Cherry Audio introduces Wurlybird 140B Electric Piano

Cherry Audio’s Wurlybird 140B emulates a lesser-known electric piano.

Cherry Audio has introduced Wurlybird 140B, a sample-based virtual instrument, modeled after the classic 1964 Wurlitzer 140B.

While most Wurlitzer electric piano emulations focus on the 200 series models, Cherry Audio has chosen to jump back a generation and bring you the sound of the 140B, which they say many enthusiasts consider to be the jewel in the Wurly crown.

Wurlybird 140B promises to be a faithful emulation of the original hardware – it samples a professionally restored unit owned by keyboard player and songwriter Tom Hammer. These were captured by sound designer Mike Martin.

It is a virtual Wurly that offers ultra-realistic response with subtle randomisation of key release and pedal sounds. The sound of the original preamp has been modelled, and the vibrato/tremolo emulated.

There are also eight stompbox-style effects: Tube Overdrive, Chorus, Rotator, Delay, Reverb, Seven-Band Graphic EQ, ‘70s Phaser and a LoFi vinyl/noise unit. The 50 presets take in both classic and contemporary tones, and the rendered interface adds to the vintage vibe.

What they have to say about it:

“Wurlybird 140B has been crafted by Cherry Audio through deep expert sampling of a professionally restored 140B, along with subtle randomization of key release and pedal sounds, precision modeling of the original preamp, faithfully emulated vibrato/tremolo, and even adjustable background hum.

Additionally, Wurlybird 140B includes a broad spectrum of tonal-enhancing stompbox-style effects, ranging from subtle to extreme.

Intro and performance demo, from synthesist and composer Michael Whalen:

Wurlybird 140B Features:

  • Virtual instrument based on the rare 1964 Wurly 140B model electronic piano
  • Deep multi-sample programming by sound design virtuoso Mike Martin meticulously captures the response of every key and reed
  • Recorded from keyboardist and songwriter Tom Hammer’s exquisite reference model
  • Subtle randomization of key release and pedal sounds for ultra-realistic response
  • Precise modeling of the original preamp
  • Gorgeously rendered resizable UI
  • Easily accessible controls for Vibrato (Tremolo), Tune, Hum, and Velocity Curve
  • Exceptional stompbox-style effects array: Tube Overdrive, Chorus, Rotator, Delay, Reverb, Seven-Band Graphic EQ, and all-new effects algorithms for 70’s Phaser and LoFi with discrete vinyl and noise
  • Over 60 fabulous presets by veteran sound designers James Terris and James Dyson spanning from classic to modern tones
  • Complete MIDI control and DAW automation with effortless MIDI learn mapping

Wurlybird 140B runs standalone and in VST/AU/AAX plugin formats and is available for Windows and Mac. There’s a 30-day demo, and is available now for just $39.


1 Comment so far »

  1. admin said

    am July 11 2024 @ 5:32 pm

    This is a beautiful-sounding instrument with an authentic vibe and feel. It also boasts a stunning interface and bonus features that have become a trademark of Cherry Audio instruments. You’ll love it.

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