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    Congrats Frederik ...

    Loved the Impromptu piece ... great sound (hope your neighbors appreciate your musical talents) and looking forward to hearing more recordings.

    What did you use for making the recording?
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    I'll second that. Most enjoyable indeed.

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    The church organ I play was made by wicks company in Ill. back in the
    nineties or some time in the past I don't really. It has two top keyboards
    and the ever traditional bass keys on the bottom. I just love this one
    because it is just the right size to learn on.

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    Impromptu for Organ

    Wonderful piece, Frederik! Thank you yet again. Some of your chord evolutions/transitions remind me of the one piece by Max Reger I learned long ago (cannot remember the name of it, but I dearly loved it). This piece you composed really made me want to play it--if I still had access to an organ and was in practice.
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    Thanks for your comments!

    For this recording I simply used the stereo output from the organ, and then added some reverb with a TC Electronics M2000 effects processor. However, the organ actually sounds better when heard through the build-in speaker system. The quality of the preset default stereo output is very lacking, so I have arranged with the organ builder that it will be replaced with a 5-channel output, improving audio quality and enabling me to mix the channels myself in order to strike the best possible balance.

    I promised a picture and here it is. I know the computer monitor on top is not aesthetically pleasing, but this is an instrument for work so it have to be there in order for me to control the recording from the console.

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    Very handsome console ... I especially like the modern appearance of the stop rocker-tabs. Nice instrument, indeed.
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    my first organ

    This is the first instument I ever played. It was a chord organ almost the
    size of a hammond organ. The church I went to at that time did have a
    hammond. This organ was a joke comparing to my chord organ. One day
    when I was in my teens someone when they cleaned up the church pushed
    back all of the little slides on it's graphic equilizer. This crazy organ took
    me all morning and almost some of the service to get the thing where it
    at least sounded like an organ. To me that hammond was a pain in the
    kiester! I'm glad that the Methodist church I go to now has a real pipe
    organ. A Wicks with 24 ranks on it and it's a real joy to play. Even for
    this amatuer! I've played my own music since I was about four years
    old and have been hooked on music since. I can play anything except
    a set of drums. I leave that to those who are drummers. I've had other
    instruments like horns, guitars, organ, piano, a casio keyboard, flute,
    and a clarinet. Other instruments I've played is one of the cousins to
    the pipe organ and that's an accordian and a harmonica. I wonder if
    hohmer makes pipe organs like it makes accordians and harmonicas?
    They make other instruments!
    judy tooley

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    Quote Originally Posted by methodistgirl View Post
    . . . . I wonder if
    hohmer makes pipe organs like it makes accordians and harmonicas?
    They make other instruments!
    judy tooley
    Fortunately or unfortunately Hohner doesn't make pipe organs. Dad had a Hohner harmonica - was good at playing it and the double B flat tuba until his teeth rotted out - then came the partials ... clank!!
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    Congratulations Sir Frederik
    Very nice organ, with well balanced stops for the two manuals. I would enjoy having one but it is too expensive for me. But you give me an idea : my next virtual organ will have the same specifications (if you do not mind and if I can get all the sound files I need to build the relative sample set). Do you use sometimes such a virtual pipe organ ?
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    This is curious. I don't own an organ at all. Not even a virtual one. No point. I get all my practice at home between a couple of keyboards and an old compton pedal board that's been midi'd up. More than good enough to practice the notes, and the registration can be sorted out on the performance instrument as desired.

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    Hi !
    For me it is very curious than an organist has no organ at home. A virtual organ seems to be the minimum. Of course we can play or compose with any keyboard : piano, harmonium, syntheziser, but to hear what we are going to post or publish, it is better to test the music before with real organ sounds.

    Personnaly, I play on a midi piano (without any organ sounds). I can linked it to midi synths or expanders, but I had never the organ registration I needed. Since I have a virtual orgal (in fact many virtuals organs now), I can play and hear exactly as if I were in a church. it is a great pleasure to be able to play or improvise at home on a 3 ou 4 manuals great cathedral organ when your room is only 10 square meters. Of course, I have not a pedal board, but many organ works can be played with only the hands.

    PS : when I really need to play with 2 manuals, I can use my old Yahama DX7 as the second manual. But often, I prefer to play only with my midi piano, spliting the keyboard inside the virtual organ.
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    Friendly yours. Jean-Paul

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    Well - what is an organ (for practicing purposes)? It's a 32 note pedal board that makes a noise at the right pitches at the right times, and a (preferably a couple) of 61 note keyboards that can be played independantly with different noises to identify which is which by ear.

    That is all that is required to rehearse the notes isn't it?

    It really doesn't matter that it doesnt sound like a great cathedral organ, because when you play what you've rehearsed on the cathedral organ, then that one does and the punters hear then end product, not the rubbish served in while learning the notes...

    And Frankly, I don't have a spare few thousand pounds to spend on an all singing and dancing instrument I don't actually need when the combo i use already does the job nicely for practicing...

    Not being uppity - just how I see it.

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    I have a full size console piano at home which I use for working out fingering and slugging out the notes. I find that this actually helps me with articulation later on at the organ console. The church where I am organist is just a 13 mile (~21 km) trip from home and the drive is a pleasant time to reflect on my piano workout before practicing on the organ. With unlimited access to the church I can practice there anytime of the day or night, which, for me, makes it unnecessary to have an organ at home.

    I also have absolutely no space for an organ at home ... even a virtual one ...
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    Hi !
    You may have a very very small house, because a virtual organ can fit a CD rom.
    Friendly yours. Jean-Paul

    Music is my placebo

    Please visit my channel and web site to hear the music I compose
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    It's the space for the pedalboard and bench up to the keyboards that can be troublesome IMO...

    A piano doesn't need much.

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