The Hammond electric organ was invented by Laurens Hammond in 1934. Originally intended and indeed used in churches as a cheaper replacement for the costlier wind-driven pipe organs, the psychedelic 60’s and rock ‘n roll 70’s would change all that as it became the keyboard instrument of choice for many jazz, rock and blues players. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to appreciate the fine good looks of the new Hammond SK-1. This organ synth is designed, conceived as a Hammond organ with some synth sounds plus some of whom are very successful (the harpsichord is stunning, the arcordeon is nice, the piano seems to me well). On very compact chassis is however reduced the metal. It’s sturdy and the build quality is very good.
According to several user reviews, they have praised Hammond SK1 for the fat, warm, utterly authentic B-3 organ sound; Excellent and deeply editable Leslie simulation; “Extra Voices” include highly gig-worthy electric pianos and synths; Can split and layer organ and non-organ sounds at same time. Also, some users have complained it for the recessed drawbars can feel cramped; No MIDI over USB; No pitch-bend or modulation wheels.
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To restoring Hammond SK1 Organ to it’s factory settings, just simply power ON while simultaneously holding the [RECORD] button until “Loading Default…” appears on the display.
Warning! This operation will cause restore all parameters of this keyboard to its default settings. Be sure that you want to do this. Hopefully the article of “Resetting Hammond SK1 Organ” can help you.
Reference: Hammond Series manual