Winter 2007 update:
January 25, 2007
New photographs posted taken in the spring of 2004 during the installation by Tim Neal.
Link: 2004 Spring Photographs of the Installation.
Tim is working on doing some descriptions of what is going on in the various photographs. The photographs start out at the church. Showing the removal of the organ from the pipe chamber, then moving the console into the house and upstairs along with many detailed photographs of the organ at various stages of assembly.
New recordings continue to be posted on the MP3 page as usual. I believe it is near 250 mp3 recordings posted. I've recorded at least 500 recordings but only post them if they sound somewhat interesting. Sometimes the various MIDI files I come across work well on the Reuter 822, sometimes not. The biggest surprise has been that I have found that MIDI files created specifically for organ don't work well as the organist has recorded them on organs that have no reverberation, thus the notes drag together and it sounds blochy when I record on the Reuter and the 2 second reverberation on the MP3's posted here which demonstrates the accoustic of the church for which it was originally built.
I'm just starting to scratch the surface on learning MIDI and how to implement it on the Reuter 822. As time progresses I plan on doing more orchestral works on the Reuter, but for those I still have more learning to do in terms of the MIDI setup to allow each stop to work for each instrument on a score. If you know more about that let me know!
Fall 2006 update:
October 12, 2006
The MIDI/Holtkamp console is now fully functional, including tremulant & chimes. After using the downstairs MIDI/Holtkamp console, the original console upstairs by the pipes is rarely used anymore other than for tuning the organ, although it remains completely functional. The pipe organ sounds SO much better downstairs. We are still figuring out all the MIDI possibilities, and I'm still finding new sound combinations/possibilities.
Some thoughts on the changes made:
The additional unification has worked out INCREDIBLY well. I don't understand why all pipe organs aren't unitized as much as possible to get the most musical possibilities out of them.
In particular the Contra Dulciana (from Tenor C up) is a INCREDIBLY useful stop. I use that new unification off the existing Dulciana rank all of the time. Combined, the Contra Dulciana 16' and Dulciana 8' give a very nice soft combination for hymns and quiet interludes in various music.
The mutations are useful mostly just to give "flavor" to the existing 8' stops.
In conmbination they make a great mixture to fill in the upper harmonics for particularly large organ works.
I like to add the Tierce to the Oboe 8' for a interesting Horn effect. It adds some bright "bite" to my otherwise beautiful sounding but somewhat dark oboe 8' stop. Same with the Larigot, which I use with the Salicional 8' or Gedeckt 8' for a hint of additional color. The 1' Sifflote adds a bright bell like "top" to big registrations. I've found it too powerful for solo/stop coloring, but adding the 1' sifflote to the full organ really adds some nice bell like brightness to the top (you can hear it often in the big works such as the Widor Toccata which makes great use of it.
Summer 2006 updates:
August 8, 2006
Progress continues on the MIDI console, this past week saw the wiring in of the power supply.
Various MP3's recorded to Demonstrate the Reuter 822 pipe organ.
Note the Widor Tocatta #5....The additional unification clearly makes itself heard as I'm getting a strong "cornet" affect with the additional mutations, and the 32' resultants is quite powerful in person and shows on the recording as well although of course no audio recording can do justice to any 32' or 16' sound in my opinion as you feel them more than hear them.
I will try to get more recorded over the weekend before heading to the Chicago AGO convention next week, if you are going up there be sure to drop me a line or look out for me!
Posted June 26, 2006
"Before" photo of the "MIDI" console before being reworked.
The organ was enlarged in 1964, this console was a "positiv" console for use on the organ.
This console was obtained from Fabry Pipe Organs in the fall of 2005 which built a new console for the church.
of the Reuter Opus #822 pipework
The 32' Gravissima and Lieblich Resultant stops are from the 16' Bourdon/Lieblich Gedeckt pipes.
For an enlarged photo of the original console click here.
The original Reuter console stoplist:
A view of some of the Syndyne keying system inside the MIDI console.
A view of the in-progress wiring of the keying system. The process is very time consuming as the original Reuter console is being hard wired directly with the new "MIDI" console wiring so that both the original Reuter console and the MIDI console will be operable separately or together.
Posted June 16, 2006
A photo of the inprogress installation of the new downstairs console (the original console will remain next to the pipes upstairs).
The pipes of the 822 are located upstairs. The original console is to the right of the pipes. This second MIDI console is being wired in OVER the wires of the original so that both consoles will operate the Reuter 822 pipe organ.
before being wired in
Posted June 6, 2006
Some major additions are coming to this website in the coming months as the MIDI console gets installed, but until then there are some changes and additions coming soon.
The console will operate the original 5 ranks, to about 44 speaking stops over 2 manuals and pedal.
A photograph of some of the stops to give an idea of the additional unification:
Also it will have something like 64 levels of memory, 8 general combination pistons and 5 divisionals for both the swell and great. Most importantly MIDI operation of the organ will now be possible. That will be coming at some point early this Summer. Should be very exciting!