B4 Organ II

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B4 Organ II
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B4 Organ v2.0.0.007
Developer(s) Native Instruments
Initial release 2000; 14 years ago (2000)
Stable release 2 / November 18, 2005; 8 years ago (2005-11-18)[1]
Operating system Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
Size 50MB
Type Software synthesizer
Website B4 II Native Instruments

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The B4 Organ II is a discontinued commercial, proprietary software synthesizer made by Native Instruments. The software runs as a stand-alone executable, or as a VST, DXi, or RTAS plugin in a Digital audio workstation. The software is an example of a "Clonewheel organ", an attempt at recreating the sound of an Hammond organ using software synthesis.

Overview[edit]

The synthesizer is an emulator of the Hammond B3 organ,[2] also including emulators of the Vox continental, Farfisa organ, and Harmonium. The software allows fully customisable MIDI controls.[3] The virtual instrument features a Leslie speaker simulation (with variable settings for rotor speed, acceleration, etc.) on the Hammond model presets.

Features[edit]

B4 II includes extensive options allowing the user to shape the sound of the instrument. Full organ drawbars for the upper, lower, and pedal manuals are available. Amplifier and cabinet simulation allow the user to further tweak the sound, recreating famous jazz and rock organs. Percussion, key click, drive, and vibrato are among the other features emulated.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NI releases B4 II demo version". KVR Audio. 2005-11-18. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Native Instruments B4". Vintage Synth Explorer. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  3. ^ Magnus, Nick (January 2006). "Native Instruments B4 II". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 2009-07-13.