Jeux d’orgues 2

Jeux d’orgues 2 is a set of samples of a historic pipe organ. It was built by Stiehr-Mockers in 1843 and can be found in Romanswiller, Alsace. It is available in various formats, like GrandOrgue respectively MyOrgan, jOrgan, as a SoundFont, as a VST instrument, for GigaStudio respectively LinuxSampler, and vSampler.

Kronos format

I’ve imported the SoundFont into the Korg Kronos. I did some fine tuning and created Programs and Combinations, both as user banks U-G. The archive thus contains the samples plus a PCG file containing the Programs and Combinations. In case you import the programs in a bank different than U-G, you’ll need to update the references in the Combinations before they sound as intended. Otherwise they will just play the sounds that are currently present in your U-G-bank, e.g. some piano sound.

Download

I’ve submitted the files to Joseph Basquin so they can be found directly at the download page (scroll down to the bottom of the page) providing all of the other formats (direct link, may break in case the file gets moved or renamed).

Installation

The set provided will overwrite both banks U-G, programs and combinations. Before you proceed, create a backup of your Kronos and copy the backup files to a save place, e.g. a thumb drive.

Proceed at your own risk and responsibility only.

  1. Download the archive of »Jeux d’orgues 2« for the Korg Kronos (at the bottom of the page) to your computer.
  2. Extract the archive.
  3. Delete the downloaded file.
  4. Move the extracted folder »Jeux d’orgues 2« to a USB thumb drive.
  5. Attach the thumb drive to your Korg Kronos.
  6. Switch the Kronos to disk mode, choose the tab »Utility« and select your thumb drive from the popup right above this tab.
  7. Select the folder »Jeux d’orgues 2« on the thumb drive.
  8. From the menu »Utility« at the top right corner choose the entry »Copy«.
  9. Choose the SSD hard drive of the Kronos using the popup »Drive select« above the button labeled »Cancel«.
  10. It does not matter where you place the folder on the Kronos’ hard drive. However, to keep the hard drive organized, I created a subfolder named »Sampled Instruments« which I use to install any samples.
  11. After selecting the »Internal HD« (and optionally opening a destination folder), press the button »Paste«.
  12. Remove the thumb drive.
  13. Open the folder »Jeux d’orgues 2« you just created.
  14. Select »Jeux d’orgues 2.PCG« and press the button »Load«.
  15. Ensure the checkbox »Load Jeux d’orgues 2.KSC too« is ticked. Select to load all PCG contents and set KSC allocation to »Append«.
  16. Before you press the button »OK« consider that this will overwrite the combinations and programs of the bank U-G. Press this button at your own risk.
  17. Go to Program mode and chose U-G-001. Play on the keyboard. You should now hear the sweet sound of the Montre 8′. If not, something went wrong. Probably you’ll see the string »Samples not loaded« in the title bar. Try the above steps again.
  18. Go to Global mode, page »Basic«, »KSC autoload«.
  19. Ensure the checkbox near the list entry »Jeux d’orgues.ksc« is enabled (red square), so the samples are automatically loaded at boot time.
  20. Reboot the Kronos and check whether the program U-G-001 still plays the Montre 8′ correctly.
  21. Choose the combination mode and select the bank U-G-000, »JDO Grand, Pedale opt.«.
  22. Play the keyboard. You should now hear the sound of the Montre 8′.
  23. Ensure the button »Timbre/Track« is enabled and the Timbres »1-8« LED is active. Press the buttons 5 and 7 to enable the Octave 4′ and the Doublette 2′.
  24. Press »Timbre/Track« once more and the button 1 to enable the Fourniture.
  25. Have fun and enjoy :) .

Programs

The programs U-G 000 through 20 host the individual stops, one program per stop. 21 and 22 additionally host programs of the sampled plein jeux of both organs, great and positive. Use the Knob #8 to control the reverb effects.

Combinations – Common

A Kronos Combination can host up to 16 programs – too little to host all of the 20 organ stops. Additionally the Combination mode is not capable of emulating the couplers. Thus I created a couple of combinations to provide different sets of selected stops for different purposes.

In all combinations, button #8 controls the reverb effects, in case the button »RT-Knobs/Karma« is enabled.
Per default the button »Timbre/Track« is enabled. Pressing it more than once lets you toggle the »Mix Play/Mute« buttons assignment between the Timbres 1-8 or 9-16 respectively. Use the latter buttons to switch the individual stops on and off.

Combinations – Individual

The combination »JDO Grand Orgue, Pedale opt.« hosts all of the 10 stops of the great organ. Since there is no split and no pitch shift, this combination should work fine on the models with 61 keys. The samples span a key range of C to f”’. The same applies to the combination »JDO Positif, Pedale opt.«, which hosts the 7 stops of the positive organ. In either Combi, the buttons 13 through 16 can be used to optionally enable the 4 pedal stops, which play from C to d’.

The following combinations host keyboard splits. Using a 88 or 73 keys model is recommended:

  • JDO Grand et Pedale
  • JDO Positif et Pedale
  • Grand et Positif
  • Positif et Grand

Especially the latter two are great for playing duo pieces ou le »Reçit de Cornet« de la »Messe à l’usage ordinaire des Paroisses pour les Festes Solemnelles« de François Couperin (PDF).

Quality

Sampling is an art of its own. The samples are neither perfect nor of professional quality, mainly due to the imperfect loops. However, the stops sound rather great when played from the Kronos. I hope you enjoy the sound just as I do.

Conclusion

I spent a couple of hours creating the stuff provided. In case you have fun using the sounds, please consider spending a couple of bucks to Joseph Basquin (see »FAIRE UN DON« at the bottom of the page).