Screenshot of Piteå School of Music sampleset main console

As a professional organist I must voice my opinion that no virtual organ can compete with a good, well regulated tracker organ. To really develop a good touch one must play the real thing, otherwise it's hard to understand attack/release and to feel how the pallet is opened by the playing finger.

Nevertheless it's impractical for most persons to have a real organ at home and it's in such situations that a virtual organ can be very valuable. Not the least important reason is that, even if it's available at only a fraction of the cost of a real organ, it can sound very convincing indeed.

My hopes are that vpo's and my efforts with them will help more people enjoy the wonderful instrument that the Organ really is.

Bureå Church organ sampleset

An image of the organ in Bureå churchThis organ was built in 1967 by Hammarbergs Orgelbyggeri AB for the church in Bureå, Sweden.

The recording of the samples was done in May 2010 by Lars Palo with a M-Audio Microtrack II and two Studio Projects B1 condenser microphones. The recording settings were stereo 24 bit and 96000 Hz samplerate.

This sampleset is created by Lars Palo and Graham Goode. Noise reduction of the samples was made with Nick Appletons Noise Reduce software.

The original specification of the organ is:

Bureå church organ, 1967
Huvudverk (I)
(56 notes, C-g3)
Pedal
(30 notes, C-f1)
Bröstverk (III)
(56 notes, C-g3)
Svällverk (II)
(56 notes, C-g3)
Principal 8' Subbas 16' Gedakt 8' Rörflöjt 8'
Gedakt 8' Principal 8' Koppelflöjt 4' Salicional 8'
Oktava 4' Gedakt 8' Rörkvint 2 2/3' Principal 4'
Rörflöjt 4' Oktava 4' Principal 2' Hålflöjt 4'
Oktava 2' Nachthorn 2' Oktava 1' Valdflöjt 2'
Sesquialtera II Rauschpfeife IV Cymbel II Ters 1 3/5'
Mixtur V Basun 16' Krumhorn 8' Nasat 1 1/3'
Trumpet 8' Trumpet 4'   Septima 1 1/7'
      Scharf III
      Skalmeja 8'
      Tremulant

 

This sampleset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Sweden License.
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The original sampleset creators can be contacted on larspalo@yahoo.se or ggoode.sa@gmail.com

Glory to God alone
This Hammarberg organ was built in 1967 in Gothenburg. The work was mainly done by employees of the company: Åke Karlsson, Erik Witt, Sten Johansson, Bo Augustsson, Fredrik Johansson and Bengt Johansson. The disposition was composed by the organist in Bureå at that time, mus.dir. Erich Stoffers, in collaboration with the organbuilder. Planning, final adjustments and intonation by Nils Hammarberg (assistants: Bo Hammarberg, Horst Schuarg and Per Olof Viberg)

(in small print to right)
Facade from the previous organ in the church. Inspector and consult Simon Langsbo. Vicar was Axel Ollikainen.