Schantz Opus 918
1969 - 3/46 American Classic Organ
GOD OF OUR FATHERS wet LOVE DIVINE wet THY LOVING KINDNESS wet
LOVE DIVINE dry THY LOVING KINDNESS dry
Demo recordings of the VPO for your review. Convolution reverb added to some files.
using the Schantz Opus 918 sample set
The great and pedal organs are unenclosed. The swell and the choir organs are under expression. The organ is in excellent shape and completely original. The Erzahler and celeste in the choir division, and the Plein Jeu IV in the swell division are especially nice. The pedal division has a complete Principal chorus - 16, 8, 4 and Mixture iii with no borrowing.
The organ has been recorded note for note and virtually assembled in the same fashion with the ODF. We have included the sfortzondo piston and the crescendo pedal. The combination action includes six divisional presets and ten general presets, for a total of 33.
The 24 note Deagan chimes are very nice. They are playable from the great manual at mezzo forte (MF) and from the choir manual at fortissimo (FF) while being under expression. This may be a first for Hauptwerk.
Studio processing included seamless looping of each pipe sample (note by note), and critical noise reduction artistry to reduce the rumble created by the blower. Natural releases of each note were recorded and included for the best possible realism. The organ has a bright and open quality that can be voiced in Hauptwerk to accommodate your speaker system and room.
The Ozark Christian College chapel building began construction in 1965. It has a seating capacity of 1100. It was not originally planned to have a pipe organ, but a generous donation from the Philips Foundation given during construction made Opus 918 possible. The organ's purchase price was $70,000. The upper areas of the platform were dramatically redesigned and reconstructed to accommodate 46 ranks in four divisions. The pipes are positioned in tall chambers. None of pipes needed to be mitered. All the pipe work is behind acoustically transparent grill fabric.
The chamber layout is very straightforward. The great and pedal organs are positioned in the center rear of the platform about 10’ above the stage floor with two large chests and several offset chests. The swell chamber is to the west at a 30 degree angle to the great with two chests placed one above the other and two offset chests. The choir chamber is to the east at a 30 degree angle to the great with two chests placed one above the other. The chimes are located at the rear of in the choir chamber.
The 24 bit, 48k stereo samples are recorded in Mid/Side stereo, chimes are recorded in mono. The sample files require 2.3 gig of memory. The samples are recorded dry, additional reverberation is recommended for proper presentation in smaller rooms.
The samples and the organ definition file (ODF) are delivered via DVD disc. The 3/46 rank sample set is compatible only with the advanced and basic versions of Hauptwerk ver 4.0. Requirements and Limitations The 2/23 rank sample set will be compatible with the free, basic and advanced versions of Hauptwerk ver. 4.0. Samples are protected within Hauptwerk. No editing to the dongle is required.
Compass of each manual: 61 notes C to C
A couple of demonstrations of Opus 918 recorded by Willis Harrison a few week before his death in 1997. These were recorded with the same microphone used for the virtual organ samples.
We found these pictures in the achieve at the college from the day the organ was delivered to the chapel building.
This is Professor Willis Harrison bringing in a 16' Principal pipe for the pedal division. Students, faculty and administrators helped to unload the Schantz trucks.
The full 3 manual 46 rank instrument OPUS 918.
Some kind words:
"Just installed the new Schantz. It sounds beautiful, especially the Holz Gadeckt. Thank you for a fine instrument. Sincerely, JHC" Archer, Florida, USA
"Because I felt awash in unused sample sets, I vowed no more purchases unless a high quality wet Skinner became available. I saw the announcement from Organ Expressions about the newly released Schantz. Here in Ohio many of the mid sized churches have Schantz or Moeller. More from nostalgia than preference, I thought I'd try the Schantz as the price was low. I find the Schantz has some fine stops. The stops on the great manual are excellent - the principals surpassing the Skinner and the flutes are clear and melodic. The great also has a tremulant, which adds to a lot of flexibility. Many of the pedal stops are borrowed, but the power stop specifications permit a wide gamut of voices without the necessity of coupling manual stops." JH Milford Center, Ohio, USA
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