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    User AvatarAngela Wakeham

    Hi all, my name is Angela. I’ve just signed up to Art of reggae. I’m so excited I could burst 🇯🇲 I have a little problem. I don’t have a Hammond organ. I use a Nord Electro 6D and a Roland V Combo VR- 09. I’m new to playing reggae bubble, chopping etc I’d be keen to hear any suggestions you may have for getting that Hammond sound using the settings and sliders I have on the keyboards I use

    User AvatarDavid Perrin

    Hi Angela, you may have already found this older post in your travels that has drawbar setting ideas for reggae.

    Reggae Drawbar Settings for Hammond

    It depends a lot on what sound you’re after and what organ model you choose but 864202468 is a place to start. For a bubble, the upper-mid drawbars seem to often be pushed forward. I’m mostly playing just through Garageband and Logic Pro – the latter has a Reggae Organ instrument patch with “Vintage B3” and upper drawbars at 808600004, lower drawbars of 040805005, pedal drawbars of 83.

    Interested to learn what you come up with!

    User AvatarMatt Jenson

    Hi Angela,

    Your Nord will sound pretty darn close to a real B3! I’m not going to go into a text description here because the Organ Course on A of R gets into this! You’ll see there are basically two bubble tones: the hi tone and the lo tone (as I call them). Very specific and easy drawbar settings.

    Let me know if you have it figured out!


    User AvatarAngela Wakeham

    Hi Matt and David. Thank you so much for both your replies. I hadn’t seen the Hammond drawbar settings on the website you mentioned. It will be fun playing around with all the variations for the many songs I have on my list.
    Matt, I’m considering taking a second keyboard to gigs if there is a good enough reason to do so. I also play a saxophone and a second keyboard means I’m carrying a lot of equipment. I’m interested to know why you choose to use 2 keyboards rather than adding a split on the one keyboard? Does it make it easier and give a better sound when playing hi and lo tones if you have 2 keyboards?

    User AvatarMatt Jenson

    Hi Angela,

    As for two keyboards. To be honest, these days I mostly only use the Nord (I have a Stage 4) and use splits, sometimes even 3 way splits. Mostly I have the organ bubble sound on the left side and piano for chopping on the right side and that will cover what I’m doing. I have some splits where I have the left hand piano (chop) and various lead synth sounds on the right side. Some 3 way splits I have the piano in the middle, left side organ and right side lead synth sounds. I also have a bunch of dub pads with all kinds of effects programmed in on the patch buttons on the lower level so I can be playign the organ LH/piano RH patch and quickly hit the dub pad patch for dubwize/riddim sections and get back to the organ/bubble patch lightening quick.

    However there are times where the music is a bit more complicated and it’s easier to have the main keyboard on the bottom with just piano, just organ, or with the organ/piano split while the keyboard on the top will have lead sounds, dub pad sounds, clavinet, and perhaps horn sounds. Also there are times where I will bubble with the right hand (and chop with the left) and often times I’ll put the organ bubble on the top keyboard for right hand bubbling….switching quickly to say horn parts, or lead parts….or dub fx stuff.

    Make sense?

    User AvatarAngela Wakeham

    Thanks for your reply Matt.
    It all makes perfect sense. I’m loving the sound of your dub patches. Did you download them from the Nord website onto your Nord keyboard?.
    I’m not sure about the sound of the horns on my Nord Electro 6D. The sound is too synthesised. I’d love to find a way of making the horns sound a bit more authentic.
    I play sax and sometimes add it into a performance. There are times where that’s not possible and sadly the horn sounds are not cutting it on the keyboard. I’ll have to play around with the settings and see if I can get a better sound…more brass, less synth 🙂

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