GSi Compact DeLuxe, a vintage Farfisa combo organ emulation for mac, win, and iOS

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GSi Compact DeLuxe is a new virtual instrument for macOS, Windows, and iOS, emulating the iconic Farfisa combo organ.

Hans Zimmer once said: the organ is like a “huge, complicated Synthesizer”. He’s not wrong, since you have to generate sounds from scratch here as well. Instead of “oscillators”, you generate here the tones by controlling airflow through several organ pipes. This is the case with an epic church organ.

There are also compact electronic organs that Farfisa built, for example. Here the sound generation was implemented completely electronically. The produced sound was also different. The Farfisa Compact Deluxe is one of the best-known. You can explore it as an emulation in your mac/win DAW or on the go on your iOS device.

GSi Compact DeLuxe

GSi Compact DeLuxe

It replicates the Italian transistor organ Farfisa Compact DeLuxe, also known as the single manual version of the most famous Compact Duo. According to the developer, it uses real-time synthesis and no samples. The key features are:

  • full polyphony (61 notes, 12 Top-Octave Oscillators + Frequency Dividers)
  • key multi-contact simulation with authentic and adjustable key click.
  • authentic recreation of the Farfisa register filters.
  • recreation of the background noise and leakage.
  • adjustable vibrato (speed and depth).
  • built-in stereo delay and stereo reverb.
  • built-in programmer with unlimited programs
  • embedded user’s manual
  • very low CPU and RAM usage.

First Impression

A sound demo is currently only available on the website. The Compact DeLuxe emulation sounds very good. I’m glad to see that this emulation is based on synthesis and not on samples which makes it very flexible.

GSi Compact DeLuxe is available now for 30€ + VAT and runs as a VST, VST3, and AU plugin on macOS and Windows. The iOS version is also out now and costs $14,99 USD, running standalone and as an AUv3 plugin. The sound engine of GSi Compact DeLuxe is also included in the GSi Gemini as well as in the Crumar Mojo 61 hardware.

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