I am always on the lookout for cool free plugins. This week I came across two, that I think when put together, turns a guitar into a pretty decent fake organ. I wouldn’t use it in situations where the organ is the primary instrument, but as an instrument sitting back in a mix, it might just do the trick.
The first one is the Stomp King SK-6 Ro-Tube.
As the name suggest, it’s a rotary speaker emulator. This is one of the better ones I have come across. It has a warm, retro, slightly over-driven, pulsing sound that reminds me of an old jazz organ trio album. I also like its straight forward layout and simple controls. I see myself using this one a lot in the future.
The second one is the 4 Band Shifter.
The cool thing about this one is that you can shift the pitch of 4 independent frequency bands. For my guitar organ thing, I was able to shift 0hz to 540hz up a perfect 5th and frequencies 540hz through 10khz up an octave. Then I blended the effect into my guitar track about 25%. This gave, to my ears, a sort of drawbar effect. When Combined with the Stomp King SK-6 Ro-Tube, I thought it produced a pretty good fake organ sound.
I made a quick demo of the combination and posted it below. Sorry for the watermark in the middle of the screen, I used a video editing program I was checking out.