, Reverb


Volume - Master Volume
Switch - Power On/Off


USB Flash Drive


20 - Characters, 2 - Lines
7 Control Buttons and Value knob



Templates - 5 Templates


- 3 External Zones (Upper)
- 2 External Zones (Lower)
- 1 External Zone (Pedal)
- and Keyboard Channels: Upper, Lower, Pedal



MIDI - In (Pedal), In (Lower/Other), Out
USB - To Host
H-Bus - To Keyboard/Pedal (0.3A max)
Audio - Line Out L/Mono, R, Headphones (Rear, Bottom)
Leslie - 11 - pin, 1 and 3 channels available
Others - Leslie Switch, Foot Controller 1, 2, Exp. Pedal, AC Inlet


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


15.7 kg

XK5 Accessories

High-quality Hammond branded accessories are the perfect partner for your Hammond instrument. 

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