VSTV2 Classic 1960s Virtual Organ

Bob Leggitt | Monday, 9 January 2012 |

[UPDATE: The VSTV2 has now been withdrawn and replaced by the vastly superior Undercult. Hit this link for the Vox Continental II inspired Undercult. It's still freeware.]

The VSTV2 virtual organ replaces the VSTV1, which is no longer available. The principles are almost the same, but the VSTV2 is a much more accurate reproduction of the classic 1960s organ sound, incorporating some of my most recent digital circuits. Please see the VSTV1 download page for details of the basic operation of this instrument. The VSTV1 download link is no longer active, so the page only now offers information. The differences with the VSTV2 are detailed below...

It's now impossible to play outside the range of the organ keyboard. Notes outside the correct range will be silent on your MIDI input keyboard. This helps you keep the sound fully authentic.

The Percussion section has been moved just to the right of the lower manual. The layout is slightly different but the buttons have exactly the same function as on the VSTV1.

There's now a master Volume control, plus a Push and a Tone knob affording you more flexibility with the organ's output. The Push control roughens the sound with a gritty edge. It's not really distortion or overdrive. Just a retro oldie-ness that helps with the 1960s feel. The Tone control reduces treble for the overall instrument (both manuals) for those who feel the new (and more accurate), brighter top end is too cheesy.

But the main difference as compared with the VSTV1, is the way the VSTV2 is voiced. There's actually little comparison in terms of accuracy. The VSTV1 was the first VST organ I ever made, and those who read the original download page will recall that I almost didn't release it because I felt it needed serious improvements. The thousand or so people who ignored my negativity and downloaded the VSTV1 anyway, will see straight away that side-by-side, the VSTV2 does address its predecessor's flaws. The VSTV2 is, I believe, a good replica of that good old cheese-gratin' analogue combo organ.


To download, click the download link at the bottom of the page and then follow the prompt(s).

Place the .dll file in your VST Plugins folder, and when you start your VST host it should detect the new software. If you normally have to add your VST instruments and effects manually, you’ll need to use the same process here.

Please be aware that these VSTis are home-made products, released as freeware, with no guarantees of any kind. Every effort is made to ensure that the instruments work well and enhance your recordings. However (and this is the case with most freeware), they cannot be tested on a wide range of systems, and therefore there exists the potential for problems. In downloading, you agree to absolve Planet Botch of all responsibility should a problem of any kind arise as a result of you downloading, installing and/or using the .dll file.

The VSTV2 has been withdrawn and replaced by the vastly superior Undercult. Hit this link for the Vox Continental II inspired Undercult.

Have fun.
Bob Leggitt
Bob Leggitt is a print-published writer, multi-instrumentalist and twice Guitarist of the Year finalist, Google-certified digital marketer, image manipulation expert, virtual musical instrument builder, "Twitter detective", and author of successful blogs such as Planet Botch, Twirpz and Tape Tardis. | [Twitter] | [Contact info]