This was the Diamond Jubilee Special but has proven to be so popular, we've decided to continue with it...
The Hollow Sun website has been online for around 14 years in various guises and I have personally been at this game since the mid-70s and sampling since 1979 when I was a Fairlight programmer. That's pretty good going these days.
However, I pale into insigificance compared with her royal majesty. Queen Elizabeth II, has been in business for 60 years and is celebrating her diamond jubilee this year! She has the edge on me - does sterling work representing Britain across the world, has the monopoly on pomp, circumstance and traditional pageantry and attends (and throws) far better banquets than I do.
Then again, I escape having to meet dreary heads of state, watching an endless parade of people dressed in 'national costumes' they haven't worn for over 300 years and I don't have to be nice to the clowns they call politicians and smile nicely and serenely! I don't envy her job at all if I am being honest and secretly, I imagine she'd rather be developing sound libraries! Well... maybe!
Whatever, it's time to have the butler put the bunting out here at HS Towers and join in the celebrities in the glorious weather we're enjoying here in Britain on this Diamond Jubilee public holiday weekend - some jam sandwiches and ginger beer (and a pokey rum punch and cigars for the grown-ups in the atrium, obviously!).
Also, an ideal opportunity for us to dig around the HS Towers' archives for a special offer to commemorate the occasion and to maybe provide some musical accompaniment for the event - maybe a rendition of "God save the queen" or "Rule Britannia". For the more musically adventurous, perhaps Parry's "I was Glad" or Handel's "Zadok The Priest", both played at the coronation.
And what we have compiled is 'Vital Organs'. Nothing in the slightest bit medical (and bugger all to do with the jubilee to be honest!) but a collection of very useful organ sounds, appropriate for any number of musical genres, wrapped up in a suitably commemorative GUI.
With 35 different organ sounds from Hammond B3s to church and cathedral and synthesised organ sounds, you can govern level, distortion, cabinet simulation, rotary speaker speed (controlled by modwheel) and reverb - enough to create a wide range of variations (which you can save as NKIs in the usual way for future use) and a wide range of musical applications.
But we've also given a wide range of performance parameters for you to customise how the sounds will play...
You have control over velocity, velocity curves, keyboard range, tuning and pitch bend range.
This is by no means a definitive collection of organ sounds offering detailed control over every minute subtlety but it's a low impact collection of varied and great sounding organs which are programmed and optimised 'old skool' style with a load of programming options. They will barely trouble your computer's memory or register CPU usage, will play nicely in a mix and for just two of our majesty's pounds (17.5p - or roughly ¢27 / €0.21 - a sound!), it's tremendous value for money...
And a lot of fun.
Vital Organs will be available for a limited time during June
Kontakt 4.2.4 full version
Windows® XP (SP2, 32bit) / Vista® (32/64 Bit), Windows 7® (32/64 Bit), Pentium® or Athlon XP 1.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM
Mac OS® X 10.5 or higher, Intel® Core™ Duo 1.8 GHz, 2 GB RAM
|NOTE : It will work with the Kontakt Player but only in 'demo' mode and the session will be time limited.
I want to thank you for the fantastic organ samples I have just purchased. Talk about value for money, I do not know how you do it for such a low price.
The Kontakt layout is lovely and being able to turn the rotary on or off with the mod wheel is ideal. I love the depth and warmth that you have captured in these samples, they are excellent quality, considering the size of the samples are not huge.
Many thanks, I'll certainly save your website and check out the other sounds that you already have and do in the future. I'm glad I came across these whilst searching a few forums today for organ sounds.
thanks for the cheap organs! (i need a new liver)
happy jubilee! i remember the silver one as though it was yesterday and it's 35 years ago
J - Redfish
You're completely mad but I love you (to quote Dick Emery).
Why do you do this stuff so cheap - it's just insane when it's just so damned f*cking good.
These are really very cool samples.
Love the bunting and patriotic humour. Made me laugh and made me buy this. Great fun. I love what you guys are doing. Samples with a sense of humor. Love it.
Ha, brilliant, love the bunting! I just put it on our Facebook page.
By Royal Disappointment :D
Like. Bought. Cheers
Redspark - KVR
17.5p each ?
Darkstar - KVR
Stephen, this is a great little collection!! For two pounds I can't imagine anyone being dissatisfied, but on the contrary, I am very satisfied indeed, and can find a lot of good uses for it.
John - KVR
Hi, this is great, I've been using it for the past hour, thanks!
WT - KVR
By Royal Disappointment. Ha! I love the bunting too. You guys make me laugh a lot.
Great sounds BTW. They'll be use full here
OMg. In Regalia Triumphus. The queen should get you write music for her for state ceremonies. So majestic.
Fantastic as always. Superb sounds.
What? No corgi samples LOL? Lovin the sounds.
My father was choir director and the church I attended had a beautiful Aelion Wurlitzter pipe organ that sounded just like your samples.
Bobbotov - KVR
+1 for 'Regalia Triumphus' . If I didn't know, I'd thought this was from the coronation. In Solemnis is lovely too. Can't wait for other demos