Tiny House Hides A Massive Pipe Organ

home-with-a-huge-organIn Grand Rapids, Michigan, $129,900 not only buys you a cute one-bedroom home with a nice kitchen & hardwood floors – but they throw in a three-manual, 32-rank, 2,300-pipe organ with a three-manual console.

Keyboard Magazine contacted Michigan Hammond B-3 organ player Jim Alfredson and he visited the house to check this thing out.

Alfredson found that the listing was legit – and he had a chance to shoot some video in the house and to try out the pipe organ: Continue reading

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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