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Return of a legend:
The Wurlitzer V is a high end software recreation of the classic Wurlitzer 200A electric piano. As the Wurlitzer pianos in good shape are sadly quite rare today, Arturia is proud to revive this classic by introducing a high end physical modeling reproduction.
Unlike sample libraries, the Wurlitzer V physical modeling engine reproduces the very acoustic properties of reeds, key action and amplification, bringing you high realism while offering maximum flexibility on sound.
As most producers know, the legendary bright and overdriven Wurlitzer sound heard on classic records also comes from the use of fine amplifiers, micing and processing. This is why the Wurlitzer V goes further by putting you in command of a studio from the 70s, filled with vintage stompboxes and classic tube amps—everything you need to get a true classic vibe!
If you are looking for a lively electric piano combined with inspiring studio tools, the Wurlitzer V is the ultimate package.
Physical modeling engine:
Physical modeling synthesis is a method in which the waveform of the sound to be generated is computed by using a mathematical model, being a set of equations and algorithms to simulate a physical source of sound. Our brand new physical model has been implemented in the Wurlitzer V. It models all components of the Wurlitzer piano with attention to details, including not only reeds and hammers themselves but also the mechanism and action, not forgetting the internal amplification system and acoustic properties of the plastic body. The Wurlitzer V carefully emulates the traditional 'bag of shot' genuine piano action present in the 200A, with the hammers striking the flat reeds at around their center point, causing the reed to vibrate and be converted into electric energy by electrostatic pickups.
The result of physical modeling allows notes to be really played ('constructed' in real-time, like on a real Wurlitzer). The sound is alive, not static: it is not a simple recording, but a genuine instrument that responds to the player's interpretation. Moreover, it's really light on the computer, does not require storing a huge collection of samples, and avoids the nightmare of tuning each reed.
Maximum sonic flexibility:
The Wurlitzer V allows the musician to interact with the sound, by bringing in-depth parameters right on the main panel. These parameters allow for deep sound design capabilities, and let you tailor the sound you are looking for in unique ways. This is why the Wurlitzer V is not only great at offering an accurate recreation of the legendary Wurlitzer keyboards, but also ideal for sound-design experiments and creations.
A complete studio environment:
Boutique effects and guitar tube amps were the key to the alchemy of the Wurlitzer sound, back in the 70's. Today, the Wurlitzer V reintroduces a modeled studio environment including the very same amps, microphones and effects.
The Wurlitzer V lets you choose among 3 output modes: Studio, Stage and Rotary.
- Studio mode: The Wurlitzer V and the effects are connected to a direct box, that will allow you to listen to the pure sound directly on the output. There is a reverb that follows the direct box, just as it would be in a studio.
- Stage: The concept is to recreate the sound of the Wurlitzer used in the typical 'garage band' situation. So we added a guitar amp simulator with multiple mic and speaker options. A nice spring reverb is featured in the output selection.
- Rotary:The rotary speaker is normally associated with organs but it works great with the Wurlitzer. You’ll get that circularity in the sound plus a bit of gain crunch.
Boutique effects galore:
The Wurlitzer V integrates a collection of 11 vintage stompboxes modeled after the most sought-after effects: overdrive, phaser, wah pedal, autowah, flanger, compressor, chorus, vocal filter, analog delay, pitch shifter / chorus, digital reverb.
Easy MIDI assignments:
The Wurlitzer V not only side-steps the nightmare of tuning the reeds manually, but also comes with a very intuitive way of mapping your favorite MIDI controller. Thanks to automatic learning, assigning a control is a breeze. Simply click on a control in MIDI mode, then move the slider or knob on your controller that you want assigned to Wurlitzer V.
- Physical modeling of the classic Wurlitzer 200A Electric Piano
- Advanced parameters to allow in-depth control over your sound design
- Includes 11 classic stompbox-type modeled effects
- Wah wah pedal
- Pitch shifter / chorus
- Vocal filter
- 4 guitar tube amps and 1 rotary speaker modeling for vintage live sound
- Fender Deluxe Reverb Blackface
- Fender Twin Reverb Blackface
- Fender Bassman
- Marshall Plexi
- Leslie Speaker
- Extensive MIDI mapping of pedals, effects and sound engine parameters
- Graphic equalizer: The 10 band graphic equalizer provides control over the sound spectrum for the Wurlitzer V.
- Vibrato rate: Sets the speed of the vibrato.
- Pickup distance: Sets the distance between the tone source and the pickup. When the pickup is moved closer to the tone source, the sound becomes more distorted and the timbre change between soft and loud increases.
- Pickup axis: In the real Wurlitzer, the pickup is not exactly in front of the tone source at rest. When it is exactly in front, due to the symmetry of the device, the note jumps one octave higher than the normal tone. Turning the pickup Axis knob clockwise makes the pickup move from an asymmetric position to a symmetric position, thus providing a wide range of timbres.
- Impedance: Sets the mechanical impedance of the tines: the greater the impedance, the longer the sound becomes.
- Damper position: When a note is released, each overtone decays more or less rapidly depending on the damper position. It is particularly noticeable in the bass notes when using partial pedals (and also with keyboards sending variable key release velocity).
- Dynamics: Controls the loudness level between pianissimo and fortissimo. Thanks to the fact that the effect is applied each time a note is calculated, the dynamics feature can be seen as the perfect compressor as it allows you to adjust the dynamics without any distortion.
- Octave stretch: Octave stretch allows you to simulate a stretch tuning. It can go from subtle to extreme.
- Hammer hardness: You can choose the hammer hardness. The harder the felt, the more brilliant the sound becomes.
- Hammer noise: You can adjust the hammer noise, that is, the weight of the hammer percussion sound. With a loud hammer noise, you will feel as though you are standing close to the piano.
- Note off noise: Sets the level of key release noise.
- Sustain pedal noise: On a Wurlitzer you can hear the mechanical action of the sustain pedal. You can set how loud or soft you want this mechanical noise to sound.
- Velocity curve: Allows you to adjust the response of your keyboard.
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- System requirements
- Intel only
- 1GB RAM
- 2GHz CPU (multiple cores recommended)
- Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
- 1GB RAM
- 2GHz CPU (multiple cores recommended)
- Windows XP/Vista/7