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Key Click

(Excerpted from the OriginalHammondLeslieFaq.)

The sound produced by early HammondOrgans differed from pipe organs in one characteristic way. There was an attack transient that sounded like a click or pop when a key was pressed. This was considered a defect. Considerable design efforts were made to reduce it but it could never be eliminated.

Later rock and blues players found the key click characteristic to be desireable and some jazz organists consider it to be essential. Many Hammond organ simulators include a key click control to reproduce this characteristic.

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