• Zlata Koruna DEMO sample set

    Free sample set featuring a cut down version of the Zlata Koruna sample set. Continue reading

  • Velesovo DEMO sample set

    Free sample set featuring a cut down version of the Velesovo sample set. Continue reading

  • Cembalo Ruckers Demo

    Free sample set featuring a cut down version of the Ruckers harpsichord sample set. Continue reading

  • Aliasing due to repitching

    Hauptwerk v. 4.0 uses very sophisticated pitch control of the organ pipe sample. Repitching happens due to various circumstances: by tuning the instrument up or down, due to the wind fluctuations, due to the tremulant, due to changing temperaments, etc. Repitching has a lot of meaningful functions in Hauptwerk during performance even at the original organ tuning, unless the interpolation is switched off in the Organ Settings.

    At the same time, Hauptwerk produces some harmonic distortion when the sample is repitched by more than few cents. When the base pitch of the sample is sufficiently high, the harmonic distortion manifests itself as aliasing - new sub-harmonics are produced and heard more or less prominent. In this indirect way, repitching contributes to the audio distortion which affects playback. Continue reading

  • Try loading in 20-bit!

    While working on the Utrecht update, I am getting a number of useful bug reports from users which help to improve the sample set. However, I have also got a "bug report" from a user who was demonstrating to me high amount of distortion and noise in the sample set. I started the investigation of the problem and this is the result: you should always try to load the sample set at least in 20-bit resolution. Continue reading

  • Downloading the sample sets

    It may be difficult to download sample sets from the Sonus Paradisi web pages, because they are very big files. The only reliable way how to download such huge files over internet is by using some download manager.  Continue reading

  • Placing Virtual Organ in Church

    Well, difficult job. I cannot say I am an expert on these questions, but I have some limited experience. Here some generic suggestions when placing a virtual organ into a real church. Continue reading

  • Comparison between Palma and Santanyí Organs

    All of the Spanish organ music from the Baroque and Classical periods can be played perfectly on both instruments (with the exception of a few Soler pieces that have such a large keyboard range that they cannot be played on any historical Spanish organ). But the most striking characteristic of these two instruments is Continue reading

  • Notes about Historical Registration on the Santanyí Organ

    Every registration given here, no matter how obvious, can actually be found in historical sources, unless otherwise indicated by the use of a qualifier such as "presumably" or "probably." Continue reading

  • Organ of Týn Church in Prague

    The oldest known organ in the Tyn church was built by Albrecht Rudner in the north aisle in 1573. After one hundred years passed, in 1670, the builder Domenico Orsi added a large gallery in the western part of the church. It was decided that a bigger one would replace the organ.  Continue reading

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