DIYAPASON-L Digest #148 - Friday, September 1, 2000
 
do-it-yourself mostly-digital organs
  by "Robert W. Taylor" <rtaylor@sockets.net>
Re: [Residence Organs]  do-it-yourself mostly-digital organs
  by "Larry Chace" <rlc1@etnainstruments.com>
Re: [Residence Organs]  do-it-yourself mostly-digital organs
  by <Tspiggle@aol.com>
Fw: [Residence Organs]  do-it-yourself mostly-digital organs
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re: [Residence Organs]  do-it-yourself mostly-digital organs
  by "Jon Calvo" <jcalvo@mail.state.tn.us>
Re: do-it-yourself mostly-digital organs
  by "Paul Arndt" <parndt@worldnet.att.net>
(no subject)
  by "Jon" <sparky@chesco.com>
 

(back) Subject: do-it-yourself mostly-digital organs From: "Robert W. Taylor" <rtaylor@sockets.net> Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2000 08:23:01 -0500   Hi Ed,   You asked.......   >Does anyone have any experience with (or pointers to information about) >digital organ systems that can be purchased as separate modules and then >assembled and customized by the owner?     I have recently put an Ahlborn Organ module to use. This module contains 20 stops, several memories, and presets. I use it to take the place of my pipes while my music room is under construction.   You could start with a small pipe organ and add to it a MIDI interface. Then with the module, you would have a mostly digital instrument. The Ahlborn is note by note tunable and voice able. It is designed to be easily used with pipes.   Visit the Ahlborn site at http://www.ahlbornorgans.com/archive/stops.html for complete details.   Bob Taylor      
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] do-it-yourself mostly-digital organs From: "Larry Chace" <rlc1@etnainstruments.com> Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2000 09:34:55 -0400   Bob Taylor mentioned the use of an Ahlborn-Galanti sound module as a temporary substitute for pipes. Those units provide a 2m/p specification of about 20 stops, and there are 4 models. Bob, which one did you use as = a temporary Aeolian?   (While I've not heard one of those modules in person, I have heard a CD recording of a 2m Holtkamp (pipe!) organ to which an A-G sound module was added to provide floating Choir and Solo divisions. The effect, at least as heard via the CD, is quite fine. I wrote the necessary support logic = so that the console's stoptabs, operating a Z-tronics relay, could control = the sound module. To do that, you need to send out certain MIDI "control change" sequences because that is the way the A-G's internal stops are operated. As a result, the organ's pipe and sound module are all = controlled via the same system, and the organist can operate the Choir and Solo stops =   just like the Holtkamp's Great and Swell and Pedal stops.)   Larry Chace    
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] do-it-yourself mostly-digital organs From: <Tspiggle@aol.com> Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2000 16:46:01 EDT   To Bob and others that have added MIDI modules:   I'm curious as to the type of amplification and speaker systems used. = Also, are they "switched" from the console along with the blower? Thanks.   Tom  
(back) Subject: Fw: [Residence Organs] do-it-yourself mostly-digital organs From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2000 15:53:31 -0500   I use regular stereo-system amps and speakers and have them up in the chamber so all sound blends up there before being heard below. My MIDI-voices are turned on from the computer by the console.   Rick 2m-9r Wurli from the Odeon Theatre- Savannah,Ga.     ----- Original Message ----- From: <Tspiggle@aol.com> To: <DIYAPASON-L@pipechat.org> Sent: Friday, September 01, 2000 3:46 PM Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] do-it-yourself mostly-digital organs     > To Bob and others that have added MIDI modules: > > I'm curious as to the type of amplification and speaker systems used. Also, > are they "switched" from the console along with the blower? Thanks. > > Tom > > DIYAPASON-L: a Discussion list for owners and builders of their own > Residence Pipe Organs. > HOMEPAGE : http://www.diyapason.pipechat.org > List: mailto:DIYAPASON-L@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:owner-DIYAPASON@pipechat.org > >      
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] do-it-yourself mostly-digital organs From: "Jon Calvo" <jcalvo@mail.state.tn.us> Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2000 15:57:31 -0500   ** For Your Eyes Only ** ** High Priority **   Dear Tom FYI Peterson has a switching mechanism that will switch everything that one = could want to switch from the console , I did not that there was a = designate plug for the blower , any of the other outlets can used for = other than what is marked on the casing . there good little devices=20       >>> Tspiggle@aol.com 09/01/00 03:46PM >>> To Bob and others that have added MIDI modules:   I'm curious as to the type of amplification and speaker systems used. = Also,=20 are they "switched" from the console along with the blower? Thanks.   Tom   DIYAPASON-L: a Discussion list for owners and builders of their own=20 Residence Pipe Organs. HOMEPAGE : http://www.diyapason.pipechat.org=20 List: mailto:DIYAPASON-L@pipechat.org=20 Administration: mailto:owner-DIYAPASON@pipechat.org=20        
(back) Subject: Re: do-it-yourself mostly-digital organs From: "Paul Arndt" <parndt@worldnet.att.net> Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2000 18:16:39 -0700   Ed,   Walker Technical makes just what you are after. They have been an OEM manufacturer for many years selling digital electronic voices to the = various pipe organ manufacturers. They sell bottom octave generators and full rank generators. I was recently at the ATOS convention in Milwaukee, WI and = they had two Theatre Organs using their tone generators -- a three manual and a four manual instrument. Most of the people were almost literally looking = for pipes -- they are that good. They mentioned that they have done listening tests and most experienced organ technician could not tell the difference between the digital ranks and the pipe ranks. Obviously, this is = subjective, but hearing the Walkers in Milwaukee, I was very impressed. There were = several people who planned to get rid of their pipes and purchase the Walker eletronics to install in their existing consoles and save building on an addition to their home. They do not have a web address, but their snail = mail address is:   Walker Technical Company 6610 Crown Ave. Zionsville, PA 18092 Phone: 610-966-2515 Fax: 610-966-2033   Also, as mentioned earlier, Artisan in Seattle has their "ranks-in-a-box" = add on. Artisan does have a web page at: http://www.artisan-instruments.com = where you can check out their products.   Paul Arndt   Ed_Stauff@avid.com wrote:   > Does anyone have any experience with (or pointers to information about) > digital organ systems that can be purchased as separate modules and then > assembled and customized by the owner? What I have in mind is an organ > that's mostly digital, with a few pipe ranks, but I don't want to pay > tens of $K for an off-the-shelf pipe-augmented Allen or Rodgers. > > -- Ed > >    
(back) Subject: From: "Jon" <sparky@chesco.com> Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2000 22:25:41 -0400   Having heard a local church (30-40 ranks plus MANY walker ranks) with Walker Tech stuff in it, I give them 11 stars for quality. I find it completely impossible to tell the difference, though I have only seen this church once.   >Ed, > >Walker Technical makes just what you are after. They have been an OEM >manufacturer for many years selling digital electronic voices to the = various >pipe organ manufacturers. They sell bottom octave generators and full = rank >generators. I was recently at the ATOS convention in Milwaukee, WI and = they >had two Theatre Organs using their tone generators -- a three manual and = a >four manual instrument. Most of the people were almost literally looking = for >pipes -- they are that good. They mentioned that they have done listening >tests and most experienced organ technician could not tell the difference >between the digital ranks and the pipe ranks. Obviously, this is = subjective, >but hearing the Walkers in Milwaukee, I was very impressed. There were = several >people who planned to get rid of their pipes and purchase the Walker >eletronics to install in their existing consoles and save building on an >addition to their home. They do not have a web address, but their snail = mail >address is: > >Walker Technical Company >6610 Crown Ave. >Zionsville, PA 18092 >Phone: 610-966-2515 >Fax: 610-966-2033 > >Also, as mentioned earlier, Artisan in Seattle has their "ranks-in-a-box" = add >on. Artisan does have a web page at: http://www.artisan-instruments.com = where >you can check out their products. > >Paul Arndt > >Ed_Stauff@avid.com wrote: > >> Does anyone have any experience with (or pointers to information about) >> digital organ systems that can be purchased as separate modules and = then >> assembled and customized by the owner? What I have in mind is an organ >> that's mostly digital, with a few pipe ranks, but I don't want to pay >> tens of $K for an off-the-shelf pipe-augmented Allen or Rodgers. >> >> -- Ed >> >> > > >DIYAPASON-L: a Discussion list for owners and builders of their own >Residence Pipe Organs. >HOMEPAGE : http://www.diyapason.pipechat.org >List: mailto:DIYAPASON-L@pipechat.org >Administration: mailto:owner-DIYAPASON@pipechat.org