VB3-II Hammond Organ

Genuine Software and Instruments (GSI)

For all the Hammond / drawbar fans out there Jeff has shared some information that you may be interested in:

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Genuine Software and Instruments (GSI) have recently released a new version of their VB3 Hammond Organ software, VB3-II. Wersi owners will be familiar with this product line. An older version was made available as an optional VST plug-in on OAS models, and the previous version is one of the standard drawbar units on OAX models. Since this is a completely new product, not an update, I thought it would be useful to try it out, see what it can do and report my findings in a review of the product. I think the review will be of particular interest to those OAX owners seeking a better drawbar sound on their instruments, and to OAS owners who have upgraded their instruments to run this type of software on a second processor.

You can find the review on the WersiClub UK website in the ‘Latest News & Site Additions’ section at http://www.wersiclub-ukfocus.org.uk/

or you can view/download it directly at http://www.wersiclub-ukfocus.org.uk/Jeff%20Ormerod/VB3%20II%20Review.pdf

If you have any questions or require further information on the product, I’ll be happy to respond.

Jeff

7 thoughts on “VB3-II Hammond Organ

  • 10/13/2018 at 10:33
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    Hi John,

    I omitted to say in my posting on resources that as Curt says, your ASUS machine will be fine for running the HD software. I have exactly the same specification in my Mac mini and I’ve not had any problems. The only issue you may encounter is when running the very largest pipe organ samples in Hauptwerk. For best quality these use 24 bit samples which can require more than the 16 GB of RAM. The great thing about Hauptwerk however is that we have a choice of sample bit lengths, so selecting the 20 bit samples enables the software to run comfortably within the 16 GB. You might experience a small loss in quality, but at these higher bits lengths the human ear is reaching its limit of sensitivity and the difference is not that perceptible. At least not to my ears anyway!

    Jeff

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  • 10/12/2018 at 10:51
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    Hi Curt,

    I’m currently running a 1TB SSD on the Scala HD. I find when it comes to specifying computing resources for high definition software you can’t go wrong adhering to what I call the ‘Fagin Principle’ which basically says that the more you have of something the better. You will recall that Fagin was a character in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, and in the musical Oliver! Fagin gets to sing the song ‘You’ve got to pick a pocket or two’ from which we get Lionel Bart’s immortal line “In this life one thing counts, in the bank large amounts”. Adapting this for computing resources we get the ‘Fagin Principle’, “In this game one thing counts, in the spec large amounts”. So specifically for the relevant resources:-

    RAM – Software like Hauptwerk loads all its samples into RAM, so if you’re a power crazed maniac like me who likes to run the biggest instruments, these can take up a considerable amount of RAM capacity. The Willis organ for example requires 24 GB of RAM space. Dual or even quad channel RAM is also a good idea for optimum speed if the motherboard supports it.

    Disk Capacity– Sample libraries for software like Kontakt can take up huge amounts of disc space. The Hans Zimmer Steinway Grand Piano which I’ll be featuring shortly on the HD Series has 88,352 samples and requires 211 GB of disc space!

    Disk Speed – SSD is pretty much essential for these type of applications. Software like Kontakt spools all its samples from disk, so speed is of the essence to avoid latency issues.

    CPU – A fast processor, but also a good number of cores. Software like Hauptwerk can take advantage of parallel processing by computing the sounds for each individual stop concurrently. So the more cores you have the more efficient this process is. Hauptwerk aficionados have obscene numbers of cores in their processors.

    We should say though that you don’t need the most powerful machine on the planet to run this software, it will run quite happily on even a modest spec machine. However in this situation you will have to make compromises on quality, for example shorter bit length samples, lower sample rates, reduced polyphony (number of voices sounding simultaneously), increased latency due to data being swapped in and out to disk etc. So Fagin got it right, large amounts, that’s what counts!

    Incidentally, the word on the street is that there’s about to be a new Mac Mini launched this month. The model hasn’t had an upgrade since 2014 so Apple aficionados are getting all excited. Apple as usual are saying nothing, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens. If they’ve implemented the ‘Fagin Principle’ in the upgrade, I might be tempted.

    Jeff

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  • 10/11/2018 at 09:48
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    hello Curt, I have a PC at home an ASUS with i7 processor and 16 GB memory. I hardly use it anymore, because of the purchase of a new laptop / tablet. I want to get started with that PC. I think that will work. And of course I will keep you informed here at WersiClubUSA.

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  • 10/11/2018 at 09:44
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    hello Curt, I have a PC at home with an ASUS i7 processor and 16 GB memory. I hardly use it anymore, because of the purchase of a new laptop / tablet. I want to get started with that PC. I think that will work. And of course I will keep you informed here at WersiClubUSA.

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    • 10/12/2018 at 06:48
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      John – That will make a lovely external processor. If not already installed and if possible, add an SSD (or two). It will help significantly with sample load times.

      Look forward to progress reports.

      Jeff – I know you are running with a Mac Mini – SSD or spinning disk(s)?

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  • 10/11/2018 at 08:08
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    Thanks for the tip Jeff. I will definitely try this with my Verona OAS organ. next month I start according to the example of WERSI ORGAN SHOWCASE
    By Jeff Ormerod to renovate my Verona. Than I will certainly try out the VB3-II Hammond Organ software.

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    • 10/11/2018 at 09:27
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      John, Keep us posted as you implement. Do you plan to go with a Mac or a PC of some kind? Should be a fun and exciting project!

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