Q: Aside from the black preset keys and 2 extra sets of drawbars are there other differences between the P-2 and the C-2 models?
A: Very few: they are substantially the same instrument, sharing most of the parts/components. Besides the differences mentioned in the questions, the C-2 has only 4 rotary control compared to the 5 on the P-2. This means that defining the organ specifications at the order, the user has to chose between Pedal Sustain and Reverb Level Continuous Control.
As additional note, while the P-2 presets work in the traditional way, recalling only the drawbars configuration of the single manual, in the C-2 the 15 presets obtainable from various combination of the 4 Presets push buttons are “global”, each one recalling the status of all the hardware controls, including the drawbars of BOTH upper and lower manual and the rocker tabs (with the exclusion of the Volume Normal/Soft which controls an analog part of the circuit).
Q: Will the Multi Pin connector for an external Rotary Speaker work along with the ¼” L+R outputs?
A: Of course! All the outputs are all available at the same time; looking at the back panel of the organ from Left to Right they are:
Rotary Speaker R + L (HX3 internal Rotary Speaker Emulation or Ventilator if installed).
Organ Manuals (dry organ keyboards output NOT processed by the Ventilator or the internal Rotary Speaker emulation).
Organ Pedals (dry pedalboard output, as above).
Effect Loop Send and Return, if installed.
Multi Pin connector(s) for Rotary Speaker(s) if installed.
Q: When using an external Rotary Speaker, is the Ventilator bypassed?
A: The signal going to the external Rotary Speaker through the multipin connector is NOT processed by the Ventilator (or the internal HX3 Rotary Speaker emulation),. Actually it is the same signal available from the Organ Manuals output, which is properly pre-amplified to reach the very high output level typical of the pre-amp output in the classic consoles; this is a very important element to properly (over)drive all kind of new and vintage Rotary Speakers and when needed, making them “growl”. The speeds of both the internal Rotary Speaker emulation (from HX3 or Ventilator if installed) and the external Rotary Speaker remain always synchronized.
Q: Which Ventilator is installed inside MAG organs?
A: The Mini Vent II. Thanks to the co-operation with Neo Instruments the Vent DSP board is fully integrated with the other sections of the organ electronics through a dedicated board of our own design. The Ventilator DSP board installed in MAG organs is exactly the the same as found in all the product belonging to the Ventilator family, therefore there are no sound differences with the outboard models generally recognized as the finest Classic Rotary Speaker emulation; the only difference with the larger models is their higher number of parameters editable in real time.
Q: How can I modify the HX3 sound engine settings?
A:The HX3 settings can be modified in 2 ways: via the optional external programmer unit or via the free Windows based Remote software
Q: Can I have a display installed in the organ for modifying the HX3 sound engine settings?
A: Not in the current production models; we built only once a single manual organ with a built-in display, but we don’t plan replicating it. We strongly believe that over the several decades passed since its creation, the drawbar organ became a truly classic instrument with its almost perfect user interface and this of course, do not include any display and/or any heavily cluttered control panel, with too many controls of small dimensions cramped in a small space. The few hardware controls on all MAG organs are purely performance oriented, while the large number of parameters available to achieve the best personal fine tuning can be adjusted through the free Remote software or the optional external Programmer Unit. In this way the values of these parameters, normally considered as “set and forget”, remain protected by any possible unintentional change during the performance.
Q; Are set-ups of different vintage tonewheels organs available?
A: The extremely flexible approach used in the design of the HX3 brilliantly overcomes the limitation of emulating/blueprinting an organ of a specific vintage. It allows to combine the various elements influencing the tonal characteristic of the organ as preferred by the player with the highest degree of freedom. As an example, it’s possible associate the very mellow sounding generator of ’55 vintage organ with the leakage of the aggressive sounding ’72 models and the vibrato modulation of a mid sixties unit.
Q: Do you offer any on-board effects in addition to tone, reverb and overdrive?
A: No, that’s all, as we believe that for the typical organ use this may be enough. With the effect loop anyway, every kind of external sound processor can be added to the signal path in the proper position for the optimal signal treatment, i.e. before the Rotary Speaker emulation or the external Rotary Speaker. Processing the L+R signal after the Rotary Speaker emulation, besides requiring a more expensive dual channel/stereo processor would result in far from optimal sound treatment with almost any type of effect.
Q: Can different volume pedals be used as expression pedals ? Do you use a proprietary connector or a std. TRS jack?
A: The connection for the expression pedal is a TRS Jack and any pedal electrically compatible with the Yamaha FC-7 will work. The sound engine emulates the volume/frequency response of the old consoles according to the travel position. The MAG VP-1 Expression Pedal is based on a Fatar unit modified to increase the travel from approx 20 deg to 30 deg . A metal base is added according to the preference of the user (flat, angled or for atop of pedalboard installation).