Hohner D6 Clavinet
Weapon of Choice: Clavinet
clavinet is a keyboard instrument, manufactured by the Hohner company.
It is essentially an electronically amplified clavichord, analogous
to an electric guitar but is better understood as an electric harpsichord.
Its distinctive bright staccato sound has appeared particularly in
funk and rock songs.
Various models were produced over the years, and including the models
I, II, L, C, D6, and E7. Most models consists of 60 keys and 60 associated
strings, giving it five-octave range from F0 to E5.
Each key uses a small rubber tip to do a "hammer on" (forcefully
fret the string) to a guitar-type string when it is pressed, as with
a conventional clavichord. The end of each string farthest from the
pickups passes through a weave of yarn. When the key is released,
the yarn makes the string immediately stop vibrating. This mechanism
is completely different from the other Hohner keyboard products, the
Cembalet and Pianet, which use the principle of plectra or sticky
pads plucking metal reeds.
Most Clavinets have two sets of pickups, which are positioned above
and below the strings. The Clavinet has pickup selector switches,
and a guitar-level output which can be patched to a guitar amp. Early
clavinet models featured single-coil pickups; the D6 introduced a
six-core pickup design.
Originally the instrument was designed for home use and aimed at playing
early European classical and folk music. The Clavinet L, introduced
in 1968 was a domestic model and featured a wood-veneered triangular
body with wooden legs, reverse-color keys and a plexiglass music stand.
The final E7 model saw the culmination of several engineering improvements
to make the instrument more suitable for use in live amplified rock
music, where its use had become commonplace. By 1982 however, the
Hohner corporation had ceased production of the Clavinet. In 2000
Hohner disassociated themselves from the Clavinet completely by unloading
their spare parts inventory to restoration web site Clavinet.com
The archetypal clavinet sound can be heard on Stevie Wonder's
track "Superstition", Led Zeppelin's
"Trampled Under Foot", Sun Ra's "Atlantis",
The Commodores' "Machine Gun", Billy Preston's "Outa-Space",
Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "Tank" from Emerson, Lake and
Palmer, Herbie Hancock's "Head Hunters"
and Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne". The track "Up on
Cripple Creek" by The Band, is the first recorded example of
patching a Clavinet through a guitar wah-wah pedal.
-- courtesy of wikipedia
Clavinet in Action
of today's keyboards have some type of Clavinet patch in them ranging
from bad to okay. Most of them fail to capture all of the grease of
a real clavinet, but here are a few emulations that come close.
||It's only available as a plug-in in Logic Audio and I'm not
mad at it. I often use the EVD6 to come up with the part, and
then track it with my real clavinet. You can get a variety of
wah fx by using a Midi expression pedal like a Roland EV5.
Keyboard Gold Bundle Virtual Instrument -- Samples
||I have yet to hear this but it supposed to be really great.
The bundle includes rhodes, wurly, and clavinet samples.
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