December 2nd. 2018
The Concert Series template organ of 125 stops is almost complete and the remaining few Solo Organ stops are being gone through. Once the 125 stop is completed then all the other smaller instruments can be created fairly easily: All the is required is to delete stops that are not used in aparticular model and re-arrange the screens to reflect this. Of course, in the case of some of the smallest instruments it may be necessary to adjust the relative volumes of individual stops to balance the overall specification but in general, very little alteration would be required.
It's been a very long process and the 125 stop template instrument has been created out of a melting pot of several hundred original stops. Although most of the stops represent a stop from a particular instrument, some of the stops - especially the mixtures and some of the mutations have had to be created from scratch.
October (mid) 2018
The final task of balancing stops of the Concert Series 125 (which will cut down to lesser models) is progressing slowly but surely. Balancing entails the adjustment of each pipe sample in volume allowing the amplitude sliders in the voicing tools to be set at zero. What this means is that when played straight out of the box, things should be fairly correct. The adjustment of the other parameters such as brightness is not undertaken at this stage since everyone has different speakers or headphones and the voicing tools brightness controls will allow for adjustment to this. In some cases this will also require that the volume controls are readjusted. The end result is that in the finished product the minimum amount of alteration will be required for the instrument to play satisfactorily.
With wet sample sets this is not so much of a problem and "things is as they is" although adjustments can still be made of course. This also applies to convolved wet sample sets. In this sort of instrument, the goal is to achieve an instrument that is typical of what it would sound in real life or in a specific acoustic. As a result a certain amount of judicious alteration to brightness and frequency content is required so that the sampled stops work together cohesively within the acoustics of the building or of that chosen.
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The 125 stop Concert Series instrument is almost complete (at least the dry set) and the last things which need to be created are the Gravissima 64 on the Pedal, The large Solo Mixture, the Solo Vox Humana and Clarinet and the Tuba Mirabilis and 16, 5'1/3 + 4 lesser Tubas. I'm not sure as to the final specification of the whole instrument will be in terms of these few remaining stops and I still haven't recorded the Tuba Mirabilis. I know where it is, I have access to it but it's quite a long way away and would prove very expensive to record as just a single stop. Unfortunately the rest of the organ isn't much cop so the exercise isn't economically viable until I next visit.
Much of what has been going on is reported on the "blog" page of this website. It is hoped that a few new small instruments will be released officially in the not too distant future. Two of these are genuine and original instruments from the 1790's. They are finished but just need to be presented in a more saleable condition.
February 14th 2018
Ratcliffe College is finally finished and available for release. Some demo files are available below using the set with convolved reverberation. The reverb has been set as fairly typical of the building with a listening position just below the sanctuary area so that the sound is still quite close. Obviously, there are countless different possibilities - mot only with different room models but also with different listening perspectives. All of the demos below are WAV files.
Further details can be found by direct link at: RATCLIFFE COLLEGE ORGAN
A limited compass trial of the organ is available for download at
N.B.This consists of the complete set without cut outs but manual stops are limited to two octaves and pedal stops to one octave. Those stops that are extended will not play fully in some cases and for the same reason octave and sub-octave couplers will only work in part.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK John Willams
This is my own arrangement and includes the fine middle section which is often lacking in other arrangements.
GIGUE FUGUE J.S. Bach
A typical English type registration at what I feel is a sensible and manageable speed.
A fun piece using some of the softer stops on the organ with a couple of the quieter reeds.
CHRIST TRIUMPHANT John Barnard
One of the better modern hymns in a typical three verse style played on large congregation registration
LORD FOR TOMORROW AND ITS NEEDS Richard Terry
Also known as "Just for Today" this is a favourite Roman Catholic Hymn played on a lesser registration then the above.
There will be a limited Hauptwerk playable demo of the instrument available for download in the next day or so for evaluation by interested parties. This will provide two octaves of the manual stops and the bottom octave of the Pedal stops. Due to the restrictions of the compasses the couplers (especially the octave ones) whilst operative will have limited operation.
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Our HARMONIUM set continues to garner praise from various quarters. It has been used several times by a well known English Music College in various performances of rarely heard works (seldom performed due to the difficulty and expense of obtaining a suitable real instrument at A440) and it has come to the attention of a well known and world renowned conductor. Forthcoming use will includes two different performances of the Rossini Mass; one at the college and one in a well known English cathedral.
January 6th. 2018
Herewith the screen shots for Ratcliffe. Unfortunately, the HW program does not allow for the non display of labels on alternative (vertical / portrait) screens. If it's displayed on the horizontal one it has to be displayed on the vertical alternative. The couplers have been moved to be included in the division stops on the vertical screens as they are in the real instrument whereas on the horizontal screens they are separated out.
January 3rd. 2018
Happy New Year to everyone.
All of the Ratcliffe College stops are now complete and sounding much better than they were. All that remains to be done is the moving of the couplers to the positions that they are on the real console and instigating a Great Reeds on Choir coupler which is relatively simple. There is also a Pedal Split which is an interesting but very limited feature.
Hopefully, the instrument will be released sometime later this month.
A Happy and Peaceful Christmas to all of our customers
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The time has come to look at re-arranging this website which has started to get a little top heavy and for new visitors it can be slightly confusing. Whilst there is a lot of information contained therein which is useful and informative, in these days of instant gratification and the pressures of modern life, it needs to be consolidated. Therefore there will be several gradual changes over the coming weeks which should make everything more accessible. Apart from that........
Various library sets are getting near to completion and ready for release. Amongst these are some of those listed below. Whilst many are quite small most of them have some validity and some are a cut above the normal examples that are found throughout the UK in thousands of churches.
James Davis 1790
Henry Jones 1886
Forster and Andrews 1867
Father Willis 1867
Father Willis 1886
Father Willis Undated
All of the above are facsimile instruments although some may have minor additions as extended sets. However, perhaps the most important development lies in the creation of a 125 stop master instrument made up from various ranks that have been collected over the last several years and from which a whole new series will be formed. The majority of this huge instrument has been put together and is playable. The fine detail is still being undertaken and some ranks may be replaced with others but most of it is there now.
When one considers that something like 10,000 samples have had to be recorded, edited and made playable via Hauptwerk it has been a gargantuan undertaking. It must be remembered that the 10,000 final samples have had to be chosen from somewhere between 30,000 to 40,000 original samples which is one reason why all of this takes so long.
The organ studio is now up and running and various sets are gradually being set up and voiced for the room and speakers. All in all, it's beginning to sound quite impressive although I may consider repositioning some of the speakers slightly. As you can see, the room is slightly church like (it even has a stained glass window) and quite sizeable.
August 3rd. 2017
Finally, we have superfast broadband. The guys arrived from Openreach yesterday and got everything installed and working. So far things seem to be fine with over 100 times faster speed. now instead of it taking up to three minutes to open a single page, it's almost instantaneous. No doubt, the beta testers will be pleased.
August 1st. 2017
The end of last week saw the successful delivery of the new four manual residence instrument mentioned under "July".
"Everything went wonderfully smoothly and I am loving the new instrument, your sample set is marvelous too and I've had many hours of enjoyment. The craftsmanship on the instrument is simply marvelous". PYJ
After just over a year of planning and design, the final stage of a major installation in a well known public school is due to be completed in the next few weeks. Situated in a very attractive modern concert room in the music department facility, the instrument will have 48 channels of amplification and speakers controlled from a four manual console running a number of different sample sets. The speakers are situated on four levels behind a new pipe fronted case.
The intention of the instrument is to provide students with the facility to be able to play different instruments from around the world as well as providing instruments of the sort of tonality and specification that the original composers wrote their music for. The instrument will also be used for choral works and with orchestra.
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Completion of another four manual takes place later this week and this instrument is for the residence of a private client. He is "up and coming" on the recital circuit as well as being organist for a London church and recently served as a cathedral organist in the UK.
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On the sample development front, after nearly a year in development, the facsimile instrument from another public school is nearing completion. It should have been ready some months ago but unfortunately all of the samples had to be reworked again due to noticeable blower and action noise in the original samples. This was not particularly noticeable on individual stops but became an issue with larger combinations especially when convolved wet samples were used. However, it is now beginning to sound quite fine and produces a typical "grand" organ sound reminiscent of many UK town halls and cathedrals.
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