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sample set for hobby organist


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

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