Moe Pipe Organ
Company can provide you with a complete selection of options for
renovation and/or expansion of your existing organ.
While the possibilities are almost endless, several options are
detailed below to give you an idea of what can be done to virtually any
New Electrical Systems
The most common
upgrade installed in an organ is a new electrical system.
Older instruments employ various types of electrical systems that
allow the organist to control the instrument from the console.
These systems invariably wear out after many years and require
replacement for the organ to continue to function correctly.
Today's solid-state electronic control systems accomplish this with ease.
In addition to basic organ operation, a solid-state system can
provide a host of other new and very useful features, such as a
transposer and automatic pedal couplers to assist the organist with the
operation of the instrument.
A state-of-the-art solid-state electronic version of the combination memory system is also
available. This system allows the organist to preset certain stops on thumb buttons in the
console. New combination
systems generally have multiple levels of memory, some featuring
hundreds of levels. Many
other features, such as adjustable Full Organ pistons and crescendo
sequences, are also available.
Another relatively new option made possible with an electrical
upgrade is MIDI. MIDI is an acronym for Musical Instrument Digital Interface.
MIDI allows the organ to interface with other instruments such as
keyboards and synthesizers, also equipped with MIDI.
This can be particularly useful on a small organ as it can be used to augment the organ's pipe
sounds with sounds from other instruments.
Another capability of MIDI is called sequencing. This
is simply a record and playback feature achieved by utilizing a device
called a MIDI Sequencer. This allows the organist to record a performance on the organ and play it
back at a later time. This is not an audio recording; it is a mechanical recording of the
organ that, when played back, physically "plays" the organ. The feature has many benefits, including allowing the organist to
record a piece and then listen in a different part of the sanctuary to
determine proper sound balance or volume. It is also useful in providing "unmanned" accompaniment in
churches where the organist is also the choir director. Perhaps even more impressive, with pre-recorded music, a service
will have organ accompaniment at the touch of a button, even if no one
is available to play the instrument live!