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Roland E-A7 Hammond/Leslie Simulation

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Roland E-A7 Hammond/Leslie Simulation #5498
I recently purchased the Roland E-A7 and it is amazing. The dual screens work well together and all the control buttons on the panel make real time performance a pleasure. I replaced my BK5 with the E-A7 and the E-A7 is a big improvement.

I have been playing around with the leslie sim parameters trying to get as close as possible to my former B3/122 combo. So far, I have made some progress but also some steps backwards. With all the available parameters - speed, ramp interval, etc. etc., I can't seem to get anything really good - but I suspect it's there somewhere. There is also a C1, C2, C3 option available to consider.

Has anyone found the best leslie simulation parameters on the E-A7 or any other Roland that offers this feature? It seems priceless if only I could get it right.

Cheers,
Bill
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Roland E-A7 Hammond/Leslie Simulation #5499
One of the things I tend to do to the Leslie sim in the BK-9 is to narrow the stereo spread. Not completely to mono, but about halfway. Some of this depends on your sound system, but if running through a normal stereo PA system, you are making the horn and rotors maybe 15 foot wide or more! This is nothing like a Leslie’s max 3-4 foot spread..! The balance between horn and bass rotor often benefits a bit from biasing towards the bass rotor, IMHO.

You might also want to take a look around on the web for a good sound font set of recordings of actual Hammond drawbar registrations. The sampler in the E-A7 could easily host the raw waves and run them through the Leslie sim MFX. There are some good utilities for extracting the basic .wav files from sound fonts and, because there is no velocity, no filters, no envelopes to need to program, it might be a reasonably simple task. I had a set of these for my Kurzweil back in the 90’s, and they sounded very good. If sampled well, the drawbar fold over and volume maps should help with authenticity.

As much as your PA is part of your sound , it’s hard to recommend any specific tweaks. If it is pretty flat, it should be good to go, but many of us old time Hammond players got pretty used to the bass heavy experience of sitting right next to the Leslie! So jacking up the low end might help you get that sound... But if you are going for more of an ‘in the mix’ sound, you may have to think about settling for a more ‘ in the audience’ rather than ‘next to the Leslie’ sound.

Bottom line, always record your performance before you make editing and mixing decisions. How something sounds when you aren’t playing sounds so different to when you are concentrating on your performance and your sounds you are playing. One of the things about arrangers is, you always have to think about how something sounds ‘in the mix’ rather than how you would ‘prefer’ them to be!
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BK-9 BK-7m G70. Kurzweil K2500S, Korg Triton. Samick upright piano. iMac 27", HR824 monitors.

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