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Last modified 01/16/03.
My favorite keyboard setup (when room allows) utilizes a Vox Super Continental
organ as the bottom two manuals, and keyboard stand. A Kawai K1
sits on top of the Vox and becomes the third manual. The keyboards along
with the outputs of various midi controlled synth modules are amplified
through two Leslie 147 rotating speaker cabinets and the main P.A.
The mono output of the Vox, along with the right and left audio outs
of the Kawai are fed into a Yamaha eight channel keyboard mixer. The
two effects sends of the mixer are used as stereo outputs to drive
two Leslie 147's which are placed at the far sides of the stage under
the main PA speakers.
The Midi out from the Kawai is merged to a Roland AX1 controller (portable strap on),
and used to drive an EMU Vintage Keys synth module. The stereo outs from the
EMU can also be fed into the Yamaha mixer. The Main outputs from the Yamaha
keyboard mixer are then sent to the Main PA mixer. In this manner, all
keyboard outputs can be mixed between the Leslies and the main PA. As an
alternative the EMU outputs can be sent directly to the main PA, leaving
only the audio outs from the Vox and the Kawai to drive the Leslies. In
this setup, the main right and left from the Yamaha keyboard mixer is
used to drive the Leslies, freeing up the effect loops to be used for
keyboard effects. For instance, a mild distortion unit can be used to
pre-burn the leslies. The end result of this setup is the closest thing
I have found to carting a Hammond B3 onto the stage. One can have all
the best classic sounds along with the latest synth patches as well.
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