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Getting a better organ tone - Electro hahmonix HOG

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Clifford B
Feb 24, 2010 6:17 PM GMT

Finally broke down and bought a Electro harmonix HOG, after using my friends borrowed POG. But the HOG is more synthesizer sounding, and I am not getting a good organ tone. The POG seems to track better also. I am using a Sonny Jr. Cruncher with an old CR style bullet mic. Any suggestions from you guys who are pedal board experts? I have been mainly playing for the last twenty years with the "traditional" Chicago sound approach. But after seeing about a gizillion YouTube viedos of jason Ricci, Wade Schuman, Chris Michalek, etc---decided to break out and try some effects. Need some guidance, help, anyting you can offer. Thanks

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Feb 24, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
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Hi Clifford. I've been experimenting with organ tones too. I'm using a Digitech RP155 digital signal processor. I've found that the best organ tones I get combine a harmonically corrected octave down (like you will get from your HOG) fololowed by a strong doppler effect. The doppler can be a leslie (spinning speaker), from a panner (stereo variation from right to left speakers), or can be simulated with a chorus or vibratto effect as well. Try putting a chorus after the HOG. Set the HOG to have a strong -24 octave, and a milder -12 octave. You can fool around with the octave up settings, but I have not been able to do so on the digitech (you can only go up or down on that one, not both at the same time).

Then the rest is technique. How you play and what you play. The organ emulation is best for me when using lower harps (A through low C), and sticking to the low end second position. Doing tounge-blocked octaves sounds cool too, but you can over do it. Try playing shuffles and walking bass lines. Also try playing chordal accompiniment to root note rhythms., (eg. -123 -2 -123 -2 2 -123 -123 repeat).

At least, this is the most successful way for me. Good luck!

Feb 24, 2010 9:37 PM GMT
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Oh yeah, try to get a very clean sound from your rig. If you have too much crunch, you'll loose the organ sound to the muddyness. Organs always sound clean, not distorted. You may have to try a differnt mic. A dynamic mic like an sm57 is probably better for this. The guys you are trying to emulate use dynamic mics (at least Jason and Chris do).

I've played through Chris Michalek's pedal board too. You can find a video of me doing so on YouTube. Search for "Average Player Pro Pedal Board = ?"

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