Ventilator 2 Rotary Emulation Pedal
As far as Leslie simulators go, this thing is the best, or at least we haven't heard a better one.
So the benefits to a keyboard player are obvious, you spend a fortune on a great keyboard that has some awesome Hammond organ presets, but the internal Leslie effects are a bit twee?, get yourself a Ventilator 2 and you'll never look back….
But what about guitarists?
I hear many Guitar players saying, "Well what would I use it for, we don't do any songs that use Organ…" so let me just say this…
If you play in a 3 piece Blues outfit or any unit where the Rhythm guitar is exposed, just see what a difference the sound of a Leslie can make. It instantly brings a new dimension to your sound, even if you use it very subtly. Indeed I find it can change the parts you play, allowing a lot more creative playing (Try just holding a chord rather than playing lots of rhythm with your Picking hand….)
So how was the Ventilator born?
You know the deal: That enormous rig - a Hammond® with one or maybe even two Leslies® - taking up so much floor space in your crib delivers to-die-for tone. You're riffing away, enraptured, when a depressing realization bursts your bubble: You'd give so much to be able to play with precisely this sound on stage. But the colossal weight of this antiquated musical furniture is an insurmountable obstacle for the gigging musician. And although your digital Hammond clone hits the sweet spot, the weak, anemic Leslie effect is a turn-off.
Guido Kirsch, the man and mind behind VENTILATOR, was similarly frustrated with this situation. So he took just about every analog, digital, and mechanical rotary effect on the market for a test drive, which only served to aggravate rather than alleviate his dissatisfaction.He even combined several devices, tweaked and fine-tuned parameters, and experimented with pre and post effect equalizers to finally conjure a sound that wasn't half-bad. Still, though, there was that nagging wish for someone to find a way to pack all the sonic glory of a mammoth Leslie into a petit stompbox!
At that moment, the idea to build VENTILATOR was born.
Sometimes more is more
Aiming high to satisfy even the most discriminating standards, Guido programmed a novel rotary effect unprecedented in sophistication and complexity. There is as much computing power at work in VENTILATOR as other vendors devote to an entire organ including a Leslie® effect!
Seeking to transcend technical limitations and get as close to the original as possible, he poked, probed, sampled, and analyzed a sweet-sounding original model 122 Leslie®. Armed with this knowledge, he then worked out VENTILATOR’s algorithm, A/Bing it with the original, and refining it until the result was truly gratifying. Two years of painstaking development effort culminated in a rotary simulation that outshines all other Leslie clones with its unmatched authenticity. The result surprised even its maker!
VENTILATOR for all
An effect as fine as this would surely delight guitarists, especially if it came with a true bypass circuit, variable gain to the input, and a defeat switch for the speaker simulation. And so these features were added to its arsenal.
As good as it gets
Neo Instruments’ VENTILATOR is not just another run-of-the-mill Leslie effect. A high-end piece of audio gear that delivers the sonic goods, VENTILATOR is the definitive rotary simulation!
• Smaller enclosure (160 x 140 x 57 mm)
• Stereo input
• Internal Stop switch
• Separate Slow and Fast Speed Control
• Separate Mix / Distance Control for Lo and Hi Rotor
• Level Control
• Speed or Mix Control via Expression Pedal
• Faithful replication of the model 122 Leslie’s® rotary effect
• Independent emulations of bass and treble rotors
• Faithful replication of the original’s mechanical properties
• Speaker simulation emulating the 122’s frequency response
• Same 800Hz crossover as the original
• Adjustable rotary speed and acceleration
• Drive section that simulates tube saturation in the Leslie’s amp
• Variable placement of virtual microphones
• Relay-equipped true bypass circuit
• Speaker simulation may be switched off for guitar amps
• Port for a remote footswitch / half-moon switch
• Remotely switchable rotary stop
• Rugged die-cast aluminum chassis and recessed buttons
• Simple, straightforward analog handling