With the B4 Tonewheel Set Vintage Collection, you can make a B4 sound like a B3 that is sparkling-fresh from the factory, or like it was more than 100 years old. You can even replace the B3-modelled tonewheels with those of a Vox Continental, a Farfisa Compact, or a Harmonium to give your B4 a totally new character.
The classic British Vox Continental organs were played by many of the great bands in the sixties and seventies, such as The Doors, The Animals and The Monkees.
We have extracted the tones from the Vox Continental and converted them into B4 Tonewheel data to change the B4 into the classic transistor combo organ. Choose from three Vox Tonewheel Sets: Soft, Hard, and Mix, which faithfully correspond to the different tones sounds of the original Vox.
The highly-collectable Farfisa Compact was played by Pink Floyd, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Blondie. Included on this CD are 2 Tonewheel Sets, one with the Farfisa's Tone Booster switch activated and one with it off.
For something a bit unusual we have also taken an Indian Harmonium and converted its reed sound into a B4 Tonewheel Set.. With just one or two drawbars pulled out and lots of pumping on the expression pedal, the B4 sounds quite close to a real Harmonium. With more drawbars, vibrato-chorus, and the rotator turned on, it’s something else!
Classic tonewheel organs were limited to a fixed tuning, since the tonewheels run at a fixed synchronous speed that cannot be changed. The only way to change the master tuning is to change the transmission ratios in the tonewheel generator. That’s completely impractical in hardware but easily achieved with the B4's replaceable tonewheel generator. We are now offering the B3 Classic Tonewheel Set in versions tuned to 436Hz, 444Hz, 448Hz, and 452Hz to complement the standard 440Hz tuning.
The filter capacitor in Hammond tonewheel generators deteriorate with age, which over time leads to an increase in leakage and rattle in the basic tone sound. At Native Instruments, we have found a way to artificially age the tonewheel sound. We can also run the process backwards to rejuvenate the tonewheels. To simulate B3 organs with different degrees of aging we offer Tonewheel Sets with varying amounts of purity or dirt:
B3 classic – well matured
B3 clean – good condition
B3 pure – better than on day one
B3 dirty – excessive ageing
B3 filthy – very crunchy
B3 trash – far beyond repair
After the installation of the new Tonewheel-Set you'll find all new Tonewheels in the preset menue of the B4. Simply select the one you like - and start playing. Naturally we deliver the Tonewheel Set with new drawbar presets: Included are 24 new drawbar settings which highlight the sound potential of the Vox and Farfisa.
To use the Tonewheel Sets you need the full version of the B4, and the update 1.1 installed on your system. The update 1.1 you can download for free in the download area of the B4
Mac OS X users: NI offers an Mac OS X update for the B4 Organ. Due to the fact that you can't use the previous Tonewheel Set Vintage Collection (Mac OS 9) on Mac OS X, we recommend to order in our Online Shop the Mac OS X Update including the Tonehweel Set Vintage Collection for Mac OS X.
Authentic simulation of the original sound of tonewheel organ and rotary speaker
Photo-realistic graphics in the original look
Full MIDI automation
Many options for easily fine-tuning the sound
Full set of 91 tonewheels
2 manuals and pedal keyboard, 9 drawbars per manual, 6 for bass pedals
Scanner vibrato/chorus, rotary speaker
Percussion on any harmonic, adjustable keyclick
Tube distortion sound
Audio input when used as an effects plug-in or standalone
Mac: VST® 2
New: Audio Units™
New: Core Audio
New: Core MIDI
Win: VST® 2
New: RTAS™ (XP only)
Minimum: Mac OS 9.2, G3 350 MHz, 128 MB RAM
Recommended: Mac OS 10.2.6, G4 700 MHz, 256 MB RAM
Minimum: Windows 98/2000/ME/XP, Pentium III/Athlon 350 MHz, 128 MB RAM
Recommended: Windows XP, Pentium III/Athlon 700 MHz, 256 MB RAM