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Palace of Arts Budapest Pipe Organ Samples

Editions

PAB Pipe Organ Samples is published in 6 different editions: the Small, Essential and Medium Edition, featuring a selection of stops and features, the Professional Edition with all stops, the Extended Edition with additional features for usability and the Gravissimo Edition with many unique and special features and a selection of additional and extended stops. The table below shows a comparison of the different editions.

Feature
Trial Edition
Small Edition

Essential Edition

Medium Edition
Professional Edition
Extended Edition
Gravissimo Edition
Stops
15
15
23
45
92
92
149
Chromatically sampled
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Multiple loops
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Multiple releases
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Custom Combination Action
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Combination slots/frames
30
30
50
60
100
1000
1000
Programmable crescendo banks
1
1
1
1
2
4
4
All functions MIDI & GUI controllable
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Single-page & multi-page touchscreen ready
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Engine noise optional
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Tremulants
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
Sostenuto
no
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
Pedal split
no
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
Swellbox direction selection
no
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
Programmable PL/TT
no
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
Pedal to manual couplers and splits
no
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
All coupler combinations (sub, super, unison off) no no no no no no
yes
Extended stop compasses no no no no no no
yes
New virtual stops (incl. 64' stops) no no no no no no 57
Bass and melody coupler switches no no no no no no
yes
All divisions enclosed no no no no no no
yes
3 swell pedals with pedal couplers no no no no no no
yes
Swell control features (range, curve) no no no no no no
yes
KeyboardMass™ functionality no no no no no no
yes
Single-click keyboard to division assignment no no no no no no
yes
PerformanceSequencer™, a combination action for organ settings no no no no no no
yes
Organ aging (detune) feature no no no no no no
yes
Additive crescendo and EasyCrescendo™ programming no no no no no no
yes
Concert Hall Acoustics
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Cathedral Acoustics (sCSA)
no
no
no
yes
no
yes
yes
Personal License
Free
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Academic Discount for personal use
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Institutional, Worship and Commercial License
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
Product customization service          
yes
yes
Retail box price (personal license)
-
-
-
$499
$899
$1199
$1599
Download price (personal license)
Free
$129
$199
$399
$799
$999
$1399
Delivery
Download
Download
Download
Retail box / Download
Retail box / Download
Retail box / Download
Retail box / Download
Installation packages
2
3
3
6 + 6
9
9 + 9
2 + 2 (multipart)
Size (GB)
6
8
9
32
33
68 
 80
Available
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes

The Gravissimo and Extended Editions originally ship with two types of acoustics, the sCSA cathedral acoustics and the original concert hall acoustics. Customized acoustics for the Gravissimo and Extended Editions is available on request.

The Medium Edition contains an additional, free longer cathedral acoustics (CSA) reverberation in 6 downloadable installation packages accessible to registered users in addition to the sCSA (a shorter reverb) and concert hall acoustics shipping in the original package.

The free Trial Edition is equivalent to the Small Edition in all of its features except that the Trial Edition has a time-limited functionality of producing sound up to 15 minutes each time it is loaded, and disabling its sound output for a short time temporairly and occasionally within that period.

Features of the Gravissimo Edition

In addition to the features of the Extended Edition, the Gravissimo edition contains many more unique and pioneering functionalities providing flexibility and convenience as well as incorporating features requested by the user community.

  • Optional cathedral acoustics
  • Additional stops, extended compass and organ aging
    • The Gravissimo Edition features 149 stops all together, based on extensions of the original 92-stop organ. The 57 new stops include two 64' stops, seven 32' stops, two chamades, two tubas, reed mixtures and more. The extended stops were sound-designed using the original samples but they are unique samples. All together, 75 stops extended one octave up to support super (4') couplers and 38 one octave down to support sub (16') couplers, 35 extended in both directions. The extended stops are listed as additional ranks so they can be loaded individually allowing you to configure the overall tutti sound. The organ also provides a button 'Detune' which instantly 'ages' all stops of the instrument by introducing slight deviances in tuning.
  • Enclosures (swellbox)
    • All divisions, including the pedal us enclosed in this Edition. The two originally enclosed divisions are kept intact, while the other four are also enclosed allowing maximum flexibility. The enclosures can be assigned to the available three swell pedals. To support different organ consoles and usage types, the 3 swell pedals can also be coupled freely for a joint operation. Additionally, you can limit the operating range, set the operating curve and direction of each pedals individually. The global pedal direction selector introduced in the Extended Edition is also maintained operational.
  • New couplers with bass and melody
    • The original organ of PAB features mechanic and electronic couplers. Exploiting this feature and combining this with the manual-assignment feature, all electronic couplers became divisional couplers (i.e. coupling between divisions irrespective of which manual controls them) and all mechanic couplers remained mechanical, coupling keyboards labeled with numbers. Therefore, all electric couplers are re-labeled to feature the divisional directions, providing easier use, while the mechanic couplers remained as introduced in the original organ. To complete the list of mechanic couplers, 'IV+V (m)' was introduced to the fourth manual. Additionally, 98 electric couplers are introduced providing nearly all possible coupling directions, including reversed, transposing and split couplers. All non-transposing couplers (such as Pos to G.O.) and transposing self-couplers (such as Pos to Pos, 4') have bass and melody solo switches that transforms the source voice into a solo voice, either bass (lowest note) or melody (highest note).
  • Easy setup, configuration and recall
    • To support organ consoles and operating environments with less than 5 manuals, an easy-to-use manual-to-division assignment feature is introduced that allows you to assign any of the five manuals to any manual divisions. With a single click you can change the organ's manual ordering from French to German (swapping the first and second manuals) or assign them in various orders. These, among with the KeyboardMass™ and swell pedal characteristics can be saved in the unique PerformanceSequencer™, which allows you recalling a different organ configuration with a single click, even during a concert. Alternatively, with a selector button, you can ask PAB's own Combination Action system to recall these features, since they also store all settings, individually in each frame. This carefully designed pioneering system provides you a flexibility and ease of use never available before. In addition to the above, PAB Gravissimo (version 2) comes with 20-frame programmable divisional combination for each division.

Features of the Extended Edition

  • Optional cathedral acoustics
  • Improvisation
    • Sostenuto, independently switchable for all manuals and pedal; holds a note or a chord until you play the next
    • Pedal Split with freely assignable split key; allows you playing two voices on the pedal with different stops by splitting the pedal into two virtual divisions, one using the pedal stops and one using the pedal couplers
  • Convenience
    • Swellbox pedal direction selector, which allows you selecting the operation direction of the pedals for the enclosed stops
    • Programmable Tutti and Plenum, to program anything you wish to the foot pistons TT and PL with the custom combination action
  • Compatibility
    • Pedal-to-Manual couplers, to play the pedal stops on any manual with sounds coupled to the manual
    • Pedal-to-Manual splits, to play the pedal on any manual with sounds split on the manual
    • 100 MIDI-assignable direct combination selector shortcut buttons for providing even more compatibility with existing MIDI organ consoles

Product customization service for the Gravissimo Edition

  • In case you would like to have your Gravissimo Edition with customized acoustics, we would be happy to provide you with a presonalized sample set following your requirements. For the details, please proceed to this page.

Upgrade options

Upgrading your current edition to the next is easy, flexible and cost effective. To find out the details, please visit our Webstore's Upgrade section.