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An incredible sample collection of electric piano and organ sounds at your fingertips.
The E-MU Vintage X Pro Vol. 3: Keyboards provides you with an array of classic keyboards, including the B3 drawbar organ, Rhodes, Clavinet, CP-70, and Wurlitzer electric piano. E-MU's sound designers tracked down and sampled the finest specimen available of each keyboard and concentrated on sampling each instrument's signature sounds. B3 presets include various drawbar settings, percussive samples, fast/slow rotary speaker settings and pedal samples, and all instrument presets are optimized for Emulator X's powerful streaming engine and patch cord modulation matrix.
Using MIDI controllers with this sample library is easy, as the front panel knob functions are standardized for most of the factory presets. Match the MIDI controller numbers corresponding to the knobs on your MIDI keyboard to the real-time controller assignments in the Preferences menu to control these important functions.
Featured in the E-MU Vintage X Pro Volume 3:Keyboard sound collection:
Hammond B3 Organ Samples
(1955) Electro-Mechanical Organ
The Hammond Organ was designed and built by ex-watchmaker Laurens Hammond in 1935. The Hammond B3 generates sounds using a tone generator consisting of an AC synchronous motor driving a set of 91 tone wheels, each of which rotates adjacent to a magnet and coil assembly. The number of bumps on each wheel determines the pitch produced by a particular tone wheel.
The Hammond B3 uses a unique drawbar system of additive timbre synthesis and stable tuning. A note on the organ consists of the fundamental and a number of harmonics, or multiples of that frequency. In the B3, the fundamental and up to eight harmonics are available, controlled by the drawbars which are labeled to represent pipe organ pitches.
The 2-speed, Leslie rotating speaker was a large part of the Hammond B3's signature sound. Counter-rotating sound deflectors (one for the woofer and one for the tweeter) create a wonderful doppler vibrato effect, especially when the speed is changing.
The Hammond B3 was popular with churches and home organists, as well as rock and soul groups.
Rhodes Electric Piano Samples
(1965) Electric Piano
A piano teacher, Harold Rhodes initially created a tuning fork piano, the Xylette, during WWII as a portable instrument to help rehabilitate wounded airmen. He continued to refine and develop his idea producing the Pre-Piano and the Piano Bass. In 1965 the Rhodes Electric Piano was born.
The innovative Rhodes piano immediately become a standard instrument in the jazz, pop, rock, and R&B genres. The sound of the Rhodes is instantly recognizable and it remains a widely used instrument even to this day. Harold Rhodes continued to evolve and improve his piano in association with Fender until 1983 when production was discontinued.
Hohner Clavinet Samples
(1971-1985) Electric Clavichord
The Clavinet, designed by Ernst Zacharias to replicate the sound of a Clavichord, was a huge success for Hohner. Artists such as Stevie Wonder, the Commodores, Billy Preston and Foreigner, each made the Clavinet part of their trademark sound.
The Clavinet uses real strings, which are struck by rubbertipped hammers against a metal "anvil". A pair of single coil, magnetic pickups convert the sound into an electrical signal for amplification. The 60-note keyboard is velocity sensitive—the harder you play, the louder and more vibrant the tone. The Clavinet employs a combination of tone and pickup select switches, which can be used to vary the tone color.
(1990) Portable Electric Piano Samples
The Yamaha CP-70 Electric Grand Piano was introduced in the mid-70's and produced until the mid-80's and during that time was the standard touring piano used by just about every major artist and group.
It is described as a portable electric grand piano. It is covered in black Tolex and comes apart in two separate pieces that weigh well over 100 pounds each. The CP-70 has hammers and strings just like a normal piano, and a piezoelectric pick-up system that converts the string vibration into an audio signal. It has a warm, smooth sustain and is not as percussive as a grand piano. The lowest octave bass strings are shorter than normal and this octave doesn't quite sound like a full-sized piano. But this portable piano has a character all its own.
Wurlitzer Electric Piano Samples
(1956) Portable Electric Piano
Ben F. Meissner patented his stringless piano design in 1932. Mr. Meissner sold his design to the Everett Piano Company who further developed his ideas and later resold their improved design to the Wurlitzer Organ Company. The Wurlitzer electric piano utilized felt covered hammers that struck metallic reeds, which were tuned with blobs of solder and a file. A magnetic pickup system converted the tone into electric energy and a small amplifier drove the built in speakers on the front of the piano. It sounds very different from the Rhodes piano and has enjoyed great success, especially during the 1960s and 1970s.
The Wurlitzer piano can be heard on Ray Charles' classic "What I'd Say" recorded in 1959. Supertramp, Steely Dan and Little Feat also made extensive use of the classic Wurlitzer sound in their many great recordings.