Wurli V

Soulful electric bite

The cool, characterful and funk-infused keys of the Wurlitzer electric piano resounds through countless famous tracks. With next generation physical modeling, Wurli V brings this irresistible and evocative sound to your DAW in all its electric glory - and then some.

Mellow
Funk maestro

The Wurlitzer electro-mechanical piano has an undeniably original sound, carrying classics from the Doors and the Stones to Aretha Franklin and Supertramp. Its electrified sound can be spotted from a mile-off, delivering an effortless funk and groove attitude.

Our exclusive physical modeling technology, Phi®, renders every detail of this classic electric piano - the reeds, the pickups, the preamp and output circuit. Transport an authentic and animated Wurli to the DAW, studio or stage - for a warm, gravelly and melodious piano sound that is like-for-like with the original.

Dynamic Detail

The original Wurli won over acoustic pianists with its huge dynamic range. Physical modeling puts every single dB of it beneath your fingers.

Wurli Wonderland

Channel the classic Wurli models or launch into otherworldly soundscapes. With Wurli V, inject the flavor of the ’60s and ’70s into the songs of tomorrow.

Studio-grade effects

Wurli V’s prominent sound doesn’t stop at authentic modeling. With a vast effects array and advanced settings, augment and customize a sound to fit your mood and FX fantasies.

Lightweight emulation

Not only is Wurli V a faithful recreation for producers and keyboardists alike, but your computer will love that it’s highly CPU-efficient.

Groove
That moves

Wurli V covers a broad stylistic range with a sound that breathes character and soulful electric expressivity.

0ct0pu5

( Jonathan Leonard)

A dreamy new-age track showcasing the smoothness of the Wurli V3.

Durty Wurly Jam

( Jerry Kovarsky)

Funky, syncopated jam using several instances and playing styles on the Wurli V3.

Keytarsky Groove

( Jerry Kovarsky)

A groovy track using various timbres and settings of the Wurli V3 models.

Neo Soul Mood

( Jerry Kovarsky)

An ultra smooth neo-soul tune using the Wurli V3.

Stay With Moi

( Jerry Kovarsky)

Classic rock/blues Wurli V3 track, with a slightly overdriven sound.

The Rambler

( Josh Fielstra)

Rambling down Wurli lane, showcasing the Wurli V3 models.

Electro-mechanical
Prestige

The Wurlitzer was more than an instant hit, giving voice to a southern soul spirit and funk essence that took 60’s & 70’s pop music by storm. From Booker T & the MG’s to Queen, its sound was far from unheard.

Wurli V faithfully reproduces the model 200; the most popular and enduring from the Wurlitzer lineup. Compact, portable, stable, and stackable, it got close enough to the dynamic range of an acoustic piano while adding some electro-mechanical might that matched the guitars - giving players a great sounding keyboard they could carry from gig to gig.

Learn more

The Wurly traces its ancestry to the Storytone, an upright piano in which inventor Benjamin Miessner replaced the soundboard with electrostatic pickups and an amplified speaker system. A masterpiece of engineering and Art Deco design, it wowed crowds at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. In the 1950s, Miessner worked on what would become the Wurlitzer.

The goal was to create a piano that was easier to move and that stayed in tune when you moved it. Miessner hit upon the solution of using flat metal reeds instead of strings. The smaller the reed, the higher the pitch, and they were much more pitch-stable than strings. To preserve the feel and dynamic range that would make pianists feel at home, the Wurlitzer used an action very close to a grand piano in terms of its components and geometry.

The first production model was the 100 in 1954. This was succeeded by a number of 100-series models including the 112 (played by Ray Charles on “What’d I Say”), the 120 (first with tremolo), and 140 (first with a solid-state amplifier). The model 200/200A however, with its lightweight plastic housing, became the applauded edition - lasting from 1968 all the way to 1984.

The Wurlitzer is often considered the “other” electric piano next to a make that used tines instead of reeds. But the more clarinet-like harmonics and compactness edge of the Wurlitzer has earned it plenty of loyal fans, which in addition to those mentioned, include Pink Floyd, The Small Faces, Three Dog Night, Josef Zawinul, Norah Jones, Alan Parsons, and of course Stevie Wonder. Wurli V will inspire you like the hardware inspired them.

Simplicity
Elevated

By definition, an electric piano doesn’t need a lot of controls. But it goes hand in hand with effects and an amp. Wurli V’s main interface has it all, as well as offering unique ways to modify and morph its sound and feel.

Modeled vibrato

Mellow the sound and create some stylistic wobble by dialing-in vibrato (it's actually tremolo).

Pedal rig

16 effects profiles to choose from to modify and morph Wurli V, from spatial effects, distortions and dynamics to sound-widening modulations.

Preset palette

Discover gratifying Wurli moods out-of-the-box with a curated selection of presets - from clean and cool keys to amped vibrato flows.

The advanced panel

Access a range of instrument, envelope and output settings for further refinement, customisation and personalized detail.

A closer
look

Zoom in on the quick-fire workflow of Wurli V’s interface, from tonality adjustments to hard-hitting hammer effects.

Designed
to be elevated

Go from raw and unrefined to completely customized at the touch of a button. Wurli V’s Advanced panel and pedal rig lets you dive deep into your favorite FX, velocity response, unique tuning options and instrument variations to create a one-of-a-kind Wurli sound.

Advanced View
Effects View

Reach beyond the veil of Wurli V and make a range of tweaks; from tuning, timbre shift and envelope settings to output stage adjustments and key release noise.

Make subtle or sweeping modifications to Wurli V’s sound with 4 FX slots and 16 FX types. Choose your room profile, add some echo or turn-up vintage charm by combining Chorus and Twin Amp FX.

Preset
library

Enjoy an expertly-crafted selection of 64 presets, from crisp and vibrant chords to fringe, effect-laden tones.

Classic

Default 200

Model 200 with moderated first harmonic default.

Give It A Wurl

The Movement Macro controls a reverb effect that might be used similarly to how a guitarist might use a reverse effect.

Mellow 200

A straightforward, kind of dark 200 Wurli.

Creative

Dirty Flanged

Slightly crunchy, dirty Wurli with a lot of flange.

Got A Little Kick

Long sustain, multi-purpose creative Wurli.

Spin Me Round

Leslie loves Wurli V3.

Tribute

Interstellar Friend

Interpersonal relationships with inner and outer space, on Wurli V3.

It Is On

George Duke's "It's On" on Wurli V3.

Magic Pendant

A tribute to the atmospheric Wurli heard in Air's "Talisman."

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PressClippings

  • Sonic Scoop

    On Wurli V

    “Compared to any other Wurli emulation out there, this is the most flexible and usable of them all. Wurlitzer V from Arturia is an inspiring, gritty, and fully realized Wurlitzer Model 200A inside your computer. If you can rock the Wurli it’s completely worth the asking price.”

  • Keyboard US

    On Wurli V

    “Gargantuan selection of classic and modern Wurlitzer sounds. Huge array of effects and tone-shaping controls.”

Included in
V collection

Legendary Keyboards Reinvented

This instrument is also part of the V Collection -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

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The features
you need

  • 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!

  • ASC

    Arturia Software Center lets you download, organize, and update all of your Arturia software titles in one place, as well as manage all of your licenses across multiple devices. Keep it simple.

  • 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.

True Analog Emulation

TAE® "True Analog Emulation" is Arturia's exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence.

Physical Modeling

Not all keyboard legends use circuits and analog components. To reproduce the incredible acoustic and electro-acoustic instruments found within V Collection, Arturia used state-of-the-art physical modeling technology. By analyzing how each instrument creates its own unique sound, our engineers use advanced mathematical algorithms that recreate every aspect of the original.

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Main Features

Enhanced model of the classic Wurli piano utilizing advanced Phi® physical modeling.

4 models represented: 200, 200 Bass, 200a, 200a Bass

Modeled EQ, Tremolo and Output Stage

Variety of presets to choose from reflecting the range of voicing possibilities.

Effects pedal rig with 4 slots and 16 FX profiles, including Twin AMP FX (Fender Twin or Leslie) and room ambiance selection.

Advanced velocity curve editor and instrument, output, acoustics and mechanical tuning options.

  • Age option to apply detune
  • Choose model and output type

Over 50 factory presets

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Win 10+ (64bit)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • ARM processors not supported on Windows

Required configuration

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

Apple

  • Mac OS 11+
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Work with ASC

  • An elegant and simple solution to help you install, activate, and update your Arturia software instruments.

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