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Jeux d'orgues

App Version: 6.7
Napo Version: 4.23

released 2019-03-01

Audiobus Compatible

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.

Starting with version 6.4, the app does also work on iPhone / iPod touch, but of course the stop buttons are comfortable to operate only on newer devices with large screens. Controlling the stops via MIDI is a viable alternative.

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 about 20 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!

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'
Doublette 2' Tremulant
Pédale (C-d1)
Subbaß 16' Prestant 4'
Floete 8' Trompete 8'

Pedalcoppel Manualcoppel

Sound Examples

The following examples were recorded with the Jeux d'orgues app 1.0 running on an iPad 3:

Composition WAV M4A
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:

Composition WAV M4A
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

Played by Andreas Lesch with Jeux d'orgues 6.7 running on an iPad:

Composition WAV/M4A
Johann Sebastian Bach: Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 691 4.2 MB
Johann Sebastian Bach: Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 691 4.9 MB
Johann Sebastian Bach: Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 691 4.6 MB
Johann Sebastian Bach: Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 691 11.9 MB
Johann Sebastian Bach: Kommst Du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter“, BWV 650 (from the Schübler chorals) 14.1 MB
Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude in D major, BWV 850 22.3 MB

Performances on SoundCloud:

Composition Link
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

Demo Videos

Composition Link
Johann Sebastian Bach, Prelude E Minor (BWV 555) YouTube
Regina Clara im Hoff, Bassa imperiale YouTube
thesoundtestroom: App-Review YouTube