• 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

  • Warning on Dry Sample Sets

    Sample sets are usually offered in several variants: Wet, Surround and Dry. The majority of people should opt for the wet or surround variant of the sample set where the church reverberation is included in the samples. The church organ usually sounds convincing only if immersed in the reverberation of the church building. A dry sample set - samples recorded close-up without any reverberation -  is ment for very special purposes, it is not a virtual instrument which can be played "out of the box". 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

  • Restoration of the Tyn organ

    Organbuilding company of Johannes Klais from Bonn, Germany restored the Mundt organ in the church of Our Lady before Týn in Prague (Czech Republic) during the years 1998-2000. Continue reading

  • Hans Heinrich Mundt (1632-1691)

    Hans Heinrich Mundt is the author of the famous Czech organ - the two manual baroque instrument in the church of Our Lady before Týn in Prague. Continue reading

  • Registration of French Baroque Organ Music

    Patrick Larhant kindly supplied the registration tips for the early French repertoir. His treatise is available in PDF and contains practical stop lists for various kinds of French compositions, optimized for the St. Maximin organ. Download PDF: Registrations_classiques_2

  • Registration of French Romantic Music

    The organs built by Cavaillé-Coll had a divided windchest for the foundation and combination voices. We have the advantage in knowing that César Franck was thorough in writing the registration cues, however one can be fooled without the understanding of the actual instrument. Continue reading

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