Native Instruments B4

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The Native Instruments B4 is a software plug-in that emulates the look and sounds of the classic Hammond B3 tonewheel organ and rotating speaker. With an authentic looking B3 complete with drawbars, dual manuals (keyboards) and a pedal keyboard, the plug-in is very visual and intuitive to use. It even features a nifty rear-view for tweaking more adjustment parameters, kind of like the real thing! Unlike the old B3's however, the new plug-in adds flexibility in sound generation and seamless integration into the studio that the original never had.. and at a fraction of the cost.

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The B4 can create all the classic B3 type sounds with stunning clarity and detail while emulating the effects of rotating speakers, tube circuitry and other electro-mechanical functions that made the B3 a legend. The sounds are physically modeled and Native Instruments has included such B3 nuances as harmonic foldback, drawbar crosstalk and loudness robbing for an authentic recreation.

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The B4 plug-in should be part of any VST set-up. Sure it could be used to make church music or take you out to the ball game. But it is also capable of sounds used by such legendary artists as Pink Floyd to Herbie Hancock to Air to Portishead. For use on Macintosh or Windows, by itself or as a plug-in with any VST 2.0, Audio Units, or RTAS compatible music apps. Demo sounds and Plug-In demos and updates are available at Native Instruments and their B4 Page.

NEWS: The new DXi B4 update is now available and can be downloaded. It adds full DXi support to the B4 Organ and allows the perfect integration into Cakewalk's digital multitrack recording system Sonar. You can now use the B4 as a Sonar plug-in and benefit from all DXi features, such as seamless control and automation via MIDI track, routing to audio tracks and auxiliary sends, and much more.

Available as of November, 2001 comes the NATIVE INSTRUMENTS Studio Collection Pro Tools Edition. This is a bundle of RTAS plug-ins for Pro Tools which include the B4, Pro-52 vintage synth, and Battery drum sampler. For $999 (list) these synths and sampler can be used seamlessly within Pro Tools (TDM/LE/Free).

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8 Visitor comments
Don Johnson
April 28, 2012 @ 3:33 pm
Why in the world did they discontinue this plug in!?!?! They had the entire market! No competition! SOOOO bummed they discontinued it!
Mike
February 2, 2012 @ 11:48 am
Honestly, I didn't fiind the B4 a very accurate simulation. Maybe it's the hardware limits of my computer, maybe not; thing is, the sound was awful.
RIck
May 13, 2011 @ 12:07 pm
Native Instruments has discontinued this plugin. What the f--- are they thinking?
lamster
February 11, 2011 @ 5:05 pm
This plug in was the reason I first got a virtual studio set up. hasn't got the warmth of the real thing but if you havn't got a spare £2-3k three enthusiastic mates and a transit van, its very good and compares better than the hardware clones that are available
PEACE
October 24, 2010 @ 3:14 am
c'ant a have the sample for the hammond b4 pleace and if your have the version french is very apprecier for me a have little difficulty for speakig inglish tanck you body PEACE peace69@live.ca my addresse is 1045 duvernay longueuil,québec,canada j4k4k9
 
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Unlimited (depending on CPU power)
  • Oscillators - 91 modeled tonewheels
  • Keyboard - 2 manuals and pedal keyboard; 9 drawbars per manual
  • Speaker - Emulated rotary speaker
  • Effects - scanner vibrato/chorus; tube distortion sound
  • Memory - Save Patches directly to your hard disk or as part of a VST sequence/MIDI file.
  • Macintosh - Mac OS 8.6 or higher, PPC 604, 233 MHz, 64 MB RAM
    VST 2, Audio Units, RTAS, Core Audio, Core MIDI, ASIO
  • Windows/PC - Windows 98/2000/ME/XP, Pentium 233 MHz, 64 MB RAM.
    VST 2, DXi, RTAS (XP only), ASIO, MME
  • Date Produced - 2000

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