Birth of a legend

Before there were synthesizers and transistors, there was the unique sound of Hammond B3 tonewheels.

Laurens Hammond introduced the B3 and C3 tone wheel organs (distinguished only by their cabinets) in 1954 as an alternative to pipe organs, but it actually fueled a new era in gospel. Jimmy Smith brought it to secular attention as the centerpiece of his jazz organ trio, and legendary rockers like Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, John Lord and Billy Preston further propelled the sound into the spotlight.

The B3 has been used on countless recordings and almost every genre since and is still a fixture in studios the world over. Hammonds are most often run through rotary speakers invented by Don Leslie that took the idea of vibrato to a whole new dimension. We’ve faithful modeled both the organ and rotating speaker together just as they should be in the B-3 V.

The B-3V gives you the heavy sound of the original—without the heavy weight.

The real thing

The B-3 V recreates every aspect of the original classic with incredible realism.

The B-3 V’s namesake was electromechanical, employing a series of spinning tonewheels with adjacent pickups to produce flute-like tones in octaves and harmonics for each note. These could be variably mixed via a set of 9 drawbars per manual to achieve more robust additive timbres. In the B-3 V, we’ve meticulously modeled the individual components to achieve complete realism.

One of the things that distinguished the B3 from its earlier siblings was the percussion feature, which added a quickly decaying sound at either the second or third harmonic. This gave an edge to each key press that players across genres employed for extra punch and articulation, especially for solos. In the B-3V, we’ve faithfully modelled both the organ, rotating speaker, and "twin" guitar amp in gorgeous detail.

Another signature characteristic of the B3 was its unique modulation circuit that let you switch between three different depths of vibrato or three different intensities of chorus. Yep, we modelled that authentically as well. Vintage guitar effects, too? You bet.

The B-3 V recreates every component of the famous B3 sound to give you the most faithful software emulation you’ll find anywhere.

Custom mods you’ll love

Lots of organists have spent good money modifying their B3s. We’ve hot-rodded the B-3 V with new mods you won’t ever find in custom shops.

Voice Modulator

Many organists are constantly changing drawbar settings to add character to what can otherwise be a rather static timbre. We’ve taken that concept to the max by allowing you to automate drawbars via LFO, envelopes and even a step sequence. These open up a whole new sound dimension of additive synthesis sound design applied to organ roots. Create sharp attacks with lots of harmonics that morph into a softer sound, evolving atmospheric textures, or propelling rhythmic harmonics that shift in sync with your DAW tempo.

Analog Mod

With the B-3 V, you can tweak previously unavailable analog characteristics including tonewheel leakage, drawbar leakage, key click volume and more. Variable preamp drive before your master gain stage allows you to dial in how clean or dirty you want your sound, just like a guitar amp. We’ve even added an envelope to let you shape attack and release, letting you easily cross over in the realm of pipe organs and string machines unlike you’ve ever heard before.

The B-3 V takes you way beyond stock possibilities to boldly go where no organ has gone before.

Some things were meant to be together

B-3 V 2 comes complete with every creative effect that’s ever been applied to an organ—plus some that haven’t until now.

Rotary speaker

You’ll rarely see a B3 in the wild without a rotating speaker designed by Don Leslie. Consisting of a rotating drum for lower frequencies and rotating horns for high frequencies, it delivers a much heavier effect than vibrato due to its Doppler pitch-changing characteristic. Key to the sound is the ballistics of how the drum and horns accelerate and decelerate between the slow and fast speed setting —another thing samples just can’t fully capture.

We’ve authentically modelled both the closed and open cabinet versions, and added separate speed and acceleration controls for drum and horn, drum/horn balance, and mic placement, giving you unprecedented customization. You can easily map the essential rotary speaker Stop/Run and Slow/Fast switches to a footswitch or other controller of your choice.

Convolution reverb

The B-3 V also comes with its own built-in convolution reverb. Choose from dozens of incredible performance spaces, different spring reverbs based on Impulse Responses based on vintage amps and gear —plus some cool ones you may have never heard of— to place your tonewheel sounds in just the right space.

Guitar amp

If you want to add some grit and drive to your sound, a classic combo used by many rock and funk acts is now yours to explore, all within the instrument. Our gorgeously modelled "twin" guitar amp will help your organ sound cut through even the busiest mixes, with a girthy, bright tone that defined hit after hit.

Effect pedals

Fire up the built-in set of classic effect pedals including chorus, delay, phaser and flanger to bring additional character, animation and spaciousness to your sound. When it’s really time to rock, you’ll love kicking in the overdrive pedal for as much crunch as you need—with a nod to Jon Lord of Deep Purple fame. All of your effect settings are saved right with your presets for instant recall.

The rotary speaker and other built-in effects let you easily texture your organ sounds to make just the unique statement you want to make.

Pro sound all around

The B-3 V will be right at home in just about any musical style you play—from rock, prog and reggae to jazz, blues and R&B, right through to today’s dance bass lines.

We’ve invited top programmers and sound designers to set you up with all the presets you need for the definitive classic sounds across all those genres, plus get you started exploring the new creative options.

Without the Leslie

With the Leslie

With Voice Modulator

Carried Away

Whether you’re soloing or holding down the bedrock, the B-3 V is packed with world-class sounds that bring the sonic authority of the monarch of organs to your music.

In-App Tutorials

Integrated in-app tutorials guide you through every aspect of the instrument, from individual parameters to tips from our sound designers, so you can focus on the creative stuff. It shouldn't be this easy, but it is!

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DAW ready

Our virtual instruments and plugins are designed to fit right into your setup without hassle. Whatever your style, you can explore sound while enjoying full compatibility with major DAWS, on both Windows and MacOS.

Preset browser

Instantly find the sound that’s in your head with intelligent & streamlined preset browsing. Search with keywords, explore by instrument type, musical style, and more - you can even save your favorites to quickly recall later.

Resizable GUI

Whether you want the full visual immersion of our classic instrument emulations, or to save precious screen real estate, the interfaces for all of your Arturia virtual instruments can be resized to a scale that suits you.

Perfect integration

Instruments come seamlessly mapped for the Arturia KeyLab range - but they’ll place nice with other MIDI controllers too. Instant sound tweaking macros, easy DAW integration, and standalone operation.

Platform specifications

  • Windows: Win 8.1+ (64bit) PC: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
    2GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Apple: 10.13+: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
    2GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

VST 2.4
VST 3
AAX
AU
NKS

Protection

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Main Features

  • Physical Modeling Engine (no samples)
  • Dual manual Interface
  • Each manual has separate MIDI channel preferences
  • 9 Drawbars per manual
  • 3 modeled chorus and vibrato settings
  • Separate upper and lower ON/OFF
  • Preamp drive
  • Modeled rotary speaker emulator
  • Advanced controls for adjusting the model
  • Convolution based Reverb
  • Traditional Leslie performance controls
  • Swell pedal
  • Percussion controls
    • On/off
    • Volume soft/normal
    • Slow/Fast decay
    • Harmonic selection
  • Output effects where you can change the order
    • Volume, wah, auto-wah
    • Flanger
    • Compressor
    • Chorus
    • Analog Delay
  • New Advanced Drawbar modulators
    • LFO’s with multiple waveforms and phase
    • Multipoint envelopes
    • Step sequencer
    • Drawbar destinations with positive and negative amount controls
  • Physical model engine parameters
    • Drawbar leakage
    • Tonewheel leakage
    • Brilliance
    • Background noise
    • Polyphonic Percussion
    • Key click volume
    • Attack and release controls
  • 50 factory presets
  • Easy to use MIDI mapping