- Concert Series -
The new Concert Series is the culmination of many years of continuing development of our sample sets. All of the sampled stops (with the exception of a couple of existing percussion registers that have been reworked) have been created from numerous new sampled pipe recordings taken over the last few years and have been chosen from the best stops available in each instrument. The resulting organs have been created from several hundred different recorded stops and many thousands of individual pipe recordings.
Rather than start with smaller instruments and gradually introduce larger ones, we decided to complete the largest of the specifications first. Not only does this allow for the smaller libraries to be created relatively quickly following the release of the largest instrument, it also allows for a much more comprehensive palette from which to choose the stops for the various smaller specifications.
Whilst the various instruments are ostensibly English Romantic in nature by design and as a result of the source material, that is not to say that they don't lean towards the American Classic style as developed by Skinner along with a few distinct nods in the direction of other European tonal schools.
However, there has been no conscious aim to produce instruments that are recognisable as being by any distinct builder even though there may be a considerable amounts of material by specific builders included in the series. Having been brought up on many different instruments, like any pipe organ builder, my "house" style cannot help but be an amalgamation of many different tonal schools. Equally since the source material is from many different builders the end results have been created by a similar amalgamation of English voicing styles.
For the initial releases, all of the instruments are created using close, dry samples. This provides the most flexible approach in that the instruments can be used in larger rooms with existing reverberation or can be further enhanced by additional reverberation - either hardware or software based. The considerable progress forward with convolved reverberation over the last few years means that many end users already run sophisticated acoustic modifying facilities.
Depending on demand and the overall consensus of opinion gained from feedback as to what are the most popular settings of convolved reverberation which will suit the majority then all of the initial sets will also be released as wet versions.
Below are some of the major features of the new Concert Series
SAMPLES SELECTED FROM OVER 20 PIPE ORGANS
Our hundreds of stop samples have been recorded from over 20 UK pipe organs. Whilst each organ is unique, all of the instruments have a tonal character which is an unmistakably Romantic English sound.
EACH STOP INDEPENDENTLY GENERATED
Throughout the sets offered, there is no extension or duplexing and each stop is different from any other even though the name may be the same. Every note of each stop has been sampled several times and the best notes chosen. However, it is not always possible to use all of a stop for many reasons and where this is the case, "bad" notes have been replaced by the closest match. In some cases complete stops may have been created from two or more ranks to obtain the best result.
MINIMAL OR NO NOISE REDUCTION
Any form of NR will have a retrograde result when applied so where possible, we avoid the use of noise reduction. However, in the few cases where noise reduction is required, this is applied minimally through several stages in order to retain attack and release characteristics accurately.
CLOSE RECORDED DRY SAMPLES
Experience has shown that for the maximum realism, close up dry samples are essential. This has several benefits:
Since samples are recorded in the same way for each organ, they are consistent which means that different stops from different organs can be blended together to make new instruments to almost any specification. Because there is no ambient noise, it is possible to create natural sounding new stops through filtering and pitch alteration. Samples act like an individual pipe within a given space thus allowing stops or parts of stops to be mixed with real pipes in hybrid installations or to develop their sound in the space of the building as a real pipe organ would. Where convolved reverberation is employed, the results will be consistent throughout the instrument.
INDIVIDUAL MIXTURE STOPS
Our mixtures are made up of independent ranks which means that the composition and break points of the mixture stops can be designed from scratch. Individual note tuning or slight mistuning for authenticity becomes possible. This is not possible with conventionally sampled mixtures.
CUSTOM DESIGNED ORGANS
Because of the unique way in which we record and process our stop samples, it is possible to create virtually any specification. From the many stops available, bespoke instruments can be created to fit in with existing consoles or with hybrid pipe / pipeless organs as well as mixtures with different compositions and ranks.
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