The History Of The Viscount Organ

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The viscount organ is one of the most iconic and recognizable musical instruments in the world. It’s a unique blend of technology and artistry, combining cutting-edge digital technology with the traditional sounds of a classic organ.

At Viscount North America, we bring tradition and craftsmanship to the modern age, by combining our expertise in creating stunning organs with the latest in digital technology. We are proud to offer a range of organs that are perfect for churches, schools, and home studios. Whether you’re looking for a small, traditional organ for a home or a larger, state-of-the-art organ for a church or studio, we have the perfect organ for you. Keep reading to learn more about the history of the viscount organ and shop our collection today!

A Rich History

The viscount organ was first developed in the late 1960s by an Italian team led by Dr. Giuseppe Gagliano. The goal was to create an organ that could be used in churches, schools, and homes and could provide an authentic sound that replicated the traditional organs of the past. 

The team focused on creating a digital organ that could produce a wide range of sounds, from baroque to modern. This was accomplished by using a combination of microprocessors, digital synthesis, and audio processing. The first viscount organ was released in 1971 and quickly became a hit with 

churches and schools.

The Evolution

At the time, the viscount organ was a revolutionary step forward in the music industry. The combination of digital and traditional organ sounds allowed musicians to explore a wide range of musical styles. As the years passed, the viscount organ continued to evolve and improve, with new features and sounds being added over time. 

Today’s Viscount Organ

Today, the viscount organ is still widely used by musicians and is particularly popular with organists in churches and other venues. Its combination of classic organ sounds and modern digital technology makes it an ideal choice for creating unique and expressive performances. Additionally, the ease of use and portability of the viscount organ make it an attractive option for both beginners and experienced players alike.

Shop Viscount Organs Today

At Viscount North America, we are proud to offer a wide selection of viscount organs that are perfect for any budget and application. Whether you’re looking for a small, traditional organ for a home or a larger, state-of-the-art organ for a church or studio, we have the perfect organ for you. Shop our collection today and bring the classic sound of the viscount organ to your music!

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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.

Unico Collection

Our flagship Viscount organ line powered by our patented Physis® (Physical Modeling) Technology.

Sonus Collection

Physis® Technology & the most powerful self-contained audio system available.

Chorum Collection

Our sampled-sound based Viscount organ that beats all others in price & value for the money.

Physis® Pianos

The most advanced digital piano on the planet using Physis® Technology.