Wednesday, October 9, 2019

hedOrgan pipe-organ soundfont v7.5 (released)

Here is a masterpiece: hedOrgan soundfont!

This unique soundfont was created as a gift for organists and for those who are willing to play organ and compose organ works.

If you like pipe-organs, playing or composing and / or arranging, please read the detailed descriptions in the page without skipping a line.

Do not hesitate to recommend this soundfont to your friends who are both free and highly detailed (please don't be jealous).


No Public or Private license, no USB dongle, no payment: This soundfont is completely free!

Read here first!


This is not a soundfont suitable for real-time use. Designed for use in a note writing software (Musescore recommended). Because the sounds and their mixes are put on separate patches.

To use it in Musescore, you must copy the soundfont to your own user soundfont folder.

This soundfont, by its nature, does not conform to General-MIDI or any other standard. Because it contains the sounds of a particular instrument and mixtures of these sounds. Note: Includes more than 1500 patches. The patch list is in the zip file.

It is highly recommended that you follow the reverbation settings shown below. (It is automatically set in templates.) When you press the "Load from score" button in the Fluid'tab of the Synthesizer, the presets and soundfont will be loaded automatically. (The most important setting: Dry-Wet settings should be between 4 and 5)

      New addition: If you increase EQ1 and EQ2 a little (try separately) you can make the sound more middle-tone or more-harder. The smoothing effect is used in the current settings.

      Important: Reverb settings are the most important factor to ensure the realism of the instrument and the environment. And if the reverb in the original environment of the instrument cannot be imitated, you will get a dry sound. In other words, the quality of the reverb unit used for the reality ratio in imitation of instrument sound plays a major role. This is also vital for the fusion of sounds.
 

hedOrgan's Basic Stops are as follows:

   
       Additional information: This soundfont is an imitation of a real pipe-organ. In other words, the samples are simulated and idealized. All patch names are copies of the actual instrument's stops (The exemplary organ is in the church of Blessed Virgin Mary in the city of Szczecinek.)

+--+----------------------+--+-----------------------+--+---------------------+
| #| [MI] (Great)         | #|  [MII] (Swell)        | #| [P] (Pedal)         |
|--+----------------------+--+-----------------------+--+---------------------+
|01| G 1-Trumpet8'        |01|  S 1-Lieblgedekt 16'  |01| P 1-Posaune16'      |
|02| G 2-Mixture5         |02|  S 2-GeigenPrinzipl16 |02| P 2-PrinzipalBass16 |
|03| G 3-Cornet2&4'       |03|  S 3-Gedekt 8'        |03| P 3-BassViolin16'   |
|04| G 4-Raushquinte2_2/3 |04|  S 4-Concert Flute 8  |04| P 4-SubBass16'      |
|05| G 5-Piccolo2'        |05|  S 5-Gemshorn 8'      |05| P 5-EchoBass16'     |
|06| G 6-Octave4'         |06|  S 6-Chalumeau 8'     |06| P 6-Quintbass10_2/3 |
|07| G 7-HohlFlute4'      |07|  S 7-Aeoline 8'       |07| P 7-OctaveBass8'    |
|08| G 8-HarmonicFlute8'  |08|  S 8-VoixCeleste 8'   |08| P 8-Violoncello8'   |
|09| G 9-Rohrflote8'      |09|  S 9-Fugara 4'        |09| P 9-BassFlute8'     |
|10| G A-Salicional8'     |10|  S A-Travesflute 4'   |10| P A-OctaveBass4'    |
|11| G B-Gamba8'          |11|  S B-Progressio 2&4'  +------------------------+
|12| G C-Prinzipal8'      +--------------------------+
|13| G D-Bourdon16'       |
|14| G E-Prinzipal16'     |
+--+----------------------+

   Info: It is standard for a instrument to have two manuals: the Great and the Swell. The Great is the lower and the Swell is the upper manual.
  Note: Some organs are Great and Swell is also displaced.

    Tip 1: Think like this: MI (Great) is for solos, MII (Swell) is for accompaniment.
    Tip 2:
       a) If solo on both hands, use only the "G" patches on both keyboards (works such as Bach's preludes, fugues and inventions)
       b) If your left hand is accompanied by chords, use the "S" patches on the left hand (such as Pachelbel's Canon).

      Tip for Musescore:
      1: A ready organ template file is "hedOrgTemplate.mscz".
            suggestion: reverb settings are very important to simulate the hall where the organ is located. After loading the template, use the [Load from score] button on the synthesizer. The reverb settings will now be as they should be.
      2: As with physical organs, you can use the sounds of one keyboard on the other keyboard or the pedals.
            note: physical organs have levers to transfer the sounds of one keyboard to another. So you can use only one sound set and / or its mixes at the same time and on the same keyboard.
      3: Some physical organs also have a separate volume pedals for each keyboard. The volume setting or dynamics of the mixer can be used for this operation (for example: p, mf, f).
      4: If the sound of a patch is too low to be heard, you can increase the volume by adding a dynamic to the start part of the staff. If you are using a single patch throughout the entire work, it would make more sense to make this setting from the mixer (see below for more details).

Effect Patches:


[ Eff ]
E 1-Hall Env.

Mixtures:


Mixed patches were made from mixtures of stops (only meaningful ones included):
    Note: If all the mixtures were to be included, we would not have enough space to list them. It is the current reduced version and contains more than 1500 mixes.

Mixed patch samples:
[MI Mix]                 [MII Mix]              [P Mix]
G-12                     S-12                   P-12
G-168                    S-26B                  P-3679
G-48A                    S-13AB                 etc...  
G-12CD                   S-12357
G-2ACE                   S-12458A
G-489D                   etc...  
G-14ACE
G-467BD
etc...
   Tip: Use the "GPS" system to find sounds conveniently in the Musescore mixer. in other words, access the sounds with the descriptive letters of the patches. This system is specially designed for convenient use.

Descriptions:


    The first letter indicates the keyboard to which that sound belongs. Subsequent figures indicate which sounds are mixed.

      example 1: G 12  = "G 1-Trumpet8'" + "G 2-Mixture5"
      example 2: G ACE = "G A-Salicional8'" + "G C-Prinzipal8'" + "G E-Prinzipal16'"

   Tip: Print from the list of basic stops at the top of the page and keep the printout with you. Thus, you can easily find the contents of the mixtures in the list. (I also have a print-out, and I can use it very easily)

   Example: You can easily see the mix of three flutes as "G-789" or the mixture of two Gedekts as "S-13".

   Information: The "hedOrgan-instruments.xml" file contains all the basic sounds and mixes in the soundfont file.


   
       Tip: If you are going to create an instrument manually, first select from the Basic Patches. Use mixes with instrument-change text within the page.

Description for enthusiasts:

  •  Pipes are arranged in a soundfont in a panoramic order. (180 degrees Stereo)
  •  Small intonation differences that are inevitable in the manufacture of pipes are added.
  • "Chiff" and "Steam" effects are available on every patch. As in the original, this effect is less audible in high-pitched sounds.
  • Due to the structure of this soundfont, all patches have different volumes. This is completely normal and intentional. Because, a complex pipe calculation was used to create the instruments. Therefore, setting all sounds to -6dB or similar distorts the timbre and structure of the sound.
  • Patch sounds are not recorded in the samples. Samples contain only basic sine waves. Instrument timbres were created in the soundfont using sound-physics rules and pipe calculations. If you try to make so many instruments with individual samplers, the file size will easily reach the multi-gigabyte level.
  • Sine waves used are prepared by me with a special software; these sine waves are of high quality and contain no disturbances.
  • Instrument mixes are created with special software. Similar mixtures were eliminated by other software. Both software are original and created by me. If it was necessary to do it manually it could take years to finish. Mixtures which are very similar to each other are readily available, but these mixtures are intentionally left.
  • Mixtures are ordered from small to large. So first comes the numbers and then the letters.
       Example 1: Correct-search: 1234, Incorrect-search: 3142, 4132, 4321
       Example 2: Correct-search:  12A, Incorrect-search: A12, 1A2, 2A1
            Tip: First, the numbers (ascending), then the letters from A to Z are ordered.

Additional information:


The original Pipe-organ sample sets of software such as Hauptwerk and Grand-Orgue take up a lot of space on the hard disk and computer memory. For example: Sample packs are available in sizes from 2GB up to 12GB. However, the sample set of this soundfont takes up very little space on both the hard disk and computer memory and is designed for easy operation. That is, a soundfont of 4.7MB is smaller than the samples of only two notes of a normal VPO sampleset (!)

No Public or Private license, no USB dongle, no payment: This soundfont is completely free!

At this stage, you may think, "But how is the sound quality of this sample-set?" will come. The sound quality of this soundfont is very high. Because the sampleset was prepared with a special method.

Of course there is also a challenge. The software that uses virtual-organ technology (I mentioned above) provides you with a visual organ and you can easily manage them by pressing the tablets (buttons). In soundfont technology, there is no such option, you must select the sounds manually from the mixer or list.

"How difficult is using this soundfont?" 


The answer to the question: "I have carefully designed and used this soundfont and designed it over and over again. In my experience, I can say that it is quite easy to get used to and work". Of course, you have to spend enough time working on this package to get used to it. So: The person who has patience collects the harvest of the crop.

Templates:

The template files provided with the package are prepared for easy use.
You will copy these files to the templates directory of musescore in your user directory.

After creating a new file from the template, press the "Load from score" button in the Synthesizer's Fluid'tab, and the presets and soundfont settings will be loaded automatically.

It is a good start to examine the samples before use.

Get to know and explore the soundfont. This will give you ease of use.

I wish you good use.


Demos:


HedOrgan Classics Demo

Recommend: Watch Full-Screen




  • Demo1, Pachelbel's Canon in D: 00:00
  • Demo2 Bach 02:20
  • Demo3 Hall-Effect: 04:00
  • Demo4 Bach Prelude 05:49;
  • Demo5 Bach Fuga 07:05;
  • Demo6 Pachelbel (cont'd) 08:25;




Downloads:


HedOrganSoundfont-sf3.zip // for Musescore, 795K
HedOrganSoundfont-sf2.zip // universal, 3.6MB



Revisions:
October/10/2019 11:14 Example scores updated.
October/10/2019 12:30 Demo Video added
October/10/2019 12:46 Patch list added

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