polikimre wrote:Don't forget the Freiberg organ from Sonus paradisi!
RoyKnight wrote:When I play Bach or Buxtehude I usually use Sonus Paradisi St. Michael's Zwolle, wet. This was the actual instrument that inspired Biggs to challenge American organ builders to incorporate a more classic specification in their new organs. It is a large instrument with real clarity, and really comprehensive baroque specifications. While very large, it still possesses a nice intimacy on lighter registrations. I bought the dry when I had only my MacBook with 4GB, but when I bought a Mini with 8GB I ordered the wet. The wet is so much more satisfying and it is still acoustically "friendly".
Jim Reid wrote:But, such is NOT the sound Bach knew
Jim Reid wrote:Were I only able to buy one of the three samples sets discussed, and
planned to really study the works of J S Bach, I would buy the Trost,
and urge you also to it. The organ of Vollenhoven in the Netherlands fits
the Dutch playing tradition, not Bach's; tonally and acoustically, the Vollenhoven
organ is also very well sampled and presented by Prof. Maier I just believe
it not the best of these for in depth Bach music/style study.
ajt wrote:I like the Pipeloops Silbermann - 2m, not a massive instrument, but some real beauty.
polikimre wrote:I suggest a purely practical and strictly nonscientific approach for choosing the right sampleset for Bach. Listen to Bach's works on Contrebombarde and pcorgan.com and choose the organ that you like best. If you want some guidance, then also look at the date when the organ was completed and audition only18th century instruments (and maybe also some neobaroque ones).
This is how I chose Anloo, which I like very much, and decided to buy the Freiberg Silbermann organ sometime in the future.
For example, no matter how good an organ the Trost is, or how very likely it is that Bach himself played it, I just don't like its sound. Find something that pleases you, after all, you'll be the audience, too.
Also, issues like the spatial image and the reverb are both decisive factors in whether you'll like a set or not. Freiberg comes in four versions: dry, direct wet, diffuse wet and surround, and the two wet sets are in the same package.
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