Native Instruments B4 II

Virtual Organ of the B4 series

User Reviews: 4.89

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Average Score: 4.8 ( 4.8/5 based on 9 reviews )
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songboy 11/16/2009

songboy's review

4
I run a Macbook with Logic 9 and Ableton 7.  There is no compatibility issues that I am aware of.
I have never referenced the manual, in fact, I am not sure it came with one. 
Although, if you are familiar with a real tube organ, you should get the hang of this right away.  If not, look it up.
In the sense that this is a reproduction visually as well as aurally of a B3, then yes it is setup simply. 
Yes, all the typical functions are easily accessible via the tab bar in the upper part of the window.  Select either Manual, Organ, Expert or Preset and you will be able to find everything you need.


SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I use it in both programs mentioned earlier as well as a standalone unit from time to time.  So far it has worked very well.  No drop outs, no crashes.  I really enjoy this plugin, but the plugin I find myself drawn to when I need a B3 is GSi's VB3.   I am giving this an 8 out of 10 because the VB3 is 2 units better.
I have been using this plugin for about a year.


OVERALL OPINION

What I like about this plugin is the great presets and the excellent attention to detail when dealing with options on an organ. 
What I don't like is what I don't like about a lot of plugins out there.  Its so damn hard to read/use live because its small and therefore hard to read.  The real problem is you cannot resize it.  Hitting fullscreen leaves the plugin the same size and puts a black background blocking everything else out.  Kinda dumb.
I got this in the big package deal I think I paid about $100 or $150 for this.  Thats not too bad, but in the end, I wish I had just bought the GSi VB3.  Sound quality is very good, 2nd only to the VB3.  I have organ patches in just about every sound machine I own as well as software like Logic, Ableton, Reason, and a few others have a ton too.    This ranks number out of all those guys.
In the end, no I would not make the same choice again.  I would have just bought the GSi VB3
webstersays 08/18/2008

webstersays's review

5
This software installed without any problems. I didn't have any compatibility issues. It was very easy to get set up. The only thing that was a little confusing was the registration. Native Instruments has a number you can call for help though, and they were very helpful with helping me with the registration keys. Once you get it installed, it's very easy to use at first. Then you realize how huge this program is, and how many options there are. It gets confusing from there! The manual is actually not that great, but it gives you a good starting point to check out all the features.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I have a dell computer with windows with an intel processor, and 2GB of ram. The software works very well with my computer. I use it in Cubase mostly. It doesn't ever crash the computer so it is very stable. It doesn't use a ton of memory so you can use it worry free on your recording.

OVERALL OPINION

I have had this for about a year. My band and I used this in a studio when we were recording our album. We wanted to put an organ on a song, but the studio didn't have one. When we mentioned we wished we could do that, they brought up this software. I was really blown away with how good it sounded! It's like having a box full of a ton of different real organs. You can really customize the sound too, even with different kinds of tremolo and distortion. Unfortunately when you play it with a MIDI controller a lot of the time it can sound a little fake, but it you're good with MIDI then you can make a performance seem totally convincing. I have heard other organ emulator software and this one by far takes the cake. I was so impressed with it that I bought my own copy for my home studio. The value for what you get is really great, especially when you compare it with the cost of getting just one real organ. I would buy it again.
Feel 03/03/2008

Feel's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
Trs simple as all products of the brand. In addition to the NI service, is very well done. It does not bug and I feel (non verifies that it consumes little CPU trs.
The design is beautiful and the view without a keyboard is a clever IDE to simplify rglages.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

The sound is excellent. I just regret the sounds "clean" that remain I think unpeu loading ... but overall it's a Russianness. The Leslie vibrato ... are also excellent. The B4 silent dj quip trs well as presets, the B4II is still better off, even if they were adding a few that are not worth much.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 4 years (B4 and then B4II). I never tire of it and RPIX is acceptable for this wonderful plug-in.
A purchase Obviously ...
pierax 08/23/2007

pierax's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

4
RAS
Very easy

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Toshiba Centrino 1.73 with 2GB of Corsair Ram (533 mghz)
Sound Card M-Audio 18/14
Case Midi 8x8 m-audio
Cubase SX 2.0
Keyboards Roland A-90 principal and M-Audio MC-43 and more.

No problem ... My performance bar Exceeds rarely 15 or 20 %.... rev slightly when compared to gas plants as Absynth 3 or 4 or HALion String Edition ....
No problem to sync midi ... responds to a hair ....
no crash either in standalone or vst cubase by
I turned with a 50aine tracks at the same time (a lot of audio and 6 or 7 vst more) no problem ... it's really reliable.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 2 months, I used the first version for 1 year and a half.
Day and night .....
I was glad of the B4 but has really screwed me a slap ... nothing to see much warmer, more realistic ...., percussion is stirring ... emulator cab and just top and then they can choose their tonewheels ...
of quality presets are many and trs
The modulation possibilities are almost endless (dual / single rotor vibrato ... ... ... overdrive reverb ... etc. .. etc)
Farfisa emulators are like the real is quite disturbing ...
Small BMOL Lorqui you play the 88 notes on a vst .... the sharp fall a lot (like a hammond b200 and it's like to rev quickly catchisme !!...)
So be careful to play it on 73 ratings .... especially careful to trs amplification ..
I played on the speakers yamaha s115 with a qsc rmx1850hd and a 01-v ....
mouth and it was really impressive! ...
On the monitor (Event ASP8) is bluffing and nikel mixer (almost nothing to do) it's clean no surprises in the low ...

I wanted to buy a keyboard hammond xk-3c but I have enough ..... wait until my budget to expand ....

For there is no substitute against the touch of true waterfall ... especially nothing can replace the howl of a Leslie 3300 (I tried it in a Malthus andr xk-pro system .... it's madness) but that's another good rate and that's a different world ....

Congratulations and thank you native ... quality price ratio perfect.
I buy it direct
Pyer123456789 05/19/2007

Pyer123456789's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
Easy instalation

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I have a pc with a proper sound card M-Audio Audiophile 192, no conflict, level cpu is a big machine, but given the quality, it is understandable

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a few months, I had the first version that étit exeptionnelle already developed posseseur to impress a friend of a real Hammond B3 in 1939 fully restored, I myself had the opportunity to try the monster but unfortunately not enough to judge mmoi same fidelity. The sound of b4II exeptionnel is still hotter than the first version (who would have thought it possible), clicks, sound better and can use some specificities of the device such linked notes, not with samples, are as close they. I think that's the strength of the B4 II has a similar quality of sample b3 combined with the infinite possibility to live settings modeling vsti, you get a hammond b3 on your computer. the choice of amp is a new and very successful, the possibility of determining the age of b3 is fun but can be useful if you want to play with a broken instrument is yours, but it seems that neither exploits the nostalgia until the rope . other organs (Farfisa, Vox ,...) are also treated, more than in the first version and adapted presets are great. Another very good point, the appearance of a reverb sound that embellishes but also allows a more experimental instrument, the presets are not lacking (for it is to be realistic, it is a another to know to be sometimes surreal!). I use it specifically to play the deep purple (a little reverb on the preset you lord1 and its "space trukin") and doors (vox, the preset "the end" is very successful) but I find the highgain its strong presence from the samples that are génaral purer, I think everyone can find his style
SwingersTeam 03/09/2007

SwingersTeam's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
RAS

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

AMD 64 3500 +, 1.5 GB RAM, 200 GB x 1 System, 1 x 400 GB Datas, sound card M-AUDIO USB

He asks the CPU, my AMD XP Mobile 2500 Mobility in drool.

Jai had a Farfisa, no diffrence my humble opinion between hard and virtual versions.

Jai recorded on a real B3 with a group HARD, that nest not really my style, but it pays.

Jai replayed the songs on NI B4 II and jai find the same sensations.

OVERALL OPINION

Used for 2 months, I am delighted.

Poustouflantes sounds, especially in virtual amplification with two Leslies.

A small rflexion: particulirement on the software of this type, consider the quality of your sound system.
A collgue nen have not satisfied because quil played on a Roland CUBE I understand.

Powerful CPU is ncessaire.

QualitPrix: simply unbeatable.

I Rasht eyes closed, congratulations NI.
.Steff 11/16/2006

.Steff's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
Ll'installation Droulez is no problem, the commissioning of the software also (as usual mac ;-) )
Everything is clear, clean and prcis.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I'm on Mac, iBook G4 1.33 GHz 1GB of RAM and OS 10.4.8 Mac OS (it's a laptop for those who do not know.).
I have no sound card particulire just that of the iBook. I plug the keyboard with a MIDI interface from M-Audio.
The software works very very well on this hardware.
Desfois on the other hand, a key hangs and you have to press r to it to what is released.
It happens very rarely but hey it's a bit annoying when it happens.
This allows you to play live, record in GarageBand Cubase etc ...
No latency, sound Hammond Madness and many other Pink Floyd keyboard etc ...

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for several months, the sound is gnial, the touch responsive. I tried BMD before buying, but I quickly cracked!
It really is the best organ sound I've ever had. I never had the opportunity to play on a real Hammond, but really it gnial.
For reggae, it's really great, rock, blues etc. .. it's really nice too.
Won a 300% software.
I would buy the product with closed eyes, and I recommend it. for those who still doubt, this is a software dmo by Tony Monaco, Hammond great player.
http://www.nuloop.com/fr/home-studio/article/44030/logiciels/native_instruments_b4_ii.html
Bottom of the page

Check it's really excellent.
seb.petit1 05/14/2006

seb.petit1's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
Installation without problems, no conflict, the presentation of two pages, lost in clarity compared to a version that is on a page.
Manuel very well done.
It's always the big game to save the log, while Native facilitated the process.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

The log runs without pb.
Note changes in the assignment of control change in noon main'nant, it is a bit like you want.

OVERALL OPINION

I used one and loved it. 2 The shatters all, it's really my ultimate pti log.
I love just about everything: the selection of Leslie (open or closed, special low ,...) and organs (Hammond, Farsifa, Harmonium, Continental, ... nine, worn or rotten), the quality of sounds, ...
I do not like the fact of not having all the parameters on one screen, that, that can be hassle if like me you use a midi controller manual and uh ... Peduel? Finally, a pedal, and you pack a little, you know more or you are and my guitarist does not care for my mouth.
Several Hammond, Farsifa, Harmonium, Continental ... for less than 200 euros ... a dream ...
sinéo 02/03/2006

sinéo's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
Well, I Tlcharger BMD.
Pb-free installation.
It works right away
No besoisn man ....

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

THE FIRST few problems with version updates downloads (sound interruptions in cubase). The new version I produced over such apparently bp.
Performance: even a lot on my Athlon 3000 + / 1GB RAM

OVERALL OPINION

But C koi Hammond organ? Apparent power 30 ', simply put, is a set of wheels rotating on an axis motorized and gnrant a game of frquences for each note. Drawbars to add more or less in each frquence sound. That was in some kind of additive synthesis.
If its a low base to give the impression of fte fair, when you tweaking parameters (vibrato, etc. ..), and adding an amp derrire is another thing-(CF Pink Floyd and Genesis).

I have been using qques days, and I found the ambience of 70 '. It is added over the previous version, a lot of little things which, note, the passage through the amps, the reverb or drive.
I spit on Russia to the soft sounds dantestes.
Really, this instrument is attemporel. Put in a little or beacoup in a piece and you get a unique atmosphere.
Native Arussi a hallucinatory reproduction.