Mondaino: Our Home
Viscount organs and electrical instruments have been praised for their quality and craftsmanship, a fact we owe entirely to our home in the comune (municipality) of Mondaino, Italy. While many church and digital organs have long been made in Eastern Europe for lower labor costs, it is our pride that Viscount’s facilities are not located in grey and anonymous suburbs or in a nondescript industrial park, but instead in this charming, deeply historic region; all of our factories and woodworking labs remain in Mondaino, where the quality is ceaselessly under control, in order to ensure our customers the best possible products. While many of our European fans have the ability to visit us in person, and thus see and feel Mondaino for themselves, our readers here may not.
As is the case with many municipalities across Italy, Mondaino’s history is steeped in conflict, many of which are centuries long. Perhaps especially so because of Mondaino’s hilltop vantage point, once useful as a military stronghold, but today, best allows for beautiful views. Although, perhaps most famous for the 15th century conflict between the Malatesta and Montefeltro families, and deeply locked in ongoing conflict and peace treaties with nearby Rimini, Mondaino has traded allegiance and lordship many times. For those looking to experience the history of conflict here, there are a number of castles throughout the region that bear evidence to the once-strategic nature of Mondaino; most famously, that means Rocca Malatestiana, among the most intriguing across Italy.
Ever the rural hamlet, Mondaino, to this day, only has a population around 1,500 permanent residents but does see far more than that in tourism each year. Whether here to visit the secret passageways or spot the ghost in Rocca Malatestiana, gaze upon the famous architecture in Piazza Maggiore’s “frying pan” shape, or just taking in the views at one of the many local hotels, tourists find plenty to do (or not do) in the beautiful countryside.
Obviously, with the small size of Mondaino’s population, Viscount International is a major employer in the region, and we are proud to say that the current reputation of the region has expanded to include musical instrument innovations. As we look toward our future as a company, so too comes the past, present, and future of this amazing region.
Pay us a visit sometime; you’ll be glad you came!
The Unico series is a line of classic organs developed with Physis® physical modeling technology, entirely designed and patented by Viscount’s Italian research facilities. With this new approach, based on physical modeling of the pipe organ, you will enjoy the most faithful and malleable sound on the market today.
Thanks to accurate audio reproduction and powerful reverberation effects, Viscount has transferred the magnificence of a large pipe organ into the convenience of a compact instrument.
The Unico series has a rich library of customizable settings and parameters which allows you to select, assign and store hundreds of additional registers. Features are easy to access through a discrete backlit main control display.
The SONUS series is a line of classical organs developed with exclusive Physis® technology - designed and patented by Viscount’s laboratories. Based on modeling the physical phenomena involved in pipe organ sound generation, the sound generated is incredibly authentic.
On top of Physis® sound generation technology, we have designed a revolutionary new audio system called RAR (Real Audio Rendering). Thanks to RAR technology, you can totally manage the impression of three-dimensional space in which the instrument is placed – from the smallest room, all the way up to a large cathedral setting. The new Viscount RAR (Real Audio Rendering) technology represents a significant step forward in terms of definition, spatiality and body of the sound, which is the most authentic way yet to create that magical effect of the most important organ stop – ‘the ambience’. Sitting at the console of the new Viscount Sonus, you will experience the most realistic impression of the instrument and its setting available from any digital organ you may care to play.
The OUVERTURE is an organ with 3 keyboards, complete pedalboard and 55 registers - each of which can select hundreds of organ and orchestra voices. There is also an orchestra register for every section of the organ which can be selected from the numerous options available.
The organ comes with 8 organ styles (4 fixed and 4 programmable) that allow the organist to create and store an infinite number of combinations, either in the 128 internal memory locations or externally via USB memory. The parameter settings are easily accessible through the graphic display on the front panel. The “Tracker Action” style keyboard accurately detects touch by obtaining the speed of actuation of the keys, making it possible to feel a "Tracker Touch" effect, i.e .the correlation between the "touch" of the organist and the transient attack of each virtual pipe.
Developed with the award-winning and patented Physis® physical modeling technology, which reproduces the physical phenomena involved in the sound generation of the pipe organ, the Ouverture is capable of generating the highest-fidelity, most authentic church organ sound.
Chorum instruments faithfully reproduce the sounds of a pipe organ with proprietary ARTEM technology (Advanced Real TEchnology Music) designed by Viscount's Research and Development labs in Italy.
The richness and beauty of stops are enhanced by an accurate reverberation system, able to recreate a great variety of acoustic environments, from a small chapel to the largest cathedral.
Chorum organs are highly functional, yet simple to use; you can store a large selection of memories and recall your stop combinations.