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HX3 Mrk 3/4 Organ Module

The HX3 Drawbar Module

If you own a Drawbar Clone Keyboard, MIDI Controller or MIDI keyboard and you want the best drawbar clone sound, you have found it. HX3 Module

With a myriad of different advanced features, you can create just about any nuance to get the tonewheel sound that you're seeking.

And, if you really want to get deep into the heart of the sound, use the free Windows based Remote Software to even adjust details like the tapers of the drawbars.

 

 

Take the HX3 Challenge

Specifications

  • FPGA using Physical Modeling

  • Latency Free (no delay when playing)

  • Unlimited Polyphony

  • 91 Tonewheels running all the time.

  • Simulation Dry and Rotary Simulation.

  • 58 Parameters

  • 11 presets for Upper and Lower/Pedal

  • Predefined CC Settings for: NI B4 dBc, Voce Drawbar, KeyB / Diversi Duo (DSP), Suzuki XK, Suzuki SX, User CC Set (requires free Windows GUI interface)

  • Upper 9

  • Upper Presets 15

  • Lower 9

  • Pedals 3

  • Lower/Pedal Presets 15

  • Upper Vibrato Chorus settings & Percussion settings can be saved to presets

  • Lower/Pedal Vibrato Chorus Settings can be saved to presets

  • Pedal Sustain - Variable

  • Audio Jacks - 2 (A and B)

  • Keyboard Split - On/Off (1 octave)

  • Reverb Programs - 3

  • MIDI Channel - 1 to 10

  • MIDI Option - 4 Options

  • MIDI Custom Set - 6 Predefined 1 User

  • Split Mode - 3 Options

  • Transpose - -6/+7

  • Audio Configuration A - 27 Options

  • Audio Configuration B - 27 Options

  • Vibrato 1, 2 & 3 - LC age - Variable

  • Vibrato 1, 2, & 3 - Freq. Mod - Variable

  • Chorus Dry Mix - Variable

  • Chorus Vibrato Mix - Variable

  • Percussion Normal Level - Variable

  • Percussion Soft Level - Variable

  • Percussion Long Trim - Variable

  • Percussion Short Trim - Variable

  • Percussion Mute

  • Tonewheel Gen Flutter - Variable

  • Tonewheel Gen Leakage - 4 Options

  • Tonewheel Gen Cap Set - 4 Options

  • Percussion On/Off with 1ft Drawbar

  • Drawbar 16 Foldback - 4 Options

  • Tone Trim Pot - Variable

  • Swell Trim Pot - Variable

  • A018 Tube Age - Variable

  • Cont Spring Flex - Variable

  • Cont Spring Damping - Variable

  • Reverb Programs Levels - 3 - Variable

  • Upper Horn Slow Trim - Variable

  • Lower Rotor Slow Trim - Variable

  • Upper Horn Fast Trim - Variable

  • Lower Rotor Fast Trim - Variable

  • Upper Horn Ramp Up Trim - Variable

  • Lower Rotor Ramp Up Trim - Variable

  • Upper Horn Ramp Down Trim - Variable

  • Lower Rotor Ramp Down Trim - Variable

  • Rotary Throb - Variable

  • Rotary Speed - Variable

  • Rotary Balance - Variable

 

HX3 Front Panel

  • LCD Screen

  • Rotary Encoder for setting parameter settings and push to save

  • Up and Down Menu scroll buttons

  • 4 LED's for Percussion - On/Off, Soft/Normal, Fast/Slow decay, 2nd/3rd Percussion

  • 2 LED's Vibrato Chorus Upper & Lower On/Off

  • 1 LED Rotary Simulation for speed. Shows flashes fast, slow or off when stopped.

HX3 Rear Panel

  • Swell (Volume) 1/4in

  • Foot Switch (RotaryCtrl) 1/4in

  • USB Port

  • MIDI OUT and MIDI IN

  • DC power 9-12V

  • 2 Audio Outputs 1/4in

  • HX3 Organ Module

  • 12 volt DC Power adapter

  • USB Cable 

  • Owners Guide

Dimensions

  • 222 x 150 x 42 mm

  • 8.75 in x 5.91 in x 1.65 in 

Weight

  • 0.907 kg 

  • 2 lbs

 

DB-c Drawbar Controller

The DBc Drawbar Controller is the perfect accompaniment to HX3 Organ Module.

If you have played a vintage tonewheel organ, you know how much more expressive you can be when playing one.

Connecting the DBc to the HX3 Organ Module lets you have that freedom. All without mapping anything. Just plug it into to the HX3 Organ Module via MIDI and you're ready to go.

Button Ergonomics: All of the buttons on the HX3 Drawbar Controller are big enough for your fingers, unlike other products with tiny buttons, that are hard to see, let alone press.

 

 

DB-c Drawbar Controller

Specifications

  • 9 Drawbars - Use for Upper, Lower and Pedals. In pedal mode other drawbar control - Swell Trim, Tone Pot, Amp Level (rotary simulation)

  • Percussion Controls - On/Off, Normal/Soft, Slow/Fast, 2nd/3rd

  • Vibrato/Chorus - V1, V2, V3, Chorus On/Off

  • Vibrato/Chorus Select - Upper On/Off, Lower & Pedal On/Off

  • Stage III Reverb - I, II, I+II = III

  • Rotary - Run/Stop, Speed (Fast/Slow)

  • Assign - Pedal or Lower

  • Pedal Mode Drawbars - 16', 8', 4' = Sustain, 1 3/5 = Swell Trim, 1/13 = Tone Pot, 1' = Rotary Amp Volume

  • MIDI Mirage

  • MIDI Out - Also supplies phantom power from the HX3 Organ

  • Module via a true 5 pin DIN connector

  • 9V 800ma DC connector - Power supply is not included

  • HX3 Drawbar Controller

  • 5ft True 5 Pin DIN

Dimensions

  • Metric - 222w x 215d x 88h

  • Inches - 8.75w x 8.47d x 3.46h

Weight

  • Metric - 1.261kg

  • Lbs - 2.86

 

 

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DB-e HX3 Drawbar Expander

Maybe you have an older digital clone Drawbar Organ that won't let you control the HX3 Organ Module. DB-e Drawbar Expancer

This is just one idea that allows you to have the HX3 sound and Drawbar Organ experience with the ability and ease of connecting, via MIDI.

Plus, you have everything you need to connect to just about every audio configuration via 1/4in outputs and even a standard 11pin connector to plug right into most of the new 11pin rotary speaker cabinets or interface kits.

Button Ergonomics: All of the buttons on the HX3 Drawbar Expander are big enough for your fingers. They are all grouped together correctly and have blue LED's to indicate when a feature is active, which is an important visual cue when performing.

 

 

Take the HX3 Challenge

Specifications

  • 9 Upper, 9 Lower and 2 Pedal Draws (Pedal Sustain Crtl.)

  • 4 Percussion Controls

  • Vibrato/Chorus V/C-1, V/C-2 & V/C3

  • Vibrato/Chorus Select - Upper, Lower & Pedal On/Off

  • Stage 3 Reverb Controls

  • Rotary - Stop, Slow, Fast

  • Split - On, Off, A/B

  • Over All Volume

  • FPGA using Physical Modeling

  • Latency Free

  • Unlimited Polyphony

  • 91 Tonewheels running all the time

  • Simulation Dry and Rotary Simulation

  • 58 Parameters

  • 15 presets for Upper and Lower/Pedal - 11 pre configured that can be changed

  • Predefined CC Settings for: NI B4 DBc, Voce Drawbar, KeyB / Diversi Duo (DSP), Suzuki XK, Suzuki SX, User CC Set

  • Upper 9

  • Upper Presets 15

  • Lower 9

  • Pedals 3

  • Lower/Pedal Presets 15

  • Upper and Lower Vibrato/Chorus* - V1/C1, V2/C2 & V3/C3.

  • Percussion* - On/Off, Normal/Soft, Fast/Slow, 2nd/3rd - settings can be saved to presets.

  • Reverb Stage III* - RV1, RV2 & RV3

  • Rotary - Stop, Fast/Slow

  • Config - A/B, Split

  • Pedal Sustain - Variable

  • Audio Jacks - 2 configurations

  • Keyboard Split - On/Off (1 octave)

  • Reverb Programs - 3

  • MIDI Channel - 1 to 10

  • MIDI Option - 4 Options

  • MIDI Custom Set - 6 Predefined 1 User

  • Split Mode - 3 Options

  • Transpose - -6/+7

  • Audio Configuration A - 27 Options

  • Audio Configuration B - 27 Options

  • Vibrato 1, 2 & 3 - LC age - Variable

  • Vibrato 1, 2, & 3 - Freq. Mod - Variable

  • Chorus Dry Mix - Variable

  • Chorus Vibrato Mix - Variable

  • Percussion Normal Level - Variable

  • Percussion Soft Level - Variable

  • Percussion Long Trim - Variable

  • Percussion Short Trim - Variable

  • Percussion Mute

  • Tonewheel Gen Flutter - Variable

  • Tonewheel Gen Leakage - 4 Options

  • Tonewheel Gen Cap Set - 4 Options

  • Percussion On/Off with 1ft Drawbar

  • Drawbar 16 Foldback - 4 Options

  • Tone Trim Pot - Variable

  • Swell Trim Pot - Variable

  • A018 Tube Age - Variable

  • Cont Spring Flex - Variable

  • Cont Spring Damping - Variable

  • Reverb Programs Levels - 3 - Variable

  • Upper Horn Slow Trim - Variable

  • Lower Rotor Slow Trim - Variable

  • Upper Horn Fast Trim - Variable

  • Lower Rotor Fast Trim - Variable

  • Upper Horn Ramp Up Trim - Variable

  • Lower Rotor Ramp Up Trim - Variable

  • Upper Horn Ramp Down Trim - Variable

  • Lower Rotor Ramp Down Trim - Variable

  • Rotary Throb - Variable

  • Rotary Speed - Variable

  • Rotary Balance - Variable

 

DB-e Rear Panel

  • Swell (Volume) 1/4in Foot Switch

  • (RotaryCtrl) 1/4in

  • MIDI IN 1 & MIDI IN 2

  • DC power 9-12V

  • Bass Audio Out 1/4in

  • Main Audio Out 1/4in

  • Rotary Sim Left Audio Out 1/4in

  • Rotary Sim Right Audio Out 1/4in

  • USB Config Port

  • MIDI OUT

  • Headphone Out 1/4in - Stereo

  • Rotary Status, LED

  • 11Pin Standard Rotary Connector

The 11pin connector allows you to use the following Leslie speaker models and connector kits.

  • 122XB

  • 971

  • 771

  • 302/303, 322, 323

  • 3300 (May need modification)

  • 1122 Kit

  • 1147 Kit

  • 1197 Kit

Disclaimer - Leslie and Leslie Speaker are Trademarks of Suzuki Musical Instruments, LTD of Japan.

  • HX3 Drawbar Expander

  • 9 volt DC Power adapter

  • USB Cable

Dimensions

  • Metric - 472w x 237d x 72h

  • Inches - 18.58w x 9.33d x 2.83h

Weight

  • Metric - 3.052kg

  • Lbs - 7.72

 

 

XB2 Upgrade Kit

Put New Life Into Your XB2

Get Your Dead XB2 Up and Running Again.

The KeyboardPartner XB2 Retrofit kit!

Is the MUSE or DRH chip dead in your XB2? Many, if not most XB2 units suffer from faulty TG chips which are no longer available.

If you own either the XB2 or XB2 Version 2 (Reverb) you can now extend its usefulness with the XB2 Retrofit Kit from KeyboardPartner.

Also, you gain an instrument with software that can be updated by you, so it's never outdated.

The HX3 Board comes with a new control board for the Keyboard, Buttons and LCD.
HX3 Board and Control Board
HX3 Board and Control Board
  • The HX3 Board comes with a new control board for the Keyboard, Buttons and LCD.
  • New Audio Output Board
  • The new overlay allows you to use the control buttons of the XB2 to change presets and access features of the HX3.
  • The new overlay for right side. If your XB2 doesn't have a Reverb control you can add one by carefully drilling a hole. We will even send you the control.
  • The LCD of the XB2 will show you all the information and settings of the HX3.

At A Glance

  • HX3 mainboard (per-configured for XB2 with all licenses).
  • Pre-amp board with Leslie output stage.
  • LCD/keyboard driver board.
  • Cables included to make the HX3 installation in (defective) Hammond XB-2 units fairly easy to do.
  • All buttons and preset buttons (8 separate presets for upper and lower/pedal manuals) of XB2 work. The only control that doesn't work with the HX3 is the pitchbend.
  • The LCD functions are retained, additional features of HX3 are available through the menu system, including keyboard split, reverb, leakage adjust, MIDI CC set and bass channel.
  • Once the XB2 Retrofit Kit is installed, you will have a better sound than the original XB2.
  • You gain unlimited polyphony.
  • When there is a software update offered by KeyboardPartner, you can do the update yourself - meaning that you stay current with the latest refinements of the famous KeyboardPartner HX3 FPGA-based tonewheel clone.

Please note: The power supply and keyboard of the XB2 should still work. All other circuit boards of the XB2 are discarded. Very easy installation and no soldering required.

 

Purchase

The cost of the XB2 Retrofit Kit is less than the cost of a new drawbar clone.

 

 

FAQs

Answer: Not Fully and in some cases NO. Why is that?

Manufacturers use something called System Exclusive (SysEx) data or NRPN (Non Registered Program Number). This data is used inside the software of that product to communicate with the buttons and controls. Also, not all of this data is transmitted via MIDI. Some data is and can be recorded to a sequencer, but only the company's product understands that data when it is transmitted back to that product.

With the FREE Windows Remote Software for the HX3 you might be able to create your own CUSTOM CC for improving the use of your keyboard with the HX3 Mark 4.

Answer: In most cases it's easy.

If you are using one of the keyboard products that the HX3 is configured to work with like the SK or XK products by Hammond Suzuki, Native Instruments B4 or the VOCE V5, then it's pretty easy. You must, however select the Custom CC for that product. Download the HX3 owner's guide for more information.

Answer: In most cases yes.

By using the Free Windows based Remote Software you can map a CUSTOM CC set of you own. As a matter of fact, if you have your keyboard connected to the HX3 while using the free Windows based Remote Software, the Custom CC will even allow you to see the MIDI control codes being sent out of the keyboard to the HX3. With this ability of the Remote Software, you can use this feature to MAP the HX3 to your keyboard. Remember, SysEx and NRPN data doesn't always show up. Don't blame KeyboardPartner for this. Blame the manufacturer of your keyboard. It is impossible for KeyboardPartner to be 100 percent compatible with everything on the market due to the manufacturers using SysEx and NRPN data..

YES!

There are two ways to do this. From the front Display Panel of the HX3 or by using the Free Windows based Remote software. Even the Vibrato/Chorus and Percussion setting can be saved as well to a preset.

Yes!

You can tweak many things from the front Display Panel and then by PRESSING AND HOLDING the Rotary Control Knob, you can SAVE that change to the HX3. As an example, you want to change the Rise time of the LOWER ROTOR of the Rotary Speaker Simulation. You simply go to the MENU for that function. Dial in what you like and if you like it, PRESS AND HOLD the Rotary Control Knob to SAVE that data.

Yes!

By using the Free Windows based Remote Software you can do that along with many other parameters. The one thing we know for sure is EVERY tonewheel organ has its own personality or "sound." Some of it is due to the age of the instrument, and some of it no one really knows why. But with the FREE Remote Software you can get pretty deep into tweaking the HX3 sound engine. It's sort of like giving you the development tools.

Yes and No.

Why is this a yes and no answer? From the front panel you can tweak many of the parameters of the Vibrato / Chorus such as how much signal mix dry to wet percentage. However, to really get deep into that, you may want to use the Free Windows based Remote Software for this. Again, many things can be tailored with the FREE Remote Software.

Answer:

Up until now the best anyone has done with KeyClick is to have maybe 8 or so keyclick samples and then by mathematical formula, make them random and then allow you to adjust only the volume level of keyclick. However, in a vintage tonewheel organ, KeyClick isn't created by a volume level. With the HX3 Mark 4, it is possible to adjust the aging of the keyboard "Contact Flexing" or springing up and down. This is what happens to the keyboard contacts in older tonewheel organs over the years. Plus wear and contamination of the bussbars and key contacts affect the amount of keyclick you hear. Flexing is like what the vintage organ does.

Yes!

You can change the Foldback of the 16ft drawbar by using the Display Menu to change it. You can even change the capacitor age of the filter caps on the tonewheel generator, as well.

You have a couple of options.

  1. Install Windows via BootCamp. You need a full version of Windows, not an Upgrade version. As an example, Windows 7 Home is OK. If you are NOT computer savvy, we suggest that you let someone install Windows with BootCamp as it is somewhat confusing to the novice. You have been warned.

  2. VMware Fusion or Parallels. This costs a bit more as you have to purchase one of these two applications but the install of Windows is easy, and then running Windows you still have access to your MAC OS. You still need a FULL VERSION of Windows. The only thing that will happen is when you connect the HX3 to your MAC, the MAC will ask if you want to use the USB for the MAC OS or for Windows. Click Windows and your ready to go.

  • The names Roland VK7 or VK8/VK88, Korg, Korg CX3, Native Instruments B4, Nord, Nord Electro, Voce, KeyB, Hammond Suzuki. Hammond Suzuki SK or XK, Yamaha and Yamaha Motif are brand trademarks and model names of their respective companies.

  • Windows and Windows 7 are trademarks of Microsoft, Inc.

  • MacBook is a trademark of Apple, Inc.

  • VMware is a trademark of VMware, Inc.

  • Parallels is a trademark of Parallels International GmbH.

  • KeyboardPartner, DE nor Diversi Musical Products, Inc USA are affiliated with these companies listed above. The use of their names and or model names is for reference only.

  • KeyboardPartner, DE reserves the right to change products or specifications at anytime without notice or liability.

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