Palace of Arts Budapest Pipe Organ Samples is a fully playable, freely configurable, intuitively manageable and MIDI-controllable virtual pipe organ, delivering every nuance of the authentic sound of the 92-stop Pecsi-Muhleisen pipe organ of the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall of the Palace of Arts — Budapest, Hungary. It is designed specifically to operate within Milan Digital Audio's virtual pipe organ software Hauptwerk, on both PC and Macintosh computers. As an exact reproduction, the virtual pipe organ has 92 stops, 5 manuals (each with 61 keys), pedalboard (32 keys), 2 sweller pedals, 2 tremulants (tremolos), a freely programmable 61-stage crescendo with different and independent program slots, a custom combination action to store different registrations and many other features.
"We are in no doubt that PAB heralds a new era in the world of virtual pipe organs" says Entel CEO Dr. Gabor Huszty about the first ever completely virtualized concert hall virtual pipe organ. "The extensive research and development of our engineers, equipment of the highest quality and the countless hours of dedicated work have resulted in something that has not existed before."
The entire pipe organ was meticulously sampled using Inspired Acoustics' proprietary 192 kHz High Definition Sampling (HDS) technology. To accurately reproduce the sound behavior of pipe organ components such as the swellbox enclosure, engineers at Inspired Acoustics developed and utilized Advanced Pipe Organ Measurements (APM), novel acoustic measurement methods purpose-engineered for pipe organs. The virtual pipe organ library is released in 48 kHz format and is by far the largest of its kind with its more than 20,000 individual sound samples totalling 35 GB in size. Uniquely, it is shipping on USB thumb drives to allow faster and smoother installation.
"We went as far as possible to implement a virtual pipe organ that is convenient to play at a level even professional organists accept. Apart from rigorous sound quality requirements we faced the demand for accurate visual control and keyboard response." says Csaba Huszty, CTO of Inspired Acoustics. "We have worked together with professional concert organists at all stages of the development and as a result, PAB permits a seamless playing experience with many new features that were not available to the Hauptwerk community previously" he added. Of special note are the touchscreen-controllable custom combination action, fully operational photo-realistic perspective console view, multiple user interface pages optimized for different numbers of screens or touch panels and optional organ engine noises that can be turned off, enabling recording professionals to create noiseless recordings.
PAB Pipe Organ Samples Professional Edition is available now in an introductory offer with shipping to start on 18 December 2008. It can be purchased at the Inspired Acoustics website (www.inspiredacoustics.com) at the recommended list price of $899.