Still Looking for “Alternate” Drawbar Sounds?

It’s been quite a while (I think we all talked about this back in the early Summer 2017 timeframe?). The discussion was about looking for alternate drawbar sounds.

No secret to anyone that follows our site that we are big into VST’s. I’ll also add that we are OK with the default drawbars that are part of OAX. Said another way, we have no plans of installing this. On top of that, we have already had another drawbar VST. More on that in a second.

For those of you still looking for options, we ran across this site in a Facebook group that we follow. As already mentioned, we are not installing, have no plans to install, nor are we endorsing. Simply passing along for folks to take a look and listen and then make their own decision. They have quite a bit of information on their site and some demos you can watch and listen to.

Here’s one of the videos. If you are interested, you can find out more directly on their site.


Back to that other drawbar VST we mentioned. It’s from Native Instruments and is called “Vintage Organs.” You might ask why we have this if we are happy with the OAX drawbars in our Sonic? We recently picked up a Komplete Kontrol S61 MKII keyboard, and that comes with something called Komplete Select. “Select” is a bundle of 11 instruments, one of them being the Vintage Organ module.

Alternate Drawbar


Take a look and listen to both and let us know if either of these is closer to what you are looking for if you are not happy with the default OAX drawbar sounds.


2 thoughts on “Still Looking for “Alternate” Drawbar Sounds?

  • 12/04/2017 at 16:00

    Thanks Curt
    I have had a good listen to these VST’s but not sure they are what I am looking for.
    For my style of more legato playing I like the later solid state Hammond sounds, like the Elegante, CX 2500 or the later XH-272. I also loved the drawbar organ on the Tyros 5 – now that was a fab organ sound.
    The organ voicing on the cheap Ringway RS1000e although they are not drawbars sound great.
    The older model Wersi drawbar sounds are fab on the organs that Florian Hunter plays, so why aren’t they on the OAX?

    I am very frustrated in this department after all the OAX is promoted and sold as an organ, but the draw bars don’t really do it for me.
    Can anyone out there help with other VST’s that will cut the mustard.

  • 12/04/2017 at 07:29

    What I like about these new Wersi, that it offers the OX-7, which you are not limited to the Hammond tone wheel drawbar sounds. You have other options, such as older analog Wersi such as the Helios, Galaxy and also the CD versions. But my very favorite of the OX-7, is one feature that is not offered on any drawbar organ model, “Sustain” effect, bell like fading away effects. I love playing arpeggios with the sustain feature, with all of the even drawbars 16′, 8′, 4′, 2′, in fast tremolo, or 1′ or 16′, 4′, 2′, and 1′ theater Tibia’s in fast tremolo or playing beautiful harp sound with drawbar 8′ pulled out in slow tremolo. Sadly, these new Wersi do not offer automatic arpeggio or the arpeggiator strip on the late model older analog Wersi of the past.


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