Listen To The 3/12 Grande Page
Armed with a Dell laptop computer and plenty of recording gear, including a pair of Shure PG-48 microphones on boom stands hooked up to an Electrovoice/Dynacord 20 x 2 mixing desk, they sat about recording the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ. The mics were on loan from Chaz Bender II at Glorybound Sound in Newport Ritchy, Florida.
The first thing to do was hook everything up. The Dell laptop PC was booted up and SoundForge was launched and placed in record mode. The mixer got the two mics on boom stands that were pointed at the chambers about six feet back from the Swell Shades.
The mics were panned hard left and right on the mixer with no EQ or added effects. The mixer fed its line-level stereo signal to an external Audigy USB soundcard going to the PC. It took about an hour to get things warmed up and ready to go.
Tom Hoehn at the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ
After everything was ready to go, Tom took the bench and proceded to take the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ through her paces, using all the tonal flavors in this fine instrument.
The first recording attempt failed due to the virtual recorder not being engaged. Nonplussed, the boys from Walnut Hill forged ahead as Johnnie June Carter and Dennis Werkmeister listened in from the comfort of a really nice couch facing the stage.
The total playing time of all four of Tom's clips is 56:37, and the total file size is 51.17MB.
Track 1 - Gershwin Medley
Track 2 - Theme from Ice Castles
Track 3 - Big City Medley
Track 4 - Oklahoma Medley
The Bone Doctor at the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ
Playing time = 11:30, file size = 10.6MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
After Tom got done with his part of the session, there was still a bit of time left, so the Bone Doctor took the bench for some creative noodling. This is what he ended up with, a mini-show of stuff he has been working on.
The Grande Page has its quirks, like any Theatre Pipe Organ does, and Doc found 'em all. You'll notice some accidental Second Touches here and there, as First Touch is still a mystery to Doc when he plays this instrument, not having enough time to get used to it. Oh, but Doc had fun at this magnificent machine!
In this mini-show, you'll hear the following tunes:
The Doc has thought about it after posting this little collection of songs:
These clips would go really well as soundtracks for some good old-fashoned black and white cartoons.