The history of rock music is filled with screaming Hammond Organs: From the Rascals and Vanilla Fudge to Emerson, Lake and Palmer and the Allman Brothers, a Hammond was a key driving force. Likewise, jazz found its voice in the Hammond with the likes of Jimmy Smith. Try though they may (and they do keep on trying), no synthesizer can truly capture the essence of this classic instrument. Sure, you can call up faithful recordings of vintage Hammonds on your sampler, but you simply can't change the drawbar settings in realtime, an essential part of this instrument's flexibility and unique sound.

If you're searching for the matchless sound of a Hammond organ, you might want to try playing the real thing. No, we're not talking about a 400-pound monster with loud, annoying 60-cycle hum and a power transformer that's going to blow any minute. No sir. This is actually a brand new Hammond: The Hammond Suzuki XB-2!
This incredible machine accurately recreates the pure flute tones of the original classic B-3, then goes on to add such things as Drawbar foldback on the upper and lower octaves (a key element in B-3 voicing), variances in key click and the effect of overdriving a tube amplifier. Nine drawbars and two percussion switches (second and third), five vibrato speeds, 128 patches (besides the realtime controls) and 16 percussion volume levels combine with a Leslie effect that can go from a sluggish 15 RPMs to a lightning-fast 498 RPMs to create what is certainly, to date, one of the most accurate representations of the much sought-after B-3 sound short of, well, a real B-3.

You also have a digital reverb onboard, plus full MIDI implementation and there's even an 11-pin Leslie connector, allowing you to plug in any Leslie cabinet, old or new. Add a 16 x 2 LCD display, pitch bend and mod wheel (definitely not found on any old B-3) and you have yourself one heck of an instrument. In fact, during a Keyboard magazine "shoot-out" between six B-3 "wannabes," the Hammond Suzuki XB-2 took the gold medal for sound quality and "balls." Overall, the XB-2 accumulated the most points from the magazine's guest organists who were asked to rate the six. In fact, they liked this instrument so much that Keyboard dubbed it "King of the single-manual organs."

Weighing in at a lean, mean 30 pounds, just about anyone can carry this instrument to and from gigs, but it will also look great over there in the corner of your studio on your keyboard stand. As a MIDI controller, the keyboard can be split into two MIDI ZONES with separate SEND channels, program numbers and high and low limits for each zone. It will also transmit MIDI velocity information. As mentioned, the unit ships with a built-in library of 128 patches, 24 of which are factory set and represent the most commonly used B-3 settings. The remaining patches can be overwritten with your own sounds. All patches are easily accessible from the instrument's front panel.

So what does an instrument like this cost? Well, the list price is just $2195, but by now you know Sweetwater would never charge you full retail for anything we stock. May we suggest that you call your friendly sales engineer for complete information and your special low price on a new Hammond XB-2!