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The three vital components of an exciting 'virtual' organ

Answering this question properly will ensure you get a great organ. Neglecting any of these components will be like taking away one leg of a three-legged stool.

1) Solid Console Craftsmanship

A solid console is one of the most important parts of your organ. It is one of the most visible parts of your organ. It is also a large part of your investment. (should be around 1/3 of the total money spent) Realistically it should be an financial "asset". Ideally, if you ever decide to upgrade, it would be great if you could save that cost and use the same console.

In addition, good components feel good to play. Reliable components let you concentrate on creating great music instead of compensating for "that button that doesn't work anymore".

2) Quality Sound Generation

Quality sounds give you something you can amplify with confidence and pride. Sound quality has become incredibly good. The best sample and modelling technologies are around and are available to organbuilders. We use them with solid consoles and powerful sound systems to create exciting instruments.

3) Visceral Theatre Sound System

One of the major problems for digital is to create the visceral, gut-shaking movement of air that a 32 foot pipe can produce. Coupled with that is the fact that every individual pipe is a "sound generator". So if you have 4 ranks going, with a 5 note chord, you have 20 sources of sound. You cannot recreate that with the puny stereo output (2 sources) of most digital organ "packages" that are sold to churches. The good news is that as the sounds get higher, less air has to be moved. Therefore it is much easier for digital to produce the same sonic results as a pipe organ as the stops get smaller.
However, with some thoughtful design and some cutting edge technology it is now possible to produce sounds and an experience that can satisfy even a true organ connoisseur; even a 32ft stop!


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