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1. The Thomas organ of the Grote Kerk at Vianen:

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The Thomas organ at Vianen
© Picture Hans Kluit

In October 2021 we recorded the Thomas organ de Grote Kerk in Vianen for Hauptwerk.

Short history:

The first organ in the Grote Kerk in Vianen was built by Abraham Meere in Empire style and dates from 1803. It consisted of an organ with Hoofdwerk (Great), upper work and attached pedal (fixed).
Over time, several builders worked on the organ until the interior was sold during the church restoration in the 1950s.
The existing cases were moved to the tower wall and given a light color scheme.
Willem van Leeuwen built a new organ in the existing cases. The organ then had a Hoofdwerk (Great), a Rugwerk (Positiv) and free pedals. A third keyboard was reserved as well as some voices on the Hoofdwerk.

Ca. 2005: Van Leeuwen's organ was in urgent need of restoration. The pipe work was often broken, the wind supply was no longer good - the organ had a VEKA windchest system optimized by Van Leeuwen - and the mechanism was often worn out.
After a thorough preparation period, it was decided to sell the Van Leeuwen organ and have a new organ built by Manufacture d'Orgues Thomas.
This organ was completed in 2010. The existing cases were restored and restored to the Abraham Meere situation (for example, the Rugwerk became empty again).
Source: Website PKN Vianen

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The console
© Picture Bert Wisgerhof

2. The disposition: ( bleu text: added for Hauptwerk.)
Manual I: Hoofdwerk
C-f''' (Hauptwerk g''')
Manual II: Positief
C-f''' (Hauptwerk g''')
Pedals: C-d' (Hauptwerk f') Playing aids:
Bourdon
Praestant
Position I: UndaMaris
Position II: Praestant(disk)
VioladiGamba
Roerfluit
Octaaf
Fluit
Gemshoorn
Quint
Superoctaaf
Cornet
Position I: Mixtuur
Position II: Mixtuur
Fagot
Trompet
16'
8'
8'
8'
8'
8'
4'
4'
4'
3'
2'
V rangs
II - IV rangs
IV - VI rangs
16'
8'
Holpijp
FluitTravers
Praestant
Roerfluit
Roerquint
Octaaf
Woudfluit
Position I: Sexqualter
Position II: Sexqualter
Mixtuur
Dulciaan
 
 
 
 
 
8'
8'
4'
4'
3'
2'
2'
1 rangs
2 rangs
2 - 3 rangs
8'
 
 
 
 
 
Subbas
Octaaf
Octaaf
Roerquint
Bazuin
Trompet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16'
8'
4'
6'
16'
8'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Motor (Motor-schakelaar)
Coupler HW - POS
Coupler Pedals - HW
Coupler Pedals - POS
Tremulant Hoofdwerk (Hauptwerk system)
Tremulant Rugwerk (recorded)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Three channel technique:
This sample set was recorded from three positions in stereo (24 bit 96kHz).
The set comes with a Sygsoft devised 3-channel technique whereby the user may set the listening position themselves.
There are 3 positions, namely :
1: Front, recorded very close to the organ. This provides a very direct recording that is useful for study purposes.
2: Middle, this recording was made at about 3 times the distance used in the front recording.
3: Rear, recorded far from the organ is used as surround.
Through three sliders (0-100%), a mix can be made of the three positions that is to your liking.
More information see: "Systeemrequirments".
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Virtual console
4. Finally:
The recordings for this sample set were made in october 2021.
Recording quality 96 kHz, 24 bit. The set is reduced to 48 kHz 24 bit.
Number of microphones: 6.
Number of samples processed in this set: 28,000
Number of lines in the Organ Definition File (ODF): ca. 1,750,000

Division of the Work:
Christian Boogaard: Noise reduction, windmodel, intonation, some demos and artistic advice.
Johan van der Waal van Dijk: processing of samples and technical advice.
Rietje Raatgeep: Administration and PR.
Fred de Jong: Layout, extra controle samples, loops, ODF as well as customizing the website and general management.

Fred de Jong October 2022.
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