[sdiy] Hammond VS300 - uses for top note generators in place of top octave generators?

cheater cheater cheater00 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 25 14:26:06 CEST 2012

Hi Anthony,
What are top note generators?


On Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 9:25 PM, aankrom <aankrom at bluemarble.net> wrote:
> I found a  Hammond VS300 free on the side of a street the other day, so
> I brought it home.
> It's not a fantastic organ, but it's not horrible either. I don't have
> the space for a big heavy organ other than my M100, so I thought I'd use
> the circuit boards for some projects.
> I looked at some of the PAiA projects that used top octave generators,
> like Strings-n-Things the Chord EGG and the Bionic Trumpet and it has
> dawned on me that circuits using top octave generators don't really
> translate well for the 12 "top-note generators" and dividers that the
> VS300 uses. I thought about making a small, compact single-manual organ
> with some synth effects added. This organ is very simple and its sounds
> reflect that, but still, it doesn't sound horrible either.
> The manuals are very well built. The lower single contact manual would
> be a great start for a monosynth controller.
> I thought I'd make a stand-alone box for the rhythm unit too, even
> though it's very cheesy. It certainly doesn't sound as good as the unit
> I got from a Kimball 700, which turns out to be almost identical to the
> Rhythm Ace FR-2L.
> Anyone ever make use of these "top-note generators"? The organ is laid
> out great for experimenting. I can almost completely disassemble it,
> leaving the enclosure, pedal and speaker behind. The board that all of
> the circuit boards and manuals are mounted to can be put on my
> workbench, with the swell and reverb dangling...
> Anthony
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