12th January 2012
The source of the Sapphire 60 organ is the Hohner Symphonic 30N combo – a small organ, which was famous for its mean and unique sound mostly used in sixties beat music. A decade later Led Zeppelin used the organ during its 1972/73 UK tour. It is a four octave mobile organ with 8 registers: two of the 16", four of the 8" and two of the 4" octaves – each of them switchable. There are switches for vibrato and brilliance. Instead of transistors the organ used glass tubes. A review of the organ from the sixties says: "The build quality is top notch […] it can shock the living piss out of you if you’re used to working with solid state circuitry".
Sapphire 60 is versatile and suited for loads of music genres such as British rock, reggae, ska, pop and even score-music.
All of the eight registers were recorded in steps of 3 semitones. In contrast to the original organ concept which allows only to switch the register on or off each register can now be mixed in separately via faders. Besides that two different kinds of vibrato are provided, a rotary speaker FX, a distortion and a cabinet simulation. There is a button to control the amount of delay and reverb as well as buttons to save (and reload) the whole setting of the organ.
To get quick access to the abilities of the Sapphire 60, Cinematique Instruments has provided some presets which cover a wide range of sounds.