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Couplers and Electronic Organs
« on: February 10, 2012, 11:52:23 AM »
just a quick question or two. I've been working on the specification of an analogue instrument I'm building, and wondered what Couplers you would suggest as being the most useful ?
a few brief details, 2 manual instrument with Pedals, classical voicing. intended as a practice organ.
for example would a swell to pedal coupler be more useful than a swell to great coupler ?
or is it a more complex question that depends on the stops and voicing of a particular instrument and what Music was going to be played ?
of course if I was designing a Digital / software  instrument it is easier to add as many couplers as are needed and also add in octave and sub octave couplers.

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Re: Couplers and Electronic Organs
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2012, 01:15:56 PM »

Within limited resources no doubt people will have different opinions but both Swell to Great and Great to Pedal are important . . .

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Re: Couplers and Electronic Organs
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012, 07:06:19 PM »

The importance of couplers is in inverse proportion to the completeness of the tonal design of the organ's departments - especially the pedals, and, to an extent, the main repertoire that it's designed to play.  However, assuming that you're using some form of electronic keying, rather than direct keying of each pitch, then adding unison couplers should be pretty easy.  I certainly wouldn't want to be with Sw-Gt - if only for the effect of a crescendo on the swell reed(s) over Great diapasons (there are other uses as well!), and manual to pedal couplers are also pretty useful at times, although I've played a few pipe organs with no Sw-Pd - because the Swell dept stopped at Tenor C.

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