The picture speaks for itself. Within the beatifully
decorated town hall of the city of Leeds in England
lies this spectacular organ, towering high into the
music hall and silencing the sounds of the city with
its earth shuddering, rich, harmonic tones.
This project was part of a new chapter for
Samplephonics known as Sonas, who will be unveiling
some spectacular virtual instruments over the coming
year. More on that soon!
We spent some time with organist Dr Simon Lindley
who told us all about how the instrument works, it's
history and even a guided tour up in to the inside
of the organ itself!
Simon crafted 6 versatile presets for us and we
began the painstaking process of sampling this
incredible feat of engineering. Over the next few
months we spent many evenings in the town hall
recording every single note with multiple round
robins and over 10 second note recordings to capture
the true sonic character of the organ. The
repetetive nature of the task actually became quite
hypnotic and a strange bond began to form between
us, the organ, the building and the very spirit of
the city of Leeds.
Everyone involved in the project worked long hours
and for free, so we felt that it was only right to
give away the fruits of our labour and hope that the
spirit of this incredible instrument could spread
throughout the world and help people to craft
wonderful music that moves people to do good things.
We packaged the sounds up into a custom Kontakt 5
instrument with a lovely photo of the organ in all
of it's splendor, as well as sampler instruments for
Kontakt 4, EXS24, Reason NN-XT and Ableton Sampler.
We hope you enjoy making music and spread the word
about this wonderful organ so others can too!