releases VB3 VB3 has released VB3, a virtual tonewheel organ which simulates an american electromagnetic organ of the old days, but it’s also capable of other simulations like the italian transistor organs of the seventies or the red-tolex organs played by famous pop bands of the sixties.

VB3 is a complete rewrite of ORGANized trio.

New features

  • Complete Polyphony with virtual 91 modeled tonewheels generator
  • New and very efficient Rotary Speaker simulation
  • Spring reverb simulation
  • Tube preamp and distortion
  • Low CPU and memory usage
  • Nine key contacts simulation
  • String Bass

VB3 uses a “virtual tonewheel generator” which constantly plays 91 waveforms, modeled after an accurate examination of actual electromagnetic organ’s output signals, and digitally reproduced with the help of mathematical formulas and computations. All the sound it produces is 100% calculated in real-time and no samples are used.

VB3 is available at the introductory price of 39 EUR until 31st August 2007 (normal price is 49 EUR).

A demo is available for download (limitations: shows a nag screen and is muted for the first 15 seconds, then plays a white noise for 3 seconds every 30).

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  • Here’s a nice review by Lightninrick @ KVR.

    The VB3 VSTi, the latest tonewheel organ emulation by the maker of the well-regarded shareware organ ORGANized Trio, has been available for about 2 weeks. I downloaded the demo 1.0 version a couple of days ago, and found the sound to be outstanding–MUCH better than ORGANized Trio, and competitive with Linplug’s much more expensive Organ 3. The rotating speaker emulation is particularly well done.

    This instrument emulates the basic tone engine of a Hammond B3 in that it uses 91 tone generators. CPU usage on my AMD Athlon x2 4800+ machine is moderate, at about 8% of CPU with a 3-note chord playing. The sound is physically modeled, as I understand it, not based on samples, and it’s possible to use the drawbars to modify tones in the same way that a physical drawbar organ would. The developer provides the MIDI CCs codes necessary for this in the instructions, so any controller with assignable drawbars or rotary controls could be used for this purpose.

    In my experience, the developer is very responsive to feedback. I found a bug under Sonar 5.2, where the notes-off function would not work when playback was stopped, meaning that notes in play when playback was stopped sounded indefinitely. I notifed the developer, and he posted version 1.1 with a fix for this problem within about a day. I’ve since purchased the plugin.

    At its current price of 39 Euros, VB3 offers a lot of value for money. It even comes with tone sets for Farfisa and Vox organ emulations. One thing it lacks compared to NI’s B4 is hundreds of pre-packaged presets. I imagine that these will be coming soon from the many users this instrument is sure to attract.

    Summary: If you’ve been waiting for a really good B3 emulation for well under $US 100, it’s here.

  • Albert Calderon

    I am planning on purchasing the VB3, but apparently it is made in Europe. The price is Euro 49,00. I have no idea what this is US currency. When purchasing it do they covert it for you so you konw what the cost is. Hos do I find out?

    Albert C.

  • Hi Albert,
    Payment is by PayPal. If you complete the transaction you’ll find the current conversion rate.

    PayPal Conversion Rate as of 30 Jan. 2008: 1 U.S. Dollar = 0,659345 Euros

    So today VB3 would cost about 75 USD.

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