E-mu B-3

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This module is designed to deliver the classic sound of the B-3 Tonewheel Organ in a programmable rack module. It does this via 32MB of sampled B-3 sounds at a lot of different drawbar settings. Authentic sounds are completed by the addition of distortion and a rotary speaker (Leslie) emulator, with B-3 like real-time control! There are also 12 assignable real-time front panel controls, and the B-3 is expandable with an additional ROM slot (or more with the Turbo upgrade) for adding more sounds. This is the best B-3 hardware solution available (for software check out Native Instruments B4) and is used by Steve Walsh of Kansas.

Current E-mu sound modules ship with one 32 MB sound-set each, but are expandable up to 128 MB via three additional slots for 32 MB expansion cards. These cards include (ranging from $249 to $395):

  • 9061: Siedlaczek Orchestra 32 MB ROM.
  • 9062: Pure Phatt 32 MB ROM - standard in Mo’Phatt, MP-7 and MK-6.
  • 9063: Beat Garden 32 MB ROM - standard in Orbit 3.
  • 9082: Protozoa 16 MB ROM - standard in Proteus 1, 2, 3.
  • 9083: Definitive B-3 32 MB ROM - standard in B-3.
  • 9084: Techno Synth Construction Yard 32 MB ROM - standard in Orbit 3.
  • 9085: Orchestral Session Vol. 1 32 MB ROM - standard in Virtuoso 2000.
  • 9086: Orchestral Session Vol. 2 32 MB ROM - standard in Virtuoso 2000.
  • 9087: World Expedition 32 MB ROM - standard in Planet Earth.
  • 9088: Sounds of the ZR featuring the Perfect Piano 32 MB ROM - standard in Ensoniq Halo.
  • 9089: X-Lead 32 MB ROM - standard in Xtreme Lead-1, XL-7 and XK-6.

With these expansion options, you could buy a PK-6, then add the sounds of the Orbit 3, XK-6, and the MP-7... or any other combinations you may want. If you like desktop synths, you can start with an MP-7 or XL-7, and then add these same expansion card options to add Proteus, Orchestral, or the new Halo sounds to them. E-mu/Ensoniq's interchangeable sound cards and a variety of keyboard/sound-module options means that there's a model out there for everybody now.

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13 Visitor comments
Rod Jenkins
July 19, 2014 @ 8:58 pm
I met a guy out of the Ft.Worth-Dallas area who had played with Christopher Cross who used the Emu B3 rack in his rig and it was the best sounding I have ever heard. Emu should have never quit making that sample. Marc used it for years and his system was incredible.
July 12, 2014 @ 10:40 am
Hey guys and gals..there are a few really good Hammond B3 type "sounds" out there such as the Nord Electro, etc. BUT they ARE NOT ACTUAL samples taken from the original Hammond B3.
Emu has actually sampled the Hammond B3 and put the sample on a card. No one else has done this. So when you hear the Emu B3 sound card, know you are getting "authentic" B3 sampled sound. This is not to say the Nord and others are not really good sounding, its just to say that Emu is the authentic, "actua" sampled B3 and all others are not.
May 31, 2014 @ 4:23 am
Re: fast/slow Leslie and crossfading samples - I don't have the B-3 ROM yet, so I can't say, but in many other ROMs Leslie is implemented by routing the mod wheel to LFO Speed thru the Lag Processor and it sounds awesome, with the real change in speed. With a little patience you can do the same with footswitch, routing it - in sum with DC - to a Lag Processor, and then to LFO Speed. ALso check the P2K and XL7 yahoo mailing groups, folks there are very knowledgeable and willing to help.
June 10, 2013 @ 2:20 pm
Here's a link to the manual: http://francisfisher.me.uk/emulegacy/manuals/B3_Manual.pdf
April 20, 2013 @ 7:37 am
I have the user manual on pdf
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 voices (expandable to 128 with Turbo upgrade)
  • Oscillators - 32 MB ROM "Definitive B-3" Soundset
  • Misc. - 12 Front Panel real-time controllers
  • Effects - 24-bit dual stereo-effects processor
  • Amp - Rotary speaker simulation
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 384 ROM and 512 User Presets
  • Control - MIDI (32 channels)
  • Date Produced - 1999/2000
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