Stahlhuth Organ from Aachen to Székesfehérvár
                                                                                     History
Székesfehérvár is a city in central Hungary and is the 9th largest in the country.  It is inhabited by 101,973 people.  In the Middle Ages the city was a royal residence and was one of the most important cities of Hungary. 

In the Székesfehérvár Basilica, 37 kings and 39 queens consort were crowned, 15 rulers have been buried here, the diets were held and the crown jewels were kept here.   


Memorial Church of Bishop Prohászka was built in 1929-1933 in classicist style, according to the plans of Gáspár Fábián. The height of the dome of the perfect circular church is 52 meters and its inner diameter is 30 m. The size of the dome is the size of the dome of Florence cathedral and the Hagia Sophia and the cathedral of Berlin. This is the biggest dome in Hungary.The building is truly imposing, but its acoustics are problematic due to the extremely high echo. 


 There was no money to build an organ, then came the World War and the Communist period, during which the liturgy was provided by a harmonium and then an electric instrument. This period lasted until 1998. At that time, the church received an organ as a gift from the Aachen-Burtscheid Saint Michael Church


The three manual and 29 stops organ were built by the Aachen Stahlhuth Organ Factory in 1961. The organ has a mechanical console and electronic registration, the number of pipes are 2118. This little organ - like all the Stahlhuth organs - combines French and German organ building traditions. 


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

a. Wet stereo 

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 5-6 s reflecting the original acoustics of the church

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

Keyboards, Pedal 
The original organ compass of the manuals are 56 keys (the virtual version58), the compass of the pedal is 30 (the virtual 32) keys.   

RAM requirements (GB)

stereo

surround

 

16 bit

24 bit

16 bit

24 bit

Stahlhuth

6

8

11

17

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

Pedal  (original 30, virtual 32 keys)

Prinzipal 16', Subbass 16', Octave 8', Gedecktbass 8'

Choralbass 4', Zink 2'+1', Posaune 16'

Rückpositiv (original 56, virtual 58 keys)

Holzgedeckt 8', Prestant 4', Rohrfloete 4', Flachfloete 2'

Spitzquinte 1 1/3', Scharf 4f

Rohrschalmey 8'

Hauptwerk (original 56, virtual 58 keys)

Gedecktpommer 16', Prinzipal 8', Gedeckt 8', Octave 4'  Spillpfeife 2', Mixtur 5f, Trompete 8'

Brustwerk (original 56, virtual 58 keys)

Rohrfloete 8', Quintviola 8', Kleingedeckt 4', Prinzipal 2'

Sesquialtera 2x, Schnabelfloete 1', Zimbel 4f, Holzregal 8'

Couplers

Original: III-II, I-II, I-P, II-P, III-P

Virtual: many couplers

Tremulant

Original: I, III, Virtual: +II

Enclosure

Original: III, Virtual: II, III

Audio demos

Playing Dominique Dantand, Nagy István and Júlia Krespay
Download / Order
Try the the demo sample sets before you buy!
The Trial Versions of the Stahlhuth 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. 

Download the demo sample set from Google-drive!!   

(Install the part 01 of the stereo-wet version.  Install the part 01 and then the part 02 and part 03 of surround version. It is important to sort).

If you like this organ, you can use the Sthahlhuth positive version made of this organ for free.


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) Stahlhuth from Aachen sample set (You can pay in dollars or euros.)



109 EUR 
128 USD