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Scots Pipe Organ Samples

Key features

  • The real pipe organ
    • the 1999 Rieger pipe organ of the Scots' Church in Melbourne, Australia
    • 64 stops, 4 manuals (with 58 keys) and pedal (with 32 keys)
    • 3 tremulants (tremolos)
  • The recording
    • All stops were sampled chromatically
    • Advanced Pipe Organ Measurements (APM)
  • The sample set
    • 48 kHz / 32-bit format, 2-channel stereo samples
    • Natural sound image — the samples authentically preserve all spatial information
    • multiple loops and releases per sample/key stroke
    • One-click assignable keyboards to divisions supporting your console configuration
    • Full Coupler Matrix, extended number of couplers (in Personal Edition)
    • Optional organ engine sounds and noises
    • Multiple pages and touchscreen-optimized for 4:3 displays
  • Shipping
    • download
    • retail box with USB flash drive / external USB hard disk drive for an ultra-fast installation


Scots Pipe Organ Samples is published in two different editions: Personal and Medium Editions. A freely downloadable Trial Edition with a time restriction is also available. For a more detailed comparison of the Editions, please click on the Editions icon above.

Licenses for professional use

Scots Pipe Organ Samples, in addition to standard single-use, is available for Institutional, Classroom, Worship and Commercial use. If you are interested in such use, please contact us.


Scots (SCT) Pipe Organ Samples is a fully playable, freely configurable, intuitively manageable and MIDI-controllable virtual pipe organ for the Hauptwerk™ virtual pipe organ software, for PC and Macintosh computers, delivering the authentic sound of the 64-stop Rieger symphonic pipe organ of the Scots' Church, Melbourne, Australia, to your computer.

The organ and the church

Until 1839 the church was a temporary wooden building at the west end of Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia. The present site of the church was obtained by Rev. James Forbes where the first church opened in 1841. The building was rebuilt in Decorated Gothic style, when a tower and spire was placed on the church in 1859.

The population of Melbourne was growing rapidly, so it was decided to build a new church in 1869, designed by the architects Reed & Barnes. The present church was opened in 1874. The exterior of the church was not significantly altered in the next century while the interior was reorganized in 1930, when the splendidly carved stone pulpit and reredos were replaced. The apse now contains a communion table, elders chairs and a wooden pulpit. The interior reflects simplicity and restraint in design and decoration.

The original organ was built by Mackenzie, Lee & Kaye in 1874. At the time, it was one of the two largest church organs in Australia, supplied with 3 manuals and 37 stops with barker lever and mechanical actions. Additional reed stops were supplied in 1883: the Great Trumpet 8' and Clarion 4', and Pedal Trombone 16'.

The instrument was rebuilt by George Finchman & Son in 1909. Into the original console was inserted a fourth manual along with new stops. The new

division was an Echo Organ, with its pipes located above the south window and connected to the organ by electro-pneumatic action. The existing divisions also received additions included the Open Diapason 8' and a Wald Flute 8' to the Great Organ, and a wooden Violone 16' to the Pedal. It was further extended in 1959 with additional stops, conversion of the action to electro-pneumatic, and provision of a new detached drawstop console, with the couplers controlled by stopkeys. In 1992 many of the ranks were regulated and new Mixtures were inserted on the Great and the Swell. In 1999 this organ was removed and is now stored at the Bayswater factory of Wakeley Pipe Organs Pty Ltd.

The present pipe organ was built by Rieger Orgelbau in 1999-2000. The new case was designed in associa

tion with the Church’s Director of Music Douglas Lawrence OAM. The original cedar case was fitted with new tin facade pipes, and was raised and brought forward. The Pedal windchests were placed at the rear and sides of the instrument, the Positive behind the arcades, the Great centrally behind the facade pipes, and the Swell to the rear. The Echo division was divided on the two sides of the south window, and can be controlled by a single manual and pedal console, located with the pipework in the upper rear gallery. The main console is detached from the organ case. The drawstops of the four manuals are arranged on linear terraces. The present symphonic pipe organ has 4 manuals of 58 notes, 32-key pedalboard, 64 speaking stops of 3297 pipes, 10 couplers, 2 pistons and 3 tremolos with compass. Delivering the authentic sound of the Rieger pipe organ with a little English touch, it is one of the finest instruments on the continent.

Editions and versions

Personal Edition

Personal Edition of Scots Pipe Organ Samples contains all stops, and functionality of the original organ. Besides all the features of the Medium Edition, the Personal Edition provides all possible couplers and Trompette Royale stop accessible on all divisions for bigger sound.

Medium Edition

The Medium Edition contains 36 stops and 6 couplers of the original organ, and features Intelligent Tracker noise, KeyboardMass™ and Keyboard Assignment functionality as well as state-remembering buttons and sliders for convenient use. The Medium Edition features the relatively dry original acoustics of the church.

Did you know? A time-limited, 1 manual and pedal 16-stop Trial Edition is also available as a free download, just click on the Try icon above.

The sample set

The real pipe organ has been entirely virtualized, including all sounds of all of its pipes, all functions including the original tracker sounds are provided with some additional couplers extending the original instrument, supporting even more versatile and convenient performance.

Sample format

The final sample set has been made available in 48 kHz / 32-bit 2-channel stereo (Medium and Personal Edition). Multiple, lengthy loops were carefully selected for each sound sample.


The natural church acoustics representing the recording conditions are embedded in the samples with multiple release sample layers; the acoustics heard in the sample set corresponds to the sound heard in the church. Due to its wooden structures the church has relatively dry acoustics providing a crisp and articulate high-definition pipe sound.

Multiple release samples and multiple loops

Multiple loops and release samples are provided for each sample. Triggered to play back randomly, this elaborate looping results in sustained notes of unmatched realism. The loops were calculated in a well-planned way, yielding both shorter and longer loops for each sample. Multiple release samples provide realistic, note-off-triggered pre-recorded reverberation for different lengths of notes. For example, a short note, with sound not fully developed will produce a different reverberation than a long sustained note. This quality is preserved in the sample library by providing multiple release sample layers.

Advanced Graphical User Interface (GUI)

The graphical interface of this organ was carefully modeled by employing hundreds of photographs and measurement in full 3D and the interface was implemented in a non-orthographical, perspective console view that is fully photo-realistic and operational at the same time. The keys move while you play, and every button responds appropriately to your actions. Both multiple- and single-screen operation is possible: the large number of stops can be operated conveniently from a wide choice of interface pages displayable on multiple touchscreens. Alternatively, convenient single screen operation is also provided.


The sample set comes in a Hauptwerk-specific encrypted format requiring a Hauptwerk USB key, compatible with Hauptwerk 3.31, 4.0 and later. Modification or disassembling the organ contents through the CODM interface of Hauptwerk is not supported since the variety of functions, the large number temperament data and the availability of the special built-in perspective adjustment already offers most of the functions or more than what the CODM interface may offer. The complexity of the Organ Definition File shipping with this organ is fairly high and building custom variants requires a certain amount of special expertise. If you are planning a custom or commercial application that requires a different setup what Scots Pipe Organ Samples offers now, please contact us for making a customized version for you.

Availability and shipping

Scots Pipe Organ Samples was released on 20 May 2014. The completely reprocessed Scots Pipe Organ Samples II is available from 24 June in download or retail box (physical) delivery. Retail box editions ship on more conveniently usable USB Flash Drives or an external Hard Disk Drive with a USB connector allowing for smooth and convenient installation as well as backups.