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Barton Series for GrandOrgue

Members of the Yahoo VTPO group have gotten together in a community effort to produce a series of VTPO sample sets. This is the first in the series – a smaller Barton Theatre Organ set based on 7 recorded ranks from the Barton Theatre Organ in the Redford Theatre, Detroit. The specification was digitally added to by the addition of 16’ extensions of the Diapason and VDO ranks, as well as the complete VDO Celeste rank. The Chimes were digitally expanded from 21 notes to 25 notes, and the Xylophone's lowest octave was also created via digital wizardry.

The original organ has 10 ranks, and a sample set based on the original specification will be released in 2014 (see http://redfordtheatre.com/organ/). As we had six ranks processed in November 2011 we decided to release a sample set based on a smaller specification – but with as many stops as we could fit into the single screen requirements of a small computer screen. This specification is the result of the input and discussion of the members of the VTPO group.

Beta Release

Graham Goode has kindly given me permission to continue the development of the GrandOrgue versions of the sample sets that he has created using the Creative Commons license. It is my goal to add the 3/10 and 3/12 versions of this series in GrandOrgue format later this year.

This release of the Barton Theatre Organ 3/7 for GrandOrgue requires the latest GrandOrgue testing version or higher. Order the Barton 3/7 Sample set for GrandOrgue package from the GrandOrgue Sample Set Order Form.

Please Note: This is a SEMI-WET theatre organ sample set. Some of the acoustics of the Redford Theatre are part of the release portions of the samples, so if you are using additional reverb you will either need to use GrandOrgue's truncate release settings to make the ranks more dry, or you will need to reduce your external reverb.

The samples are in 16-bit 48khz Stereo, and the set uses recorded tremulant samples, not the LFO tremulant model.

Specification : Barton3-7 Specification


Main Console View

Console View
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Stops View

Stops View
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Second Touch View:

Second Touch View
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History of the Barton VTPO Project:

The original instrument was built by the Bartola Musical Instrument Co. of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The following ranks were recorded by and are the property of Joe Hardy:

Diapason, Tibia,Tuba, Viole d’ Orchestre, Vox Humana,Chimes, Auto Horn, Steam Boat, Chinese Gong, Thunder, Traps, Xylophone.

The microphones (AKG 414 BULS) were positioned about twenty feet into the auditorium, these recordings were done in 2007.

The following ranks were recorded by and are the property of Lynn Walls:

Flute, Tibia 16' Extension, Tuba 16' Extension, Chrysoglott, Bell, Siren, Bird Song, Fire Gong. These recordings were done in 2011.

Paul Jacyk and Lynn Walls provided the photos that were used to create the GrandOrgue Console, Stop Tabs, and 2nd Touch views. Graphic editing was done by Graham Goode. The Noise Reduction was done by Graham Goode using Nick Appleton's free Noise Reduction application. The looping and placement of release makers within the sample set was done by Graham Goode. 

14 members from the Yahoo VTPO group volunteered to be part of the Alpha testing phase of this sample set. Many thanks to all of you for your feedback.

This sample set is released under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) License. Which basically means you are free to use it and share it, so long as the license and attributions remain with the sample set.