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Monarch of electronic organs, the rich sounding B3 has been a staple of jazz, gospel, rock, reggae and R&B—not to mention pro studios everywhere—for over a half century. Its electromagnetic tonewheel design gave it a beefy quality not found on later transistor organs. Our faithful homage includes an authentic rotary speaker and an array of stomp boxes, plus inspiring updates like analog circuit mods and drawbar modulation for new animated and syncopated effects.
The B-3 V gives you the sound of undisputed organ royalty—roadies not required.
No other organ captured the hearts of keyboardists, spanning so many genres and years. It had the subtlety for jazz at the hands of artists like Jimmy Smith, Joey Defrancesco and John Medeski. It had the grace for gospel, as demonstrated by Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark and Cory Henry. It had the energy to drive the reggae behind the likes of Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff, and the soul of James Brown and Sly Stone. Most visibly, it had the raw power to hold its own in a rock world as diverse as ELP, Santana, Yes, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, The Allman Brothers, and Blood, Sweet and Tears.
Whether you're playing solo, in a group, or in a mix, Arturia's B-3 V lets you cover the organ parts for any genre using the sound and feel of the real thing.
There are organs and there are B3s. Then there are B3 emulations and Arturia's B-3 V. Where most other attempts are based on samples that only capture some of the qualities, we created the B-3V using the same critically acclaimed modeling technology that distinguishes our entire V Collection of classic instruments. We put that same attention to detail into the included rotary speaker as well.
Even better with age.
The B-3 V improves on a classic, with everything you need in an organ rig and more built right in.
Rotary speakers have become an essential part of the tonewheel organ sound, so we've naturally included one. Why stop there? We've added lots of other options including multiple reverbs, an array of effects pedals, and even the ability to modify previously fixed analog circuit features like key click. Our most radical enhancement is the addition of a modulation section to automate the movement of drawbars using envelopes, LFOs and step sequencers, letting you infuse your music with new animated textures.
With its combination of faithful realism and new mods, the B-3 V has you covered whether you're playing standards, rocking classics or pioneering new musical ground.
I think the first B3 VI I ever used was Arturia... this was when it was in its very early days, and I'm pretty sure it was free. I eventually moved to Native Instruments organs, but never felt the B3 sounded authentic. Too sterile and cold. Adding distortion didn't help. I recently bought Arturia's synth collection, and assumed that the B3 would sound just like the NI one. Boy was I surprised. THIS is what a B3 sounds like. Warm, smooth, beautiful. I don't know what Arturia is doing, but they certainly have a way of making their synths sound authentic. I love the sound of everything I've tried out of their synth collection.Read Review
I'm a great Hammond fan! When I was a younger teenager it always sounds like lame solo entertainers for me.
But then I became a fan of Rockmusic and realized all that weird an agressive tonewhell organ sounds...Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, The Doors, Genesis...wow. A few years ago I discovered the wonders of MIDI and began to make music as a hobbiest.
In the beginning the possibilities seems overwhelming, so much to learn but so much fun too.
I nearly went crazy when I saw that all musical instruments on this planet are available as VST plugins too.
One of the first VSTi's I've tested were the Iliades Freeware Organs and I was excited. What great pieces of software.
Later I began to check out the commercial VST's too and decided to buy Arturias V-Collection because of all the legendary synths in this collection. After weeks of just playing around with Oberheim, ARP, Prophet and other synths I realized just now the B3 and gave it a try and so the love story began. It looks simply great, the GUI is scalable so it even looks great on 40 inches in full size...if you want the feeling of having the original monster in your studio. :D
It sounds like the original, I don't know who dares to claim that he hears a difference. Only analog fanatics I think.
For me the Arturia B3 is like having an original Hammmond plus a nice effect section and fantastic digital improvements (e.g. delay, flanger, convolution verb, compressor, step sequencer...) without sacrificing a sack of money and half the space of your room.
Check out the free demo version!