Wurlybird 140B Electric Piano


Wurlybird 140B is Cherry Audio's first sample-based electro-acoustic virtual instrument, modeled after the 1964 Wurlitzer 140B, considered by many to be the crown jewel of the legendary Wurlitzer electric piano family. Though the 200-series models are more widely known — and often emulated — many devoted Wurly enthusiasts believe the 140B to have superior action and tone quality. 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.

The Wurly is undeniably one of the most classic rock and pop keyboards ever made. Its rich, distinctive sound has been featured on numerous hits, including classic songs by Ray Charles, Queen, Three Dog Night, Supertramp, and modern artists like Beck and Billie Eilish. Several Wurly iterations -- and emulations -- have been released over the years. The 200 and 200A models are lighter and more durable, making them practical for live performances. However, many fans of the Wurly consider the earlier 140B model — a complete redesign of the keyboard's mechanical action, modified cabinet design, and the introduction of their first solid-state amplifier — to be the best in the range due to its superior action and tone quality.

When expert sound designer and sample programmer Mike Martin shared his plan to embark on a comprehensive project sampling keyboardist Tom Hammer's 140B, Cherry Audio eagerly embraced the chance to create an awe-inspiring sampled instrument based on this rare treasure. Wurlybird 140B offers everything a true connoisseur and performer would want from such an instrument. It features carefully modeled vibrato/tremolo, varied release samples, adjustable background hum, and even the "clunk" of the sustain pedal. In addition to the super-accurate sampling and preamp modeling, Cherry Audio has included eight stompbox-style studio-quality effects and over 60 inspiring presets spanning classic to modern tones.

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 Electric Piano is available in AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and standalone formats.

A free 30-day demo of Wurlybird is available. This demo will play white noise periodically, but is otherwise unlimited.

macOS Requirements: macOS 10.13 or above. macOS 13 Ventura supported. 64-bit required. Native Apple M1 or greater processor support, including Ultra. 3.4 GHz Quad-Core or M1 CPU with 8GB of RAM recommended.

Windows Requirements: Windows 7 or above (including Windows 11), 64-bit required. 3.4 GHz Quad-Core computer with 8GB of RAM recommended.

Hard disk space: 380 MB

NOTE: Internet connection required for product activation.

Wurlitzer is a trademark of the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company. There is no association, affiliation or endorsement of Cherry Audio or its products by the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company.


Jul 9, 24

Knocked out of the park!

As someone who spent many many years of his professional life playing these is studios, I have to say this one is a clear winner for realism, character and playability. It feels like I'm back at Fame and Muscle Shoals Sound!

Title of Song

  • James Terris - Fly High (Wurlybird)
  • Jerry Kovarsky - Homage to Duke (Wurlybird)
  • Mike Martin - Flight of the Wurlybird
  • Phil Bennett - Goodbye Porkpie Hat (Wurlybird)
  • Jon Carin - Wurly 78 (Wurlybird)