I searched back for previous reviews but does anybody want to review some of the Hammond libraries out there? I've seen two. One is the B3 library from I think Sonic Implants (it's the one NorthernSounds has in their store). This has a variety of patches recorded off the leslie. Probably more what I really want.
There's another one that actually records the individual drawbars recorded with the leslie motor off. This lets you actually set "virtual" drawbars though it would need some leslie effect later to add the tremelo.
Must it be sample-based? The Native Instruments B4 (a model of the B3) seems to be pretty good. (my friend owns a real B3, and he's very impressed with the demos of the N.I B4 - normally this kind of thing doesn't impress him at all)
He said that the main aspect which he feels is lacking in the N.I B4 is the keyclick - the click sound varies depending on when you play the note on the real thing, but he said that in the demos, it sounds like the key-click sound is always the same.
I'm not much of a B3 purist, so I have NI's B4 and it is probably all I'll ever need. I think the sounds are pretty good and the average person hearing it buried in a mix will not notice the difference (IMHO). There is a review in the Sept issue of Electronic Musician of Charlie, the Plugsound organ. That is sampled. It got a decent review re: sound quality, but they noted it is not as tweakable as some others.
Hey I was doing a project that needed hammond sounds
and I posted on here but did not get much of a response.
I ended up buying Charlie. Charlie kills the NI B4, much bigger
sound not so synthy. Ya you may not be able to tweak Charlie
as much as the B4 but I would rather have a good sound than
be able to tweak. I know a lot of people are happy with their B4
but you have to hear Charlie next to B4 to understand.
Hope this helps!
I'm not a B3 purist by any means (I wouldn't know one if it fell on me), but the Charlie demo recordings on their web site do sound great. But, I can hear a harsh clipping in many if not all of the demos - is that really the B3's own distortion? Sounds too harsh to me.
The proof is in the pudding. Like any sample collection, if you're happy with the way it sounds and performs, you need look no further.
Well, of course - I was just interested to know whether in fact Charlie is able to sync the Leslie. It seemed highly unlikely to me (what you said made perfect sense) but after listening carefully, I'm wondering whether in fact USB have in fact managed to pull it off. If they have done this, though, I think they'd have mentioned it on their web site - would be a major selling point. So, I suspect it doesn't sync. I've emailed USB, anyway.