Viscount’s facilities are not located in grey and anonymous suburbs or in a nondescript industrial park, but instead in the charming town of Mondaino. While other western companies have moved their production to Eastern-European countries, Viscount’s organ factories and woodworking labs remain in Mondaino, where the quality is ceaselessly under careful watch in order to ensure our customers receive top quality organs. Viscount organ factories are eco-friendly, respect environmental standards, have state of the art precision tools and cutting techniques, and the working environment is secure and pleasing.
Viscount International SpA represents a unique example of an engineering and production center in Europe. But Viscount’s uniqueness does not only rely on fruitful technological improvement, but also on values and goals, pursued since a century by the Galanti family and its employees to make quality organs that unlike any other.
The keys to our challenge:
- Steady development of DSP algorithms
- Technological innovation
- Integration of proprietary and open-source solution
- Independent working groups that care for the musician’s need
- Our future
STEADY DEVELOPMENT ALGORITHMS Our expertise in the DSP (Digital Signal Processing) field goes far beyond the basic academic knowledge. In the decades we developed on our own, and in coordination to highly acclaimed university research centers, innovative tools and solutions, supported by strong theoretical bases, because scientific progress ought not be an erratic process but has to be guided by wisdom. Our DSP algorithms cover a wide range of solutions: from realistic piano rendering to accurate reverb and delay effects, from tone wheel organ emulation to spatialization effects, from efficient, phase-linear digital filtering to fast and precise on-stage anti-feedback techniques. All these algorithms serve a wide selection of use: from the latest Pro Audio VERSE speakers to the ever-acclaimed classic organs.
TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION When others rely on common technologies, tested and widely used, with well-known limits, we dare take the risk of the change, and we experiment new techniques, which are, afterwards, replicated by others and become soon a state-of-the-art. Since the first Galanti accordions to the latest physical modeling technique, spacing through pianos, master keyboards, and Pro Audio equipment, we released new solutions for the music.
INTEGRATION OF PROPRIETARY & OPEN-SOURCE SOLUTIONS Decades ago every company had its pool of technicians and engineers who had the task of designing an instrument entirely on their own. In the meanwhile world has changed. Nowadays universities and companies collaborate for a common vision, the private and the public domain merge together for a richer selection of alternatives. The open-source movement is ever-increasing and is proposing a new way to design digital tools and instruments. We embrace the open-source challenge, developing it further and sharing our contribution to it.
INDEPENDENT WORKING GROUPS In the ancient times, Rome was governed by two independent consuls to ensure fair rule and mutual control. Our production, development and working groups are independent – so they can follow different paths – but at the same time responsible of one another work, in order to ensure the best from everyone of our employees. Our personnel is motivated and work in a friendly environment, and everyone knows each other as in a big family.
CARE FOR THE MUSICIANS NEED A musical instrument shouldn’t be crafted to boast exaggerate technological innovations. A musical instruments is mainly meant to be played. We care for our customers’ need, and our musicians are always in contact with musicians and technicians. Their task is to strike a perfect balance between the real needs of a musician and the best technology to fit them. Furthermore, ergonomics and care for woodwork and touch are taken into high account to provide instruments to satisfy every player and make him rejoice in his everyday occupation: music.
THE FUTURE Future is unknown to all of us, but we have a dream we pursue since a century, and we strive to reach our goals daily and steadily. Our company does not yield profit but instruments. Our values guide us in this daily challenge to realize the best instruments for the musicians of today and tomorrow.
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.