Baroque Organ of the Benedictine Abbey in Tihany (Hungary)
Tihany is a village on the northern shore of Lake Balaton on the Tihany Peninsula 
The Tihany peninsula is one of the most beautiful and spectacular points of Lake Balaton. The peninsula, famous mainly for its abbey, is surrounded by many legends.

The Benedictine Abbey was founded by King Andrew I of Hungary in 1055 in honor of the Virgin Mary and St. Aignan of Orleans. Of the ancient monastery, only the sub-church and the royal crypt remain. The current Baroque church was built between 1719-1754 in Baroque style. The organ and its surroundings, with 15 musical angels on the choir lattice, are one of the most beautiful monuments of Hungarian Baroque sculpture. These, as well as the magnificent wood carvings of the main altar and the pulpit, were made by Sebastian Stuhlhoff, who was the carpenter of the monastery.

The original organ was made by Johann Daniel Silbermann in 1765. The organ was one manual and 12 registers. This organ has served excellently for almost 200 years. In 1945, the II. in World War I the organ was hit by a grenade and its pipe-material was almost completely destroyed. In the communist era, a few-register, one-manual Angster organ was built into the intact organ house, which was expanded several times in the following decades. The current organ was built by the Aquincum organ factory in 1993. The disposition of the organ was designed by organists Lukács Áment and Gábor Trajtler. They considered the Silbermann organ in Grosshartmannsdorf as the basis for the design because they wanted to restore the sound of the original Tihany organ.

 The following friends helped me to make and publish the sample set (in alphabetical order): Dominique Dantand, Gérard Lefranc, Nagy István, Jean-Pierre Silvestre and Adrian Wheal. 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 4 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 56 keys (extended 58), the compass of the pedal is 30 keys.
Operating Instructions:

RAM requirements (GB)




16 bit

24 bit

16 bit

24 bit






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

Original specification

Extended extension

Pedal  30 keys

Subbass 16’, Principalbass 8’, Gedacktbass 8’, Octavbass 4’

Poseunebass 16’

Pedal  30 keys

+ Trompete 8’ from I. manual

+ Clairon 4’ from II. manual

Manual I. 56 keys

Principal 8’, Rohrfloete 8’, Viola da Gamba 8’

Octava 4', Spitzfloete 4', Quinta 2 2/3', Octava 2', Mixtur 4f

Cornet 5f, Trompete 8'

Manual I. 58 keys


Manual II. 56 keys

Coppel major 8', Principal 4', Coppel minor 4’, Nasat 2 2/3’

Octava 2’, Tertia 1 3/5’, Quinta 1 1/3’, Cimbel 3f

Chalumeau 8’

Manual II. 58 keys

+ Voce Humana

   (from I. Principal 8’ and Viola da Gamba 8’)








+ I




+ II



Audio demos

Playing Dominique Dantand, Nagy István, Pecze Andor and Jean-Pierre Silvestre
Listen to Jean-Pierre Sylvestre's entire Tihany collection on Youtube.
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Try the the demo sample sets before you buy!
The Trial Versions of the Tihany 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) Tihany sample set (You can pay in dollars or euros.)

79 EUR  
96 USD