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Recording Hymns for an Envoy 25S (1 reply)
I'm the Churchwarden at Wylye Church, Wiltshire - a medium sized country church. We had installed an Viscount Envoy 25S last year to replace a very poor pipe organ which was costing a fortune to maintain. Our Envoy 25S has 6 speakers - 4 in the Chancel and 2 in the Nave - plus a large base speaker. The effect is cathedral-like and we've had some brilliant organ concerts. We don't have a regular organist, but a professional organist who lives in the village records the music we want for our Sunday services. We now have a 'catalogue' of over 100 hymns and 50 organ voluntaries.
The Envoy 25S is a two manual instrument. My question is: can music recorded for a 3 manual instrument (such as the music downloads on this website) be played back on a 2 manual one without doing any damage, and could music be played back if the recording only used 2 manuals on a 3manual instrument?
You are unlikely to do any damage but it is unlikely to work properly either. The best chance of it (mostly) working is if the midi files were captured on a 3 manual viscount organ in the same product range as your 2 manual church organ, and that the recording was made only using the Sw, Gt and Pedals. The reason is that midi files record no music, they only capture and reproduce electronically the movements of a player in selecting the stops, playing notes, moving the swell pedals etc. So if a 3 manual viscount player captures a midi file using a manual or a stop that doesn't exist on your church instrument, those notes wouldn't sound. Since the digital instructions to play them make no sense on that instrument. Still worse if the recording is on a different, non-Viscount instrument. Because the digital instructions, particularly those for the stops, being proprietary per-manufacturer, are likely to be entirely different from your church instrument. Then anything - or nothing - could happen on playback - although damage is unlikely. Hope that helps.
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