B3 Clone Leslie Simulation Comparison

Comparison #1

The music for comparison #1 is from "The Hammond Organ Complete" by Dave Limina. The actual reference is Exercise 12: Blues Comping Techniques on page 56. I would recommend this book for all Hammond Organ afficionados.

Clone Registration Settings:

Upper Manual Drawbars 88 8000 004
Lower Manual Drawbars 80 8000 000
C/V = C3 both UM and LM
Leslie Slow 1st verse, Fast 2nd verse

Real B3 / Leslie reference: Track 29 on the CD included with Dave Limina's "The Hammond Organ Complete"

B3 Clone MP3s Naked Clean Dirty Dirty w Drums
Hammond XK-3 XK-3 Naked.mp3 XK-3 Clean.mp3 XK-3 Dirty.mp3 XK-3 w Drums.mp3
Nord Electro Electro Naked.mp3 Electro Clean.mp3 Electro Dirty.mp3 Electro w Drums.mp3
Korg CX3 CX3 Naked.mp3 CX3 Clean.mp3 CX3 Dirty.mp3 CX3 w Drums.mp3
NI B4 B4 Naked.mp3 B4 Clean.mp3 B4 Dirty.mp3 B4 w Drums.mp3

For Definitions of "Naked", "Clean", "Dirty", and "Dirty with Drums" see: Definitions

For Detailed Clone settings for each MP3 see: Leslie Sim Clone Settings

How were the MP3s made?

These MP3s show off some of the technology that I will be using for the Jazz and Rock Organ groove sections. The MP3s above are exact "off the record" replications of the LiminaEx12.mp3. The Midi file that I created is exactly tempo matched to the original recording. All the note pitches and lengths are exactly what the orginal player played. I am still working on the expression algorithms so my reproduction of the expression pedal is not exact yet (they were done by hand - or rather by foot :-) In fact, it is so exact that you can play right beside the original and hear no or minimal difference. Furthermore, the Limina CD comes with a rhythm track of the drums and I put the Dirty version with the Limina Rhythm track to produce an exact version of the Track 29 on the CD for each clone for you to judge how close each comes to the "real B3" (or at least the one that Limina was playing).


I do not represent any of the companies that manufacture the clones tested.
I do own all the clones tested.

All MP3s were made using Sonar 3 Producer Edition.
A MOTU 828mkII was used for the I/O.
Alesis M1 Active Monitors.
All clones were recorded in stereo from their line outs.

All B3 Clone Comparison MP3s were made using the same midi file and same registrations.
Every attempt was made to provide the best representation of each clone and also to make each MP3 to be as close in volume as possible.