"While many users will gravitate towards the classic 122, the other models are definitely worth exploring as all exhibit different intrinsic coloration."
Sound on Sound has been taking a close look at the Leslie Collection in their September 2018 issue, courtesy of Editor-In-Chief Paul White. Paul was impressed by the accuracy of the modelling emulations, the depth of control and the realism of the sound:
"Recreating the Leslie sound is quite challenging as there are many elements to take into account, from the amplifier and speaker characteristics to the dynamic effects of the moving upper and lower rotors and the way the sound from these interacts with the room and mic setup."
"Top of the list is a classic early-'7Os Leslie 122, as heard on so many rock, jazz and blues records. This has a slightly warmer tone than the 122A, which is also included to offer a more 'present-sounding' alternative."
"Despite the complexity of the models, these Leslie emulations don't impose a huge hit on CPU resources."
"These IK offerings sound very realistic and work well on organ, guitar and many other sound sources such as synths, eBow guitar and even voice."
Paul's verdict was:
"While many users will gravitate towards the classic 122, the other models are definitely worth exploring as all exhibit different intrinsic coloration; the relatively bandwidth-limited sound of the more compact cabinets can help lend focus to a track. If you're a fan of the Leslie sound, as I am, this is one set of emulations you should check out."
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