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Harmonium sample sets

PostMon Apr 27, 2020 9:49 pm

Are there any? Got "inspired" after hearing (and enjoying) this concert:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKsCOmMi5QY&feature=emb_rel_end

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PostTue Apr 28, 2020 3:40 am

Have a look at this French harmonium Samples by Al Morse:
https://almorse.net/content_freeorgans.html
Might be something for you,
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PostTue Apr 28, 2020 3:41 am

Hello Ed,

[Topic moved here.]

Paul Delferriere made a Debian harmonium sample set in the Hauptwerk v1 days. Not sure whether that's still available. I don't think I'm aware of any others, but Hauptwerk (v2+) is potentially well-suited to modelling harmoniums, since its wind supply model can be hand/foot-pumped (e.g. from MIDI expression pedals).

[Edit: I see Oliver and I replied at the time.]
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PostTue Apr 28, 2020 4:28 am

It's really a very lovely sound. I remember many, many years ago playing a pump organ while visiting a small country church. I got a real (leg) workout as the bellows leaked more air than went thru the reeds. Esp playing "full organ".with volume controlled by spreading one's knees to separate those paddle "levers".

Would be a very nice sample set (addition) if one such as that (1904) harmonium on that video were to be sampled. :wink:

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PostTue Apr 28, 2020 8:03 am

Silver Octopus has a harmonium sample set available that works well:

http://www.silveroctopus.co.uk/new_page_5.htm

Organ Expressions also has available an Estey Reed organ, which is of course a similar sound to a European harmonium:

http://www.organexpressions.com/estey%20style%20t.htm
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PostTue Apr 28, 2020 8:28 am

If you really like harmoniums and reed organs, this is the place to visit — http://www.rodneyjantzi.com/

Jantzi is a restoration expert, and plays well, too. Lots of videos on his youtube page, which is worth visiting just for the Gordon Young that plays while you're browsing :-)

This is one of my favorites …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsTG7NtNZCk
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PostTue Apr 28, 2020 9:41 am

Our harmonium sets have been used by a number of "high profile" users apart from having been broadcast on radio in out of UK radio stations.
Although most applications have been for use in the Rossini mass, there have been a few public performances given of other works with orchestra. Our set is also recommended by Jonathan Scott who is a leading exponent of the instrument.

Some well known users include:
Royal Northern College of Music
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Re: Harmonium sample sets

PostTue Apr 28, 2020 12:28 pm

engrssc wrote:Are there any?


Here's a Reed Organ by Estey (10 ranks, 2 manuals + pedals):

http://www.organexpressions.com/estey%20style%20t.htm
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PostTue Apr 28, 2020 1:59 pm

There are several reed organ sample sets out there, but some aren't worth consideration. I find it hard to understand why anyone would take the trouble to sample an instrument of any kind which is in such a dilapidated state as to be unusable.

However there are some good ones too. Mention has already been made of the Silver Octopus instrument. It's actually not - strictly speaking - a true "harmonium" because it's vacuum-powered, not pressure-powered. However it's a high quality sample set and, most importantly, the manual divides between Middle E and Middle F. This feature makes it usable for performance of harmonium repertoire.

http://www.silveroctopus.co.uk/new_page_5.htm

http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/13809

I can also speak highly of the Organ Expressions "Style T" Estey 2 manual and pedal reed organ. Having restored several similar instruments I can attest to this sample set's accuracy.

http://www.organexpressions.com/estey%20style%20t.htm

http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/13916

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https://www.reedsoc.org/
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PostTue Oct 13, 2020 3:46 am

Does anyone have any experience why Al Morse's website is blocked by NortonIS?
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I'm sorry, but my Norton IS tells me : "This is a known dangerous web page. It is highly recommended that you do NOT visit this page" ...

See https://safeweb.norton.com/report/show? ... l&ulang=de

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PostWed Oct 14, 2020 9:04 am

When I enable Norton SafeWeb to my Chrome browser it does indeed list my website as dangerous. I think it's just because norton has no history on it. The site is hosted by HostGator and they periodically scan it for malicious content. None has ever been found.
I have submitted a dispute to norton and they say a reply may take a couple of days.
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PostWed Oct 14, 2020 6:40 pm

The problem is now resolved. Evidently Norton automatically warns about any website they don't know. But they have checked it now and have given it their blessing.

As far as harmoniums are concerned:
I formed my harmonium sample set many years ago, before the very fine organs from Silver Octopus and Organ Expressions were available. They are certainly far superior. But if you just want to play around with a free one, mine is available.
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