Iowa and Nebraska's exclusive dealer for
Viscount church and home organs.
Are you attracting new people? Do you want
to enhance your service? We can help. Our vision is to create a better musical environment by providing organs
at prices as many churches as possible will be able to afford whether it's $10,000 or $500,000.
What makes a Viscount organ sound so exceptional? Take a peek behind the scenes in
our world of music.
The process starts in a church by recording pipe organs on
site. We take recordings in lots of different churches so we have a diverse range of stops and styles in our repertoire.
We set up in a church in the evening and place sophisticated microphones as close as we can to the
front of the pipe chamber, so we capture the information in great detail. We measure the physical depth of the
chamber because pipes that are closer to the front sound slightly louder.
recording at 9PM to eliminate many outside noises and continue all night long and generally do about 25 stops a night.
All stops are recorded key by key and the sound and reverb are recorded separately. This lets
us keep the clarity and purity of the original pipe organ sound and then mimic the intended acoustic effect by using the authentic
To help record the reverb Johannus uses a highly advanced speaker that
plays a signal from 14Hz to about 22Hz (no longer audible to the human ear) within a 30 second time frame. This makes
it possible to analyze the decay pattern of the individual frequencies, which benefits the quality of the Johannus reverb.
Back at the factory with all the recordings the first basic step is returning all the physical pipes
to their original position in the digital copy. We take photos of the pipe chamber so we know exactly which pipes were
where. Whether the pipes were in the front or back makes a difference in the sound. In the final stages we make
sure those positions can accurately be heard.
Cleaning up the samples by eliminating
the background noise with very advanced software is the next big step. Every sample has a complex harmonic consisting
of a fundamental, second (one octave higher), third (three time the frequency of the fundamental) and so on. The number
differs; a trumpet might have a hundred. Our equipment allows us to break down and adjust one harmonic at a time.
We can also isolate the sound completely from background noise, so all you hear is really just the original, crystal-clear
The tones are then enriched with natural additions from the pipe organ such
as the phenomenon that happens when too many keys are pressed at once (wind sag). This creates a temporary shortage
of wind pressure causing the tones to be lowered slightly. One other effect which is meticulously simulated is the tremulant.
Finally, the individually recorded reverb is added to the stops. The stops are then saved to
voice cards so the motherboard in the Johannus organ can access them. Once these cleaned and fine tuned samples are
linked to the keys of the Johannus organ the route from the pipe organ to the digital organ has been completed.
The best thing about our technique is that we use "real-time sampling". That means
nothing more or less than that a Johannus organ lets you play exactly the same sound as the pipe organ we recorded.
Nothing has been generated; there's nothing synthetic about it. What you hear is exactly how the original pipes
behave and sound. Another distinctive feature is the separate recording of sound and reverb, so the final result is
better than simulator solutions or other software programs.
To reach the best
possible sound you also need a carefully constructed configuration of speakers. We spend a lot of time working out the
number of channels, type of amplifiers, audio configuration and voicing.
of original pipe organ sounds and exceptional technology is what gives our organs that world-famous Johannus sound.
Find out more about Johannus organs and the Johannus Organ Company.
you are considering a new digital organ, pipe organ or hybrid for your church or home you owe it to yourselves to call
or email us. Kuyper's Music the Johannus Organ Company's exclusive representative for Iowa, Nebraska and other Midwest
Contact us to learn more about the right Johannus organ for you. If you'd like to find out
more about Johannus Organs at Kuyper Music.