Today Arturia released a software emulation of the sixties-era transistor-based combo organ, the VOX Continental 300, called (not surprisingly) VOX Continental-V .
Introduced in 1962, the VOX Continental, or ‘Connie’ as affectionately it became known, was originally designed as a portable keyboard to address the needs of touring musicians. Our readers will recognize the organ by its distinctive sound in The Animals’ ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ and ‘Light My Fire’ by The Doors. Although the VOX Continental was discontinued in the early 1970s, the organ and its distinctive sound show up in tunes by bands like Madness, Elvis Costello (in his Attractions incarnation), and Tom Petty.
The VOX Continental-V is modeled on a rare VOX Continental 300 dual-manual model, along with a Jennings J70 (the VOX organ predecessor). The dual-manual VOX Continental 300 emulation is complete with upper manual, lower manual, and bass pedal sections with independent channels per manual; multiple output effects processors with several popular effects, including Leslie and guitar amp simulator outputs; individual pitch tuning; alterable key contact timing; and authentic noise bleed control.
VOX Continental-V works as a plug-in with popular DAWs and is also available as AAX, AU, VST, and VST3 standalone versions for Mac (OS X 10.7.5 or higher) and PC (Windows 7 and 8). The software also integrates seamlessly with Arturia’s KeyLab professional MIDI keyboard controllers. You can listen to some tunes using VOX Continental-V on the Arturia website.
Pricing and Availability. VOX Continental-V is available for purchase as a software download for €99.00 EUR ($99.00 US) from the Arturia online store or as a boxed product for €119.00 EUR ($129.00 US) from the Arturia online store or authorized dealers. More information is on the Arturia website.