App Version: 6.6
About the App
The Jeux d'orgues app is an iOS application which allows you to play the sampleset of the Stiehr-Mockers organ of the protestant church in Romanswiller, France, on up to two MIDI keyboards and a MIDI pedal connected to your iPad. It was developed in collaboration with Joseph Basquin, the creator of the Jeux d'orgues project. The Jeux d'orgues app is based on the Napo framework. Please read the Napo documentation and in particular the Napo user manual to learn about its features and limitations. If you would like to test-drive your iOS device and MIDI hardware, use the free Jeux d'orgues Mini.
To get a decent polyphony, at least an iPad 2 or iPad 3, and to enjoy the convolution reverb, at least an iPad 4 is recommended for this app. However, with lower polyphony and reduced samplerate, and using iOS reverb or the sample's included reverb, it can also be run on an iPad 1 – see the sound examples below.
The Gallery view of the app shows photos made by Joseph when he recorded the sound of the organ pipes. Our thanks go also to Graham Goode for his work on the sample files and the GUI elements.
As usual, the app tries to replicate the configuration of the real organ and the look of the real stops board. However, as couplers in Napo do currently not couple through, i.e. do not work transitively, we softened this puristic approach and added a coupler from the Rückpositif to the Pedal.
Version 2.0 of Jeux d'orgues was the first Napo app that included convolution reverb. The impulse responses are courtesy of Fokke van Saane who allows free usage of these files, see http://fokkie.home.xs4all.nl/IR.htm. Thanks, Fokke! Starting with version 5.0 of the app the user can upload additional impulse response files into the app.
About the Sampleset
The Jeux d'orgues sampleset, the precursor of Jeux d'orgues 2, was one of the first pipe organ samplesets, its initial version being available as a soundfont in the year 2000. Jeux d'orgues 2, the Stiehr-Mockers sampleset, followed in 2001 and was groundbreaking. This sampleset, despite being 16 years old, still produces super realistic sounds, and with its diversified collection of stops, it is a great pleasure to play with. Listen to the recordings contrebombarde.com, created with Hauptwerk. The sampleset's modest memory requirements (only about 350 MB for 21 ranks in CD quality) make Jeux d'orgues a perfect choice when you like to have a full-fledged virtual pipe organ on your iPad but are tight with SSD space.
All needed files of the Jeux d'orgues 2 sampleset are included in the app, but you can also download the sampleset independently from http://jeuxdorgues.com/ if you would like to use it with other software. It is available in seven different formats! If you are an Android user who has got astray to this iOS web page for some reason, then don't despair! Using Opus #1 you can play Jeux d'orgues 2 on your Android device.
About the Organ
The Stiehr-Mockers organ in Romanswiller was installed in 1843, but was remodelled several times. You can read about its history at http://decouverte.orgue.free.fr/orgues/romanspr.htm or http://pykett.org.uk/RomanswillerOrgan.pdf. The organ is a two-manual (54 keys) instrument with 17 manual ranks and a pedal (27 keys) with four ranks. This is the stops specification:
|Grand orgue (Great, C-f3)|
|Bordun 16'||Floete 4'|
|Montre 8'||Doublette 2'|
|Bordun 8'||Cornett 5 rgs (c1-f3)|
|Salicional 8'||Fourniture 3 rgs|
|Octav 4'||Trompete 8' baß (C-b0)|
|Trompete 8' disc (c1-f3)|
Positif de dos (Rückpositif, C-f3)
|Bordun 8'||Tierce 1 3/5'|
|Prestant 4'||Cymbale 3 rgs|
|Nazard 2 2/3'||Hautbois 8'|
|Subbaß 16'||Prestant 4'|
|Floete 8'||Trompete 8'|
The following examples were recorded with the Jeux d'orgues app 1.0 running on an iPad 3:
|Girolamo Frescobaldi: Ricercare con obligo del Basso come appare||37.4 MB||18.1 MB|
|Johann Sebastian Bach / Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto a-Moll, BWV 593, Adagio||30.4 MB||13.8 MB|
|"Johann Sebastian Bach": Präludium g-Moll, BWV 558||17.5 MB||10 MB|
|"Johann Sebastian Bach": Präludium F-Dur, BWV 556||14.7 MB||7.2 MB|
Some examples created with an iPad 1:
|Gustav Merkel: Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid||7.6 MB||3.7 MB|
|Michael Praetorius: Sinfonia||5.2 MB||2.8 MB|
|Christian Heinrich Rinck: Andante e-Moll||13.6 MB||7.7 MB|
Performances on SoundCloud:
|Rob Peebles: David N. Johnson, Trumpet Tune in A Major||SoundCloud|
|Rob Peebles: David N. Johnson, Processional in D||SoundCloud|
Finally, to give you an impression of the convolution reverb of Jeux d'orgues app 2.0, the first few notes of Léon Boëllmann's Suite Gothique played with various impulse responses on an iPad 4:
|Location||Impulse response length||WAV||M4A|
|Bathroom||1.1 s||4.4 MB||2.1 MB|
|Schellingwoude Church||1.9 s||4.7 MB||2.1 MB|
|Small Factory Hall (Transformer house close)||2.9 s||4.6 MB||2.1 MB|
|Factory Hall||5.3 s||5.4 MB||2.4 MB|
|Johann Sebastian Bach, Prelude E Minor (BWV 555)||YouTube|
|Regina Clara im Hoff, Bassa imperiale||YouTube|