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Average rating: 3.3 out of 5
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pauline a hobbyist user from england writes:
Have just got my roland VK8, just need a bit of help finding those organ sounds of the 60's, was hoping there might be a list somewhere... can anyone help. thanks

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-30-2005 at 09:18
Jason Owens a professional user from US writes:
To me the VK8 is the best Organ out. It is not made to sound exactly like a B3, but of the more older classic tonewheel organs. I've tried a lot of different kinds of the style organs but this one won. I play gospel music evey Sunday so I knw my stuff.

I tried the Korg CX-3 but i just didnt like the feel of the keys, they felt like cheap plastic). It not like a real organ. I tried to use it with with a module but the keys wouldnt respond to velocity so which is another reason why i chose the VK8.

It has so many features that are useful. The fact that it dosent have a display screen is a plus for me becuase it loks more like an older organ. Everybody talks about have they want these portable organs to look and feel like a hammond b3 but in reality you wont find a dsplay screen on the older ones. YOu will find other voices such as pianos and guitar though ( on older hammonds) I love the fact i can layer the organ with piano. And many time i use my module and have bass and split the organ to have piano, and strings.

The sound is great. It really kicks butt.. I dont even have to have the bass pedals because the split button allows you to play the bass part with your left hand and upper with your right hand. And my church has a subwoofer so when i play the bass it really kicks and sounds better than the 400 lbs. organ.

I cant understand why the korg cx3 was so high, Its not even a real organs . The roland VK8, Hammond XK2 are real organs... Do you know why? Becuase of the fact you can hook it to the leslie... Think about it! Korg dosent have one.. However I do use the Korg triton Rack with the vk8.

With all of the tone wheel effects and leakageit sounds very thich and rich.. Dont get this organ if you are not a serious player.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-11-2005 at 23:50
a professional user writes:
Did Roland pay you guys to write that stuff...the CX3v.2 is as close as it gets...Even with just the internal leslie it beats anything Roland makes........The vk7 sounds better than the Vk8...and the Vk8M is a different engine than the keyboard version...and it sounds better too...thats why Roland changed the module engine and used the vk77 version...Vk8 keyboard is poor...hammond saz-ookie..well forgetabodit...Voce 5...break off the drawbars and where are you, orange all over your face hahaha...Oh, but hook it up to motion sound that really helps.. CX3v.2..needs no help!Korg pays me...everytime I play a gig with the CX3........Rock ON!

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-27-2004 at 11:00
Hank a professional user from Fair Oaks...Ca. writes:
I think this is the best B3 emulator on the market. Ive owned Emu and the voce v5...I have 2.0 installed in it and its a world better than 1.0... I can set this thing up and not have to hook up a 3t,mic,or any other external effect device. You should hear the COSM effects through a really good casino sound system. Alot of my gigs have 2 or more bands in one night. I have to get my rig up quick.and painless. My vk8 in conjunction with my other keys, makes it very easy on me. Enough of me...The overdrive and vibrato settings are so real. try the overdrive on the voce v5...I think it is the worst distortion effect ever. NOW try engaging the pro 3t leslie sim. Ramp it up with the chorus and vibrato settings turned to the on position of youe voce v-5. What does it sound like? It sounds like alot of cross-fazing ca ca to me. Now go through this same proceedure on the vk8... I can tell you that I cant believe how great it sounds. What a wonderful unit. Its lite, its easy to use and most of all.... IT ROCKS AND ROLLS.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-09-2004 at 18:24
JeremiahX a professional user from Nashville TN - USA writes:
On man!!! Great organ

The sounds on it are really impressive and the fact that it sounds so good and weighs about 2342462 lbs less then the real thing makes it a favorite on the road. I think the leslie is pretty good but I have yet to hook a 122 up to it to compare.

I'm not much of an editor so the fact it doesn't have an LCD doesn't bother me too much. I did read the manual and the whole combination of buttons to do certain things can be a pain.

All in all the look and feel of the thing are great and the sound is right up there.

Oh and don't even bother with the extra sounds it has... they suck and should have just been left out all together.

-j.x

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-23-2004 at 12:16
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