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Finale release of 1925 Steinmeyer Berlin (III,71)

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Finale release of 1925 Steinmeyer Berlin (III,71)

PostWed Apr 21, 2021 3:02 am

OrganArt Media is pleased to announce the release of the 1925 G.F. Steinmeyer Organ Set of Berlin, Germany.

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The Steinmeyer Organ op. 1400 is a unique instrument of international standing.
The organ is considered to be the direct ancestor of the world-famous, and, at that time, the world's largest pipe organ in Passau Cathedral, which no longer exists in its original form due to extensive reorganization.

As a monument to the time between the two world wars, the instrument is one of the few completely preserved large organs from the first half of the 20th century that unites the artistic ideas of that time. The monumental symphonic universal organ with late romantic roots and references to the classical organ, implements fundamental reform concepts according to Rupp-Schweitzer.

There are classical repeating mixtures at higher pitches, swell divisions with well-equipped reed stops and mutations up to ninths. The stops have a pronounced blending ability. The overall sound character is significantly brighter than in the high and late romantic periods (cf. 1884 Walcker Annaberg-Buchholz). An extensive range of string stops on every manual complement and modifies the foundation stops and show American influences.

The Steinmeyer organ has a very broad tonal palette and dynamics with soft and quiet, almost inaudible timbres (pppp, e.g. Aeoline 8 ) up to an extraordinarily strong and dense 16-foot-based tutti (ffff), when using the sub- and super-octave-couplers. The Rollschweller (roller crescendo) with 56 steps allows an almost seamless crescendo.

This instrument, preserved in its original state, with its extensive stop list, the extended manual and pedal compasses, unusual for their time, and the modern pedal keyboard layout, two swell divisions, the extensive playing aids with numerous sub and super octave couplers, and the tubular bell chimes, must be described as a particular stroke of luck.

For details about the instrument and its specification please check the OAM web site Steinmeyer Organ Specification
A lot of live played organ demos are already available

The set includes extensive documentation on the history of the Steinmeyer instrument, church and organ building, excerpts from the original inauguration document from 1925, as well as contributions to understanding the Alsatian-German organ reform, which is reflected in this instrument.

In addition, numerous registration instructions and examples are available with the attached, directly loadable registration files (OrganCombinations).

Through intensive cooperation with the titular organist in setting the voicing parameters and the spatial mapping, a previously unheard of realism was achieved.

Recording:
48 kHz, 24 bit, multi-channel. The stops were recorded with multiple release levels for short, medium and long key attacks for optimal acoustical mapping. All stops were additionally recorded with the original tremulant sound.

Standard memory requirements:
19.8 GByte only (Surround, 16-bit compressed)

Very special introductory prices by May, 15, 2021
USB3 box version HW V6: 630.- Euro, (outside EU: 529.- Euro), 730.- afterwards
Download version HW V6: 615.- Euro, (outside EU: 517.- Euro), 715.- afterwards

Initially, only the download version with a preliminary version of the booklet is available.
The USB3 box version with the enclosed printed booklet will then be delivered as soon as possible.

Please place your orders and trial license requests through the OAM dealers shown on the OAM orders site.
Prof. Helmut Maier
OrganArt Media Sound Engineering
D-88662 Überlingen/Lake Constance
http://www.organartmedia.com
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Re: Finale release of 1925 Steinmeyer Berlin (III,71)

PostTue Apr 27, 2021 2:41 pm

Hello all,

due to a lot of requests for a HW5 version of the Steinmeyer set, we re-established the HW5 version, which also was used for the most demos on ConcertHall.

The HW6 version has further sound improvements.The HW5 version will be discarded in due time and will not be additionally maintained.

So free upgrading later on to the Steinmeyer HW6 version is recommended.
Prof. Helmut Maier
OrganArt Media Sound Engineering
D-88662 Überlingen/Lake Constance
http://www.organartmedia.com
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Re: Finale release of 1925 Steinmeyer Berlin (III,71)

PostSun May 02, 2021 3:12 am

Short update:

The HW5 version is now completely functional identical to the HW6 version and will be offered permanently
So you can freely choose the version you like.
The HW5 version is of course fully upwards-compatible to HW6

ADDENDUM:
There are circulating some misleading infos on the computer resources needed for this instrument:
For most registrations usually a Quad Core CPU with 32 GByte is fully sufficient (Standard requirements 16-bit, compressed)
Polyphony of 4096 is sufficient for non-excessive registrations, see below.
Only a General Tutti played with very fast passages with all sub and super octave couplers (which activate about 200 stops !), may need some more processor power.
Prof. Helmut Maier
OrganArt Media Sound Engineering
D-88662 Überlingen/Lake Constance
http://www.organartmedia.com
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Re: Finale release of 1925 Steinmeyer Berlin (III,71)

PostFri May 14, 2021 4:31 am

Just as a reminder:
The introductory price ends in two days
Prof. Helmut Maier
OrganArt Media Sound Engineering
D-88662 Überlingen/Lake Constance
http://www.organartmedia.com

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