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App Version: 6.8
Napo Version: 4.23

released 2019-02-28

Audiobus Compatible

About the App

MenzelOrgan is an iOS application which allows you to play Lars Palo's Bureå Funeral Chapel sampleset on a MIDI keyboard and a MIDI pedal connected to your iOS device. MenzelOrgan 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.

MenzelOrgan makes use of the (non-extended part of the) Bureå Funeral Chapel sampleset (version 1.0). The app's Gallery view shows photos that are part of the sampleset package. The stop button images and the Console view background image are derived from one of these photos. Furthermore, beginning with MenzelOrgan 2.0, the app contains impulse response files of Fokke van Saane, see http://fokkie.home.xs4all.nl/IR.htm.

As you can see in the screenshot of the Console view, the pedal coupler is depicted by a smaller instance of a stop knob image instead of an image of the real coupler lever. This is because it felt strange to have the image of a foot lever in a board of knobs that are operated by touching with the fingers. And it looked just plain ugly.

Starting with MenzelOrgan 5.0, the app includes virtual keyboards. In landscape mode, the stop buttons at the left side control the bass, the buttons at the right side control the discant. In portrait mode, however, the layout is counter-intuitive: The buttons at the top control the bass, the buttons at the bottom control the discant. We will change this as soon as Napo supports the definition of different layouts for landscape and for portrait mode.

About the Sampleset

The Bureå Funeral Chapel sampleset is provided by Lars Palo under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license, see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/. The sampleset is included in the app, but you can also download it independently from http://familjenpalo.se/vpo/download if you would like to use it with other software (e.g. GrandOrgue). Concerning sample sets that are subject to a CC license, see here also.

About the Organ

According to Lars Palo's documentation, this organ in Bureå, Sweden, was built in 1990 by Johannes Menzel Orgelbyggeri AB. It is a single-manual (56 keys) instrument with five manual ranks, divided in bass and discant stops (bass = lowest octave, discant = above), and a pedal (27 keys) with one rank. This is the stops specification:

Salicional 8' c0-b0 c1-g3
Gedakt 8' C-b0 c1-g3
Voix Celeste 8' c0-b0 c1-g3
Rörflöjt 4 C-b0 c1-g3
Principal 2' C-b0 c1-g3

Subbas 16' C-d1


Sound Examples

The following examples were recorded with MenzelOrgan 1.0 running on an iPod touch 4g:

Composition WAV M4A WAV (✩) M4A (✩)
Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr 10.3 MB 4.4 MB 10.3 MB 4.3 MB
Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Christ lag in Todesbanden 15.8 MB 5.9 MB 15.8 MB 5.7 MB
Go tell it on the mountain (✶) 10.2 MB 4.5 MB 10.2 MB 4.3 MB
My Lord what a mornin (✶) 12 MB 5.4 MB 12 MB 5.1 MB
Georg Friedrich Händel: Sarabande in d mit Variationen (+) 25.3 MB 11.2 MB 25.3 MB 10.8 MB

(✩) Reverb added with Audacity (AUMatrixReverb, Medium Hall 3 setting).
(✶) Spirituals, Edition Nagel 1308, Bärenreiter-Verlag.
(+) Orgelstücke alter Meister, Edition Nagel 1304, Bärenreiter-Verlag.

Here we have a very nice recording of Walter Zielke, also done with MenzelOrgan 1.0:

Composition WAV M4A WAV (✩) M4A (✩)
Gustaf Hägg: Bön 71.7 MB 14.7 MB 71.7 MB 13.4 MB

(✩) Reverb added with Altiverb.

And an equally beautiful recording of John Stone:

John Stone, Blow Northern Wind SoundCloud

Demo Videos

Composition Link
John Stanley, Voluntary VII, Adagio YouTube
thesoundtestroom: App-Review YouTube