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LATEST ARTICLE - A Switching Delay Unit for Loudspeakers
The articles for DIY enthusiasts on this site relating to virtual pipe organs attract a lot of interest, so here is another. (They also attract a lot of interest from the trade as well!). It describes a unit which inserts a short delay between switching on the mains supply to a digital organ and connecting the loudspeakers to the amplifiers. This prevents the unpleasant noises which occur otherwise, and it also prevents damage to the loudspeakers themselves. It also disconnects the speakers before removing mains power to the amplifiers when switching the organ off. An attractive feature is the push button switch plate used at the console, which has the look and feel of a typical pipe organ starter. When a lot of effort has been put into a digital simulation these small additional features can make all the difference to the satisfaction the instrument provides.
The picture above is of a test rig used for experiments on pipe organ valves, such as those described in the articles entitled Calculating Pallet Size, Touch Relief in Mechanical Actions and Response Speed of Electric Actions. These can also be accessed from the Complete Articles page where summaries are also available.
This electronic organ is a dual purpose instrument containing both "straight" and "theatre" voices, designed and made by the author. It is tuned to the author's Dorset Temperament with the addition of some impure octaves as described in Keyboard Temperaments with Impure Octaves. A full specification can be downloaded here (PDF file, 717 kB).
The things they say:
These recordings span some years and they were made in various rooms and auditoria. The older tracks were made using analogue equipment and some were recorded acoustically using microphones, hence the occasional noises due to piston thuds and page turns, etc. Other tracks were captured electrically. All are of real players performing in real time - no synthetic MIDI 'performances' here. I have not got round yet to normalising the volume settings of all the tracks so they are compatible with each other, therefore you might wish to adjust the volume between tracks depending on which ones you select. Do not be alarmed if some tracks appear to start with an excessive noise level - this simply means they were recorded at a higher level than others. Just turn the volume down to suit. In any case, it is a wise precaution to always begin playing each track at a low level to protect your audio equipment and your ears from unexpectedly high signal levels when the music begins. Although the instrument has 13 ranks of theatre organ voices in addition to its 'straight' sounds (see specification), copyright considerations preclude the inclusion of much theatre-style music here. Playing time 1 hour 35 mins approx.