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Another organ recording, of a 300-year-old instrument
Old 3rd October 2008
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From contemporary music to the 15th century...

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.


Daniel
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Old 3rd October 2008
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Sounds very good! The high-end spectrum is very clear and vibrant.

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.
Old 3rd October 2008
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I doubt that organ has any 32' foot pipes or 18" subs!

Nice pictures, BTW.
Old 6th October 2008
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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...
Old 6th October 2008
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Yeah I figured. Don't destroy my perception of organ!
Old 6th October 2008
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Don't destroy my perception of organ!
Just tryin' to expand it...
Old 9th October 2008
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Hm, very little feedback - hope it isn't because of my blatant sales pitch...
Would love to hear some opinions on the sound.

Daniel
Old 10th October 2008
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Sounds good, lovely instrument!

Matti
Old 10th October 2008
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Sounds great! You captured the instrument & room very nicely. Are you doing a surround mix?
Old 10th October 2008
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Are you doing a surround mix?
The setup would allow it, but I think this would be just for fun, not for release. I don't even have a proper surround monitoring setup..
Old 10th October 2008
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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
tastefully .

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Old 10th October 2008
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Sounds very nice! Nice balance of the room sound... Lovely organ by the way.

Good work!
Old 13th October 2008
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Thanks for posting the photos, what a nice looking organ and cool little chapel. Sounds very nice too... clean and simple.
Old 14th October 2008
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couldn't you find were the bass lingers in the room .
capture it , get it to time

rad recording , fun stuff
Old 16th October 2008
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couldn't you find were the bass lingers in the room.
Not sure what you're referring to - there really isn't much bass coming out of this organ...
Old 23rd October 2008
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Not sure what you're referring to - there really isn't much bass coming out of this organ...
I really liked this recording [only listened on my HD650 headphones though].
Crisp cold air atmosphere. Not usually a term I would use positively - but in this case, it is!

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As a comment to Saschas comment I cannot understand why anyone would even think about adding artificial reverb "tastefully" to this recording.

Mads
Old 24th October 2008
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Sounds good, lovely instrument!

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