Hammond Sk1-88 KeyboardSKU: HSK188XXX-P
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The dilemma in designing a keyboard with both faithful and accurate Hammond Organ and Grand Piano voices lies in the keyboard itself. It seems destined for compromise-should it be organ-like, or weighted? Hammond has the answer in the unique keyboard 88 note Fatar keyboard onboard the Sk1-88, which is light enough for an Organist’s comfort, yet has the “heft” to satisfy any Piano Player. The Sk1-88 also automatically adjusts the “depth” of key contact making all playing comfortable The Keys are also shaped to allow traditional Hammond “moves” like sweep and glissando.
Drawbars, Extra voice, Reverb
The Drawbar and Combo Organ Divisions have a number of effects that may be applied. 4 different types of Overdrive, Phase, Flange, Chorus (Stomp Pedal Style-separate from Hammond Chorus), Auto Pan, Ring Modulator, Wah-Wah, Delay and Tremolo. A 3-band EQ is available with Shelf Lo and Hi with sweepable Mid control.
Acoustic Grand Piano
Our engineers meticulously developed the Sk's Acoustic Grand Piano with the target being the Yamaha C7 Grand, perhaps the most widely admired Acoustic Piano in the World. It was engineered to respond to every nuance a player could ask of it, through all styles of music. It also had to have a comfortable playing feel in sight of the Sk's Waterfall Keyboard which is a hallmark of Hammond Organs, and make an instant transition between "Organ Feel" and "Piano Feel" should the player make such a program change. One touch of the keyboard confirms and verifies the research and development that went into it. It's one of the best sounding and playing Pianos anywhere-with a genuine Hammond Organ a switch press away.
After the Acoustic Grand, the next essentials are a pair of instruments that also have found their way into most every corner of music, the Rhodes and Wurlitzer Electric Pianos. These electromechanical instruments are great as rhythm voices, but are equally hot in the solo spotlight. Especially adaptable for many DSP effects, these two voices are tonal chameleons. If you can't find something to play in a song, chances are a Rhodes or Wurlitzer will fill the void. The Sk features two variations of the Rhodes voice recalling their "Stage" and "Suitcase" models. Your playing velocity will reveal the depth of Hammond's engineering, as greater velocity will call the various "artifacts" and noises that come with this electromechanical instrument.
The Wurlitzer Electric Piano used vibrating metal "reeds" in place of the "tines" used by the Rhodes. The Wurlitzer was lighter in weight and sound than the Rhodes, but only until the Amps were cranked up, then the Wurlitzer became a rock/funk/blues beast. All flavors of the Wurlitzer are available in the SK series.
It is difficult now to think of a time when Digital Pianos were not widespread, but it wasn't long ago if you wanted the sound of a Piano, you either had to move one (insanity for a small band), or hope the venue had one (and it was well enough in tune…). In the late 70's and 80's, Yamaha came to the rescue with their ubiquitous CP-70 Electric Grand. Not quite a "real" Piano, but close enough; it became an iconic sound in and of itself. The Sk has captured this sound perfectly for your use.
The other dominant keyboard sound in the 80's was the "FM piano", used in so many ballads and R&B songs. It, too is at your fingertips in the Sk's palette
Hohner's Clavinet was essentially a solid body guitar played with a keyboard. It was a European curiosity for many years until artists like Stevie Wonder and Billy Preston got hold of it and made keyboard history. Funk, R&B and Disco were practically defined by its sound, most often heard with Phaser or AutoWah, usually both. Nearly every modern keyboard has a "Clav" stop, but few offer all the pickup positions and the wide range of sounds they cover. The Sk has all the combinations along with a CryBaby Wah model that morphs any volume pedal attached into a Wah Pedal.
The Harpsichord may not be a first call Rock and Roll or Jazz instrument, but is an important part of many other genres. Like most of the Keyboards contained in the Sk, you are able to register the Sk's Harpsichord traditionally, with a Lute stop available.
Use An External MIDI Keyboard
You can hook up an external MIDI keyboard to the Sk, such as a weighted 88 note controller, assigning all the Pianos, etc., to that keyboard and maintain the Sk's keyboard as a dedicated Organ. This gives you a full keyboard rig that is very mobile, yet complete.
Series Sk1-88 Model Sk
The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.