Cherry Audio has announced the release of its first sample-based electro-acoustic virtual instrument. Modeled after the rare and revered 1964 Wurlitzer 140B, Wurlybird 140B promises unparalleled sound quality and authenticity for musicians and producers alike.

The Wurly electric piano is a staple in the annals of rock and pop music, with its rich “bark” and organic timbre gracing countless hits over the decades. Artists such as Ray Charles, Queen, and Supertramp have immortalized its sound, while contemporary musicians like Beck and Billie Eilish continue to celebrate its timeless appeal. Despite the popularity of the later and often-emulated 200 series, many dedicated Wurly enthusiasts consider the 140B the crown jewel of the family, lauded for its superior action and tone quality.

Cherry Audio’s Wurlybird 140B is the culmination of meticulous sampling and expert craftsmanship. Renowned sound designer and sample programmer Mike Martin has meticulously captured every nuance of the professionally restored 140B keyboard owned by keyboardist and songwriter Tom Hammer. The result is a plugin offering an ultra-realistic response, including subtle randomization of key release and pedal sounds, precision modeling of the original preamp, and faithfully emulated vibrato/tremolo.

Available for Windows and Mac as standalone software and in VST/VST3, AU and AAX plugin formats, Wurlybird 140B is priced $39 USD at Plugin Boutique and at the Cherry Audio store.