But I ended up feeling it gave sort of a lesser Uni-Vibe sound and I already have an excellent Uni-Vibe pedal from Fulltone. In a direct comparison between the Ventilator and my own Leslie 145, I was impressed with what I heard, the Ventilator delivering pretty much all of the character of a vintage Leslie cabinet. It is quite possible he actually doesn't really need a Leslie simulator, and just believes he does, based on thigs he's read or heard 2nd hand. I would suggest building the Runoffgroove Phozer instead, for a similar sort of effect. The A100 has B3 guts witha few minor changes.
Leslie Emulators go further than the previous entries, giving you control over slow and fast speeds, a natural-sounding ramp up and down as you change between them, stereo outputs and other niceties. They also cleverly employ a range of effects to simulate the instrument's timbral qualities. It reminds me more of a Univibe than a leslie, when playing organ. I was at a guitar show a few months ago and saw a guy selling an old rotating drum and motor from a Leslie cab. Of the two buttons at each end of the back panel, one selects high or low level for keyboards or guitars, while the other acts as a bypass for the internal amp and speaker simulator and feeds only the rotary effect to the outputs — so if a guitarist wanted to use the rotary effect through his or her own amp and speaker combo, the option is there. Its worth it for me to pay a little more, support a small company and have a very realistic sounding sim. Then I successfully breadboarded it a few years ago.
The Neo Ventilator is also very good and worth considering. Again the designer has paid close attention to detail here in precisely measuring the outputs of the Leslie 122 speaker, and setting all these controls to the 12 o'clock position closely mimics the characteristics of the original speaker. Originally posted by p120dUdE These are family forums, and many young kids come here and read them. Though the pedal area is not teeming with knobs, whatever buttons are there, are adequate for reproducing your kind of music. I think that's what it's called. Remove the rotating speaker assembly, mount in a stylish cab like the lovely one Doug shows above Nice cabinetry, guy! A Hammond tone cabinet has better reverb than any Leslie. It's a very easy sound to get from just about any synth.
In order to compare apples and apples guitar usage vs. My beef with it for guitar was the size and the fact that it had a built in noise gate which was not defeatable. Well, I'll stick to my Leslie for up-front Hammond stuff, but for situations where the organ takes more of a back seat and the recording environment may be less than ideal then yes, absolutely. It persistently produces and releases products that have stood the test of time. . But the Hammond emulates more cabinets and has more features altogether.
It's always sounded pretty legit to me. My question wasn't really about how to simulate a Leslie sound. Again, this is all for fun, so I don't want to break the bank on it. So I'm left with having to purchase the remote footswitch and then figuring out a way to mount the unit inside my rack in a manner that allows me access to the knobs. I would have bought to make my own little cabinet if I didn't already have a Leslie 16 sitting here in my music room. I'm a fully signed-up member of the Electromechanical Keyboard Instruments Die-hard Fan Club.
The first of the five recessed controls on the top adjusts the overall speed of the virtual motors, then, moving from left to right, we have controls for acceleration, balance, drive and distance. Nothing sounds like a hot B3 overdriving a real Leslie. Mark's reply is wise as always. For istance, all those great spongey-sounding Rhodes tracks from the late 70's and early 80's see Steely Dan for many examples were often just a standard Phase 90 on the output of the piano. The Organizer's Choir and Lag controls add width and depth, and are the secret to its huge, haunting church organ sounds.
It's kind of a Leslie simulator simulator. I'll take my 122 over any of these, but it is hard to travel with that big box! I'm not sure who the first guitarist to consciously mimic an organ player was, but the first players I heard doing this were jazz geniuses John Scofield and Charlie Hunter. But I think some kind of cheap octaver would be important as well to simulate the drawbars. The RotoSim console has a higher degree of flexibility compared to the early Hammond model in more ways than one. For keyboard players looking for the perfect Leslie sound, the is the best choice.
Solid tracking, stereo output, expression pedal control, Boss indestructibility, and loads of other cool features make the Harmonist a winner. My benchmark is a real leslie that we had a a studio I used to own I am out of that business. The 1968 ei was the first unit trying to create a similar effect without mechanical parts and was favored by Jimi Hendrix and Robin Trower. He was planning to create a cab that perfectly synced with the Hammond organs his company dealt in. I had a gig with a full band lined up at a fairly small venue and wanted to put the Ventilator through its paces with the organ, both as accompaniment as well as on the occasional tune where it was pushed right out front. I never really liked the overdrive sound, either, but the straight ahead leslie sound is great. My little guitar through a big Marshall sounds wimpy by comparison.
With a little reverb added into the mix, it really did sound as though I had a vintage rotating speaker on stage, and our sound engineer was delighted to have three fewer microphones to worry about! So, to sum up, this is one occasion where the product really does live up to the hype. Try it live and you can understand what i say. Well worth it though if you gotta have that sound. And even then, sometimes advantage goes to Eventide. And for live work, the only area in which the Ventilator falls down for me is in the stage presence and theatre of the real thing, but that, surely, is one of the reasons for its existence. I'm pretty sure it will work as a standalone ie you don't need a recording program to run it - but don't quote me on that.