South African Organ Builders (SAOB) Opus 512 - Linden Park NG Kerk

This is the first Hauptwerk sample set produced of a 'native' South African Pipe organ. It is the pipe organ of the church that I attend, and is a fair example of a medium sized church organ in the Dutch Reformed tradition, as well as a good example of the work produced by the South African Organ Builders company. We have sampled this organ as part of my quest to create historical aural documentation of the pipe organs in South Africa (so I hope that this will be the first of many in the years to come!).

The organ is located at the Lindenpark Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK) in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was built in 1963, and so exhibits some of the organ building trends of the 1960s. There is a French influence to the specification of the mixtures. The voicing of the organ Principal Chorus is very similar between the HW and the SW. And being built for a Dutch Reformed church means that there is a definite Nederlands influence as well. The Pedaal Prestant 16 and Oktaafbass 8' are a unified rank. The Pedaal Koralbas 4' is derived from the Hoofwerk Prestant 8'. The Pedaal Subbas 16', Gedek 8', Fluit 4', Fluit 2, and the Hoofwerk Bourdon 16' are a unified rank. The Pedaal Basuin 16', Trompet 8', Klarion 4', and Hoofwerk Trompet 8' are also a unified rank.

We have used photos of the real console to create the look and feel of the virtual console. So when you become familiar with the virtual organ, you will have an easy time finding your away around the real console! The stops on the Console View move, but obviously they are harder to read than there matching stops in the Stops View.


The samples were recorded in 24-bit 192Khz, using a matching set of Rode mics, set in ORTF Stereo position. After noise reduction and processing, the samples have been converted to 24-bit 48Khz for this release. The sample set is released in two versions:
  • Dry (multiple loops)
  • Wet (multiple loops and multiple (3) releases)
You can order either the Dry or the Wet, or both together as a set. Both have the Hauptwerk Wind Model enabled, and basic settings are set by default. You can adjust the amount of wind model effect using the Organ settings > Organ preferences... menu option. The sample set is encrypted using the general Hauptwerk Encryption method and requires Hauptwerk version 4.2 

This sample set is released as Donationware. You will receive the download link for free, but are requested to donate the suggested amount towards the project. Fifteen percent (15%) of your donation goes toward the organ fund for this instrument, and the rest of your donation will allow further South African pipe organs to be sampled. If you are unable to afford the donation, then we request that you upload a tune of yourself playing this instrument either to YouTube, SoundCloud, or Contrabombarde.
The suggest donation amounts are as follows:
Dry: US$89
Wet: US$99
Combined Wet and Dry: US$149
A US$45 PayPal invoice will be issued for any DVD order, this pays for the DVD to be printed, and for shipping world wide. If you are a South African resident then your shipping invoice will be for R129. 

Please go to the PayPal Donations page if you are able to make a donation. 


Console View:
Console View

Stops View:
Stops View

Usage Details
Dry
16-bit - Single Loop = 1.5 Gigs
16-bit - All Loops = 1.6 Gigs
24-bit - Single Loop = 2.6 Gigs
24-bit - All Loops = 2.7  Gigs

Wet 
16-bit - Single Release/Single Loop = 2.0 Gigs
16-bit - All Releases/All Loops = 2.9 Gigs
24-bit - Single Release/Single Loop = 3.4 Gigs
24-bit - All Releases/All Loops = 5.5 Gigs

Music Demos

Andre Nel plays the Fanfare (Allegro non troppo) in D major by Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens. Shows the full Tutti as well as some great quieter ensembles!:

Don Austin plays an arrangement of this famous hymn, "Thine is the Glory", the hymn tune adapted from Handel's Oratorio:  

Meditative composition by Simon Landsman (1888-1960): 
Simon Landsman - Andante

Originally for Harpsichord, made popular recently on Piano and Organ. Pietro Domenico Paradisi (1707 – 1791), was an Italian composer, harpsichordist and harpsichord teacher: 

A slow processional dance common in Europe during the 16th century - by William Byrd (1540 - 1623): 

Another 'Full Tutti' piece - the Toccata in G minor by Johann Pachelbel. Shows off the full pedal...
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