The Vox Continental is probably the most famous of the ‘new breed’ of transistor organs which emerged in the early ’60s. Previously, organs were built around tone-wheel technology. This undoubtedly created a fantastic (classic) organ sound but made the instruments heavy and unwieldy (and expensive). With the advent of transistors, it was possible to create lightweight, portable organs…. in theory. In practice, the majority sounded thin and weak by comparison. However, that sound in itself appealled to the new ‘surf’ and ‘beatnik’ music which was evolving at the time. The portability also appealled to groups. The Vox Continental was unusual in that it actually sounded quite good…. not cheap and cheesy like so many of its rivals.
These organs used ‘divide down’ technology (like the later string synths) where there is a master top octave oscillator and all subsequent octaves are achieved simply by dividing the frequency in half and then half again and so on. It allowed these transistor organs to be manufactured very cost effectively.
* 44.1 kHz/24-bit samples
* Each drawbar multi-sampled separately
* Full mixing of drawbars on scripted panel
* Amp and cab sim plus rotary speaker
* ‘Damage’ control recreates a trashed instrument
* Carefully optimised for efficient CPU usage
* 5 octave range – extended bottom octave