Martinic Scanner Vibrato Recreates Electromechanical Organ Effects

Scanner Vibrato is a virtual effect plug-in, for Mac & Windows, that aims to recreate the scanner-vibrato effect from a well-known tonewheel organ.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

The original scanner-vibrato was developed in the 1940s, and was an analog, electromechanical device, consisting of an analog delay line and a mechanical rotor (“scanner”). The rotor was driven by the organ’s internal motor, and therefore its rate was fixed at about 6.9 Hz. The original scanner-vibrato could produce both chorus and vibrato effects, and it offered three depth presets.

Martinic Scanner Vibrato is modelled closely on the original scanner-vibrato, so it offers the same features (and flaws), perfectly preserving the character of the original effect. However, Scanner Vibrato is more flexible; you can adjust the rate, depth, and even stereo width. And best of all, you can apply

Audio Demos:


Electric Piano:


Pricing and Availability

Scanner Vibrato is available now for $39.00 / €37.05. A 30-day demo is available.

via Stuart Perry

5 thoughts on “Martinic Scanner Vibrato Recreates Electromechanical Organ Effects

  1. I have many Leslie emulations and none of them capture the real thing. Not even the one on my Hammond XK-3. This one is no better.

    1. All Thumbs, this is not a Leslie simulator. It’s a recreation of the vibrato system Hammond developed for their organs. On a B-3 clone it would be the 3 degrees of vibrato and chorus vibrato. The question if whether they included the slow-scan celeste of the H models and also the X-66.

      1. We modelled Scanner Vibrato on a Hammond B3. However, you can change the rate, depth, and chorus/vibrato mix, so I would think you should be able to tweak it to sound not unlike some of the other models.

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