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This from Guido at GSI:

The latest update v.1.1.1 of VB3-II, as well as the latest update v.1.40 for the Crumar Mojo61, have added some more refinements to the organ sound that have not been properly explained, and, since we’re talking about small details that enhance the experience of the whole tonewheel organ simulation, they’re not easy to be perceived especially from those who have never had a genuine Hammond B3 at home or did not dedicate it enough time to appreciate the nuances. Here’s the word… we’re talking about nuances. So… I have been asked what I mean with “complex cross-talk on the upper manual”, I should have explained better… my apology. Right now I’m unable to make a video, but I invite you to try this. Use your VB3-II or your Crumar Mojo61, on the upper manual, use only the first drawbar, play the first F note, then play the F note 3 octaves above, finally, play them both together… you’ll hear an additional tone mixing into the sound only when the two keys are played together. Or you can try the first C and 3rd F, or other combinations with the first 4 drawbars, or just play the triad of C major (C-E-G) on the 3rd octave then play the major scale with your left hand starting from the lowest C, you’ll hear tones appearing along with that bass note that will disappear if you release the chord. This is not “leakage” (that’s been in VB3 since day 1), and not the common cross-talk that most digital clones implement, this is something that is present in a genuine Hammond B3 (or C3, A100 series, especially the models manufactured after 1960, even more with models manufactured after 1970). Will this add something to the sound, to the performance? Well… it’s a detail, the entire life is made of details… if you look someone from a distance you can see only a few colors, but when you look closer, you’ll discover more colors than you can count. Yours, Guido.


Really interesting…


It’s the little things…

I agree, it will be welcomed by us real Hammond pickers. But, the big things, like the Leslie sim, could stand some attention as well. I haven’t downloaded this update yet, but looking forward to it.


This thread is amazing and so helpful. I wish I could have found all of you sooner but am so glad to be able to connect here presently.

Guido is an amazing developer that I have known for about 20 years when he was first developing his SoundFont drum libraries which are really nice. I just finished a fun walkthrough of the VB3-II and would like to share it with you all here. I hope it is helpful?

VB3-II is such a deep instrument and lots of ways to make it sound amazing. I look forward to learning more from the group here.



Hi Simeon,

Welcome to this forum! I’ve used a few of your YouTube videos as I teach myself Hammond playing, thanks for posting them.

Edit - I looked in my bookmarks and remembered that I used your “Philharmonik 2 Scoring Fun_Sunrise.mid” file and YouTube video of that title as a tutorial for Philharmonik 2

Enjoyed your review of VB3 II.



Welcome @Simeon to the forum. We have many threads concerning VB3 on site. I have been a huge supporter of Guido for many years. I was very disappointed, as were many others, in VB3 II when it was 1st released. The latest version, 1.1.1, is much more intriguing. I personally use VB3 1.4, Blue3, B5, and VB3 II in my current rig. They all have their pros and cons, just like the real Hammonds, but it has taken several version changes of VB3 II to warm up to it. You may also like this thread as well: