Organteq - New generation of physically modelled pipe organs
Organteq is a physically modelled pipe organ which you can install on your computer (PC/Mac). It can be used both in standalone mode and as a 64-bit instrument plug-in in VST, AAX and AudioUnits hosts.
By utilizing the physical model of Modartt's award-winning virtual instrument Pianoteq, the playability and complex behaviours of real acoustic instruments are simulated. By omitting usage of samples, the file size is just a tiny fraction of that offered by other virtual organs, perfect for use on any modern laptop.
The sound is generated in real time from scratch, reproducing the typical and variable pipe attack transients "chiff" as well as the 3D configuration, where pipes are located in space according to their keyboards. Even the action noises from keys, stops and couplers are modelled. All this makes the instrument livelier than sample based variants, bringing more realistic variability in attack and sustain.
Organteq offers over a thousand pipes, inspired from Cavaillé-Coll's organs, assigned to three manual keyboards with a five-octave range, and a pedal keyboard with thirty-two notes. Each keyboard can be assigned to a selection of stops with adjustable parameters.
By being physically modelled, Organteq offers several advantages over sample based variants:
- It installs and loads quickly on any modern laptop
- It hardly takes up any space at all as the file size is just 20 MB (megabytes)
- It feels like playing a real organ, with superior playability
- It is vivid, bringing more realistic variability in attack and sustain
Friendly UI & pre-filled combinations
An organ is a complex instrument by itself. We made special efforts to make the interface easy to use by non-organist musicians.
Combining the stops in various way offers a wide sound variety. The task may seem unreachable for non-organists. Organteq makes things easy for you and offers seven presets with pre-filled combinations (i.e. pre-filled registrations) which let you explore new amazing sound colours.
To have a quick overview of each preset combination, explore them through the preset manager and listen to embedded demos:
Physically modelled tremulant
The tremulant is a mechanical device that modulates the upstream air flow that feeds the pipes. When the tremulant is activated, the pitch, the intensity and the harmonic content are modulated. Once you have chosen the rate, the amplitude and the shape of the tremulant, the physical model modulates the sound by itself. Note that this is not as post-effect as on many virtual organs.
Organteq comes with a few output settings. The Stereo Width allows to enhance the global stereo image. The C/C# Separation emphasises the pipes positioning according to the whole tone scale (C whole tone scale on one side, C# whole tone scale on the other side).
The reverb module offers parameters to vary the ambience, from a pure anechoic dry sound to a giant space wet sound.
While Organteq sounds great on any stereo system, a 8-channels output is also available: each division has its own stereo pairs that you can re-use as you wish.
Convenient MIDI features
With its MIDI learn feature and convenient MIDI mapping, Organteq provides quick and easy connection with your MIDI compatible keyboard and other devices.
Here is a basic mapping that routes four MIDI channels to the four virtual keyboards:
Here is a more sophisticated mapping that allows to control several virtual keyboards with only one harware keyboard:
Standalone or Plug-in
Organteq is available for macOS (10.7 or later), Windows (7 or later) and Linux (x86),
both as a standalone instrument and as a 64-bit plug-in for VST, AAX and AudioUnits hosts.
Modartt, the producers of the award-winning physically modelled software instrument Pianoteq, has spent the last three years developing the very first virtual organ instrument based on a physical model that reproduces the "heart" of the complex flue and reed pipes physics: the interaction between the vibration of the air in the pipe and the "exciter" (air jet striking the labium for flue pipes, beating reed for reed pipes). The aim was to produce a more vivid and effective music instrument than the current state-of-the-art.
- Fix for some Apple framework issue with the plugin on macOS 10.11 and 10.12.
- Added 'send to channel' option'
- Fixed plug-in/standalone state loading when reopening (did not remember stop switches in some cases)
- (2022/01/04) Fixed AllNotesOff MIDI event discarded when the keyboard mapping involves an "Any Channel" entry.
- ‘AllNotesOff’ events apply separately to virtual keyboards according to their MIDI channels
- 64-bit ARM binary is now available on macOS (M1)
- Added french user manual
- Fixed a display bug when changing combination bank
- Fixed random crash of the Linux version on startup
- Fixed a bad behaviour where the live state (stop switches, coupler switches, ...) of a preset was loaded before the preset update was complete
- Fixed the higher octave of some reed stops (mainly Clairon 4) with wrong pitch
- Added trem switches in freeze filter
- Fixed some stops description
- Fixed a crash when loading a preset while switching stops on/off
- Added user custom impulse response in the reverb
- Added metronome in the standalone version
- Support some SysEx bitfield MIDI messages
- MIDI learn now records the MIDI channel for Control Change
- Fixed issue when loading/saving files in a folder containing non-ascii characters with
- Fixed a crash when switching between presets while playing
- Added a Jump to combination bank MIDI mapping
- Added physically modelled tremulant
- Added 8 channels output
- Added more factory presets, with pre-filled combinations
- Added embedded mini-demo within presets
- Added 100 combination banks
- Added two parameters: Stereo Width and C/C# Separation
- Minor revoicing
- MIDI mappings support Note Off messages
- Coarse/Fine Tuning SysEx messages override the diapason of the current preset
- Organteq is now available as an AAX plugin
- Bug fixed: missing buttons in MIDI Archive panel
- Bug fixed: changes in diapason or temperament or global tuning froze the main interface
- Bug fixed: repeated notes with very short silence
- Fullscreen mode added
- Linux VST, LV2 and Jack versions added
- Bug fixed: left/right arrows of reverb presets
- MIDI CC 38 enabled
- Minor GUI updates
- PDF user manual added
- Various GUI updates, including integration with FL studio
- Bug fixed: "attach midimapping to preset", MIDI mapping was not attached
- Bug fixed: "click on MIDI file", the live state was wrongly restored for some MIDI files
- Improved stability
- Minor changes in default MIDI mappings