Hammond

SK1 88

The SK1 does the best Hammond emulation of any hardware out there that doesn’t have a tonewheel. Not only does it capture the sound, but it captures the vibe as well.

My main workhorse gig rig is simple, yet extremely powerful. I use a Hammond SK1-88 as my organ, clavinet and controller. It’s 88 semiweighted waterfall keys. It’s an unusual configuration, but I have really grown to love it’s flexibility and compatibility with other gear. The SK1 does the best Hammond emulation of any hardware out there that doesn’t have a tonewheel. Not only does it capture the sound, but it captures the vibe as well. I use the SK1 for the organs, and for its clavinet, which is simply the best I’ve found in a digital keyboard. The SK1 then goes into either a MiniVent leslie simulator, or into a Lounsberry Tall & Fat pedal, which then feeds my Speakeasy Vintage Music preamp, which hits my 122 leslies. I run the clavinet sounds through that rig as well. I’ve owned just about every Hammond emulator made, and a number of consoles: This rig gets that vibe, without all that lumbar abuse!