IK Multimedia has debuted Hammond B-3X, made to meticulously recreate the sound, controls and even the entire effects signal path of the Hammond B-3 organ. IK Multimedia has partnered up with Hammond USA and Suzuki Music Corp, owners of the Hammond Brand, to capture the authentic sound of the original hardware organ.
The Hammond B-3X features 91 tonewheels based on Hammond Organs that IK studied carefully to emulate. Effects processing helped artists shape the sound of the Hammond B-3, and IK has taken this into consideration, by including a five-unit pedalboard. The pedalboard, located in the ‘Stomp’ section of the GUI, boasts overdrive, graphic EQ, chorus-vibrato, wah-wah pedal and a spring reverb.
This processed signal can then be sent to a ‘Cabs’ section that gives users the option of adding classic rotary Leslie amp and speaker sounds, along with a parallel guitar amp and 4×12 cabinet. Post-mixer effects can be applied within the plug-in to blend in the sound of the Leslie, with independent volume and panning controls.
The new B-3X has impressed some well-known Hammond users, too. Dr. Lonnie Smith, legendary jazz organist called the new emulation “unbelievable,” saying “It’s just like I’m sitting at the B-3. It reacts just like the original does.”
As well as being a plug-in, the Hammond B-3X is also available as its own independent application, specifically for performers.
Hammond B-3X is available from IK Multimedia store and authorised IK Dealers at an introductory price of €199.99. IK customers who have registered products with a value of €99.99 are eligible for a crossgrade price of €149.99.
Find out more at ikmultimedia.com/