1 - Listing
The best and most famous electric organ of all times, recently brought back to the original 40's specs. Other famous european electric organs are featured, as well as an amazing vintage rotating speaker system in absolutely perfect condition.
Some of the instrumens have been processed through Guitar amplifiers:
Marshall JTM 45, JCM 800, Plexi, Fender Bassman, Twin Reverb, Matchless Chieftain, Soldano Hot Rod, Vox AC 30.
Neumann U87, U67 and U47 Fet. Sennheiser MD421, AKG C414.
Compressors, pre-amplifiers & co:
Tubetech, Avalon AD2044, UREI 1176, Neve Prism, Jensen 990, Manley Variable-Mu, Manley Massive Passive, and even the excellent pre-amps of the SSL 9000 desk. Manley Direct Box, Avalon U5.
2 - Microphones
After many different attempts, we decided to go for the following technique: We put two mikes at a square angle, one facing directly the rotating speaker, the other one facing sideways. We used one other mike (usually a Neumann U47FET) to record the bass output.
The two main mikes were placed between 30 and 60 cm to the rotating speaker in order to have the best compromise between the direct sound and the room, more distance would have rendered the sound slow and unnatural.
Every single note of the organs were sampled until the very end of their release for increased realism.
Before even trying to record the sounds, we had to put the organ on the floor (instead of the huge castor wheel riser it laid on) because the wheels created vibrations that prevented us from getting a clean sound. We did the same with the rotating speaker and placed them on an absorbing floor to avoid further vibrations.
3 - Guitar amplifiers
This technique has been successfully used in many best-selling albums and by artists from very different backgrounds. The use of guitar amplifiers creates new soundscapes, a warmer sound only made possible by the typical compression and distortion of the amplifier stage as well as the compression of the speaker cone.
4 - D.I. Boxes
We used D.I. boxes to capture the direct output sound of the organ. This was done to get the purest sound without the rotating speaker system, and therefore to allow further treatment of the sound via plug-in effects or / and external gear.