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#3172878 11/23/21 09:41 PM
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just in case it's of interest to anyone (like maybe hz piano) ...

gg audio's blue 3 is the only Hammond vst i know of that has a full demo available

https://gg-audio.com/blue3.html

There is the Hammond that comes with logic if you are a Mac person and use that, and it is pretty good - don't take my word for it:



There is a free hanon / lost in the 70s one too (i haven't tried it, but they have quite a nice free rhodes as well)

https://lostin70s.com/plugins/HaNonB70

The guy who did this video has his own quite cheap one too (one of the vsts in the comparison)



the B5 vst is the official endorsed one and gets good reviews, but many people say other cheaper ones are as good or better (there is a handful of usual suspects on the forums)

and just on listening to hammond in jazz, it's hard to go past medeski, martin and wood (and medeski, scofield, martin and wood)

happy hammonding smile

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Hello,

@jackopiano, thank you for posting these tips!

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Cheers and happy roaring,

HZ

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B5 is decent, lots of options, but needs a ton of CPU. Also, the devs try to resemble the originals as close as possible. That also means, they refuse to implement features like: instant leslie rotation speed sync and velocity sensitivity. Both would be really neat and easy to implement features.... instead they chose to artifically cripple their product to the classics - as if it would be a sacrilege to offer the options.

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Hello,

Originally Posted by Marc345
the devs try to resemble the originals as close as possible.

I like that, so I'm with the makers on this.

"A ton of CPU" would be less practical in my case, although I totally get why such a detailed and lovingly crafted emulation needs a lot of math-per-second.

Cheers and happy roaring,

HZ

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Originally Posted by Marc345
B5 is decent, lots of options, but needs a ton of CPU. Also, the devs try to resemble the originals as close as possible. That also means, they refuse to implement features like: instant leslie rotation speed sync and velocity sensitivity. Both would be really neat and easy to implement features.... instead they chose to artifically cripple their product to the classics - as if it would be a sacrilege to offer the options.

i'm no hammond legend, and have only tinkered with a few of the vsts (logic, blue, hanon).

but, i have heard/watched and read enough people with expertise say that the Leslie modelling is at least as important as the organ modelling to make me believe it

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Picked up the IK Multimedia B-3X iOS app during this year’s Black Friday sale. Not an organ guy, but I’ve been having a blast with that Hammond sound. Half of my Xmas tunes repertoire will be performed this year with the B-3X.

The silly side of me wants to start a small performing band based around Hammond tunes and call it Hammond Cheese cool


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the gsi vb3 has an android app. i haven't tried it but the early reviews (from expert users on forums) were quite good and for $20 aussie i should just grab it

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.genuinesoundware.vb3m

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Originally Posted by jackopiano
the gsi vb3 has an android app. i haven't tried it but the early reviews (from expert users on forums) were quite good and for $20 aussie i should just grab it

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.genuinesoundware.vb3m

I have the GSi VB3m as well. It's quite good, if you like the Hammond sound, it's well-worth the AU$20 / US$15. One plus of the GSi VB3m is that it runs on Android and Apple phones - you can have a "pocket hammond" should the need every arise. In contrast, the B-3X was on sale at US$59 and is iPad only.


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Hello,

Update:

At first, I held off because I thought I needed some extra bits of not-so-affordable control hardware to make playing Hammond practical and bring it anywhere near realistic. But I made some worthwhile discoveries since.

So, at holiday sales price, I purchased Acousticsamples' B5v3 Hammond emulation. There are some quirks I still need to iron out with it, but the sounds I get bring huge grins to my face that don't easily wipe off 😁. It is one of the two best emulations (the other one being the IK B-3X) with lots of attention to detail.

The gizmo that made it accessible for me is this little bar with nine faders, nine knobs, nine buttons, and some otherwise-assignable transport buttons and a pan slider. The faders are now the (upper) manual drawbars, the knobs got various other functions (like the various volumes and the two bass drawbars), the buttons control percussion settings, and the pan slider is now the 'half moon switch', which I can whack left for slow Leslie and right for fast.

https://www.bax-shop.nl/midi-studio-controllers/devine-ez-creator-fade-usb-midi-controller

I also had an eye on a much, much nicer but currently out of budget solution:

https://www.gmlab.it (scroll down that page to 'D9U' and 'D9X').

I'll also look into setting up my continuous sustain pedal as a rudimentary swell pedal, and perhaps buy a real one later when I grow up.

Cheers and Let's Jazz,

HZ


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