Aeolian-Skinner Organ ( Op 1132) of the Redeemer church of New Haven
History
 New Haven is a coastal city in the U.S. state of Connecticut. With a population of 129,779. New Haven is the principal municipality of Greater New Haven, which had a total population of 862,477. 

New Haven is the home of Yale University. New Haven has since billed itself as the "Cultural Capital of Connecticut" for its supply of established theaters, museums, and music venues. 

 

The New Haven Redemeer Parish was founded in 1838 and the present church was built in 1919. The church is famous for its good acoustics, so concerts were often held there, and several choirs in the area were happy to sing and rehearse there.


The organ of the temple was built in 1951 by the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 1132) The organ has 3 manuals (but five divisions) and 51 stops. The organ was divided into two cases, on both sides of the sanctuary. This placement, combined with lavish acoustics, created a wonderful and unique sound. The organ was renovated by A. Thompson-Allen Company in 2007. The combinations were digitized, but they did not change the original disposition.

 

Due to a steady decline in the number of believers and other reasons, the temple was closed a year ago. In this situation, Geoff Johnson - a leader of the ward council - contacted the Hauptwerk community. He wanted to save at least the voice of the organ and asked for help. I applied for this job. Based on my instructions, Geoff recorded the organ notes in May 2019. This recording was a great success thanks to Geoff's careful work and God's help. Then I made the sample set. With this sample, we want to commemorate this wonderful organ and to show the results of a friendly community. We make the sample free for everyone. 

 

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

Special thanks to Al Morse for his selfless help in correcting the short releases with several days of work

Features
Sample quality 
The sample sets are available in wave format 48kHz/24bit, stereo, multiple loops (1-12) and multiple releases (3 levels). Equal, a=440 Hz

The sample sets are made in several forms.          

  1. Four channels original surround version
  2. Four channels extended surround version
  3. Two channels and 2 releases (Long-Short) far (wet) original version
  4. Two channels and 2 releases (Long-Short) far (wet) extended version
In the surround version you can change freely the ratio of sound volumen of near and far channels.You'll find the two sliders on the Console screen.  

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

Keyboards, Pedal 
The original and the virtual organ compass of the manuals are 61 keys, the compass of the pedal is 32 keys.  

RAM requirements (GB)

stereo (2 releases)

surround (3 releases)

 

16 bit

24 bit

16 bit

24 bit

Original version

7

11

12

20

Extended version

8

13

14

23

The values given are for reference only and depend on the operating system of the computer and the utilities used. 
Specifications 

Original specification

Virtual extension

Pedal  32 keys

Pedal 32 keys

Contrabass 16',Rohrbordun 16' (SW), Erzahler 16' (Ch)

+ Quint 10 2/3' (Sw)

Principal 8', Rohrbordun 8' (Sw), Erzahler 8' (Ch),

+ English Horn 2' (Ch)

Quint 5 1/3', Principal 4', Rohrbordun 4' (Sw),

 

Bombarde 16' (Ch), Clarinet 16' (Sw), Bombarde 8' (Ch),

 

Bombarde 4'(Ch)

 

Great  61 keys

Great 61 keys

Rohrbordun 16' (Sw),  Principal 8', Montre 8’

 

Rohrbordun 8' (Sw), Octave 4', Quint 2 2/3'

 

Superoctave 2', Fourniture IV

 

Swell 61 keys

Swell 61 keys

Spitzprincipal 8', Rohrbordun 8' Viole de Gambe 8'

 

Voix Celeste 8', Prestant 4', Holzfloete 4' Spitzfloete 2'

 

Plein Jeu III., Bass Clarinet 16', Trompette 8'

 

Oboe 8', Vox Humana 8' (Allen,2007), Clairon 4’

 

Positiv only division

Positiv 61 keys

Singengedeckt 8', Nachthorn 4, Nasard 2 2/3'

 

Blockfloete 2', Tierce 1 3/5', Larigot 1 1/3'

 

Cymbel III

 

Choir 61 keys

Choir 61 keys

Erzahler 16', Viola 8', Rohrbordun 8', Erzahler 8’

 

Kleinerzahler 8', Koppelfloete 4', Ezahler 4', English Horn 8'

 

Bombarde 8', Rohrschalmei 4' (not working)

Rohrschalmei 4' (restored)

Couplers

Couplers

Sw 16, Sw 4, Ch 16, Ch 4, Uni.off (Grt, Sc, Ch)  

 

Grt to Ped8, Grt to Ped4, Sw to Ped8, Sw to Ped4

+ Ped 4, Grt 16, Grt 4, Pos 4

Ch to Ped8, Ch to Ped4, Pos to Ped8, Sw to Grt16

 

Sw to Grt8, Sw to Grt4, Pos to Grt16, Pos to Grt8

 

Pos to Grt4, Ch to Grt16, Ch to Grt8, Ch to Grt4

 

Sw to Ch16, Sw to Ch8, Sw to Ch4, Grt to Ch8

 

Pos to Ch8

 

Tremolo

Tremolo

Swell, Choir

+ Great

Enclosure

Enclosure

Swell, Choir

+ Positiv

Transmissions are the same as the original organ. 

The disposition contains two Chimes, but unfortunately they don't work.

Pictures
Audio demos

Organists from the contrebombarde.com community are playing. Dear friends, thank you for this very much beautiful music.
Free download the sample set!


Patch files 
If an error is reported, I will try to correct it. The following files must be installed in order. Uninstall is prohibited before installation.
12/13/2019. Download the 03 pack. (Correction of Great uni off subtitles in original versions)
01/26/2020. Download the 04 pack (Pistons for each division - at the suggestion of David Lamb) 

Installation Guide

Install pack01 first, then pack02. The order of installation is important. After installing pack01 you can use the reduced wet (far) version. After installing both pack you can use the surround (and wet, and semidry) version.

Both the original and the extended versions are included, and the user decides which version to use.

The wet reduced versions are designed for users who have little RAM. There are only two releases in this version (Long and Short)

If you have enough RAM, please use the surround version, even if you only have a stereo sound system, because the 4-channel surround sample provides a much richer sound. 

Guide: simple stereo from surround, how to?

Downloading and using the sample is free, but you can't do anything with it, there are restrictions that apply to this free sample as well. Please read the license which you will find in the 'Important informations' me.  

 


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