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Sonus Paradisi

Aeolian-Skinner, 1957 [Hauptwerk]

Aeolian-Skinner, 1957 [Hauptwerk]

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Aeolian-Skinner, opus 1301

The Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, opus 1301 was manufactured in 1956-1957, when the company tonal director was Joseph S. Whiteford who was the successor of the deceased G. Donald Harrison. The organ is still rooted in the Harrison's "American Classic" style, although Opus 1301 bears witness to the tonal philosophy of Harrison's later interests, when he experimented with modern versions of old German solo reeds (Krummhorn, Fagott, Rohr-Schalmei) and moved somewhat towards the (neo-)baroque design (principal choruses crowned with mixtures on all manuals, unenclosed pipework). Joseph S. Whiteford's tonal principles were similar to the late Harrison visions, perhaps putting even more emphasis on the baroque organbuilding principles (unnicked flues with expressive articulation, lower wind pressures, intense reeds).

The Opus 1301 is a rather universal instrument, upon which many schools of organ compositions will sound clear and plausible. Aeolian-Skinner organs are famous for the delicate and even voicing, decisive speech, and good blending of choruses, allowing clarity in polyphonic textures as well as graceful (even sublime) solo melodic lines.

 

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  • Manual I

    C–c4

    Spitzflöte 8'
    Spitzflöte Coelestis 8'
    Koppel flöte 8'
    Pommer 4'
    Rohrnasat* 2 2/3'
    Klein Prinzipal* 2'
    Blockflöte 2'
    Terz 1 3/5'
    Zimbel* III
    Krummhorn 8'
    Bombard** 8'
    Rohrschalmei 4'

    Choir 4'
    Choir Unison Off

    Tremulant

  • Manual II

    C–c4

    Gemshorn* 16'
    Prinzipal 8'
    Bordun 8'
    Oktav 4'
    Zauberflöte* 4'
    Praestant 2'
    Mixtur IV
    Bombard* 8'

    Great 4'
    Great Unison Off

  • Manual III

    C–c4

    Singend Gedackt 8'
    Viola Pomposa 8'
    Viola Coelestis 8'
    Rohrflöte 4'
    Geigenprinzipal 4'
    Nachthorn 2'
    Spitzquint 1 1/3'
    Scharf III
    Fagot 16'
    Trompete 8'
    Vox humana 8'
    Klarine* 4'

    Swell 16'
    Swell 4'
    Swell Unison Off

    Tremulant

  • Manual IV

    -

    * Stops denoted by an asterix * were added by Schoenstein in 1983.

    ** The Choir Bombard is originally shared with the Great. For the sample set, another Choir Bombard is available. This stand-alone Choir Bombard can be activated via a dedicated switch on the Mixer tab of the sample set. Its purpose is soloistic performance, it should never be used as a part of tutti (full organ).

  • Pedal

    C–g1

    Untersatz 32'
    Prinzipal 16'
    Gemshorn 16'
    Subbass* 16'
    Gedacktbass 16'
    Oktav 8'
    Gedackt 8'
    Choralbass 4'
    Gedackt 4'
    Posaune 16'
    Fagot 16'
    Trompete 8'
    Rohrschalmei 4'

  • Other specification

    Couplers:
    Gt/Ped 8', Gt/Ped 4', Sw/Ped 8', Sw/Ped 4', Ch/Ped 8', Ch/Ped 4';
    Sw/Gt 16', Sw/Gt 8', Sw/Gt 4', Ch/Gt 16', Ch/Gt 8', Ch/Gt 4';
    Sw/Ch 16', Sw/Ch 8', Sw/Ch 4'.

    Accessories:
    Zimbelstern;
    Full organ switch (Tutti), crescendo pedal, swell pedals for swell and choir divisions;
    Divisional and general combinations.

    Extensions:
    See the updates tab for the third-party extensions (4 manuals, 75 speaking stops).

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History

Aeolian-Skinner, opus 1301

The Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, opus 1301 was manufactured in 1956-1957, when the company tonal director was Joseph S. Whiteford who was the successor of the deceased G. Donald Harrison. The organ is still rooted in the Harrison's "American Classic" style, although Opus 1301 bears witness to the tonal philosophy of Harrison's later interests, when he experimented with modern versions of old German solo reeds (Krummhorn, Fagott, Rohr-Schalmei) and moved somewhat towards the (neo-)baroque design (principal choruses crowned with mixtures on all manuals, unenclosed pipework). Joseph S. Whiteford's tonal principles were similar to the late Harrison visions, perhaps putting even more emphasis on the baroque organbuilding principles (unnicked flues with expressive articulation, lower wind pressures, intense reeds).

The Opus 1301 is a rather universal instrument, upon which many schools of organ compositions will sound clear and plausible. Aeolian-Skinner organs are famous for the delicate and even voicing, decisive speech, and good blending of choruses, allowing clarity in polyphonic textures as well as graceful (even sublime) solo melodic lines.

It was built for St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, later sold and moved to the First Covenant Church, Oakland, California. After the transfer, the organ was reassembled and overhault by Schoenstein & Co. organbuilders in 1983. On that occasion, adjustments were made to the tonal layout, some stops were revoiced, several stops were cleverly added, emphasizing the traditional "Werkprinzip" and individuality of each division in the design.

The organ is split into two chambers at the front of the room, there are no visible pipes. The stop and key action is electric. It has 3 manuals (Choir, Great, Swell) and a pedal. Alltogether 45 speaking stops. The pedal has 13 souding stops of which 6 are borrowings from manuals. Swell has 12 sounding stops, enclosed. Great offers 8 sounding stops. Choir has 12 sounding stops, enclosed. Numerous straight, octave and sub-octave couplers available. Many stops of the Choir and Swell divisions have inner extensions (the upper 6th octave) for the use of the super-octave couplers.

Swell and Choir divisions have tremulants, all stops were recorded twice, with the tremulant enganged and disengaged. Thus, authentic tremmed ranks are available in the Hauptwerk model of the instrument. Crescendo pedal available.

Special thanks to the staff of the First Covenant Church, who were maximally helpful and enthusiastically welcoming the Sonus Paradisi team for recording their instrument.

Further reading:
OHS Organ Database (online),
The Organ. An Encyclopedia. Second Edition, (D. E. Bush - R. Kassel, eds.), 2015.

Features

The samples are offered in 48kHz/24bit resolution. The multiple releases have three levels: short, mid and long. Hauptwerk v.5 and higher supported. The sample set is encrypted and dongle protected, for use with the Hauptwerk software exclusively. Hauptwerk Advanced version is strongly recommended, the Lite version is not suitable to run the Surround variant of the sample set (memory limitations, audio channels limitations). There is no use of the sample set possible in any other software.

Reverb time
The reverb time is ca. 2 seconds.

Keyboards, pedalboard
The original compass of the keyboards is 61 keys (full 5 octaves). Many stops of Choir and Swell divisions have inner extensions (top 6th octave, up to g4) for the use of the super-octave couplers. The original compass of the pedal division is 32 keys.

Tremulants
All ranks of the Choir and Swell divisions were recorded with and without tremulants for the most convincing tremulant behavior. However, loading the authentic tremmed ranks consumes large amount of RAM. It is possible to select to use the artificial tremulant instead to save RAM (the switch is located on the mixer tab).

Third party add-on (extension)
Jake from Custom Hauptwerk Organs has prepared an extension for the Oakland sample-set matching the style of Aeolian-Skinner. It features an extra 30 stops in addition to the stops offered in the original sample-set (4 manuals, 75 speaking stops in total). The extension includes a Solo division which can be assigned to a keyboard on four manual consoles, or used as a floating division on smaller consoles. It is still possible to use the original organ when the extension is loaded.

This extension is not a part of the sample set of Sonus Paradisi and it must be purchased separately from its creator. Please contact Jake at customhworgans[at]gmail[dot]com to order the extension.

Requirements

Hauptwerk v.5 and higher supported. The sample set is encrypted and dongle protected, for use with the Hauptwerk software exclusively. Hauptwerk Advanced version is strongly recommended, the Lite version is not suitable to run the Surround variant of the sample set (memory limitations, audio channels limitations). There is no use of the sample set possible in any other software.

RAM consumption: 6-channel surround
16-bit, other settings default: 15.3 GB
20-bit, other settings default: 24.8 GB (recommended)
24-bit, other settings default: 28.2 GB

RAM consumption: 2-channel wet
16-bit, other settings default: 5.8 GB
20-bit, other settings default: 9.1 GB
24-bit, other settings default: 10.2 GB

Screen resolution 1280x1024 px or more.
Polyphony of 6000 voices recommended for the full suround (3000 pipes minimum).
Polyphony of 1800 simultaneous pipes recommended for use of the wet sample set.

This Hauptwerk Sample Set is presented to you by Leonart Studio, an authorised reseller for the manufacturer Sonus Paradisi in Switzerland (shipping internationally). Enjoy this digitally sampled organ library for the use with Hauptwerk software and start expanding your historical organ collection today.

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