This sample library was made to serve as a farewell to my beloved Hammond L102 Tonewheel Organ. This is an all-tube spinet style organ that I’d purchased from a classified ad while still in high school. It’s been with me off and on, but with another move on the horizon, I came to the realization that such an instrument is not conducive to apartment living, and that it was time to let it go.
Over the years, I have done a number of modifications to it, including adding a zener diode overdrive and removing the filter capacitors that Hammond installed in 1960’s models to dampen the keyclick, at the time seen as a flaw. I also paired the organ with a 760 model Leslie and improvised an effects loop to chain a better chorus and wah. These time-varying effects would have been impossible to sample sensibly, and I instead opted to capture the dry organ by micing the internal speaker with a Lauten Atlantis and UA 4-710d. The signal to noise ratio is quite low, especially with the higher harmonics, so a healthy amount of noise reduction was employed. Given how loud the motor is, this is still some in the instrument, as well as a noise file in samples, in case anyone wants to loop it.
Additionally, I captured impulse responses of the three spring reverb settings, and threw in my Fender Hotrod DeVille reverb too. I recommend following this instrument with a tube preamp emulation, vibrato/chorus, spring reverb, and (of course) a rotary cabinet.
There are two presets; an “imperfect” library that uses all of the samples, and includes some notes with buzzing, ringing, and tuning instabilities. I created a “cleaned” preset as well that removes the worst offenders, and fills the gaps with surrounding samples.
I hope the Pianobook community enjoys this library, and gets as much value and use out of it as I have from this fantastic instrument that I am parting with!
Reviews for Hammond L102
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A customizable organ
If you are looking for a layer-by-layer customizable organ, this might be a good fit for you. It features 10 different layers along with key triggers. To my taste, I feel that the attack can be a little clicky, even with the "on" trigger all the way down, but could be up to your preference.
As a note, I feel that the way to control the knobs is a little funky, since you need to "follow" the curve motion with your mouse in order to change it. You need to first drag up and once it reaches the midpoint you need to go right and down. I would much prefer the regular up-motion to increase, down-motion to decrease.
This organ is very well recorded and sounds like the real deal. It has a lot of customizability and options to tweak it. The sound itself is fairly simple and exactly as you would expect it. I would love to see this with more knobs and tools to go around with, or a more advanced kontakt port. There could be much more to this!
I feel a bit of a fraud writing reviews for sample packs of physical hardware that I haven't owned or tried. This pack may be entirely faithful or it may not be - I have no way of knowing! :D
Either way, I did enjoy having a quick play around with this - feels very full and almost church-organ level once things are wound right up.
EDIT - Hold the phone - I just tried it with the Fender IR loaded through kHs Convolver - wow! I love it!