Native Instruments B4 II

B4 II, Virtual Organ from Native Instruments in the B4 series.

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songboy 11/16/2009

Native Instruments B4 II : songboy's user review


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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.


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.


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