May 01, 2000 - Native Instruments, the market leader in software-based
musical instruments, unveiled their latest product for the virtual studio at
the international music show in Frankfurt (Germany). The B4 is a VST-based
tonewheel organ combo, completely capturing the sound of the classic B3
organ and rotating speaker.
As with the successful Pro-Five VST virtual analog synthesizer, the Native
Instruments B4 takes the popular tonewheel organ into new territory. Added
flexibility in sound generation and seamless integration into the recording
environment make this possibly the best organ since the original.
The Native Instruments Synthesis Research Lab carried out a painstaking
analysis of the electro-mechanical sound generation and tube circuitry of
the best organ and speaker cabinet combinations. The resulting software
model, based on the same NSP-technology as NI's award-winning Reaktor
modular system, produces sound virtually indistinguishable from the original
hardware. The flexibility of advanced software modeling makes possible a new
degree of realism. Unlike a sample-based instrument, the NI B4 accurately
models such subtle details as harmonic foldback, drawbar crosstalk and
loudness robbing. The result is a warm and powerful sound over the entire
range of the keyboard, complete with the subtle tonal shades that improve
both playability and musicality.
The B4 is capable of all the variations one expects from this type of organ,
and is suitable for any flavor of music, be it Rock, Jazz, Trip Hop or
House. A "rear panel" gives access to numerous adjustment parameters, which
allow the sound to be tailored for particular applications.
- 91 tonewheels
- 9 drawbars per manual
- 2 manuals and pedal keyboard
- scanner vibrato/chorus
- percussion on any harmonic
- keyclick (adjustable)
- tube distortion sound
- rotary speaker
- many parameters for fine tuning the sound
For use with any VST 2.0 compatible sequencer on Macintosh or Windows.
With an attractive and easy-to-use graphical user interface, this promises
to be another must-have for anybody producing music on the computer.
Tonewheels have never been this portable or this affordable.