Deep breath time...
A to-do list seems very daunting at the start of any project, however it is meant to help, to focus on what needs to be done! I'm sure that this list is not an exhaustive list, and it will probably bring a wry smile to the face of an experienced organ builder, but it is a start.
I am fortunate that I already have access to some equipment that that can be used in this project. As the organ is being built on a budget, it makes sense to re-use and share existing kit, even if it is to get everything up and running, and proven. If it proves impractical to continue in tho way, dedicated equipment can be bought at a later date.
I already have...
- A Mac Mini Computer, an i7 Quad core processor, 4 GB Ram (to be upgraded to 16GB ) and 1TB HD.
- An Avid Fast Track Solo audio Interface
- A pair of M-Audio BX5 D2 Studio Monitors
- Two M-Audio Keystation 61ES semi-weighted keyboards
- One secondhand 30 note pedalboard
(A £56 Ebay purchase, in excellent condition)
The use of these items will be discussed in more detail in later posts, when they are incorporated into the organ project.
The organ is going to be built around the pedalboard that I bought on spec. It appears to be in good condition, so I think I got lucky. I hope to be able to use this blog to chart the creation of this organ, and demonstrate a few design and construction techniques that I believe could encourage more people to have a go have a similar project. I've been researching these over the last few months, and I hope that they will make up for my lack of experience!
The to-do list...
- Design an organ that...
- Fits into a relatively small space
- Conforms to BOC / AGO specs
- Looks good
- Building an organ bench
- Creating a keyboard stack c/w pistons for 2 61 key keyboards
- Build an organ console, that supports the keyboard stack in the correct relative position to the pedalboard and swell pedal.
- Create a swell pedal. Modifying a Yamaha FC7 (I think), to integrate with the MIDI keyboard controllers (electronics), and the console and pedalboard (woodwork)
- Build a music stand
- Sort out an interface for the organ stops
- 'Midification' of the pedalboard to generate MIDI signals
- Integration of all hardware with the virtual organ software