Aristide No. 1

Aristide Cavaillé-Coll (1890)

Aristide No. 1

Saint-Ouen Rouen (France)

Aristide No. 1

Saint-Ouen Rouen (France)

Aristide No. 1

Saint-Ouen Rouen (France)

The price for this composite sample  set is 100.00 EUR (119.00 EUR incl. German VAT).
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About the Sample Set

The sample set Aristide No. 1 v2 attempts to bring the bombastic sound of the famous Cavaillé-Coll organ of Saint-Ouen in Rouen to the Hauptwerk™ VPO software and your living room. The sample set attempts to mimic the visual and tonal characteristics of this iconic instrument as closely as possible.

The voicing of version 2 was primarily done by Thorsten Wege, who has already voiced the highly regarded Grand Symphonic Cavaillé-Coll (GSCC) sample set. I would like to thank Thorsten for his patience. He has tested uncounted beta versions. We didn’t stop until we were fully satisfied with the functional, visual and tonal results. Many sound samples of Aristide No. 1 v2 can be found at Contrebombarde.

Aristide No. 1 has no samples of its own. The sample set uses the samples from three other sample sets (see below), which must be installed beforehand. Compared to version 1, however, the requirements have been reduced somewhat in version 2. Now “only” two commercial sample sets and one demo sample set are required:

Aristide No. 1 v2 is a stereo sample set, although it includes several front and rear ranks. These additional ranks were implmented to make the sound more lively and to create a better “cathedral feeling”.

This sample set works out of the box with all Hauptwerk™ versions between 4 and 8.

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Stop List

P. Pedal

Soubasse 32'
Contrebasse 16'
Soubasse 16'
Basse 8'
Bourdon 8'
Violoncelle 8'
Flûte 4'
Contre-Bombarde 32'
Bombarde 16'
Contre-Basson 16'
Trompette 8'
Clairon 4'

I. Positif

Montre 8'
Bourdon 8'
Gambe 8'
Unda maris 8'
Flûte douce 4'
Dulciana 4'
Doublette 2'
Plein-jeu V
Cor anglais 16'
Cromorne 8'
Trompette 8'
Clairon 4'

II. Grand-Orgue

Montre 16'
Bourdon 16'
Violonbasse 16'
Montre 8'
Diapason 8'
Flûte harmonique 8'
Bourdon 8'
Salicional 8'
Prestant 4'
Trompette 8' en chamade
Clairon 4' en chamade

III. Récit expressif

Quintaton 16'
Corno dolce 16'
Diapason 8'
Cor de nuit 8'
Flûte traversière 8'
Viole de gambe 8'
Voix céleste 8'
Voix éolienne 8'
Flûte octaviante 4'
Viole d’amour 4'
Quinte 2 2/3'
Octavin 2'
Cornet V
Carillon I-III
Tuba magna 16'
Trompette harmonique
8' Basson-Hautbois 8'
Clarinette 8'
Voix humaine 8'
Clairon harmonique 4'
Tremolo

IV. Bombarde

Flûte 8'
Flûte 4'
Doublette 2'
Cornet V
Fourniture V
Bombarde 16'
Basson 16'
Trompette 8'
Clairon 4'

Foot Levers

Tirasse G.O., Tirasse Positif, Tirasse Récit, Copula G.O., Copula Positif / G.O., Copula Récit / G.O., Copula Bombarde / G.O., Copula Positif / Récit, Copula Bombarde / Récit, Octaves graves G.O., Octaves graves Récit / G.O., Octaves graves Récit, Octaves aiguës Récit, Anches Pédale, Anches G.O., Anches Positif, Anches Récit, Anches Bombarde, Trémolo Récit, Expression Récit

Screenshots

Audio Samples

Richard McVeigh
Maurice Duruflé: Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain

Richard McVeigh
Maurice Duruflé: Suite pour Orgue Op. 5: Prélude

Richard McVeigh
Henri Mulet: Carillon-Sortie

Joseph Wicks
César Franck: Chorale No. 1 in E Major​

Martin Baker
Charles-Marie Widor: Organ Symphony No. 9 ‘Gothique’ Op. 70

Gottfried Thore Drywa
Charles-Marie Widor: Organ Symphony No. 9 ‘Gothique’ Op. 70 – Moderato

Gottfried Thore Drywa
Charles-Marie Widor: Organ Symphony No. 9 ‘Gothique’ Op. 70 – Andande sostenuto​

Gottfried Thore Drywa
Louis Vierne: Matthaeus Final (Bach’s Memento)

Gottfried Thore Drywa
Louis Vierne: Organ Symphony No. 1 – Prélude

Gottfried Thore Drywa
Louis Vierne: Organ Symphony No. 2 – Allegro risoluto

Gottfried Thore Drywa (Aristide No. 1 v2)
Louis Vierne: Toccata Op. 53 from 24 Pièces de fantaisie

Jean-Baptiste Monot (‘Abbaye Saint-Ouen, Rouen)
Louis Vierne: Toccata Op. 53 from 24 Pièces de fantaisie

Gottfried Thore Drywa (Aristide No. 1 v2)
Johannes Brahms: Herzlich tut mich verlangen, Op. 122,9

Jean-Baptiste Monot (‘Abbaye Saint-Ouen, Rouen))
Johannes Brahms: Herzlich tut mich verlangen, Op. 122,9

Many more audio samples can be found on Contrebombarde.

What Users Say

Much time and hard work went into making this composite, and one can audibly hear that when playing this organ, where all the stops blend in perfectly, and the set achieves a fine resemblance to the organ at St. Ouen. There have been other composites created to imitate the sound of St Ouen, but this set remains the most popular, and it deserves so.
Wow! I should know one can come up with a really good sound by revoicing and making a composite set - I made my own Cavaillé-Clone back in the day... But I’m impressed. What you and your team have come up with is amazing - I enjoy both the Metz and Caen, but this composite actually sounds better than either of them.... and oddly more realistic. That’s a wonderful thing, as I’ve been wanting to have a recording instrument like this for a long time! I’ll be posting some demos to CB as soon as I have some time to get to it.
Auch wenn das Sampleset der großen Cavaillé-Coll-Orgel der Abteikirche in Rouen nicht vor Ort aufgenommen wurde, zählt es für mich dennoch mit zu einem der schönsten Sets, das für Hauptwerk zur Verfügung steht. Der Klang ist dermaßen überzeugend, dass dieses Set aus meiner Sicht durchaus den Namen "Rouen, Saint-Ouen" verdienen würde. Egal aus welcher Perspektive man die Entstehung dieses Sets betrachtet – im Vordergrund stehen der Spaß und die Freude an diesem Instrument. Vielen Dank für diese ausgezeichnete Arbeit!
And your Aristide set is phenomenal !!
I quite literally smile when I play this sample set in my living room… it is simply astounding and i’ve never heard such a phenomenal organ sample. I think “fake’ is certainly not the word that I think of, but rather just… Splendid!!!! \ Thank you Chris for your very hard work on this ODF. Believe me, it has certainly paid off… at least to this customer!!!!
Bravo and well done Chris!
I came across your work a couple of months ago and really blown away by the Aristide set. And, so I bought the Caen from Sonus (already had the Metz) and bought your set. Love it! Thanks for all the work put in to the set -- it is much appreciated and enjoyed!
After playing the Aristide sample set this last week end, I can say that it is outstanding, very close to the original St Ouen organ. What a beautiful sound !It is now by far my favorite one. It sounds very authentic, perhaps the fact that the automatic tuning has been disable is for something, but the effect is there. Does this allow for natural imperfection of the organ to be feel and thus contributes to the « feel so real »? Anyway it is very alive.
Richard McVeigh a few days before the inauguration concert of his awesome new Hauptwerk console: "It's very special, and Martin Baker was really astonished by the quality of it. At one point during the Widor's Organ Symphony (using Aristide) he had to stop playing because he was so overwhelmed with the sound and the whole experience! It was an awesome moment."
Can you really make a good sample sets by randomly selecting stops from different organs, and then simply, with some adjustments, create a new instrument successfully? Convincingly? My ears, listening to these efforts, say no, with one exception: the Artistide that follows the specification of the C-Coll at St. Ouen de Rouen. It took a team of very meticulous people many hours to make that work quite convincingly. But it remains a compromised approach.
I have visited the St. Ouen many times for concerts, and also have played the instrument. No organ in the world can match this truly beautiful instrument. At home, I have Hauptwerk with the sample sets Metz and Caen. Then, I discovered your composite set. It is really wonderful, and is now definitely my favorite one. The sound is so close to Rouen... So powerful, dynamic and poetric. And the disposition is perfect. I am so happy. Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job!
As I wrote a week ago in this thread, it is the first time I have the feeling to play in a very large church at home. This set is really a magnificent instrument. Tutti are impressive, details sound clears and the dynamics for the « Récit expressif » is large. The reverberation time is ok for me; the longer reverberation time for the low frequencies participates to the cathedral immersion feeling. Many thanks Chris. You have done a great job. I like this sample set very much.
Einfach nur genial!
Ich werde Sie in bester Erinnerung behalten.
Wie wird sie erst klingen wenn sie auf 4-Kanal läuft?
This is great! I've only heard St Ouen on CDs, not in person, so I don't know how close it is, but the details come through even with the large acoustic, and the detuning and wind works to give more realistic sounding choruses than most sample sets. I like it better than Caen and Metz. Was surprised that a stereo set sounds better than Caen surround with my sound system -- I really wasn't expecting that. This is on 16 channels and sub, surrounding the console.
As I am an huge fan of French romantic organ music, I am really happy with the Caen and Metz sample sets. However, yesterday I discovered something new: Aristide No. 1 V2. This is a composite sample set intended to imitate the sound of the the great Aristide Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint-Ouen in Rouen, France. I bought it, installed it, and... it is wonderfull! I was really blowed away: it really sounds like Rouen. Also the console is very nice recreated, looks nice and works very smooth. I am very impressed! Highly recommended.
What an amazing sample set it is, so faithful although composite !!!