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B-5 Organ v2.2

A Classic reborn
B-5 Organ v2.2 - A Classic reborn
Instrument Type:
UVI, Plug-in
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The Hammond organs are very complex beasts, full of wires. Until now, the best renditions were synthesis, mainly because of how the organ works which is a set of 91 frequencies that are connected via contactors under each key and which volume is controlled by the drawbars.

Sample based libraries consist of stacking drawbar samples at the same time which works, but causes a big problem, sometimes you play the same frequency twice and because of phase cancellation, you never get the same sound twice when if you press the same keys.

We have found a way to use the 91 frequencies synthesis approach, but using real samples, so we get the best of both worlds, the real recorded organ tone plus the real behavior and we keep access to the versatility of the drawbar controls and the tweakability of synthesis.

The B-5 Organ interface




Sample Based Synthesis


We sampled each of the 91 tones and then measured and meticulously reproduced everything, the key contacts, the resistance wires, the foldback, the drawbars, the swell pedal, the percussion, and every button available on the original machine.

To also get the best possible vibrato/chorus effect, we also sampled all 6 settings and carefully phase aligned everything.

Synthesis model based on samples, to get the authentic sound and the real mechanic behaviour.

Rotary Speaker Simulation


An organ without its rotary speaker isn't an organ. We provided UVI with very detailed measurements and they created an incredible physical model.

On top of that, we added our impulse responses to put it in a real life environment. And you can decide which miking technique you want to use, mono or stereo both for the drum and the horn to make it fit properly in your mix.

Advanced Percussion System


The percussion on an organ is not just an addition of samples, it is a general volume decay envelope triggered by the first note you play and that is not restarted until you release all keys.

We recreated that meticulously, so much that you can hear a percussion sound when you turn it on or change from second to third.

You can even customise the time, volume and frequency used and make it sound like "paradise".

Real Key Contact Modeling


9 contacts are made one after another under each key and each of them produce a small click, making this the only influence of the velocity and resulting in a different click sound each time you press a key.

Mr Hammond hated them, but a Hammond organ would not be one without them, and even better, you can control its volume.

Organ Modification


Every organ player likes to tweak his instrument, so every modification that organists can do is available here.

From the adjustment of the drawbar volumes with resistance wires to the proximity of the pickups to the tonewheels or all of the known percussion modifications, you can tweak the B-5 like you would a real one.

All Three Keyboards


On a real organ, there are 3 keyboards, two of which are almost identical except for the percussion system, and the bass pedals.
You can choose to use 3 different MIDI channels, one for each keyboard or you can use the split to have all three one one keyboard.

The Bass foldback can be removed for the Upper and Lower manuals to get access to the deep bass without the pedals.

The Bass pedals have 3 drawbars on our model, and you can enable the stringbass mod with control over the sustain.

Using a drawbar MIDI controller is easy thanks to the controller assignation system which allows to addign any MIDI controller to any element available on a real organ.



There are around 200 drawbar presets that you can load, save, delete or assign to the preset keys (upper and lower), and these include the most used Jazz, Gospel and classical presets.

You can browse through them quickly and while you play to find the perfect sound for your compositions.

We also made it so that you can save and reload all of the effects, and settings directly to a file without reloading the whole library.

The preset keys can be customised and will allow you to easily change drawbar settings while playing.

MIDI Assignment


The drawbars, the pedal, and all of the percussion knobs are easily assignable in the CC assignment page.

The drawbars movement can even be inverted.

Any element of the interface is assignable to a MIDI controller using MIDI learn.

The Sound As If You Were In Front Of It


We like to make our libraries as realistic as possible, and that includes having the feeling that you are actually playing the instrument, so every acoustic sound that the real machine makes is there as well, including the leslie speaker.
Technical description
UVI Workstation v2.6.5 is required for the library to function properly, the B-5 Organ will not work on windows XP, or OSX 10.6, it will not work either on a receptor.

560Mb uncompressed, 275Mb compressed in lossless flac format, around 1200 samples.

Download Sizes

Version Compressed Download Size
Plug-in/UVI Download includes
  UVI Workstation and Manual:  600.3 MB
  B5 Organ:  1.14 GB

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License Agreement

The Following End User License Agreement is included with B-5 Organ v2.2. This License is only valid for the individual who has purchased an unopened, new and lawfully made copy of B-5 Organ v2.2 from a dealer or distributor authorized by Big Fish Audio.

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