7 Free VSTs for Hammond B3 emulation

The Hammond B3 organ.
Additive synthesis at its best !
Suitable for Jazz, Rock, Gospel, Blues, Ballad, House, Funk, Cheesy reprise of anything, Ballad, Dance, Pop, Hard Rock, etc..
Some history here : http://theatreorgans.com/grounds/docs/history.html  + some facts

i have selected 7 free drawbar organ VSTi emulations of the Hammond B3.
Let’s groove :

 

1. AZR3 by Rumpelrausch

AZR3:  B3 organ VST

AZR3: B3 organ VST

http://untermkittel.de/rumpelrausch/?PLUGINS

Not only free, it’s also open source.
This is a very good drawbar emulation, with onboard FX, nice saturation, and the speaker leslie emulation. Perfect for emulating gospel organ and rock organ. And check the “NHL” preset!

WhiterShadeOfPale

As all the other plugins in this list are 32 bit, it could be nice to compile a 64 bit version.
I’ll do that if i see some love for a Azr3 64 bits VST in the comments!

There’s also a MAC version here 

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3 Stylophone VSTs !

13.

“The famous Dubreq Stylophone !”

 

 

The stylophone is a toy synth, created by Brian Jarvis in a psychedelic era.
It was used by Kraftwerk, David Bowie, Pulp, Erasure and Dimitri from Paris.
We have found 3 virtual instruments on the interweb that try to capture the crunchy sound of the stylophone.

Let’s go:

1. Superwave Stylophone VST

Stylophone freeware

Stylophone freeware

http://www.superwavesynths.co.uk/product_stylophone.htm

The best one ! the most fidel, with vibrato.

Who needs a Clavioline when there’s a Stylophone:

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3 Free Roland Alpha Juno VST emulations

Let’s go techno :

1. Phutura VSTi by PhutureTone

Phutura VSTi : the free Alpha Juno !

Phutura VSTi : the free Alpha Juno !

http://phuturetone.com/phutura.php

Hoover !!

A nice clean interface, and a good sound. This is the only free “Alpha Juno” VSTi that can do a decent “hoover”. It can do hoover but not only ! There are some great bass and cool sounds in the factory presets.

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6 free VST emulation of Roland Juno 60 Juno 160 & Juno 6

Some free VSTi try to emulate (more or less faithfully) the sound of the Roland Juno‘s synths (Juno 60, Juno 106 & Juno 6). All these synths were and are still popular. The Juno 106 were used by Acrid Abeyance and can also be heard in countless techno trax.
Get ready for fat chorus ! here’s a selection of freeware plugin :

 

1. TAL U-NO-62

TAL U-NO-62 VST

TAL U-NO-62 VST

DL : http://kunz.corrupt.ch/products/tal-u-no-62

Available in 32 & 64 bit for Windows and MAC OS X (in VST & AU format).
The best VSTi to get Juno60ish sounds, trust the chorus ! trust the chorus.
dont forget to check out the other plugins by TAL, the chorus is available as a separate VST effect !
Check the “power pad” preset : the sound is full.
Great for bass and pad, few controls for easy tweaking. Pump up the bass!

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Free EMS VCS3 & Synthi AKS VST emulations

Back to the 70′s !
EMS created the VCS3 (also called ‘the putney’ ), then, based on the VCS3, the Synthi A and Synthi AKS. A portable synth in a suitcase ! A James Bond suitcase.
Some VST plugins (freeware) tried to recreate the original semi modular design of this synth, here’s the list :

 

1. Cynthia VST by NineCows

Cynthia VST

Cynthia VST

http://ninecows.dk/cynthia/

Cynthia is a free EMS VCS3 VST emulation. It was developed with Synthedit, so it’s for Windows (32 bit) hosts.
Don’t forget to read the manual it’s clear and instructive.
The Cynthia VST come with two dll files : it can also be used as effect, for processing your audio input.

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Best free VST minimoog emulations for Windows

The Minimoog ! one of the synth that had the biggest impact in history of synths.
This is a difficult task to emulate the moog sound with virtual synth, you have to take care of the electronic components and their characteristics.

Let’s start the dance :

1. MinimogueVA by Gunnar

MinimogueVA : free miniMoog VST emulation!

MinimogueVA : free miniMoog VST emulation!

Download and information : Gunnar archive site

Based on the Richard Brooks synthedit sources of “mogue”, this is a very nice VST emulation of the famous miniMoog synthesizer.
It’s a Synthedit creation : It works for Windows and 32 bit VST hosts.
You can also found a polyphonic version (MinimogueLuxus VST).
The three oscillators are here, and the filter does the job.
A simple arpeggiator is also a nice addition.

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5 free Mellotron VST

Strawberry Fields for ever !

more music, less talk :

1. Redtron SE by Artifake_Labs

Redtron VST

Redtron VST

https://sites.google.com/site/artifakelabs/

This is a Synthedit VST, so it should work in 32 bit hosts on Windows.
It’s based on these samples : http://leisureland.us/audio/MellotronSamples/MellotronSamples.htm
Don’t hesitate to browse the artifakelabs site, as you also have the Redtron 400 version and the Redton MKV for emulating the Mellotron MKV.

listen to the demo and compare:

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4 Free DX7 VST Emulation : FM Synth 4 all!

The Yahama DX7 synthesizer ! The sound of the 80′s.
Released in 1983, the DX7 presets were used in countless songs, like these : http://bobbyblues.recup.ch/yamaha_dx7/dx7_examples.html

Famous for his e-piano sound, and bells, marimba and other metallic or crystal clear sounds.
It was used and still can be used in any music genre, from pop ballad to hard techno.

I digged into the many free FM VST plugins, searching for those who are able to recreate that clean 80 FM sound.
Here’s 4 free VSTi that can stand for the title of “best free DX7 VST emulation” :

1. Dexed FM VST

Dexed free fm synth

Dexed free fm synth

https://github.com/asb2m10/dexed

This VSTi is freeware and available for Windows and Mac OS X.
It can import / export original DX7 sysex, so you can use it as a DX7 editor.
The project is alive and recent, and it sounds very nice ! All FM lovers must try it.

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4 free Arp Odyssey VST emulation (+128 presets!)

The scaled-down version of the Arp 2600 ! the famous Arp Odyssey appeared in 1972.
Some free VSTi try to recreate the analog sound of the Arp Odyssey, with its funky modulations.
Here’s a selection of 4 freeware plugins.

Come on now !

1. ODSay VST by ElektroStudio

OSDay Free VSTi

OSDay Free VSTi

Free download and infos : http://www.elektrostudio.ovh.org/index.php?go=odsay

The guys from Elektrostudio did it again!
The VST is souding good. It also adds a chorus and a delay that are not present in the hardware model.

here’s a bank of 128 presets for ODsay VST : download now !! Chris bank for ODsay

sample & hold pad

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3 free Linndrum LM-1 VSTi plugins

The famous Linndrum LM-1 drum machine !
Here’s a selection of 3 free VSTi that try to emulate the sound of the LM-1.

 

1. JM-1 VST by Jun’s Factory

JM-1 Drum computer VST

JM-1 Drum computer VST

Info & download : http://www.aaa-int.or.jp/jfactory/projects/VST/

A Synthedit creation with good quality samples. It’s Windows only and 32 bit.
There is a volume and a pan control for each element.

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