Love the old Hammond consoles, and when I got my hands on one I decided to log my experiences and the information I found on the web to this blog, I also play sax and bass, and sometimes take out a cigar box guitar for that instant ZZ-Top sound. I'm an active member of Wikiloops.com where you will find a fair few tracks I posted with these instruments.
Overview of the factory presets on a Hammond console (B-3, C-3, A-100) Upper Manual
Hammond Console Presets Lower Manual
00 4545 440
00 4423 22
Flute & String
00 7373 430
00 4544 220
Diapason, Gamba & Flute
00 6644 322
Great without reeds
00 5642 200
00 6845 433
00 8030 000
42 7866 244
Full Great with 16'
Upper Left drawbars
Upper Right drawbars
Overview of the factory presets on a Hammond console (B-3, C-3, A-100) Lower Manual
Whereas the preset sounds seem to be more targeted towards the emulation of pipe organ sounds and have as such limited usage in the typical blues / rock Hammond vocabulary, some of them are quite usable, Here’s an example using the ‘Ab’ (‘Tibia Clausa’) on the lower manual:
In a previous post I explained how to use the Rotor plugin and the Overdrive to add a bit of drive and Leslie emulation to a real Hammond while recording on Logic Pro X. Further along experimentation with this setup, I’ve ditched the Overdrive plugin, and have switched to using the Distortion II / Growl Distortion Light as a favourite driver for the Rotor Leslie emulation. This gives a very convincing bit of dirt to the sound. Here’s an example:
Something else I’ve been experimenting with, with better and better results, is using the Rotor in Logic, based on suggestions from Jim at the Organ Forum. If you combine this with the overdrive, or one of the amp simulators (‘Moving Air’ is a good one) you can get very good results, and this works very well for recording, taking the signal directly from the line-out on my A-102; I’ve been struggling with how the Vent is sitting in the mix, and the levels I get from it. This may just be related to my own setup, but I’m pretty much using Overdrive / Amp modeller / Rotor now, sometimes using Spreader and Exciter for an even bigger sound, and either the standard bus 2 platinum reverb (add other buses with reflections to taste) or a modelled reverb room.
Don’t forget to set the record mode to Latch or Write to capture Leslie-switch events (I send my CU-1 through a foot switch input on my interface for slow / fast switching).