Baroque Organ of the Holy Guardian Angels Church from Magyarkanizsa (Serbia)
Magyarkanizsa (Kanjižaa small town in the Serbian province of Vojvodina. It has a population of 9,800, 87% of whom are of Hungarian nationality.
Kanizsa was already a prehistoric settlement. In Roman times, an earthen castle stood on this place. It was a royal estate in the Middle Ages. During Turkish rule, Kanizsa became depopulated and then re-settled from 1686. Today, Kanizsa is a small agricultural town.

In the middle of the suburbs is the Catholic Church of the Holy Guardian Angels. The church was built in 1768. During the War of Independence in 1848, the city was besieged and the church burned down. It was rebuilt in 1857 in the late Baroque-Classicist style. The church was later expanded. The interior of the church was renovated in 1992, and from 2002 the exterior facade was renovated. The church functions as a parish church, with a parish priest and a chaplain. Every day there is Mass and a lively community life. The language of the Masses is Hungarian.

The organ of the church was built around 1790 and became the property of Banská Bystrica. Although no written memory of it has survived, based on the characteristic features, the one-manual positive could have been made by Ádám Mertz. After the expansion of the church, the sound of the organ proved to be low, so it was expanded several times, most recently by Milan Majdak from Zagreb in 1934. László Varga, an organ builder from Taksony, reconstructed the organ in 2019. He removed the unstylish extensions and reconstructed the original organ positiv, then built a second manual and pedal work in matching baroque style.

The following friends helped me to make and publish the sample set (in alphabetical order): Dominique Dantand, Gérard Lefranc, Nagy István and Jean-Pierre. If something's done well, it's thanks to them. Thank you for their work. 

Sample quality 
The sample sets are available in wave format 48kHz/24bit, stereo, multiple loops (1-12) and multiple releases (3 levels). a=438 Hz
The sample sets are made in three forms

a. A version of wet stereo (far)

b. A version of semidry stereo (near)

b. A Surround version (3 pairs of stereo recording: close (near); at distance (far) and in the background (rear).

In the surround version you can adjust the perspective by setting the volume of the near, far and rear recordings. (Suitable HW loading and channel settings can be used to give wet or semidry stereo modes or 4 channel surround mode too).   

The sample set reverb is 2.5 s reflecting the original  acoustics of the church.  (Created IR file for HW5-6 users)

Hauptwerk v4.2 or v5 or v6 supported for the Organ Definition Files.

Keyboards, Pedal 
The original and organ compass of the manuals are 49 (expanded 51) keys, the compass of the pedal is 30 keys.
Operating Instructions:

RAM requirements (GB)

2 channels sztereo

6 channels surround


16 bit

24 bit

16 bit

24 bit






The data is for information only. They depend on the operating system and other apps.

Pedal  (original and virtual 30 keys) – 3 stops

Subbass 16', Flautabass 8’

Choralbass 8’ (extension)

I. Hauptwerk (original 49, virtual 51 keys) – 8 stops

Principal 8’, Portunal 8’, Octav 4’, Flauta 4’

Quintt 2 2/3’, Superoctav 2’, Mixtur 4f

Vox humana 8’ (extension)

II. Positiv (original 49, virtual 51 keys) – 7 stops

Gedackt 8’, Principal 4’, Flauta 4’, Quint 2 2/3’

Octav 2’, Terc 1 3/5’

Vox Angelica 8’ (extension)


original: I/Ped, II/Ped, II/I

virtual extension: I/P16, I/P4, II/P4, P4, II/I16, II/I4, II4


Original: II

virtual: + I


original: -

virtual:   II


Audio demos

Playing Nagy István and Jean-Pierre Silvestre
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Try the the demo sample sets before you buy!
The Trial Versions of the Kanizsa Organ has a limited compass of C2-C3 (048-c to 060-c) in the pedal, C2-G5 (048-c to 079-g) in the manuals. All other functions work. 

(Install the part01 of the stereo-wet version. Install the part01 and then the part02 and part03 of surround version. It is important to sort.) 

The IR file should only be downloaded and installed by anyone using Hauptwerk version 5 or 6. It is optimized for the stereo near version. Using the IR reverb file.

Surround vs Stereo mode

If you do not have a surround sound system, but there is enough memory (RAM), I suggest you also install the surround version. If you activate the front and rear stops too, then you will get a more compact and fuller sound than the simple stereo.

Guide: simple stereo from surround, how to?  

Buy the full (stereo and surround) Kanizsa sample set (You can pay in dollars or euros.)

35 EUR  
42 USD