Bader organ Walburgis-church Zutphen (Nld)

In addition to the particularly successful performance to capture the sounds of a Schnitger organ in a sample set, Jiri Zurek (Sonus Paradisi) has also made a fantastic performance with the sampling of the special sounds of the Bader organ. Both sets reproduce the sounds in the church extremely well in the living room.

The sound beauty of the Principals is striking, a mild chiff and a vocal character. The Principal plenum of the main work sounds distinguished, modest and broad.  On the other hand, the choir organ is much more direct; the tones begin with an articulation and have a penetrating sound. The Flutes and the Quintaden are very characteristic. The beautiful sound of the reeds is characteristic of the sound idiom from which Bader has designed his organ.

The DRY samples show the sounds well, the articulation is perfect and the somewhat rustling sounds in the church are well heard in the living room.

                                     Bader-orgel in Zutphen
Holzhey Organ  Weissenau 1787

Prospectum has created a perfect set of the Holzhey organ. The sample set brings the sounds of a large organ in a church with cathedral acoustics to the living room.

The registers show a variety of sounds from the time of the Rococo turning over in the classism. It is a unique achievement to capture the different timbres of this striking organ in samples, so that every timbre comes to its fullest right and the sounds blend well into the wide acoustics.

                                          Holzhey-orgel Weissenau

Coci-Klapmeyer organ in Altenbruch

In the St. Nikolai Church in Altenbruch is one of the oldest organs of northern Germany. In 1498, Johannes Coci built the oldest part of the organ. Matthias Mahn added the Rückpositiv in 1577 and retained the good pipes of Coci in the main work.

They are gothic sounds, the most authentic style of organ sounds. The metal of pipes that has produced the same sound for centuries has changed metallurgical, which is audible in the resonance of these pipes. It is comparable to the sounds of a Stradivarius. With the time and the use, the sound matures and gets a special resonance.

In 1730, Johann Klapmeyer expanded the organ with the use of the historical material. Jiri Zurek delivered a top performance with his samples, in which the exceptional sounds are optimally stored.

Authentic organ sounds and perfect recordings go here together

          See also:   Coci-Klapmeyer-orgel in Altenbruch

Arp Schnitger organ 1721    Zwolle

Arp Schnitger was the best organ builder in northern Germany in the Baroque period and its organs were used in the second half of the last century as an example to rediscover the lost art of organ building. By building organs in the style of Schnitgers, the organ builders were able to get to know the old crafts.

The Schnitger organ of the St-Michaëls church in Zwolle was designed by Arp Schnitger, but was completed after his death by his sons Franz Caspar and Johann Georg Schnitger. The organ has four keyboards and is with 64 registers the largest organ of Schnitger.

There are only a few sample sets of Schnitger organs and rarely are the sounds well recorded. But this does not apply to the samples that Jiri Zurek - Sonus Paradisi created in Zwolle, the sounds of Schnitger are perfectly defined here in the stores.

The sounds of a cathedral church organ are reproduced
                                   in the living room while keeping the character  

French Organ - the best performing of Bach 

The French Baroque organ has a mild, poetic sound. The basis is the singing sound of the Montre and is equal to the Central German Principal. The overtones interlock and form shiny timbres. Due to the low wind pressure, each tone can be voiced refined. Striking are the subtle colours of the French Baroque reeds.

My house pipe organ operates at a low wind pressure and the pipes have a Central German man scale. The sounds of the pipes correspond to the sounds of the samples.
To my surprise, I didn't have to modify any sample of this set !

I hear a fascinating Baroque Church organ from the époque of Bach with sounds that are ideal for his music. The Baroque style corresponds to the organs in Freiberg and Dresden. The registers sound in good proportions in the living room.

        Jiri Zurek
has created the ideal set        Prytanée - French Baroque

Casavant Organ numerous Sound Richness

Swiss and French organists who also performed their concerts in America were enthusiastic about the enormous sound richness. The organ construction is less traditional than in Europe and is focused on an extensive choice of sounds with subtle differences in voicing. The sample set of this Casavant organ is very well heard.

The timbres of the Reeds are beautiful solo voices, but also merge well with the labial registers. The unique character of each reed is striking. Where these are often close to each other in European organs, the sounds of this organ make a unique difference.

The Flutes have a pleasant sound flow from a velvety bass to a clear but round sound in the treble.

The sounds of the Chimes are very special. The organist can play here as
a Bell player in the tower.

                                                    Casavant organ

Schnitger Organ Martini Church Groningen

is the heart of the organ garden of Europe. Nowhere in the world a higher concentration of historical organs can be found.
World famous is the Schnitger Organ in the Martini Church. Organists from many countries visit this organ to hear the magnificent sounds. That they call this organ the most beautiful in the world may be arbitrary, there is no objective standard for it, it shows that the sounds are of exceptional beauty.

Jiri Zurek captured the sounds in a sample set and he said about it:
"After a year of development, the sample set of the Martini organ is ready. I want it to be the best sample set ever and that's why I've given all my skills to this sample set."

I have played the organ almost daily and I know now this representation of a church organ is really good. With the set of this organ, a new standard for making sample sets has been created.

The two-channel sample set with DRY samples and the church's convolution reverberation surpasses all sample sets.                                     
                                                   Martini Organ

The best Sample Sets

The new Impulse-Response technique of Hauptwerk 5, which turns the acoustics of the church into an identical copy, represents a fundamental improvement of Hauptwerk. It was the missing factor to make sounds of the church organ sound perfectly equal in the living room. The display of a pipe tone by the Hauptwerk organ was already perfect, but in the church the acoustics allowed the tone to develop into a wide, full sound and that was missing in the living room.

The tone occurs when the wind flows out of the languid along the upper labium and causes an underpressure in the pipe that pulls the wind in. This creates an overpressure that pushes the wind out again. This beginning of the tone is the articulation that sets the wind column in the corpus in motion to set the tone. It is crucial that the organist hears the articulation immediately, before the first reflection by the reverberation can affect it. The microphones must be close to the pipes to store this DRY tone in the sample. Due to the reflections of the tone against walls, columns or other objects, the tone develops into a wide full sound. Because these objects are at increasing distances, the reflections move further and further away from the source. That's the organist's sound experience.

The Impulse-Response technique from Hauptwerk 5 gives the tone in the living room the same development to full sound as the pipe tone in the church. The sample set contains no more than two channels with short-range recorded tones without reverberation, the DRY samples. The acoustics are recorded Impulse-Response technique and separately from the samples in the memory of the Hauptwerk organ. This allows the tones from the samples to undergo the same development to full sound, as happens in the acoustics of the church.  Below are sample sets whose sounds are correctly recorded:                                                                        

Serassi romantic Organ
                Santa Maria van Campagna in Piacenza

The organ of the church in Santa Maria of Campagna in Piacenza, Italy was built in 1825 and 1838 by Serassi under the advice of Padre Davide da Bergamo.
The organ is one of the most important organs in Italy because it was made by the most important organ builders, the Serassi brothers, and because it provided the organ with a new and more extensive range of sounds in collaboration with Padre Davide. The sounds of this organ ushered in a new era.

Until about 1800, the Italian organs were small instruments with subtle and refined sound. A low wind pressure with low cuts made the sound more overtone and singing. The collaboration between Padre Davide and Serassi created a new organ style with rich hues, the italian romanticism.

The wide variety of sounds makes this sample set particularly suitable for the living room. Organists who prefer to play improvising can find a very extensive range of sounds here.

No sample set has so many different timbres
                                                                              Serassi organ

Ibach romantisch organ St. Gertrudischurch
                              Bergen op Zoom

The most beautiful romantic organs are made in the time of the High romantic, the years 1850 to 1890. In the period thereafter, the economy was at a low level and an organ builder had to try to keep the company going with cheaper material and dubious sound effects. It was the expiration time and it lasted until 1930 when the ‘Orgelbewegung’ led a period of rethinking. The lost art of the making of an organ had to be found again by studying historical organs. In the first place, it was found in the baroque organs, and later the better organs from the time of the High romantic were also involved. In addition to the organs of Walcker, romantic-symphonic works sound excellent on the organs of Richard Ibach.

After an in-depth historical-musicological research, Jan Jongepier has established that the Ibach organ of St. Gertrudis  church belongs to one of Europe's most beautiful romantic organs. A restoration to the original design of Richard Ibach was performed by Verschueren in Heythuysen. It took place in the period 2009-2011 under the advice of Jan Jongepier, Rogér van Dijk and, on behalf of the National Cultural Heritage Department, Rudi van Straaten.
The work includes the restoration of the organ cabinet, the bearings, and the historical pipe work. The wind supply was completed and new wind chests were manufactured for all works. Both keyboards and key- and register mechanics were reconstructed. The new parts were manufactured by example of other Ibach organs. A Bassoon 16' was added to the original disposition on Manual I.

Jiri Zurek of Sonus Paradisi has recorded the sounds of this organ in a sample set.
A sample to contains the sound as it sounds in the church and needs to be adapted to the living room, to reproduce the sound ratios as an organist hears it in the church. According to my simplified method (see Hauptwerk Books) I was able easily to adapt these samples per stop. This organ was surprisingly good because the sounds were stored very evenly in the samples. In a short time, the colourful tonal palette of the 42 registers sounded in good proportions. In the enormous acoustics the overwhelming sound of the full organ, but also the tender sounds of the subtle voiced soft voices. Many nuances can be heard in colors and ascending degree of loudness.
                                                        See Ibach Romantic

Radeker & Garrels Organ   Anloo

Every sample set has to be adjusted due to the volume difference between church and living room. A new technique has been developed by Prospectum and the Anloo sample set has been made with this technique. The sounds are perfect in the living room without adjustment.

The musical value of a sample set is dependent on two factors:
1. The sounds of the sampled organ
2. The sounds in the samples must be saved without reverberation

The reverberation in the church must be recorded with Impulse Response to reproduce it as convolution hall. That has been done perfect in this sample set.

The organ in Anloo is a small church organ from the Baroque period with a sound style of great value. Harold Vogel often comes to Anloo to introduce his students to this, because there is hardly a better example.                                             See Anloo 

Noordbroek   Organ with bright singing sounds

The Praestanten beautifully reproduce the North German Baroque sounds in a style that Arp Schnitger aspired to. Each register is a solo voice with great eloquence. Combined with the high mixture, a plenum with a silvery sound is heard. The Trumpet enhances the plenum and adds shine. The velvety sounds of the four-foot flutes are striking. The Vox Humana is a nice solo voice, with a modest but sweet sound. The transparent sounds give the Dulciaan a singing character. The Mixtuur and the Scherp are composed of high scaled pipes, which promote the silvery sound beauty.

Cor Edskes restored the organ to preserve the original sounds from the Baroque era. The bright singing sounds of this organ make that Noordbroek is a pilgrimage site for organ enthusiasts and is known worldwide.

It is a successful sample set from Jiri Zurek. It attests to the high level of its craftsmanship, and no one has surpassed him.

                                            Schnitger orgel Noordbroek