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I'm looking for advice on a sample set. I'm a hobby organist playing for myself at home. I rebuilt a 1970s analog organ into a 3 manual Hauptwerk organ. I hope to play a range from Bach chorales to some of the easier Franck and other French pieces. Right now I'm using the Evensong St Philip's ELCA (1983 Schantz). It is similar to a physical organ I got to play many years ago. Trying some demo sample sets it seems that grand organs with a lot of reverb can be difficult to practice on. I don't need to restrict to free sample sets. Advice on a sample set that sounds great and is good for simple practice?
by boulderM
May 9, 2019 11:28 PM

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RE: sample set for hobby organist

I suggest HW Armley Schulze, Leeds. This is a popular well supported organ - the stops and couplers are clearly labelled and sensibly positioned and the manuals are in their correct (most sensible) order.

csw900
by csw900
May 10, 2019 03:16 AM

RE: sample set for hobby organist

boulderM wrote:

I'm looking for advice on a sample set. I'm a hobby organist playing for myself at home. I rebuilt a 1970s analog organ into a 3 manual Hauptwerk organ. I hope to play a range from Bach chorales to some of the easier Franck and other French pieces. Right now I'm using the Evensong St Philip's ELCA (1983 Schantz). It is similar to a physical organ I got to play many years ago. Trying some demo sample sets it seems that grand organs with a lot of reverb can be difficult to practice on. I don't need to restrict to free sample sets. Advice on a sample set that sounds great and is good for simple practice?

I have become quite eneamoured by Piotr Grabovsky's Strassburg sampleset (a 1743 organ) - but I'm talking about playing Bach ...

I would not restrict myself to just ONE sampleset though. No need for that restriction, I would think.

I can empathize with your practicing difficulties and reverb issues. More and more I'm using my high-end headphones for my "real practice" - speaker volume dialled down to zero. It has the added benefit that nobody needs to put up with your repetitiveness when trying to master a difficult passage. And the purity of the sounds as created by the sampleset makers is undistorted through the headphones. I find that I have less trouble playing with speaker-sounds on when I'm more familiar with a certain composition.

Jack

by jacko
May 10, 2019 04:56 AM

RE: sample set for hobby organist

What about the free sample set "Friesach 2000" listen to the demo youtube https://youtu.be/XV2B4lHfsnc
by FredM
May 14, 2019 03:06 PM

RE: sample set for hobby organist

FredM wrote:

What about the free sample set "Friesach 2000" listen to the demo youtube https://youtu.be/XV2B4lHfsnc

Yes, Friesach is a good and free instrument for you. But also consider; Velesovo of SP for Bach, and St. Eucaire Metz of Milan for the romantics; low memory and inexpensive.

by biogon
May 17, 2019 07:08 AM

RE: sample set for hobby organist

The new St Mary-le-Bow set from Lavender Audio Might be a good choice for you. Impeccable samples with a bit of reverb, but not overwhelming.
by llathom
May 18, 2019 03:51 PM

RE: sample set for hobby organist

biogon wrote:

Yes, Friesach is a good and free instrument for you. But also consider; Velesovo of SP for Bach, and St. Eucaire Metz of Milan for the romantics; low memory and inexpensive.

Other inexpensive in memory and price is the Weissenau (Holzhey). Good for baroque and romantic repertoire, but no expression pedal.
http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/home/view_cat/cat/8/sort/118/order/last_modified/limit/10

by biogon
May 19, 2019 06:55 AM

RE: sample set for hobby organist

I have some sets from various vendors which are for sale, each half price.
The sets can be purchased individually.
Please let me know if you're interested.
by kaspencer1
May 31, 2019 03:30 AM

RE: sample set for hobby organist

Thank you all for your advice. I appreciate the forum.
by boulderM
May 31, 2019 07:06 AM

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