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1. The Flentrop organ of the "Grote kerk" of Schiedam:

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Het orgelfront

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De speeltafel

During Octoberof the year 2018 we have recorded the main organ of the St Janskerk for Hauptwerk.

In the year of 1970, the Reformed Community of Schiedam decided to acquire a new organ and thanks to the financial support of an institute, the purchase became reality.
The Dutch company Flentrop Orgelbouw was entrusted with the creation of it. They built the organin the organ case of Niehoff (16th century) and the pedal cases of Jacob Cools (1712), in which the firm of Standaart built a pneumatic organ in the year of 1919. The remains of the old pipes were used in the new instrument, which was delivered in the year of 1975.
As to character of the sound, the new organ corresponds as much as possible with the old-Dutch tradition. Therefore, the pipes for instance have been made of metal with high contents of lead.
In the year of 1994, a re-intonation was done and the temperature was changed.
The WerckmeisterIII temperature was altered into equal, the windpressure lowered and some intonation corrections were done. All of these activities were performed by Flentrop Orgelbouw and the engineer H. Kooiker acted as advisor. The presentation of the revised instrument took place on the 29th of July, 1994.

In the year of 2006 Mr. Herman Pelgrim added a Cymbelstar.

In the year of 2011, the firm of Van den Heuveltook care of extensive maintenance, in cooperation with Mr. Herman Pelgrim. The pedal was extended with a Prestant 16', originating from the Magnalia Dei Church at Schiedam.

When in November2011 sufficient money had been collected, the realization of a Fagot 32' project was started. This stop was placed on new mechanical wind chests behind the old pedal chests.
For this expansion the Schiedam organ builder Herman Pelgrim again acted as an advisor. The Fagot 32' was presented to public during a concert on Queen'sbirthday, April 30th of 2012.

In the year of 2014, an offer for expansion of the organ with a fourth manual was asked and received, however, sofar, insufficient financial means delayed the realization of this plan. Nevertheless, using samples from other Sygsoft sample sets, this fourth manual (Récit Expressif) was added to the new Schiedam sampleset, a look alike as close as possible to the manual foreseening the offer received. In this way, you can get a good impression of how the organ could have sounded or, hopefully, may sound in a not too far future.

For a more detailed description, see the page History
2. The current disposition: (Blue marked voices and switches have been added for hauptwerk).
Hoofdwerk C-f'''
(HW-V g''')
Rugwerk C-f'''
(HW-V g''')
Bovenwerk C-f'''
(HW-V g''')
Récit Expressif C-g'''
 
Pedals: C-f'
 
Coupler:
 
Playing aids:
 
01-Prestant
02-Octaaf
03-Holpijp
04-Octaaf
05-Fluit
06-Quint
07-Octaaf
08-Mixtuur
09-Scherp
10-Cornet
11-Trompet
12-Trompet
13-Tremulant
16'
8'
8'
4'
4'
3'
2'
IV - V
IV
V
16'
8'
 
14-Prestant
15-Gedekt
16-Prestant
17-Roerfluit
18-Octaaf
19-Mixtuur
20-Sesquialter
21-Dulciaan
22-Tremulant
 
 
 
 
8'
8'
4'
4'
2'
IV - V
II B/D
8'
 
 
 
 
 
23-Baarpijp
24-Quintadeen
25-Roerfluit
26-Roerfluit
27-Nazard
28-Woudfluit
29-Tertiaan
30-Flageolet
31-Vox Humana
32-Cymbelster
33-Nachtegaal
34-Tremulant
 
8'
8'
8'
4'
3'
2'
1 3/5'
1'
8'
I - III
 
 
 
35-Flûte Harmonique
36-Bourdon
37-Viole de Gambe
38-Voix Célèste
39-Flûte Octaviante
40-Viola
41-Quinte
42-Basson Hautbois
43-Trompette
44-Clarinette
45-Voix Humaine
46-Carillion
47-Tremulant
16'/8'/4'
16'/8'/4'
16'/8'/4'
8'
8'/4'/2'
8'/4'/2'
3'
16'/8'/4'
16'/8'/4'
8'
8'
I - III
 
48-Prestant
49-Bourdon
50-Roerquint
51-Prestant
52-Bourdon
53-Roerquint
54-Octaaf
55-Mixtuur
56-Fagot
57-Bazuin
58-Trompet
59-Klaroen
 
16'
16'
12'
8'
8'
6'
4'
V
32'
16'
8'
4'
 
Coupler
Coupler
Coupler
Coupler
Koppel
Koppel
Coupler
Coupler
Coupler
 
 
 
 
Ped-HW
Ped-RW
Ped-BW
Ped-Récit
HW-RW
HW-BW
HW-Récit
RW-Récit
BW-Récit
 
 
 
 
Tremulant Hoofdwerk
Tremulant Rugwerk
Tremulant Bovenwerk
Tremulant Récit
Keynoise
Trackernoise
Motor
Tremulant type
Sesquialter bas/disc.
Volume slider front
Volume slider middle
Volume slider rear
 
4. 3 channel technique:
This sample set was recorded from three positions in stereo (24 bit 96kHz).
The set comes with a Sygsoft devised 3-channel technique whereby the user may set the listening position themselves.
There are 3 positions, namely :
1: Front, recorded very close to the organ. This provides a very direct recording that is useful for study purposes.
2: Centre (Middle), this recording was made at about 3 times the distance used in the front recording.
3: Rear, recorded far from the organ is used as surround.
Through three sliders (0-100%), a mix can be made of the three positions that is to your liking.
The 4th slider (with the caption "REC") is the swellpedal of Récit Expressif.
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Virtual console (for one screenusers)
5. Finally:
The recordings for this sample set were made in october 2018.
Recording quality 96 kHz, 24 bit. The set is reduced to 48 kHz 24 bit.
Number of microphones: 6.
Number of samples processed in this set: 39.847
Number of lines in the Organ Definition File (ODF): ca. 2.282.130

Division of the Work:
Christian Boogaard: Noise reduction, windmodel, intonation, some demos and artistic advice.
Johan van der Waal van Dijk: processing of samples and technical advice.
Rietje Raatgeep: Administration and PR.
Fred de Jong: Layout, extra controle samples, loops, ODF as well as customizing the website and general management.

Fred de Jong May 2020.
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