Milan Digital Audio Creates Virtual Pipe Organ Using PreSonus Products

Nov 14, 2007 2:36 PM


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PreSonus user Brett Milan (pictured) completed a virtual organ by recording organ samples from Notre Dame de Metz in Metz, France, using the PreSonus ADL 600 2-channel tube preamp and FP10 FireWire audio interface. Milan’s company, Milan Digital Audio, specializes in creating virtual pipe organs for Crumhorn Labs' Hauptwerk software instrument.

Milan’s recordings feature historic instruments from around the world. When creating this virtual organ, Milan recorded samples from every pipe of the French romantic pipe organ by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll located in Notre Dame de Metz, including the natural acoustic surroundings.

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The Notre Dame de Metz Cavaillé-Coll virtual organ from Milan Digital Audio

To create a realistic simulation of a pipe organ, Milan used samples lasting 8-10 seconds and large amounts of polyphony through RAM-based sampling. In addition to both classical and theater organs, Milan Digital Audio creates piano and harpsichord virtual instrument libraries.

“When recording a pipe organ, an engineer must be able to capture a wide frequency range from the low 32-foot pipes to the highest pitched mixtures,” says Milan. “I've always preferred the sound of tubes, and the ADL 600 produced the warm, lush sound that I needed. I own several PreSonus products and have never been disappointed. The ADL 600 is no exception. Wherever Milan Digital Audio goes, the ADL goes!”

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