Year / Release Date: 06.2020
Developer: Adam Monroe Music
Developer site: adammonroemusic
Format: VSTi, AAX, AUi
Bit depth: 32bit, 64bit
System requirements: 32 or 64 Bit Windows Vista or higher / OS X 10.8+
(64 Bit Windows 7/8/10 or OS X 10.9+ recommended)
4 Gigabytes of Ram
(8 Gigabytes recommended)
Intel Core 2 DUO @ 3GHZ or higher recommended.
Firewire or PCI-based Audio Interface recommended
Description: The Rotary Organ was sampled from a Hammond M3 organ. The end goal was to simulate the sound of a Hammondnd B3 organ with a Leslie rotary speaker inside a VST / AU / AAX plugin. Each register on each note was sampled individually via the built-in organ speaker with a Neumann TLM 102 microphone.
The signal was fed through a Fender Deluxe Reverb and recorded on a Sennheiser e906. Both signals were routed through the Grace M101 preamps. The Hammond M3 organ combines the last two harmonics into one register, this note has been dropped. Instead, a “digital foldback” technology was used to expand the Hammond M3 harmonics to be similar to the Hammond B3 harmonics.
The organ range has been expanded to look like that of the Hammond B3. This was achieved by using the character of the organ pedals to add notes of the lower octave.
To emulate a real Leslie speaker, an emulation was developed. The signal is split into a virtual bottom rotor and a virtual top rotor with a frequency of about 600 Hz. Vibrato, chorus and pan processing are used to simulate the rotation of the rotors. The upper rotor spins between 48/409 rpm and the lower rotor spins between 40/354 rpm. The rotation of the lower rotor can be disabled. Leslie’s simulation can also be bypassed.
B3 effects, which are also digitally modeled and include percussion, vibrato, and key sounds. Vibrato is similar to B3 and includes vibrato itself as well as vibrato + chorus. Keystrokes were simulated by adding random noise to attack and sample release. There was some clicking in the original samples, but the effect was exaggerated. Percussion was modeled in VST, just like in real life: a higher amplitude, percussive decay sound is added to the instrument via the 2nd or 3rd harmonic. The plugin also includes everb, braking, variable acceleration, drive / distortion, smoothing, adjustable stereo panning, key-splitting, and preset switching.
The instrument has been EQ-processed to sound slightly more aggressive than a typical Hammond organ, and therefore will stand out in the mix. This can be adjusted with the “smooth” knob, which will attenuate some of the higher frequencies.
New in version :
Improvements since last version:
* Added amplifiers using Vacuum Tube simulations
* Added speaker / EQ curves
* Made the plugin less bright with a soft / bright switch and an “angle” knob that controls the directionality of the Leslie
* Added many presets based on famous songs
* Added separate controls for Bottom + Upper pan and volume
* Added a mellow knob.
* Added a chorus knob
* Added a knob to control percussion boost / cut
* Added an overdrive switch (toggles old distortion algorithm on / off)
* Added trim + volume knobs to feed the amplifier
* Added volume controls for Leslie and DI volume and panning.
* Added Knobs to control Upper + Bottom rotor Depth
* Added a Reverb Size Knob
* Added a delay knob
* Made the Leslie control Midi reassignable
* Volume Swell controls (also Midi reassignable)
* Added a switch to turn off lower-manual keyclick
* Added a switch to toggle between Midi leslie control and velocity.
* Leslie speed can also now be controlled from midi notes (AO / Bb0)
* Added a “Flip Swell” switch to invert midi pedal control on volume swell
* Fixed the bottom + upper rotor speeds and acceleration rampups to be more accurate
* Added “whoosh” (the sound of the leslie spinning) and a switch to toggle it on / off
Bugs Fixed :
Plugin may be slightly more optimized now