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B4 Controller (Librarian/ Editor - MIDI Plugin)

MidiKarval B4 Controller

B4 Controller
plugin name B4 Controller
developer / manufacturer MidiKarval
price €25
licence type commercial - must be purchased to be used, a demo version may be available
plugin type

Librarian/ Editor

available formats -
available platforms Windows 32bit
plugin status Released
plugin version 1.1
date added 12 November 2007 at 00:03
date updated 12 November 2007 at 00:05
B4 Controller description
Native Instruments B4® is the best software emulation of the legendary Hammond B3® and reproduces its sound and its rotary speaker cabinet with unmatched accuracy.

However it lacks some important features, as the possibility of using your keyboard for turning the "bank rotary switch" or selecting the reverse-color keys ("inverted keys") on each manual.

The "B4 Controller" is a VST midi processor that you can put in your host between the midi input and the N.I. B4 II (or the B4 previous version) VSTi. It transforms the Control Change messages or the Note-On messages from your midi keyboard, allowing:
* the use of the "bank rotary switch" for choosing one of the B4 ten presets banks
the use of one or two octaves of your midi keyboard for selecting the upper (or also the lower) manual "inverted keys" and selecting one of the twelve presets of each bank
* the use of the sliders/knobs of your midi keyboard for moving not only the upper manual drawbars, but also the lower manual and the pedalboard drawbars
* playing, without changing the transmitting midi channel, the pedalboard
* "coupling" the upper and the lower manuals, so that you can play them at the same time, using only one hand and transposing, if you want, the lower manual one octave below the upper manual
* to save and load different settings (programs)

The ideal setup for using "B4 Controller" is: 1) a midi master keyboard with buttons, knobs and sliders capable of sending Control Change messages to be used to play the B4 upper manual and send most of the Control Change messages provided by the "B4 Controller" and 2) a midi keyboard (better if it has 76 or 88 keys), typically an electronic piano, to be used to play the B4 lower manual or pedalboard, to push the "inverted keys" and, eventually, to send some Control Change messages provided by the "B4 Controller" via its pedals (sustain pedal, soft pedal, sostenuto pedal if present). But you can use all the features of "B4 Controller" with only one midi master keyboard as well; in this case, in order not to permanently sacrifice one octave (or two) for selecting the "inverted keys", you can push the "Invert. Keys Switch" when you want to change preset and release it when you want to use such octaves for playing.

"B4 Controller" doesn't prevent the use of the other N.I. B4 controls assigned to CC messages via the "Controller Assignment" window of N.I. B4 setup.


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