20 Nov 2019

Long-time B3 Player Gary Corbett Reviews Hammond B-3X

"I feel like I got my old B3 back, mods and all. Ten thumbs up to IK Multimedia."

Gary Corbett is an award-winning, multi-platinum, keyboard player, songwriter, producer, composer, and programmer. He has shared both the stage and the recording studio with some of popular music’s most iconic artists like Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson, Kiss, Cinderella, and more.  As a long-time owner of his own Hammond B3, Gary is excited about the precision we achieved on our Hammond B-3X organ virtual instrument.  Here are some takes from his review below.

"The first thing that impressed me about the new B-3X, is this is the first time Hammond approved the creation of a software version of their iconic instrument. Right off the bat that told me that this was going to be done right."

"It seems that IK Multimedia thought of everything when designing this instrument."

"The layout is so intuitive that I was able to find my way around the settings without looking at the manual. (Although the included manual is well written and worth reading, if just for the history and background information on the original B3.)"

Like every good VSTI, there is a long list of great sounding presets included to get you started, but there is so much flexibility and customization the instrument offers, that I felt obligated to start turning knobs immediately and the results were everything I expected (actually hoped) them to be, based on years of playing the real thing.

"It growls and spits like a finely aged B-3 should, or it can be sweet and pure like the organ at your local church, and everything in between.   It truly has the character and soul of the real thing. I couldn’t be happier."

I feel like I got my old B-3 back, mods and all. Ten thumbs up to IK Multimedia.

Hammond B-3X is the next-level organ virtual instrument that delivers an unprecedented new degree of realism and detail to give musicians full immersion into the electro-mechanical Hammond organ experience with all its soul, passion and vibe. Created in close collaboration with both the Hammond Organ Company, of Chicago, Illinois, and Suzuki Musical Instruments Mfg. of Hamamatsu, Japan, the Hammond B-3X instrument captures the authentic sound and vibe of the legendary Hammond B-3, with a comprehensive, wholistic approach. The end result delivers the full sonic impact that this legendary organ has made on generations of musicians and modern music as we know it.

Learn more about Hammond B-3X here.

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