Sieber organ in Czech

  relaxed sounds in spacious acoustics

   samples of undiscovered organ style

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Exquisite Hauptwerk sample sets


Schnitger-organ Martinikerk Groningen

Two conditions determine the value of a sample set. 1. An organ with a reputation for being of great musical value. 2. Samples in which all the characteristic properties of the pipes are carefully stored. Striking staccato, portato and legato makes a pipe sound different and those differences should be clearly audible in the sample.
The Schnitger organ of the Martini Church in Groningen has sounds that are colorful and relaxing.
A pipe with a relaxed sound will already let the tone be heard by blowing lightly. With increasing pressure, the full volume will sound. How the wind flow from the languid reaches the upper labium is crucial for the speaking and the timbre. The timbre of the Martini organ has the character of the North German Baroque. At that time, the organ builders knew how to voice pipes of great sound beauty. That craft was lost, but was rediscovered in the last century.        see: Organ Martini chuch


Rudolf Janke-orgel in Bückeburg

With knowledge of the craft, a few organ builders have now built new organs. The sounds of Jürgen Ahrend's new organs are equivalent to the historical sounds.
His colleague Rudolf Janke built an organ in historic style for the Stadtkirche in Bückeburg. This organ is new, but the sounds have all the characteristics of the Middle German Baroque style. Rudolf Janke shows that he masters the traditional way of building organs. His refined voicing was highly valued by experts. In addition to transparent clarity, the sounds have deep Gravity. This is clearly audible in the flute registers when playing Bach's Trio Sonatas.  see: Orgel in Bückeburg


Baroque organ Prytanée France

The organ from 1640 in the Prytanée in France is a Baroque organ with sounds that fit well with the Middle German sounds. The organ of the sample set corresponds almost entirely to the Couperin organ of the VU University in Amsterdam. The organ in the Prytanée plays at very low wind pressure in a church with excellent acoustics. This principle is especially common in Italy; by choosing the wind pressure low, the sounds are relaxed. The beautiful acoustics ensure that the sounds can be heard evenly throughout the large room. There is no sample set whose sounds sound so relaxed and mellow without any adjustment. Still, by voicing the samples I was able to improve the sound beauty considerably. The result was surprising; from each tone the character now came out clearly. The details of the response and tone shaping can be heard perfectly, better than I've ever heard in a sample.                                               see: Orgel Prytanée

Authentic North German Baroque Organ

Antonius Wilde built the organ in 1598 for the St. Jacobi Church in Lüdingworth, which was later expanded with a Positive by Arp Schnitger. A good Gravity and a singing clarity provide a vocal sound here. The human voice is the measure and the overtones form a Formant; that is a coloring by a group of overtones that remains the same per pitch, like a vowel that remains recognizable regardless of the pitch. In the time of the Renaissance, the tones of an organ met the requirements and inspired Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck to compose his music.      
                                                                   see: Schnitger-Wilde orgel  

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Real samples or simple software?

The reactions on my website are increasingly about the question whether Sweelinq is equivalent to Hauptwerk and there is a clear answer to that. No, absolutely not, Sweelinq is a simple system that does not play a copy of the pipe tone like Hauptwerk.
Sweelinq is similar to Cecilia, a system that can be downloaded for free:   Cecilia
Adapted, low-priced sample sets from Sonus Paradisi are available for this purpose. Four sample sets are already free to download: Kdousov, Doesburg, Velesovo and Menesterol: Sample sets

Jiri Zurek writes: Cecilia is a simple system software system. The menus are simple and easy to understand without explanation. Instead of faithfully reproducing every property of an organ, it gives a number of functions that one can reasonably expect from an organ and that the user can set to his own liking. Zurek gives the organist an honest choice: 1. Simple and cheap at Cecilia.
2. Real pipe organ sound at Hauptwerk, but the organist has to pay for this quality.

Hauptwerk is a quality sampler, it offers an organists the opportunity to study at home with the sounds of the church organ, and then perform the concert in the church. The tone of each pipe is recorded with all its characteristic properties and stored in the sample; it is a copy of the pipe tone.

Every nuance of each organ tone that the organist plays at the concert corresponds to the sounds that he or she had already heard at home on the Hauptwerk organ. In the church, the organist sits close to the organ and hears the sounds at a short distance. That is why the organ in the living room also lets the sounds be heard at a short distance. A tone from the sample is a copy of the tone from the pipe.

To represent the true tone of each pipe, the recording must contain all the details of the claim and the fluctuating build-up to the full sound and that is recorded in a sample. The samples are large files and take some time to load. A long loading time means a perfect reproduction of the sounds.

Noorlander has stopped with Hauptwerk and is shooting for the simple Sweelinq. They are small files that contain only a fraction of the pipe tone and therefore they can be loaded in a few seconds. Technical tricks in which the short tone is played repeatedly should suggest a long tone. That that tone sounds rigid, the makers have masked with an exuberantly working wind model.
It is old technique of electronic organs. On the website of Sweelinq they say:
The purpose of this software is to reproduce the sound of a pipe organ as realistically as possible.
That is the difference with Hauptwerk; here no reproduction, but the real sound of a pipe organ

The website of Noorlander explains the difference between Sweelinq and electronic organs. The story is big nonsense, because Sweelinq is virtually no different from an electronic organ. This is in contrast to Hauptwerk, which faithfully plays the tones of pipes. I have a thorough knowledge of electronic organs and know the techniques that are applied very well.

A major disadvantage of Sweelinq is the need to connect the organ to the Internet. No one will use a computer without virus protection on the Internet. Sweelinq cannot work offline for more than 14 days, so the organist is often obliged to connect his organ to the internet. An antivirus program is possible, but then the organ must always be connected to the Internet. When the organ also contains expensive Hauptwerk sample sets, an insecure internet connection is not justified.

          more about:        Hauptwerk  or  Sweelinq ?