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App Version: 4.0
Napo Version: 5.1

released 2020-05-12

Audiobus Compatible

About the App

Pitea is an application which allows you to play Lars Palo's sampleset of the Grönlunds organ of the Piteå School of Music, Sweden, on up to three MIDI keyboards and a MIDI pedal connected to your iOS or macOS device. Pitea 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.

Pitea makes use of the Piteå School of Music sampleset version beta 1. The app's Gallery view shows photos that are part of the sampleset package. The app's background image is derived from one of these photos. The stop button images are from the sampleset package, as well. Furthermore, Pitea contains impulse response files of Fokke van Saane, see http://fokkie.home.xs4all.nl/IR.htm.

The relative volumes of the stops of Pitea are configured as in the organ definition file of the sampleset. However, as Napo is currently not capable of playing different pipes of a stop with different volumes, this part of the sampleset configuration could not (yet) be taken into account for Pitea.

If you don't need three manuals but would still like to get a virtual pipe organ based on the Piteå organ, then have a look at the PiteaMini app, which offers you a subset (Huvudverk and Pedal) of the Piteå organ. Both apps are also available as an app bundle for the same price as Pitea itself. PiteaMini is included when you purchase Pitea, so to speak. Furthermore there is an app bundle with Burea,Pitea and MenzelOrgan, including the Mini versions of Burea and Pitea, for a price that is only slightly above that of Pitea itself:

Pitea + PiteaMini Burea + Pitea + MenzelOrgan

About the Sampleset

The Piteå School of Music sampleset is provided by Lars Palo, Graham Goode and Panos Ghekas under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license, see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/. For your convenience, all needed files of the sampleset package are included in the app, but you can also download the sampleset 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 was built in 1989 by Grönlunds Orgelbyggeri AB. It is a three-manual (61 keys) instrument with 28 manual ranks and a pedal (32 keys) with five own ranks and two ranks transmitted from the Swell (Svällverk). This is the stops specification:

Huvudverk (I, Great, C-c4)
Gedacktpommer 16' Oktava 2'
Principal 8' Mixtur IV
Dubbelflöjt 8' Cornet V (f0-c4)
Oktava 4' Trumpet 8'

Öververk (II, Choir, C-c4)
Gedackt 8' Waldflöjt 2'
Fleut d'amore 8' (c0-c4) Ters 1 3/5'
Koppelflöjt 2' Scharff III
Principal 4' Cromorne 8'
Kvinta 2 2/3' Tremulant

Svällverk (III, Swell, C-c4)
Borduna 16' Piccolo 2'
Borduna 8' Mixtur V
Fl. harmonique 8' Oboe 8'
Gamba 8' Tromp. Harm. 8'
Voix celeste 8' (c0-c4) Clairon 4'
Fl. octaviant 4' Tremulant

Pedal (C-g1)
Subbas 16' Basun 16'
Oktava 8' Trumpet 8' (Swell)
Gedackt 8' Clairon 4' (Swell)
Oktava 4'

ÖV/HV 16' /III
ÖV/P 16' III/I
SV/P 4' /I

Usage with a Launchpad

Starting with version 3.3, the app is able to control the lamps of a Novation Launchpad MK2, see the corresponding section in the Napo user manual, and includes a default configuration for this, which can be loaded via the action menu of the Settings view. For this app, it would have been unfavourable to put the buttons for the combination banks and combinations in the bottom two rows. Instead, they are in the right two columns, which allowed an allocation where the stop buttons are arranged exactly like in the portrait mode of the Console view and like at the real organ:

(Image is not yet adapted to Napo 5.)

In accordance with the Console view, the left top is the Huvudverk, the left bottom the Pedal, the right top the Svällverk, and the right bottom the Öververk. Basically, white buttons represent principals and flutes, red is for reeds, yellow for mixtures and similar stops, orange for tremulants, and green for couplers. On behalf of an easier assignment, we put the couplers below the stops of the respective division (other than at the Console view or the real console). Only for the coupler 16' / III of the swell, no nice place was left, and so it was omitted. If needed, you can yourself assign this coupler to a button of the Launchpad. But be careful not to use a button twice. For example, if you put the coupler to the lowest button of the seventh column, then you need to remove the assignment of this button to combination bank 8.

Sound Examples

With thanks to Andreas Lesch:

Komposition WAV/M4A
God save the Queen (organo pleno) 13.2 MB
God save the Queen (organo tutti) 13 MB
Andreas Lesch, Improvisation (organo tutti) 7.5 MB
Georg Friedrich Händel, Minuet (from "Berenice") 25.1 MB
Johann Sebastian Bach, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (BWV 739) 8.3 MB
Johann Sebastian Bach, Jesu bleibet meine Freude (BWV 147) 13.7 MB
Ave Maria 11.3 MB
John Stanley, Trumpet Voluntary 41.5 MB
Der Mond ist aufgegangen, Improvisation 6.2 MB
Der Mond ist aufgegangen, Improvisation 5.6 MB
Johann Sebastian Bach, Trio sonata E♭ major (BWV 525) 16.2 MB
Meditation about Heilig (Gotteslob No. 198) 39.8 MB
Glorwürd'ge Königin (Gotteslob No. 869) 3.3 MB
Engelbert Humperdinck, Abends will ich schlafen gehn 4.6 MB

Demo Videos

Composition Link
Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, Praeludium quartum YouTube
Johann Sebastian Bach, Toccata in d Minor (BWV 565) YouTube
Gaspard Corrette, Dialogue en Fugue YouTube
Gaspard Corrette, Cromorne en Taille YouTube
Carlotta Ferrari, Entropia per organo YouTube
Carlotta Ferrari, Campanarium YouTube
Daniel Dziuda, presentation of the app YouTube
Lorenzo Riolfo: J.S. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in d Minor (BWV 565) YouTube
Lorenzo Riolfo: J.S. Bach, Prelude in a minor (BWV 543) YouTube

For more demos, see PiteaMini.