Arturia Intros Vox Continental-V Virtual Organ

vox-continentalMusikmesse 2014: Arturia today introduced VOX Continental-V, a new virtual instrument for Mac & Windows that recreates the sound of the classic Vox Continental 300.

The Vox Continental 300 transistor-based organ was used on some of the most famous songs of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond. It was prominently featured on many hit records of the time, including The Animals’ House Of The Rising Sun in 1964 and, a little later, Light My Fire by The Doors. It also featured prominently in The Beatle’s 1965 performance at New York’s Shea Stadium. Continue reading

Galileo Organ For iPad Now Available

galileo-organ-ipadYonac Software has released Galileo, a tonewheel and transistor organ emulator for the iPad and iPad Mini.

Galileo offers eleven unique organ types,  three manuals, scanner vibrato/chorus emulation, percussion module, and settable organ parameters such as leakage, keyclick, attack & release, and more.

“We aimed to design a versatile, tweakable organ that can reproduce the sounds in Jazz, Rock, Gospel and Reggae classics, yet also allow a lot of room for customization and new sounds,” says Galileo engineer Jim Yonac. “We invested a lot of time into modeling the core components of the ‘Organ Sounds’, like in our new rotary cabinet simulator and our virtual-tube ‘Class A’ inspired preamp.”

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Using A Hammond B3 To Send Coded Messages By Ham Radio

Here’s something Jimmy Smith never tried – using a Hammond B3 organ to send coded message via HAM radio.

Forrest Cook developed Tonewriter – an experimental system that uses an Arduino and a Hammond B3 organ to encode text as a series of audio tones. The messages can then be displayed on a spectrogram – used by ham radio operators to visualize the audio that is received by a radio receiver.  Continue reading

Nord C2 Owners Get Free B3 Organ

Nord has released a free update for the Nord C2 that gives it everything from the C2D Organ but the drawbars.

New Features:

  • New Rotary Speaker simulations of a vintage 122 unit with a new Drive.
  • Redesigned B3 Key Click simulation
  • Improved B3 Percussion when playing near legato
  • Improved B3 bass response
  • Additional sounds settings for Key Bounce, Rotary Horn/Bass Balance and Key Click Level.

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Controlling A 4-Story Pipe Organ WIth The Kinect

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Developer/producer Chris Vik explains a new work, Carpe Zythum, in which he uses a Microsoft Kinect to conduct a MIDI performance:

I’ve created my own software “Kinectar“, which allows the use of the Kinect to control MIDI devices, ie. playing notes through simple gestures and motion.

The Melbourne Town Hall Organ got a referb in the late 90s adding the ability of MIDI messages to active the notes… and so, this happened.

The Kinectar Performance Platform is a toolkit that allows you to use your Microsoft Kinect sensor as a fully-fledged MIDI controller.

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