|This organ is an expanded version of the popular Hauptwerk "FBR Schantz" organ created by Jonathan Orwig at Evensong Music.
The First Baptist Church of Riverside (FBR) Schantz Three Manual Organ has been a favorite Hauptwerk sample set for many years. It is an “American Classic” style instrument with a small amount of reverberation (semi-dry acoustics).
My Expanded Schantz Organ recasts the sampled ranks from the FBR instrument into a larger specification that fills in some gaps in the original. There is, however, no unification in the resulting instrument. The new disposition is quite complete for a three-manual American Classic instrument. It retains a definite Schantz sound while not imitating any particular instrument.
Version 2 of the Expended Schantz Organ has been updated to take advantage of several new features in Hauptwerk 4. It will not run in Hauptwerk 3. If you do not have Hauptwerk 4, you can still run Version 1.2 of the Expanded Schantz organ. Version 2 sports a crescendo pedal, courtesy of Al Morse's software plus my own special software to massage Al's output into the graphical displays I have created. I have also completely rewritten the tremulants.
New features were added for Version 1.2 of this organ and retained in Version 2.0. I have added a borrowed Basson 16' to the pedal to give the user a quieter choice of reed. By popular demand, I have added Swell and Choir Melody couplers. These allow stops from the Swell or Choir to be played together with the highest note played on the Great, providing some interesting possibilities. I also added a Bass coupler to the Great. For those of you who are not great pedalers (or who have to accommodate other organists with this deficiency), this takes the pedal stops and plays them from the lowest note on the Great.
Version 3.0 repairs an error in the swell enclosures that caused ranks to sound brighter when the boxes were closed.
A new version of this organ is now available as revoiced by Mark Williams.
The new "Expanded Schantz" organ has the following specification: