Magnuskerk Anloo, NL

PROSPECTUM is currently preparing a major update for the beautiful baroque Sample Set Magnuskerk Anloo (NL).

The organ of the Magnuskerk (Anloo, NL) was built in 1717-1719 by Johannes Radeker and Rudolph Garrels, two co-workers of Arp Schnitger. It originally had 2 manuals, 17 stops, and an attached pedal. It was bought by the Ellents family for 1,450 Carolus guilders and donated to the church. A board attached in front of the organ displays the crests of this wealthy family.

In 1944-1950 the organ was restored by Mense Ruiter. His changes were undone during a long and thorough restoration by Henk van Eeken between 1990 and 2002. The aim was the best possible reconstruction of the original state. Since then the instrument sounds almost as it must have sounded in 1717. It has now 21 stops and a free pedal. A workshop fire in 1995 destroyed a large part of the pipework, which made a partial reconstruction of the organ necessary.

With regard to the quality of the restoration/reconstruction result, Henk van Eeken’s cooperation with GOArt (Göteborg Organ Art Center) was of special importance. GOArt is an international research center for organ history, organ building, artistic education, and performance practice of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Through scientific research, it was possible to reconstruct historical organ building methods and techniques.

The results of this work were applied to the restoration/reconstruction of the Anloo organ. That way it became possible for the first time to faithfully manufacture new organ pipes by reconstructing the original processes and techniques from 1717. For example, the organ metal was cast on the sand and subsequently scraped down manually to the correct thickness. With a high degree of certainty, the organ has also regained its original temperament and pitch from 1718 (following Arp Schnitger, St. Cosmae et Damiani, Stade).

Highlights of the virtual organ:

  • A well-known magnificent baroque organ by Johannes Radeker and Rudolph Garrels.
  • Specification: two manuals and pedal, 28 stops (21 original + 7 extended stops).
  • Manual compass extended from 49 to 56 keys, pedal compass: extended from 25 to 30 keys.
  • Version 2 is semi-dry (no reverb). It has been developed for use with IR convolution reverb.
    Two high-quality true stereo impulse response files of the Magnuskerk in HW5 format (and standard stereo IR format for HW4 users) included.
  • Improved sound: all samples have been reprocessed with PROSPECTUM’s new VPOLab© system.
  • High-quality voicing: the voicing of the organ and extensions was performed using PROSPECTUM’s new high-quality VPOLab© system.
  • Sample resolution: stereo, 32bit/48kHz.
  • Improved tremulants: comes with a separate tremulant waveform for each pipe, created using tremulant samples and PROSPECTUM’s new TremulantTemplate© 2.0 algorithm.
  • Action noises (key sction, stop stop action, etc.) and blower noise (can be switched on/off) included.
  • New user interface: version 2 comes with all-new portrait and landscape screens for single and dual monitor setups in both landscape and portrait orientation, including individual screens for original and extended functionality (see below).
  • The sample comes with the 6 temperaments suggested for Anloo in the book Opus Magnum In De Magnuskerk.