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

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 11 reviews )
 8 reviews73 %
 1 user review9 %
 1 user review9 %
 1 user review9 %
Value For Money : Excellent
moosers02/08/2009

moosers's review

Native Instruments B4
I had problems installing Native Instruments B4, nor did I have any compatibility issues with my machine. It was easy to install, and I have installed and used it both on a Mac and a PC. I use it as a standalone plug-in and in Logic. I don't a manual for this as it is straightforward enough where I didn't need it.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I run the B4 on a Mac Book Pro lap top with a 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4 GB or RAM. I have also used it on a Hewlett Packard lap top with a 3.0 Ghz processor and 2 GB of RAM. It has almost run smoothly on both machines for me. I only used it as a stand alone on the PC, but on the Mac have run it successfully in both Logic and as a stand alone. I only run one of these at a time to play on usually, but it can also be used as a plug-in effect that can be really cool sometimes!

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using Native Instruments B4 for about four years. It provides me quick and easy organ sound that I can play with my MIDI controller. The B4 is quite a realistic organ sound, and while it definitley doesn't match a real B3, it is just as good as most organ sounds on synthesizers, if not better and more versatile. I haven't used any other virtual organs like this one, as this fit my price range and I liked it from the get go. I try to use a real organ whenever I have a recording that needs organ, but when that is not possible the B4 comes in handy. It is easy to use and is also great for getting down ideas before you go to dub with a real organ. Overall, the B4 suits my needs and I would definitley recommend looking into it.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Native Instruments B4
To fully utilize the B4 a pedal board would have to be used. Since most people don't have or desire to obtain one certain chord voicings become difficult. This is a minor gripe because it only applies to live application and doesn't pose much a problem for studio work.

price paid: $240

The interface is exactly what you would expect from a Hammond organ. Drawbar settings, percussion switches, and tone controls are all created well here so the organ feels familiar. None of these features being strictly cosmetic which makes this instrument a spectacular investment. It can be played in two modes. The default is the organ view as if you're sitting at the organ viewing the drawbars and the keys (even the pedal board). The second only shows the drawbars for those who have no need of seeing the entire instrument.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

This is absolutely the best organ I've ever heard. I played this virtual B4 next to a Hammond B3 and was surprised that this sounded significantly better! Native Instruments really did their homework in creating this VI. They've even included nuances like distortion. The Leslie effect is amazing. When programming with this it even sounds better when its played back.

This product alone made me want to purchase everything Native Instruments makes! If they do their research this well on all of their tools they will be around for a very long time.

OVERALL OPINION

I take this with me when I travel because none of the organs I play sound close to this. It's become a necessity for every gig and gives my studio work an authentic feel.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown (January 1-, 2003)
afterglow47910/01/2008

afterglow479's review

Native Instruments B4
This plug is super easy to install. Basically just load in the disc, type in your serial which should be with your DVD, and register the VST with your DAW. I didn't have any issues when I installed this, it went very smoothly. You don't really have to do any configuration at all once it is registered with your DAW, except to tell the program which MIDI controller to use if you are even using one. You will want to turn down your latency if you are using a MIDI controller, otherwise this plug will be difficult to use. The manual is really thorough and lets you know everything you need to know. Great package.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I have a Windows XP system that is custom built with top of the line CPU and RAM. I am running B4 on Cubase in the VST format, and it works like a charm - no problems at all. It only eats up about 3% of the CPU overhead, which is pretty good for a soft synth that sounds as good as this one does. The latency depends on your current driver setting, so again you'll want to crank that down so you can audition some sounds properly. It is also very stable, I don't think it ever crashed.

OVERALL OPINION

I have this in my home setup and I use it with a MIDI controller. I swear it's like playing the real thing! You can easily get a very basic B3 sound from the presets, and then you can adjust a huge amount of settings to get whatever tone you want. You can also adjust the leslie properties as well as reverb, amp type, and distortion. Overall it's a really great sounding, easy to use, plug that is worth every penny. I would definitely recommend it and would get it again myself. It's a great value too, they could probably charge more for this thing.
zitounchichen08/16/2006

zitounchichen's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments B4
Trouble free installation

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Well overall, but to me, it crashes every time with if I try to change the sound too fast ... Then I gently lol
Yet I'm on a 3 GHz / 1GB RAM ...

OVERALL OPINION

Suremnt I misread, but I can not understand that we can write that it sounds like a Bontempi € 20 to Auchan ...
The B4 sounds Vintage to death! It's incredible ... vraimet it's funk, soul it is rock, gospel is ... Nickel is ...
And so many settings to consider for each sounds ...
Nothing to say ... Invest!
LaPuce10/01/2005

LaPuce's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments B4
Absolutely no problem installation

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Hyper stable

OVERALL OPINION

I would first like our answer Genelek djas it should learn to play and what use such an instrument, because the B4 coupled a good amp is amazing for ism
This is what it does best as a virtual clone, the only problem is that we should not go into too much treble is all
mrpessoa08/11/2005

mrpessoa's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments B4
Very easy to install, same for the plugins (I use Cubase)

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I "do not put that 9" because I have slight problems, or latency, or crackling, which I accept poorly seen my M audio 410 and my PC a go LDLC RAM, AMD 2, etc..

But I put 9 because 1) I'm having enough 2) it's probably in my modest aprtitudes computer music which do not make me find the appropriate settings to take full advantage!

OVERALL OPINION

EDIT 2011:
I drive by that time! Looking back, B4 is awesome! The best! Vintage Organs and I just bought (with Komplete) is not better. Similar perhaps, but not better! So, I keep two: Vintage and B4 and organs!

And suddenly I correct my rating: 10/10! (I leave in archive what I wrote in trouble this time)


Yes, only 7!
Why?
Because the sound does not m'éclatent as much as those of organs of my Roland piano FM7!
They are much more varied, that's a plus, and you can hear more harmonics (and they are fairly well connected) but overall, when I play on my piano, I almost feel like playing the organ sounds with Roland, and slightly less with the sounds Native B4:
if yen who hesitate between different options ... But FM7 = € 1700 (at least what I paid)
2066 & then05/12/2005

2066 & then's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments B4
No pb to install
no inconsistency

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Config: Lifetec laptop, Pentium IV 2.8 GHz, 512 DDR 400, 60GB drive with 4000rpm and wheelbarrows. Sound card Edirol UA20.

No problem. also used a less powerful PC bcp (Dell 700 MHz 256 RAM) with no more basis points.

Could not quantify the latency, but the game in real time is possible, very little greedy (unless many more)

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for two years. This is my favorite.
Very good sound, too bad this is not true.
Best qu'EB3 or DaOrgan (nothing)
good value for money.
I am considering the purchase of B4D, all zippers noon, but that just makes you (very) expensive, especially if we want to equip two keyboards ...
The VST plugin is really excellent, for example to the leslie after the reverb.
In short, the best vst I know (for my taste, I am not very synth).
eminent200003/01/2005

eminent2000's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments B4
Installation without any pb

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

AMD Duron 1.2 GHhz, 384 MB RAM, Win XP, map Fortssimo Hercules II.
Also works on PIII 400Mhz 128MB RAM with no points.
Trs stable and low fuel consumption.

Too bad it does not run on Linux (BMD it works with Wine emulator).

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 9 months.

This is a good software, the sound is l. .. But it is just software. Trs is frustrating to go through the PC qqun like me out of an organ with two keyboards and vritable zippers.

I recommend it to s'intresse Reserved computer music or wants a musical color on a model. As for play on all the time, no I do not have that choice but would do a CX3-hand or a small spinet Hammond. But it is a matter of design that no n'enlve product value.
|oliv|06/23/2004

|oliv|'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments B4
Installing the demo easy

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Impeccable ...
I would compare it with a real organ, but I tried to make use of some chords in the background and it sounds very good ... and most importantly, there are many possibilities to create its sound.

OVERALL OPINION

I have tried this plug as well ... I find trs
I am not a specialist in looking but I just offset the note just before the person who has 1 / 10 which is not justified and it does not justify elsewhere.
genelek06/22/2004

genelek's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments B4
I do not know, it's easy BMD

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

On my computer it works without a prob, I mean BMD!

OVERALL OPINION

I just Tlcharger BMD, I find that a ring would not put a kitch.Je kopec the dedans.De fawn all the hammond is not my style but you still m reconnatre me that made its electronic Farfisa organ of the 70s! the kind of thing that Achteras junction 20 for his cousin 12 years ..... that is deaf ... well just to play with boutons.Bon I finish and I go crazy for the mo trash.
As against the Bosendorfer 290, for the price I tombcomme which the DMOS is important ... thank you for your native instruments transparency and quality-General for your products.