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GSi updates VB3 to v1.2.2 (+ Mac release)

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GSi (formerly has released version 1.2.2 of VB3, a virtual tonewheel organ instrument for Windows and Mac.

Changes in VB3 v1.2.2

  • VB3 is now available for MAC OSX in VST and AU format.
  • New Spring Reverb algorithm derived from GSi Type4.
  • The code has been enormously optimized and the CPU load is amost halved.
  • Fixed bugs with some hosts (Sonar, Tracktion3, Receptor) that caused a crash when loading VB3.
  • Added option “Output Level” with 5 different levels. Use this to prevent VB3 from generating audio
    clips at high dynamics.
  • Rotary speaker simualtor: improved control over rotors speeds; improved algorithm “Jazz 122″.
  • Keyclick: improved and optimized.
  • Percussion: added the missing high-pass filter that gives it more punch and enforces the attack.
  • Organ sound: the leakage factor, the whole balance between lows and highs and the background noise have been noticeably improved.
  • Functionality: no more need to recompute the internal wavetables when the plugin is set in standby by the host; improved the stereo widening algorithm.
  • Many other things have changed internally that can’t be explained in few words, but your fine ears will be able to notice the difference with previous versions.

Notes for the Mac version:
VB3 is known to function properly in Apple Logic, Ableton Live, Cubase 4, EnergyXT2, RAX, GarageBand and in many other VST and/or AU hosts. There is a known and unresolved (yet) incompatibility with MOTU Digital Performer. There’s no guarantee for it to function in ProTools (via its VST-to-RTAS wrapper).

VB3 is available for 49 EUR. A demo version can be downloaded here.

Visit GSi for more information and audio demos. updates VB3 to v1.2.1

Related: , , , , , Posted in news on Jun 30, 2008 - comment 0 comments VB3 has released version 1.2.1 of VB3, a virtual tonewheel organ instrument for Windows PC.

Changes in VB3 v1.2.1

  • All Rotary Speaker simulations have been revised, with special new algorithms for Rock 147, Rock 122 and Jazz 122.
  • Added a Tone Cabinet simulation (stationary speaker).
  • Added one more organ model: Type B.
  • Added one more Wind Noise level.
  • Added one more Background Hum level.
  • Improved the keyclick: the attack is now more defined and the click noise is properly scaled.
  • Modeled waveforms are now 8x longer, resulting in more precise loop points and more defined tone.
  • Organ Type A was too low on volume: fixed.
  • Drawbar Set A 16′ was not working properly: fixed.

VB3 is available as a VST plug-in for Windows PC for €49 EUR.

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MidiKarval releases VB3 Controller

MidiKarval VB3 Controller

MidiKarval has released VB3 Controller, a midi processor for controlling’s VB3 synth.

VB3 Controller features

  • Controller: control the VB3’s five drawbar sets (upper manual A and B sets, lower manual A and B sets, and pedals) from a single set of nine physical drawbars (sliders or knobs) using a midi controller keyboard.
  • Inverted Keys: on the original tonewheel organ that VB3 emulates, the bottom octave notes have reverse color keys (“inverted keys”) that call up preset sounds. VB3 and separately VB3 Controller mimics this use of note keys to provide the player with presets.
  • Alternative Presets: provide 6 banks (2 banks in the demo version) of 18 presets each (9 for the upper manual drawbars and 9 for the lower manual drawbars). Each preset can be called up by pressing one of the keys (C# to A keys) of your midi keyboard(s) “inverted octave” and shows the relevant drawbar positions on VB3, plus you can also temporarily change these preset drawbar settings. (The bottom C key is cancel sound or mute).
  • Split Mode: reserve the bottom two octaves of your 5 octaves midi keyboard(s) for playing the VB3 pedalboard.
  • Programs Section: store your favourite VB3 Controller’s settings in one of the 10 re-namable programs for future use.

VB3 Controller is available as a VST instrument for Windows PC and costs 10 EUR. A fully functional demo is available for download (15 minute limit per session).

Visit MidiKarval for more information. updates VB3 to v1.2

Related: , , , , , Posted in news on Apr 28, 2008 - comment 0 comments VB3 has released version 1.2 of VB3, a virtual tonewheel organ instrument plug-in for Windows PC.

New in VB3 v1.2

  • Two different organ models.
  • Adjustable global tuning.
  • Foldback on 16″ deactivable.
  • Full “inverted octave” presets.
  • Adjustable global Percussion Level, global Percussion Decay, Vibrato Scanner depth.
  • Electronic vibrato simulation when Sets F or V are selected.
  • Separated Upper and Lower V/C tablets with smooth switching.
  • Five different rotary speaker algorithms with adjustable “character”.
  • Easy MIDI Learn function.
  • Up to four separated outputs.
  • Upper and Lower manuals SPLIT with adjustable split point.
  • Upper and Lower manuals octave transposers.
  • Many improvements. VB3 is available for Windows PC and costs 49 EUR.

Visit for more information, audio demos and a link to download a demo of VB3. updates VB3 to v1.1

Related: , , , , , Posted in news on Oct 29, 2007 - comment 0 comments VB3 has released version 1.1 of VB3, a virtual tonewheel organ instrument plug-in for Windows PC.

Improvements in v1.1

  • New: Two separate sets of drawbars per manual.
  • New: Nine key contacts simulation.
  • Improved: Rotary Speaker simulation.
  • Improved: New Vibrato/Scanner simulation, 100% faithful to the original.
  • Improved: New approach to tube overdrive simulation.
  • Low CPU consumption.
  • Many more improvements.

The new version also includes an FX version, which will let you use the internal effects for processing external audio. VB3 is available for Windows PC and costs 49 EUR.

Visit for more information, audio demos and a link to download a demo of VB3. releases VB3

Related: , , , , , Posted in news on Jun 14, 2007 - comment 3 comments 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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NuBi NuBi LE and Spinner LE updated

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NuBi NuBi LE v1.1.0
NuBi Spinner LE v1.0.0

NuBi has released NuBi LE v1.1.0 and Spinner LE v1.0.0.

NuBi LE is a a Drawbar Organ clone and Spinner LE is a two-band rotary chorus (“leslie simulation”).

Changes to NuBi LE

  • Added true tonewheel foldback (was frequency only previously)
  • Moved Perc Enable MIDI CC from #66 (sustain pedal) to #21
  • Added presets: “Acc Bass” and extra scratch pad (now 32 presets)

Visit the NuBi website for more information and a link to download the package containing both NuBi LE and Spinner LE.

NuBi LE updated to v1.8

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NuBi LE freeware drawbar organ VSTi

NuBi LE has been updated to version 1.8. NuBi LE is a freeware drawbar organ clone with pure-virtual tonewheels.

Updated v1.0 -> v1.8

  • Not responding properly to MIDI program change messages
  • Revise parameter setting code
  • Program changes not “completed” in hosts that issued AllNotesOff before issuing a program change message
  • “NuBiLE” reported as “ToneWhls”
  • Add OutTrim Config Item
  • Alternate MIDI channel input not handled correctly
  • Changes to Presets were not reflected when project was saved
  • The tuning CC (06) was being used improperly – it is now disabled
  • “ToneWhls” was displayed in the mixer – even for NuBi LE
  • revise GUI with new control elements
  • add CCMap.JPG to distribution ( MIDI CC# map over GUI image )
  • revise mix control for smoother transition to mid point

For more information and a link to download NuBi LE visit If you donate $22 or more you will receive the latest copy of Spinner (a two-band rotary chorus VST effect) for free.