For those unfamiliar with this Wurlitzer Funmaker it’s recommended you watch the demo video above for an idea how cool the patches sound on this pack.
If you had an older relative with an inclination towards music, there is a good chance at some point they owned an electric organ. These musical machines were all the rage in the 60s and 70s. In many ways you could call a Wurlitzer like this Funmaker one of the first musical workstations. It had Bass pedals, Chord hold options, drum patterns. There was even a place to plug in a microphone and sing along with a cassette, or better yet- record to one! Go on a local buy/sell site and you can probably find an organ like this for free; provided you’re willing to move it. Plenty of indie artists use these style organs to give a mellow, nostalgic vibe to their recordings, which is a sound I’m often drawn to.
The home electric organ I’m thinking so fondly of varied in quality and build from each company. Does the Wurlitzer Funmaker sound like a massive pipe organ or a pro Hammond? No, but therein lies its charm. It has a unique grit on each patch, giving a wonderful, lo-fi feel. The octave of bass pedals get deep, and Wurlitzer’s Spectra Sound option gives each patch such an ethereal tone.
I had a lot of fun going through this Wurly, though as you would expect after 40 years it had some issues. A few hours were spent tinkering with it just to get the sound quality where I wanted it. The end result was satisfying, and I think sounds great. If you love that mellow, lo-fi, beachy sound, you will find this pack very useful. I sampled more than the 14 patches in this pack, but these were the best ones that I feel like capture the essence of this fun home Wurlitzer Organ. Theres a reason they call it a Funmaker; I definitely had my share of fun.
with this pack you get
14 multisample Ableton Live Instruments, created from the Wurlitzer Funmaker
1 Wurlitzer FunMaker audio effect rack, that I built to be a perfect partner with the instruments. Drive that organ!
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