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Understanding your Envoy, Regent and Sonus organ features

Video Tutorial Series - Physis Modelling

As most of our customers owning a physical modelling organ know these instruments allow a very high degree of personal control over how the organ sounds. This extends from the selection of individual stop voices from the internal library all the way through to building your own complete instrument that could be voiced to any regional style with English, Baroque and French being the most commonly used.

All this sits within your standard instrument. The voicing of each stop voice can be undertaken just as you would with a pipe organ but there is much much more covering tuning styles and winding that replicates the effect on pitch that happens when the wind supply changes as more air is demanded as stops are added or more notes played. All this combines to produce a living sound that subtly varies every time you play different combinations of stops and notes. This is what makes our physically modelled instruments so realistic and enjoyable to play.

We have created a series of tutorial videos to help you with your instrument

Francis Rumsey at Blenheim

Francis Rumsey at Blenheim

Not everybody is determined to work through our instruction guides to find out how all this flexibility is managed. So we have produced a series of video tutorials to show how the features are managed and also what they do and explain why you may want to explore them to build your own personal preferred sound.

We have published the first 5 of these covering the topics of voices, tuning and winding. I am very grateful to Francis Rumsey who, as well as presenting the videos, has written the scripts and carried out the editing.

Francis is a highly experienced audio engineer as well as talented organist so we have been fortunate to find the ideal person to present and manage this project for us.

More videos are in production that will explain topics such as altering tremulants and reverberation. Programming the crescendo pedal or switching it off altogether. Features you may not have known were available or ones that you would use just once and then forget about.

Here is the series so far…

You will find the following videos in this Youtube Playlist  which will build month-on-month to form an extensive library of guidance we hope you will find informative. If you click on any of the videos below – you will go over to the YouTube Videos.

Introduction to Physis Voicing Flexibility

Modifying a Voicing Style,physis modelling

Physis Voicing Parameters,digital church organ

Tuning Options for Physis Organs

Advanced tuning, winding and touch

If there is a topic or question you have – and we haven’t covered it yet, please do get in contact with us – we would be pleased to add your question or topic to our tutorial videos.

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I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of 12. I own and run Viscount Organs with a close attention to the detail that musicians appreciate; and a clear understanding of the benefits of digital technology and keeping to the traditional and emotional elements of organ playing.