The Digital Organ: The Comeback Kid
When you think of popular progressive music, the organ probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but it should. The organ is an often forgotten gem and with high-quality traditional organs, and the Viscounts hybrid and digital organs being made and played today, it’s time to join the organ in the spotlight.
Organ and Full Sound
Though at times only thought to be reserved for funerals and dusty churches, the organ is a flexible instrument with powerhouse sound. Many instruments such as the accordion, harmonium (essentially a mini pump organ), and others are making their way back into the limelight and hearts of music listeners of all ages through popular alternative folk bands.
Playing the organ today is more rewarding than ever. Organs such as Viscounts digital organs sense environmental changes and adjust, and hybrid organs combine the best of both traditional and digital organs: Advances in technology make playing the organ easier than ever before. As one plays a Viscount digital organ, a patented algorithm is making thousands of calculations to create the richest and quality sound for each note.
Organ music has made its way into experimental music such as the new Explosions in the Sky album featuring the organ and it’s full and rich sound tone, sounding almost subterranean. And many churches are seeing a focus on traditional sounding worship music and adding a modern twist. And if you are an accomplished musician, why not add the organ to your repertoire. The organ is an instrument played with not only the hands but also with the feet!
The organ might not be in this week’s chart-topping hits, but why not next week’s? Modern organs and particularly digital organs available make creating music on the organ a fulfilling and rewarding experience.
“When I die, I’ll probably climb out of the coffin and play the organ at my own funeral.” Rick Wakeman
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.