When a new sample set is announced or released, most
of us get interested about it by the fame of the instrument or its
Schnitger, Notre-Dame de Paris or Westminster and you can be sure
that in no time the thread on the Hauptwerk forum will fill with
numerous posts, but say Velesovo built by Mocnik, and most likely
you won't see a lot of replies, comments.
from who you said? Mocnik - Ah..Where is it located? Slovenia - Ah...
when was it built? 2007 - Ah... so
not an historic organ... Bof might be your final comment but you
would be wrong.
First of all, go to Sonus Paradisi's website and download
the 3GB demo. Don't forget to dowload also the patch available on the
same page to be able to run the demo, but be warn, this demo is really
not a demo! it
is a complete
organ with couplers and tremulants, it is probably the best free organ available
for Hauptwerk. No compass limitation, no "bip" or "sound cut" every
is a fully
instrument! A very nice gift to the community from Jir Zurek.
Maybe, since the organ builder, age and location of the
instrument wasn't something to get excited about, Jiri thought that he needs
to provide a great demo, the kind that will tease you and make you want more,
make you want the complete 38 stops.
While is it a *young* organ (2007), it was built upon
the Thuringian organ models (Thuringia is the heart of Bach's country
). Voiced very mild, the sound has a beatiful *tenderness" if I can
you that word. The pedal division offers among other stops, a 32' Unterstatz
and 16'-8'-4' reeds stops. Tremulant is available on ALL divisions. The
acoustic (reverb) is just right, the sound remaining clear
and thanks to the surround extension (included with the wet version), you
have a wonderful immersive sound.
Being a *young organ*, you won't have faulty pipes;
the voicing is uniform within a rank and a lot less noise reduction was
probably needed since the whole mechanism is almost silent. Like the Caen,
you have a "sit at the console" sound, with a lot of clarity
and a beautiful reverb, especially with the surround extension. Take the
time to try individual stops, some are simply "to
Five views are available - Console view, left and right
jam, bellows anitmation and Sonus Paradisi's voicing (independant from
Hauptwerk voicing utility). Since the Caen, Sonus Paradisi is offering
dual-jam views. Dual-view allows you to have all the controls split on
2 screens, replicating in some ways a real organ left and right jams. While
it is nice to have the controls split, making everything less crowded,
it would be nice if in dual-view the controls were larger to make it even
easier to register; there is a lot of empty space in this view and larger
controls would be nice... small caveat though. The layout is
well thought and I especially like the way the stops are arranged for the
Oberwerk where it will be possible (in Hauprtwerk 4 possibly) to create
a "composed Cornet" with one movement of the hand, from top to bottom.
I think that the best way for you to discover this set
is by simply downloading the demo version. So, that's it for now... go
download the demo and I will go play a few pieces on the Velesovo.
Velesovo organ: 340Euros
* Photo/screenshots - Sonus Paradisi