An unexpected look with a wonderfully familiar sound

You know the sound. We've all heard it a thousand times. Sweet and angry. Mysterious and powerful. Warm and wonderful.

Blue3 recreates the glorious sound of vintage tonewheel organs with amazing attention to detail. Every component of these wonderful instruments has been captured with all their quirks and imperfections.

Features

  • 91 modeled tonewheels with accurate phase synchronization
  • Full polyphony for upper, lower and pedal manualsl
  • Adjustable tonewheel leakage, crosstalk and flutter
  • Selectable foldback for the 16' drawbar
  • 9 contact key and busbar simulation
  • Selectable keyboard split function
  • Adjustable 3 band output EQ
  • Extensive MIDI controller mapping
  • Includes Blue3Rotary, a separate plugin that contains Blue3's Tube Overdrive and Rotary Cabinet simulations.
  • 30 tonewheel sets from vintage A100, B3, C3 & L100 instruments
  • 6 way tonewheel scaling
  • Adjustable drawbar output levels
  • Hyper accurate vibrato/chorus scanner
  • Completely adjustable percussion & vibrato scanner controls
  • Classic 122/147 and "high power" custom rotary speaker simulations
  • Guitar amp cabinet simulation
  • Accurate manual taper & volume robbing
  • 2 Stereo outputs, Main and Direct (pre-overdrive and cabinet)
  • Classic 40 watt rotary speaker tube overdrive simulation and high gain British guitar amp overdrive
  • Completely adjustable rotary speeds, acceleration & deceleration
  • Accurate microphone spread and distance controls
  • Rotary horn diffusers on/off
  • Front stop & Memphis control for rotary speaker
  • Low memory/disk usage
  • Low CPU usage

Tonewheels baby

A real B3 (or C3 or A100) has 91 individual tonewheels spinning constantly, creating the fundamental tones for every note on the keyboards. Blue3 recreates them all with all of their lovely imperfections. But as you know, every vintage organ sounds just a little different because of age and wear & tear, so Blue3 goes a step further and gives you the tonewheel sets from 30 different actual organs including A100s, B3s, C3s and a few L100s. Pick your favorite set.

Even more tonewheels

And if you really like one of those tonewheel sets but wish it had just a little more highs, you're going to love the tonewheel level controls. They let you smoothly turn up or down any section of the tonewheels to capture the sound you're looking for. This is no EQ control. This is the exact equivelent of opening up the back of your organ and smoothly adjust the output levels of all of the tonewheels.

Players are picky

The way the percussion sounds is very personal to players. Blue3 lets you adjust every aspect of all the percussion settings to your hearts content.

Same thing goes for the Vibrato/Chorus scanner. Every component of the V/C circuitry has been recreated with meticulous detail and Blue3 lets you tune it to your personal taste.

Imperfections, we love em

Blue3 lets you dial in just how much character you want. Turn up the crosstalk, flutter and leakage and your instrument will sound like a beast that's been on the road for 30 years. Turn them all down and it will sound like it just left the factory floor. It's your choice.

Key Contacts

Every time you play a key on a real vintage organ, 9 metal key contacts touch at slightly different times to create that click sound that many players love. It's based on how fast you play, the drawbar settings and several other factors. Blue3 recreates this circuitry that's a huge part of the instrument's authentic sound. Sprinkle in to taste.

Smokin' tubes

If you prefer your organ with some overdrive, Blue3 has you covered with 2 different types. A simulation of the classic 40 watt amplifier contained in a 122/147 rotary speaker gives you anything from a little warmth, to something crunchier, and all the way to the well known "frying eggs" sound. The 100 watt high gain setting simulates a well-known British guitar amplifier prized for it's tons of gain and distortion, more suited to Steppenwolf and Jon Lord types of sounds. Yeah, baby.

Spin, baby, spin

Blue3 recreates the incredible sound of a classic 122/147 rotary speaker. And again, players can be pretty picky so Blue3 goes out of the way to give you as much control as you want, including slow/fast speeds and speed up/down times for the top and bottom rotor and more.

Every engineer has his special way of micing a rotary and Blue3 has every option covered. Close mic it for an intense and pulsing sound, or further away for something much smoother. Spread them out for a dreamy stereo spread or close together for a mono output.

Even more rotary options

Blue3 of course comes with a glorious simulation of the classic 122/147 rotary speaker, but we've taken that a step further with a custom "high power" version that simulates a hot-rodded rotary cabinet that was previously only available to top touring pros. While very similar to the classic, it has a sound all it's own. And if you're not into the rotary sound, Blue3 also comes with a simulation of a British guitar amp cabinet with 4 - 12" speakers.

You can also remove the diffusers from the top horn for a brighter, more pulsing kind of sound. And we didn't forget to give you the option to stop the rotors in front, or give you the Memphis sound by disconnecting the bottom rotor motor.

And one more thing...an additional plugin

Blue3 now includes an additional plugin, Blue3Rotary, which is exactly what you'd think...an audio plugin that's comprised of Blue3's Tube Overdrive and Rotary Cabinet simulations. Basically, a 122/147 cabinet in a plugin. Now you can process any audio you'd like through it...guitars and electric pianos sound awesome through it...even vocals.

UI Options

And just in case you'd prefer the interface to match the vintage sound of Blue3, we've got you covered.

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FAQs

Downloads

Mac

  • OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Native 64-bit
  • AU
  • VST 2.4 or higher
  • AAX for Pro Tools 11 & 12
Download Mac version

Windows

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher
  • Native 64-bit and 32-bit
  • VST 2.4 or higher
  • AAX for Pro Tools 11 & 12
Download Windows version
Current version: 1.1.01

The plugin will operate in demo mode until you purchase a license. Everything is fully functional in demo mode, but you'll hear a low volume crackling sound after 2 minutes and every so often after that.

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