This is a 300 year old, single manual organ in a cemetery chapel (apparently it was built for a larger church originally and moved there around 1870).
I had to set up my "control room" in the mortuary (with that unpleasant sweetish smell of you-know-what).
And we recorded until well after midnight...
I set up three rows of mics. My new pair of the twelve-year-old digital Beyer MCD 100 close up, a pair of KM 131 with spheres further back, and a pair of Beyer MC 801 diffuse field omnis even further back, facing backwards. Had my Audioengine 2 speakers with me, which sounded nice.
The organ was pumped by foot, no electric motor here. But there are some sounds from the bellows.
I'm posting two short pieces, one by Scheidt, the other by Adam Ileborgh, composed 1448. This will be a commercial CD, anyone who's interested can let me know, I'll post/mail details or ship CDs, if required (hope this isn't an all-too-shameless sales pitch...). The instrument and repertoire are quite special, I would say. The mix here may not be final, and these clips are unedited.
Maybe it's just the range of playing on these two samples, but the recording seems to lack a little low-end. Might just be the stereotypical organ sound in my head with thunderous bass notes though.
It's the instrument itself - it simply doesn't have a thunderous bass, as Norse observed correctly. There's only one manual and no pedal to add bass, nothing below 8'... The entire instrument is quite small, look at it compared to my mic stand...
Very nice and convicting overall sound and quite rare opportunity to deal with this sort music and instruments thumbsup. Only thing, if I may say would be to include more room in your mix and maybe even to add some reverb