Step back in time

The VOX Continental was originally created by the Jennings Musical Instrument (JMI) company in 1962. JMI had been in the organ business since the ‘50s, mostly making home and church organs. There were a number of models all based on the Continental that were released with various feature differences. The Continental, Super Continental, Jaguar, Corinthian, Baroque and the 300 were the different models. The 300 was the most advanced with the equivalent of a Continental on the lower keyboard and an expanded Continental on the upper with different drawbars.

In about 1967 Tom Jennings was fired from his own company after a buyout. He then started up the Jennings Electronic Instruments (JEI) company and began making his own organs again. These organs were based on the Continental 300 but further expanded with more drawbars on the upper keyboard, and expanded percussion section, added Tremolo and spring reverb as well as some TONE presets.

The sound of the VOX organ caught on fast and it became a staple of the British invasion sound of the Animals, The Beatles, The Zombies and more. It was used heavily on classic songs such as The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun”, The Doors’ “Light my Fire”, Iron Buttterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” and many more. 

In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s the VOX regained prominence in New Wave music and the Two Tone ska movement with bands like Madness and Elvis Costello. It has made yet another comeback in the alt rock of the ‘90s and beyond with bands like Stereolab, the Horrors, Artic Monkeys, and Mondo Topless. 

Still a classic and in great demand, the prices of VOX organs have climbed in response to their limited availability. But our VOX Continental-V software brings this iconic instrument back to life, placing it within the reach of the modern musician with even the most modest budget.

Rebirth of Cool

We started by modeling the circuit designs of the classic and rare VOX Continental 300 dual-manual organ and captured every nuance of the original, right down to the key contact timing and background noises. This gives you all the smooth mellow tones and that cutting hard tone that the VOX was known for.

We didn’t stop there, however; we also acquired a rare Jennings J70, which Tom created after he left VOX. We then added a Jennings J70 mode to the voice engine. So you get not just one, but two ultra-rare organs with VOX Continental V.

And then in typical Arturia fashion we took the VOX way beyond what it has ever been able to do. We added an Extended mode that gives you a full complement of drawbars on both the upper and lower manuals, and then added a third tone drawbar based on what we think a VOX would sound like with a SAW wave as a base tone. With VOX Continental V you can create sounds the original organs could never have made.

This is all possible because of our TAE ® modeling technology, which recreates the analog circuitry of the manuals and pedals of the VOX in stunning detail. 

Effects that Affect

We included a number of effects that you can use to modify your sounds. VOX Continental V includes a collection of vintage stomp boxes that will distort, flange, delay and add all kinds of tones and textures to your sounds.

Feed the output either directly to the speakers or your DAW, or first run it through a classic guitar amp or Leslie speaker. The guitar amp has multiple cabinet and mic models so that you can simulate a great number of sounds, from a clean sound like The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” to the aggressive sounds of Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” and beyond.

We also added a convolution reverb that will give realistic reverb sounds based on the impulse responses of several classic spring reverbs.

All hands on board

With two keyboards and a set of bass pedals you might be asking yourself, “How am I going to control all of that?”

It’s simple: We added a set of panel switches that allow you fast and easy access to multiple play modes. There are three main methods:

  • Select the part you want directly with the UPPER, LOWER or BASS tabs.
  • Choose SPLIT mode, set your split points in the preferences and play each part from one keyboard.
  • The MULTI tab puts each part on its own MIDI channel, so you can switch from one to the other with your master keyboard or assign tracks on your DAW to particular parts.

One cool trick is to assign the mode tabs to external MIDI controls so you can switch between them during a live performance.

The VOX is alive, with the sound of music

VOX Continental V includes over 182 presets, and among them you will find a wealth of classic VOX sounds and some that are out of the ordinary but highly musical. (Did you know a VOX makes a great string ensemble?) And there are still more that are, shall we say, adventurous.

The Classic bank has sounds that will light your fire or make you cry at least 96 tears. By the time you get to the end of this bank you will say “I’m a believer!” Seriously, this bank is full of sounds that mimic the classics and more. We also have a bank where we’ve recreated the factory settings that were recommended in an original booklet for the VOX.

Then there are the Bizarre and FX banks if you’re looking for some trippy, psychedelic sounds. Far out, man.

And of course VOX Continental-V is designed so you can easily alter these sounds or make your own sounds as well.

SOUNDS

Audio Examples

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Preset browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

Platform specifications

  • Windows: Win 7+ (64bit) PC: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

VST 2.4
VST 3
AAX
AU
NKS

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center. You can learn more about it here.

Main Features

  • Physical Modeling of the VOX Continental 300.
  • Added models of the ultra rare Jennings J70.
  • Extended mode allows for more controls and more sound possibilities.
  • Includes classic stompbox-type modeled effects.
  • Modeled Guitar Tube Amp and Rotary Speaker outputs for vintage live sound.
  • Extensive MIDI mapping of pedals, effects and sound engine parameters.
  • Modeled amplifiers: *Fender Deluxe Reverb Blackface, Fender Twin Reverb Blackface, Fender Bassman, Marshall Plexi, Leslie Speaker.
  • Modeled microphones: *Shure SM57, Sennheiser MD 421, Neumann U 87.
  • Convolution reverb with custom classic spring reverbs.

Advanced Features

  • Dual manual VOX 300 emulation
  • Jennings J70 voice engine mode
  • Classic red/orange VOX skin or UK VOX/Jennings grey skin
  • Upper manual, lower manual and bass pedal sections
  • Complete MIDI mapping
  • Multiple output effects processors
  • Supports MIDI splits or independent channels per manual
  • Tight integration with Arturia Keylab MIDI Controller keyboards
  • VST, VST3, AU, AAX and standalone versions.
  • EXPANDED mode :
    • Adds a full compliment of drawbars for each harmonic
    • Adds a new waveform drawbar on each section
    • Vibrato, tremolo, reverb, overdrive and more effects
    • Leslie™ and guitar amp simulator outputs
    • Expanded percussion section with short and long decay times
  • OPEN mode :
    • Allows for individual tuning of each pitch like a real VOX
    • Increase or decrease the key contact timing (simulates older key contacts)
    • Switch between the VOX 300 circuit emulation and the updated Jennings J70 engine.
    • Increase or decrease the background noise bleed that older VOX/Jennings have.