Victorian Chapel Organ is a small but powerful instrument, perfect for small Houses of Worship or home organ practice.
Victorian Chapel Organ does not use samples, leading to an extremely small application footprint. But don’t be fooled by its size. This organ makes some giant sounds, and at the same time will run happily on very old hardware, including iPad 2, iPhone 5C and iPod Touch 4G.
The organ may be played with 2 MIDI controller keyboards and pedals attached, just 2 keyboards, or just a single keyboard.
All three divisions can be played using a single keyboard. The couplers allow a single keyboard to play both the Great and Swell divisions, and the smart 'Auto Pedal' coupler pushes the lowest note played on the Great to the Pedal division, giving powerful bass reinforcement and allowing the full compass of the instrument to be reached via a single keyboard. The Swell division responds to Mod Wheel, Expression and Volume (CC 1, 11 and 7) as 'swell pedal', the Great channel's Volume (CC 7) sets the level of the overall instrument. A 'Crescendo' pedal feature allows stops to be pulled out and pushed in progressively to add or reduce volume. Crescendo responds to either of Pedal MIDI channel CC1 or CC11 (Mod Wheel or Expression)
Despite having just 19 stops, the hollow flute tones of the Swell's Stopped Diapasons, plus its ranks of harmonically-rich reeds, perfectly complement the beautiful, classical smoothness of the Great. The organ offers a hugely flexible palette of sounds from its carefully-designed stops. And the organ's dynamic range is huge, the difference between a solo Vox Humana at minimum swell and all stops out / all couplers out is startling, just like a real church organ.
For those without daily access to a private chapel for practice, the organ contains an artifical reverberator that can be accessed within the 'Settings' page.
Great Stops :
2' Super Octave
Mixture 4 ranks (126.96.36.199 with breaks)
Swell Stops :
8' Stopped Diapason
4' Stopped Diapason
2' Stopped Diapason
2' Cor Anglais
8' Vox Humana
8' Vox Celeste
2 2/3' Nazard
Pedal Stops :
16' Mixture (borrows 8' and 4' ranks from Great and Swell)
Tremulant : acts on the Swell division. This makes the Pedal Mixture slightly tremulant as it uses Swell ranks.
The Vox Celeste is tuned slightly sharp and is designed to beat beautifully against Vox Humana, Viola and 8' Clarinet.
Swell To Great : couples a keyboard on the Great channel to the Swell division
Sub Octave : all notes played on the Great are duplicated an octave down for low-end reinforcement and increased power
Octave : all notes played on the Great are duplicated an octave up for increased brightness and power
Auto Pedal : intelligently maps the lowest played note on the Great to the Pedal division
The entire console state of stops and couplers may be captured onto 7 pistons, allowing instant access to your favourite registrations. The pistons may be mapped to drum pads on popular MIDI controllers for even more rapid access to registrations.
4 on-screen LEDs give visual feedback to activity on the Great, Swell and Pedal MIDI channels, as well as helping when programming pistons. The LEDs are colour-coded, blue for Great, Green for Swell, Purple for Pedals.
A new "Pipe Preparation" tool has been developed for this version, which extracts from recordings of organ pipes attack, release and harmonic fingerprint information. This tool allows for very realistic, very compact pipe models to be extracted from samples, and using this tool a significant revoicing of the organ has taken place. Realism of the organ is massively improved the over previous version, and version 1.3 gets close to the realism provided by massive sample sets, at a fraction of the memory footprint, none of the background noise, and a fraction of the cost. Finally an ultra-realistic pipe organ for your iPad and iPhone that doesn't consume all your device storage.
The following stops have been revoiced since version 1.2 -
Great : all stops, with a rebalanced, sweeter Mixture IV
Pedal : all stops
Stopped Diapason 8'
Stopped Diapason 4'
Stopped Diapason 2'
Clarinet 8' (now modelled on an organ Clarinet stop, not a Clarinet sample)
Viola 8' (modelled on a Gamba)
Levels have also been rebalanced across the organ, and the Swell pedal response has been recalibrated for even more dramatic swells.
Ratings and Reviews
Impressive sound & features
The sound quality and features are really good. You can’t go wrong if you like pipe organs, especially at the price. If a super version is ever offered, I’ll buy it.
This app is useless without a keyboard
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.