Genuine Soundware and Instruments has introduced a new physical modeled instrument that emulation the sounds of the Hohner Clavinet D6 electromechanical keyboard instrument.

The Model D6 incorporates the same sound engine used in GSi’s hardware Gemini module, which is also used in the Mojo 61 and Seven keyboards from Crumar. It also comes with effects including wah-wah, amp simulator with overdrive, phaser, delay and reverb.

It was back in the fifties when German inventor Ernst Zacharias invented one of the funkiest keyboards of all times. At first the intention was to make a portable version of a harpsichord, but it soon turned into one of the most used keyboards in rock and pop music. You will certainly recognize it in the famous pop song “Superstition”, and in many other funky tunes of the seventies. Many police and investigation story movies and TV shows of the 70’s and the early 80’s had music themes based on funky accompaniments made with the D6, a slap bass and drums.

This instrument can reproduce the sound of an electric guitar and can be treated with the same effects used by guitarists (wah-wah, distortion, phaser, chorus, etc.) for both rhythmic and melodic textures, since it is actually based on a set of 60 strings and two humbucker pickups very similar to those used in electric guitars.

Model D6 for Windows and macOS (VST/VST3, AU and standAlone) is priced 50 EUR ex. VAT where applicable. Owners of the ZD6 can get the Model D6 for 35 EUR + VAT. The iOS/AUv3 version is available from the App Store for $19.99 USD.

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