It took GSI approx 4 yrs to get VB3 to the current (old) version. Longer than that if you go back to their earlier free versions. B5 was released earlier last year and within 2 years has made a mostly realistic product, and still improving. Blue3 was released this year and is still improving.
Here is the reality: I am never going to buy another Hammond or Leslie. If I did, it will NEVER emulate other models, or reproduce the dream rigs of the Hammond Gods. As I stated above, Blue3 has MANY settings that can be changed, and I also said more Leslies would be a plus.
Reality check #2: VB3 is starting to to become unusable with newer computers and OS upgrades, thanks to developer neglect. I love VB3 and will use it as long as I am able. Unfortunately, it is only a matter of time before it will be dust.
Reality check #3: We all need to be looking to the active developers we have. Instead of debating this to death here, contact GGaudio and ASK if this or that could be added to Blue3, or contact Arno at Acoustic Samples and ASK if something could be changed on B5. I do it. Others do it and get results. This is the time.
Very few here has been so shy as to not ask Brad for improvements in our VST host. The same should apply to the VST’s we use.
Brad asked a question about Blue3. My answer is “I like it”. It is not VB3 or B5. It is a fresh look at an old emulation with very low CPU hits. I believe it has great potential with an active developer. I can EQ out the bright, run it through a distortion effect or amp sim. Even add a different rotary like VB3 fx or others. For many things the developer may miss, I can usually add.
Finally, as I step off my soapbox, we are all spoiled rotten brats. The world is open to me, and I worry about not having the Leslie switch sound recreated.