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Vintage Organ Plugin by GG Audio
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Blue3 by GG Audio is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and a Standalone Application for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a Standalone Application.
System Requirements
Windows 7 & 10
32 & 64-bit
System Requirements
macOS 10.9 - 11.x
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Blue3 is an incredibly detailed simulation of the classic tonewheel organs that we all know and love. Those B-3's, C-3's and A100's are remarkably complex pieces of machinery with thousands of electrical and moving parts, which only partially explains their very rich warmth and tone. We've painstakingly simulated every single feature and circuit and more importantly, every single source of imperfection to give Blue3 its wonderful richness and complexity.

Thanks to advanced analog simulation technology, Blue3 gives the player unprecedented control over every aspect of the sound under your fingers.

New Features in Version 2:

  • 2 additional Rotary Speaker simulations (147 & RA200).
  • 2 additional Tube Overdrive simulations.
  • Way cool new UI with Perform, Edit & Cabinet pages.
  • Reverb with Room Size and Pre & Post modes.
  • 4 microphone setups including dynamic and condenser choices.
  • 3 custom/editable Tonewheel generator sets.
  • Proper Hammond Registration (inverted) keys with A# & B drawbar presets.
  • VST3 support (experimental).
  • Full support for Native Instruments NKS presets and controllers (only VST2).
  • Also included: Spin, GG Audio's new rotary speaker plugin.
  • And much more.

Key Features:

  • 91 modeled tonewheels with accurate phase synchronization.
  • Full polyphony for upper, lower and pedal manuals.
  • Adjustable tonewheel leakage, crosstalk and flutter.
  • Selectable foldback for the 16' drawbar.
  • 9 contact key and busbar simulation.
  • Selectable keyboard split function.
  • Adjustable 3 band output EQ.
  • 30 tonewheel sets from vintage A100, B3, C3 & L100 instruments.
  • 6 way tonewheel scaling.
  • Adjustable drawbar output levels.
  • Hyper accurate vibrato/chorus scanner.
  • Completely adjustable percussion & vibrato scanner controls.
  • Classic 122, 147 and "high power" custom rotary speaker simulations (now updated with 147 and RA200).
  • Guitar amp cabinet simulation.
  • Accurate manual taper & volume robbing.
  • Classic 40 watt rotary speaker tube overdrive simulation and high gain British guitar amp overdrive (now updated with 2 more).
  • Completely adjustable rotary speeds, acceleration & deceleration.
  • Accurate microphone spread and distance controls. (now updated with mic choices).
  • Rotary horn diffusers on/off.
  • Front stop & Memphis control for rotary speaker.
  • Extensive MIDI controller mapping.
  • All simulation done in code, no samples.
  • Low memory/disk usage.
  • Low CPU usage.
  • 4 wood finish options.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 3 reviews

Reviewed By digitalboytn
October 2nd, 2018

The B4 II from Native Instruments was the very last x86 plugin in my toolbox and I was hanging onto it until a replacement finally came along...

I tried EVERYTHING out there and nothing hit the spot for me and I can't stand the sampled organs...Truly horrible...

I almost pulled the trigger on the original Blue3 and although it was close, there was no cigar...

But after just a few moments with v2 of Blue 3, I knew that I had finally found the B4 II's replacement....

This organ is wonderful to play and it has that really organic sound of the tonewheel organs...

From angelic purity through to dirty, filthy grime....it's all there...

I just wish I had a double manual keyboard with pedals to capture all of the magic wrapped up inside this plugin...

I remember a few years ago being backstage and watching a keyboard playing with a top international act closing his laptop and taking his B4 II home to the hotel...

I was impressed and I thought..."Man, that is so cool and it sure beats lugging the beast and the Leslie around everywhere"...

Nothing can truly replace a real B3 with a revolving Leslie, along with the service charges and the chiropractor sessions, but GG Audio's Blue3 is the closest yet...

I'm pretty sure that Jimmy is dialing up some soulful sounds on his Blue3 at his Chicken Shack gig in the heavens :).

5 Stars to GG Audio for this magnificent virtual instrument....

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Reviewed By studionoises
August 1st, 2017

This is the very best Organ software period. I either own or have tried most of the organ products on the market and this Blue3 simply blows them all away. It reminds in a way of a Nord that just sounds fast and super quick load. I honestly am so impressed with this product and I load it up on every template. The presets make sense and all just sound freaking awesome. This is a five star product period and considering the low CPU I would say it is clearly first place. GG Audio I am very impressed with your work. I cant imagine not working with this thing now.

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Reviewed By bartley99
July 17th, 2017

Wow, best Hammond emulation out there. I gave the demo a try expecting to be disappointed and ended up buying it the next day. I gig with it for the first time yesterday. Yep, I trusted my life on v1.0 of a new plugin and wasn't let down.

This is beautiful sounding, very detailed emulation of a Hammond organ. It learned to play keys on a B3 and the attention to detail in this plugin is spot-on. I've tried other sample-based organ plugins they sounded flat, cheesy and couldn't cut through in a band situation. Blue3 nailed it. I played by first gig using Blue3 running in Gig Performer. What a gas to play and my band mates noticed the sound difference especially when I jacked up the drive and put it on hi-gain. Yeah baby, sounded so good you could almost smell the hot tubes.

Being able to select different tone-wheel setups is the coolest. It makes a huge difference in the sound. Leakage, cross-talk, flutter oh my!! I can have the cleanest, purest sound for jazz and then make it sound like it's bounced down the stairs a few time.

I've been playing Nord C2's and C2D's the past few years because of the sound quality and the weight. I've been comparing it to the C2D and Electro emulations and the Blue sound more real to me. I've also been comparing the Blue3 Leslie to the Nord model and two versions of a Ventilator. The Blue3 leslie was better than the Nord and on par with the Ventilator. I prefer a little heavier "whomp" sound on the close settings as I am used to always close micing in shows....as in, I stuff sm-81's as close as I can go to the cabinet. I plan to compare it to a Suzuki SK-2 this week.

Highly recommend that you give this a plugin a try. I hope it makes you smile as much as it does for me. Seriously, go download the demo now.

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Comments & Discussion for GG Audio Blue3

Discussion: Active
21 July 2017 at 8:07pm

Also very impressed with this Hammond emulation VSTi. Many many preset to choose from and infinite tweaks if you want to spend your time doing that. Very easy to integrate into my VST host (Cantabile 3). I used several different presets in last week's worship set list and was very impressed with how the keys mixed in with other instruments. Definitely not lost in the mix. Some of the brighter presets sound a little harsh to my ears but that can easily be adjusted by choosing a "waxed" tone wheel organ set versus a new one, or nudging in the top draw bars to reduce the high frequencies. I've used VB3 for years and more recently Acoustic Samples B5, but this will be my go to Hammond VSTi for the foreseeable future.

31 July 2017 at 5:08am

Hi Leeskeys, this is Leee1102. It seems like you have a pretty good idea of how to get the Blue3 to sound how you want it to.
I'm just getting started with it and as with many other users, I've been using GSi - VB3 and that has been my go-to Hammond B3 emulator for quite awhile.
I've been doing side-by-side comparisons, and it's been really a tough call to say definitely which sounds better. Some of the presets on Blue3 sound a little too harsh and synthy, but overall Blue3 sounds punchier than the VB3, especially when playing it in a song. One of the things I like better about the VB3 though is that it has a better "slide up" beefy sound. (That's when you run your hand over the keys starting at the bottom and going all the way up into a chord.) It's hard for me to get a lot of that deep bass sound with Blue3 when doing that "slide up", it doesn't seem to punch through, even after adjusting the tonewheel volumes and the EQ's.

Anyway, you gave a great tip when saying that choosing a "waxed" tone wheel organ set sounds warmer than the default set.
So I'd like to ask you what are some of your favorite presets in Blue3 and which is your favorite waxed tone wheel set?
My style of music and Hammond organ playing comes closest to the Santana/Woodstock sound. I've been experimenting with various presets but thought I'd ask if you have any suggestions for getting the best "Santana" sound (or similar bands). Thanks for any suggestions!


21 August 2017 at 1:59pm

Now includes a separate Leslie plug-in.

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