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great polyphonic keyboard (R124)

By ericthegreat, 27/11/2011
The Hammond R124 organ is a dual keyboard compact electronic organ. It has outputs for a speaker cabinet, as well as for a sustain pedal and organ foot pedals, among other connections. The Hammond R124 has all types of sounds, but specializes in a cheesy organ sound, rather than your traditional Hammond or pipe organs sound. The keyboard is fully polyphonic.


UTILIZATION

The configuration of the Hammond R124 is pretty easy to follow, but it does take some time to figure out what everything does because there are a lot of parameters and functions available on this organ. It is easy to get basic tones and to explore different sounds, but mastering the uses of the Hammond R124 can take a little while. I don't have a manual for this keyboard, so I can't speak to how helpful it is or not.


SOUNDS

The sound of the Hammond R124 is awesome, but it does have its specified use and isn't incredibly versatile. It is more versatile than most of the other compact organs made by R124, but still outputs a similar tone throughout the entire spectrum of the instrument. The Hammond R124 is easy to play, with the keys being quite light and pretty sensitive. Overall, a great sounding organ for what it is when you are looking for that compact organ sound.


OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the Hammond R124 compact organ for about a year and it is one of my favorite organs of this type that is out there. I'm a big Elvis Costello fan, so naturally I would be a fan of the sounds that this has. It is somewhat rare at this point, and isn't that cheap if you can find one used, but also isn't that expensive. Overall, this is an awesome keyboard that I highly recommend for those interested in a great compact organ.
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touch sensitive (SK2)

By mrjason, 30/10/2012
The Hammond SK2 Organ comes at a high price, it cost $2,890 bucks. It is the SK1 plus it has the extra keyboard with 61 keys attached which forms the SK2. The harmonic drawbars have 9 pitches and everything is very touch responsive. There are also a lot of effects on the SK2 Organ like Vibrato, Chorus, Overdrive, EQ, Reverb, Master EQ, and Multi Effects (and some more). There are over 100 patches (user) and over 100 preset patches.

UTILIZATION

Setting up the Hammond SK2 Organ is simple but using it could take some time if you have not used a Hammond before and especially one with two keyboards on it. You have two keyboards but only one interface that controls both of them so before you get into the live use of the SK2 I suggest you learn to change your sounds quickly and apply effects quickly too. Because the SK2 Organ has two keyboards it is a little heavier than a normal Hammond which makes it a little less portable to me. It still only weights about 40 pounds but once you put that into a keyboard case it could make it difficult to take it around with it (if you can find a case to fit it).

SOUNDS

The SK2 Organ has MIDI in and MIDI out on it plus audio line out left and audio line out right. There is also an input for a foot switch or damper pedal. All of the sounds on the SK2 Organ sound really good and well designed. The feel of the keys are touch sensitive and have a nice weight to them. The on board effects are pretty solid for this style of dual keyboard.

OVERALL OPINION

The least favorite thing about the SK2 Organ has to be the price, but for what you are getting it is worth it for the live musician. My favorite part about the SK2 Organ is how good it sounds and how easy it is to change and navigate through your sounds.
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