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Spitfire launches sample of recently restored 19th Century pipe organ

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Music samples

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Spitfire Audio

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Laura  Barnes
Spitfire launches sample of recently restored 19th Century pipe organ

Spitfire Audio’s team of sound designers have helpfully created 10 presets.

New sample was pet project of Spitfire Audio’s co-founder and composer Paul Thomson.

Spitfire Audio has announced the availability of Union Chapel Organ – a new sample of the recently restored 19th Century pipe organ at award-winning London venue and working church Union Chapel.

The pipe organ at Union Chapel in North London is truly one of a kind, built by master organ-builder Henry ‘Father’ Willis – famed for the prestigious pipe organs on show and still in use at the Royal Albert Hall and St Paul’s Cathedral.

The pet project of Spitfire Audio’s co-founder and composer Paul Thomson that became Union Chapel Organ began back in 2013, coinciding with completion of the namesake organ’s one-year restoration by Harrison & Harrison, the distinguished Durham-based makers and restorers of pipe organs, following a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The remarkably restored instrument in question – one of just two organs left in the United Kingdom, and the only one in England, with a fully-working original hydraulic (water-powered) blowing system – brings to mind the evocatively-titled, late-Eighties-vintage Delicate Sound Of Thunder live album by Brit prog-rockers Pink Floyd.

Why? Well, the Union Chapel pipe organ is capable of extraordinarily soft and delicate to full-on powerful and thunderous tones, thanks to its Swell, Great, and Choir manuals – organ-speak for keyboards – and pedalboard combinations.

Combine those with the Union Chapel venue’s alluring acoustic – attracting artists as diverse as Tori Amos, Bjork, Elton John, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and Nitin Sawhney, to name but a notable few – and you have the musical makings of a truly remarkable virtual sample-based instrument well worthy of the Union Chapel nomenclature.

Thomson and his dedicated Spitfire Audio teammates spent many nights capturing each and every sound combination, ready for transformation into a sample-based virtual instrument.

The resulting Union Chapel Organ has multiple mic perspectives (Close, Stereo, Ambient, and Outriggers).  Included so-called speaking and sound-altering stops for the SWELL setting include ContraGamba 16, Open Diapason 8, Salcional 8, and Vox Angelica 8, Flote 4, and Mixture; GREAT duly delivers Open Diapason 8, Stopped Diapason 8, Flautodolce 8, Trumpet 8, Principal 4, Clarion 4, Mixture 3, Principal 2, and Fifteenth 2; CHOIR offers Claribel Flute 8, Dulciana 8, Concert Flute 4, Clarion 4, and Piccolo 2; and PEDALS produces Bourdon 16 and Open Diapason 16 – some 11.9GB of uncompressed .WAV files, featuring 3,099 musical samples.

By way of an additional bonus, Spitfire Audio’s team of sound designers have helpfully created 10 presets using the company’s award-winning eDNA (Electronic DNA) engine.

Union Chapel Organ can be purchased and digitally downloaded from Spitfire Audio for £149 at www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/union-chapel-organ

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