X8 - Hammond overdrives.
X8 SERIES OVERDRIVES for Hammonds of all types:
I have several types of overdrive rigs for vintage Hammonds all driven by the same basic audio engine. There is a simple distortion unit, distortion with attenuator, distortion unit attack generator, and a distortion unit with attack generator and signal attenuator all in one. These provide you with a wonderful overdrive/distortion circuit that I designed and created especially just for the vintage tonewheel Hammonds. Specially voiced to deal with the huge harmonic content of the tonewheel Hammond organs, it's distortional archetecture is also designed in the same way. It comes in several formats, but any of those forms are all based on the same basic overdrive circuit. This OD circuit is well suited for use with the ATTENUA, and works very well with other FX units (delays, phase shifters, reverbs, flangers, on and on).
- X8 = distortion unit: Powered by a highly modified rendition of our AMP-2 overdrive circuit, the X8 is a distortion unit designed for Hammonds that have already been fitted with some sort of line-out adaptor and signal attenuator (such as an ATTENUA or other brand of line-out adaptor with a built-in attenuator).
- X82 = distortion with attack transient generator: Another overdrive unit for Hammonds already equipped with an attenuator (such as the ATTENUA) is the X82. Powered by the same highly modified AMP-2 circuit just like the X8, the X82 includes an attack transient generator located after the AMP-2 distortion circuit. This transient generator produces an attack transient that sounds much like the percussion feature of many Hammonds, and when viewed on an O-scope it shows up as the same sortof affect on the dynamics (volume) of the sound as percussion does. Distortion tends to compress the audio signal, which makes your percussion almost invisible. Placing the attack transient generator after the distortion circuit re-establishes the volume envelope and brings that percussive attack back that the distortion ate up. This is also nice for organs that aren't equipped with percussion from Hammond, it really brings a percussive transient quality into the picture to give your non-percussion model much more bite and presence. It isn't a "percussion generator" but it does create an attack transient like Hammond's percussion circuitry does. It's also "touch responsive" exactly like the percussion circuit is. It has a single trigger gate so it won't retrigger itself until you play staccato exactly like the stock percussion system operates in a vintage Hammond. So the X82's attack generator circuitry will suit your playing technique that you've developed over many years time.
- X83 = distortion with internal attenuator: If you need a distortion unit and an attenuator but don't want to have two separate boxes knocking around the X83 offers the exact same highly modified AMP-2 circuit along with a basic internal attenuator. The X81 has one extra knob on the control panel to provide you with attenuator control. When the X83 is bypassed with the bypass toggle the attenuator remains engaged so it can be used as a "line out adaptor" even if you don't want any distortion. Yea ... I was thinkin' about ya on this one!
- X84 = Distortion, Attack Generator, Output Adaptor, and Attenuator all in one: ... The X84 is essentially an X82 combined with an ATTENUA circuit. So if you don't have an attentuator the X84 provides all four aspects needed to produce high-quality distortion sounds from your Hammond ... attenuation, ouput adaptation, distortion, and attack transient generation - all in one single unit.
What about Clonewheel organs?
The basic X8 and more featured X82 overdrive/distortion unit for Hammonds work very well with digital or analog "Clonewheel" organs. I'm currently seeking out owners of Clonewheels to do some further beta testing for me to see if there are any details that need to be attended too.
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And what the heck is OUTLIFE anyway?
To be announced.