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Sound Quality

To me, this is still the most authentic electronic leslie simulator I have heard. I'm not going to say "best" because that is obviously objective, and I've heard people (annoyingly) state that other simulators are the "best simulator hands down". That's dumb. To my ear, the Korg G4 was much more chorusy -- it sounded less like a real leslie (yes, for the record, I have one!), but the chorusy aspect did seem to impart a "fuller" sound than the Voce, when I A/Bed them many years ago, so I could see why people might opt for the Korg if they were playing live, and they wanted to get more of that "mushy/swirly" vibe a Leslie gives. But a little outboard reverb helps equalize on that dimension. People now seem to be going for the H&K Rotosphere on the basis that it is "warmer" because it has a "real tube". Okay, now this is my opinion again, but . . . that's RIDICULOUS! Any guitar player can tell you that good solid state sounds more tube-like than a bad tube preamp (I've used both a Real Tube and an Ibanez Tube Screamer for guitar and I can tell you -- the Real Tube gets a D and the TS gets an A+ for "tube qualities" like warmth, tone and responsiveness) and any Hammond or guitar player can tell you that the Leslie warmth comes from the wood and the tube power amp, not the preamp. Case in point -- I now play with a Motion Sound KBR-M (which is their Pro-3T + a stationary "hi fi" speaker) which has the standard 12AX7 preamp and it's really not that great. In fact, quite a few times I've felt like the Spin sounded BETTER than the Motion Sound tonally -- only the actual spinning horn imparted more realism. (For recording purposes and large rooms where you don't hear the amp itself but only the recording/PA, I'm not entirely convinced the Spin doesn't sound at least as good as the Motion Sound. That's why I haven't sold it even though I now have a Leslie, a Motion Sound amp, AND the Spin!) Obviously, there's a LOT of room to improve all simulators, so this rating only reflects the current pack of non-mechanical simulators, but I'll give it a 9

Reliability/Durability

Never had a problem with it. I would gig with this without a backup, only because I'm not sure what to use as a backup. A better strategy is to use THIS as a backup to your leslie/motion sound, etc, because it is very small--put it in your spare parts bag and forget about it until the day your belts give out in the middle of a show....

General Comments

The main reason I wrote this review was because I realized that the Voce Spin (and the Spin II, it's successor which I have not tried--but appears to be a stompox with few controls. Boo.) had not been reviewed. And about the same time, I saw a Voce Spin on e-Bay sitting around for about $40 because the seller (and apparently the bidders?) didn't really seem to know anything much about it. I'm sure it went up eventually, but still. . . .it's one of those situations where you wish you didn't have one already, so you could take advantage of such a ridiculously good deal! I bought mine about 4 years ago used for about $275 when I couldn't travel with my Leslie, and I have to say that, given the quality and prices of the competition out there, I would buy it again for that price. I play a Rhodes, Hammond XB-2 and some assorted synths in a funk/jazz ensemble of 4-8 people. The organ is my primary keyboard, and the sound is very important to me. Like many organists, I'm very discriminating about getting "that sound" from my Hammond and leslie simulators -- but I also recognize that trying to do so is a little like trying to sound like an acoustic guitar with an electric guitar and an acoustic simulator pedal. So I'm not going to give any absolutes about whether this effect is good or bad, but my opinions should be clear from my descriptions above: It's no Lesie, but it's about 75% of the sound at 20% the price and 1% the weight, and taken together, those are better stats than all the competitors I can think of. My last comment is that this box is especially nice for guitarists for two reasons: (1) it has a dedicated guitar front input aside from the rear stereo connections; and (2) guitarists don't really need fakey tube pre-amps in their leslie box, because they have the real thing done well in their amps. I would make the same suggestion to keyboard players, by the way -- using a tube preamp into your straight ahead mixer/PA setup is going to sound much more sterile then pumping your leslie signal into a good tube amp (I used my blackface Fender Pro Reverb with good results). But that's another story. . . .




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