General

Your instruments are always exceptional; a pleasure to explore and play
F. Carson, USA, 11/2011

1885 Friedrich Ladegast Organ, Germany

There are many beautiful stops on the organ and they combine very well. The Doppelflöte and Clarinette are of special beauty, but the other flutes and strings are also a pleasure to listen to. I am looking forward to spending time trying out the many possible sound combinations.
The classic sound of many of the stops is a bit of a surprise for an organ so far into the Romantic period. Absolutely a wonderful organ for 19th century German music and beyond.
B. Würsten, Netherlands,
6/2013

1761 Johann Andreas Silbermann Organ, Switzerland

This set is a very beautiful instrument, very well balanced, incredibly real. Some years ago I had a concert on a Silbermann organ (Leonhardskirche Basel), and I am amazed with this set, because of its reality! Congratulations, Prof. Maier!
V. Nincy, Italy, 8/2012

Thank you so much for producing a truly excellent sample set!  The Arlesheim Silbermann is now my default Bach organ, and for clarity and realism better than any set I have purchased so far for sound quality.  I am using very high quality ATC studio monitors and sub which are highly revealing and the quality is stunning.
R. Sampson, UK,
7/2012

In one sentence: excellent piece of virtual organ art. Beginning with  the page in OAM website to the real virtual organ sounding,  it is amazing. Ten years ago it was metaphysicly impossible to even dream in playing a Silberman like this at home.
L. García, Colombia, 7/2012

1732 Andreas Silbermann Organ, France

This is a terrific representation of this wonderful instrument. Its versatility in both French baroque and German repertoire is particularly appealing, and your digital realization in this sample set is exceptionally compelling.
C. Cooman, Harvard University, USA 12/2011

Received and installed. Simply fantastic !
P. Larhant, France 11/2011

The instrument is wonderful and delight to play - thank you so much for creating this magnificent virtual organ. It is quite unlike most of the other instruments I play and offers an insight into the French classical tradition which listening to CDs can't really provide.  Thank you so much for bringing this instrument to us.
I am very impressed with the quality of the "product"  - the presentation and sounds are probably the best I've seen in what is a market place where many of the professional products are excellent.
I. Stinson, UK, 11/2011

1675/88 Hus/Arp Schnitger Organ, Germany

First of all, thanks for making this organ available for Hauptwerk, You did the magic again!
Your sample-sets becoming even better than best, (and this while I truly thought it is impossible to make something better than the Trost)...
R. van den Berg, Netherlands 11/2010

Outstanding.  Very rich and enjoyable. Ten Stars (of ten), Top Quality.
R. Douglass, USA, 10/2010

1730 H. G. Trost Organ, Germany

Unique representative of Thuringian organ style. The many 8' stops give it a very warm sound. Congratulations for the excellent high quality work.
E. de Schrijver, Belgium 11/2009

First of all I like to thank You for Your work, I own now my first OrganArt Media sample-set and it is of an outstanding quality and worth the price
R. van den Berg, Netherlands 10/2009

1844 Franz-Xaver Engelfried Organ

"I I love your F.X. Englefried samples.  The sounds are so interesting and you did a wonderful job of sampling"
L. Hutchens, USA, 12/2009

1904 Wilhelm Sauer Organ, Germany

"A truly rich and luxurious sampleset, and my favourite so far. It is my first OAM instrument, and I have to say I'm very impressed.  I can't say whether this organ would suit you (that's down to personal taste and what style of instrument you need right now), but I can say that with this sampleset you are playing a real musical instrument. Of course it's a fascinating historical document as well. The range of colours available is staggering, from a 'vulnerable child' to full-on Wagnerian power & majesty!
The mp3 demo of the Reger Benedictus on the OAM site is a great example of this depth of expression. Incidentally, unlike some sets I have bought in the past, the demos give an exact picture of what it is like to play this instrument".
D. Seymour, 12/2008, England

"This sample set is a must have! Thankfully there are intact romantic German organs in existence.
Every stop on this sample set could be used as a solo, every pipe is voiced well, and all stops have a very unique color. They also blend well in chorus.  The 8' sound is unrivaled.
The mechanical action, which we refer in the US as tubular-pneumatic, is faithfully reproduced, with a slower key response, this feature can be switched off.
The audio quality is excellent."
J. D. Shoemaker, 12/2008, USA

To have this organ it's an absolute MUST.  I'm really inspired of this wonderful organ sound.
For me the best organ to play German Romantics.
P. Maurer, Switzerland, 12/2008

Just installed - NICE!!!!!
Forget the $ per stop model - just feel the quality!!
I. McGlinchey, Scotland, 12/2008


1686/1720 Bosch-Schnitger Organ

This is by far the best Hauptwerk sample set I have played. It captures perfectly what I imagine is the actual sound from the organ keydesk. Thank you for sharing this with the world.
J.  Biery, 2/2010, USA

"I just wanted to let you know how happy I am with this sample set. I could hardly believe my ears !!!
The clarity, realism and "presence" of each stop is truly remarkable. The tutti  is also clear and precise, no thick or muddy sound. You have exceeded my expectations by far. For the benefit of the organist, the recording microphone placement has struck the best of all possible positions to achieve both spacious room ambience and clarity of the pipes, without compromising either.  Bravo. My favorite sample set !!!!
A.  Scott, 2/2009, USA

"It is just amazing, the realism of the acoustic environment, the sweetness of the reeds (first time, reeds for a high quality baroque organ for HW). It is just breathtaking.  Having heard a real Dutch organ (the one of the Oude Kirke in Amsterdam),  I recall perfectly the  Dutch sound.  The quality of the sound is audiophile quality and it shows though my Benchmark DAC-1 and AKG 701 headphones. This organ sets a new standard for high quality virtual organs. My warmest congratulations and thanks for your great work,  you have made playing and practicing the organ, for people that does not have access to the real thing,  something that just did not exist before,  pure delight and recreation of the true live sound perception".
H. Franco, 7/2008, USA

"SUPER: From 1 to 10, its a 10"
de Vries, 7/2008, Netherlands

"The first impression, one day after installation sample: It sounds even better then I hoped it would sound. It's an excellent sample set, running without any problem and with the standard settings. For the next weeks/months: this sample will be my favourit!"
J. Geubels, 10/2007, Belgium

"As someone who is very familiar with this organ, having played the original organ several times and having heard it played live on many occasions, I must admit you have perfectly captured the orginal sound and its
environment. This organ excels all other Hauptwerk organs. Congratulations with this addition to your project"
B. Würsten, 6/2007, The Netherlands

"Lovely sample set, I have a lot experience with real pipe organs but this sample set gives, in an certain way, more satisfaction than much real pipe organs"
K. Bakker, 11/2007, The Netherlands

"First of all I would like to mention how delighted I am with the Bosch/Schnitger sample set - what a beautiful instrument. It is a joy to play".
R.  Mullin, 6/2007, USA

I do not know what to say,  is like a dream. IS the best sampler instrument that I ever heard
M.  Valero, 3/2007, Spain

"I just received your beautiful new sample set - this is by far the best virtual  organ I have heard or played"
S.  Frankel, 1/2007, USA

"This is tremendous addition the HW library and sets, in my opinion, a new standard.
The multiple release samples give a more authentic sound to fast or staccato passages and the actual recordings appear to be superb. I found the AVI slide show most interesting and informative and certainly adds to the concept of producing an archive record of an instrument and its environment"
D. MacGraw, 1/2007, England

"I just received and tested the Vollenhove sample. Warm congratulations for  this outstanding job. It is absolutely terrific"
P. Jacquet, France, 1/2007

1723 Frans Caspar Schnitger Organ

"This is a very fine organ. I'm amazed by the immediacy and freshness of the sound
I would indicate that your sample sets are fairly expensive, but that you get what you pay for !"
P. Johnston, 2/2008, Australia

"The combined excellence of this pipe organ and the sublime recording makes this virtual organ the best Hauptwerk has to offer. I've played this organ in real and must say you have captured its spirit"
B. Würsten, 11/2007, The Netherlands

1854/80 Ducroquet-Cavaillé-Coll Organ

"Very high quality of sound throughout the set with excellent reproduction of the building acoustics.
Your meticulous standards and attention to detail are evident!"
S. Mann, 7/2008, USA

I have been trying out the Aix-Cathedral Cavaille Coll organ for a few days now and I would just like to say how beautiful it sounds. It is by far the best I have heard of  all the sampled organs and I have fallen in love with it. It is worth every penny of the cost and I would recommend this to anyone considering purchasing this instrument and especially CColl fans.
Chr. Shaw, 2/2006, England

Absolutely breath-taking! You have captured the vast acoustic beautifully - the sound is quite spectacular and is much improved using HW2.
D. MacGraw, 8/2006, England

I seem to have spent all weekend playing it - what an absolutely marvellous sound!
... - truly the King of HW Instruments and it surely sets the standard higher than ever before
D. MacGraw, 1/2006, England

Incredible. With the headphones I am playing a real symphonic organ. The sample set is genial. Thank you for your work.
J. Vázquez, 1/2006, Spain

1691/1788 García / Martínez Organ

"Somehow I keep starting up this organ on my Hauptwerk system. You have done an excellent job in capturing the sound of the fiery reeds but the Flautado stops and Tapadillo are also of an unknown beauty.
I can recommend this organ to everyone. It will change the way you play"
Brad Wursten, 6/2007, The Netherlands

"Having received this sample set less than a week ago, and having had little time to explore it, I can nevertheless say that Dr. Maier has produced another high quality winner here.
The reeds are absolutely fantastic and the stereo effects of the reeds "above your head" are extremely realistic. You hear the toes jumping around according to the layout of the windchest.
This organ is indeed fantastic and I can highly recommend it to anyone in search of authentic Spanish, Iberian, Mallorcan, Portuguese or Mexican organ sounds".
Dr. A. de Groot, 6/2007, USA

"I had an enjoyable time over the weekend playing on these fiery reeds! Terrific reeds!"
D.  MacGraw, 5/2007, England


1731 Silbermann Organ

"I went to Reinhardtsgrimma. Now when I play the sample set it sounds to me  so different !
The sample set is extraordinay realistic !"
M.  Adamczewski, 7/2008, France

"This has to be the ideal organ for organ trios with its characteristic stops and short reverb. The Quintadena is of unknown beauty. Once again you have managed to catch the heart of the instrument"
Brad Wursten, 6/2007, The Netherlands

I have a lot of pleasure to play Bach's Preludes and fugues on this Silbermann. Silbermann of course, the workshop which has made the restauration and yourself, have brought us a great piece of art.
C.  Oudet, France, 10/2006

I have found the Silbermann to be most satisfactory.  I was surprised how well balanced it was for playing hymns.  The melody line stands out clearly, unlike a lot of organs.
W. Ziehlke, USA 6/2006

Absolutely astounding clarity and a completely convincing ambience.  Even the tracker noise has a presence all its own. The personality of each stop - each note - is clearly different and  distinct with no discernible post-processing effects added.  Compared to the Engelfried organ and ignoring the obvious tonal differences between the stops of each instrument, it's very clear that we are in a totally different environment and that the essential acoustic quality of each building has been faithfully preserved.
Nothing seems to mask the beautiful "breathy" quality of the  8' Principal, and the bright bell-like sound of the Suffleute and Tertia is  clear and sparkling.  It's very easy to obtain a wonderful and sonorous choral effect, yet every part remains clearly audible. In short, just superb!
B. Key, England, 3/2004

This sample set has absolutely blown me away. I am impressed with the clarity, the noise free recordings and the absolute beauty of the balanced sounds achievable
I'm only sorry that so many "pipe organ pureists" can't comprehend the significant impact the Hauptwerk computer program and OrganArt Media files can have to organ enjoyment and sound preservation.
B. Brockhouse, Australia, 10/2003

I just received your Reinhardtsgrimma, Silbermann samples today and I am absolutely thrilled. I played some of the same music you have in your web site demos with the same registration and the results are identical. Too often one buys something in the store and it is not the same when one gets it home. Not the case with your samples, they are perfect. Also I would like to say I was very impressed with the attractive and helpful way the software was presented.
R. Burns, Canada, 9/03

The Griebenow samples sound great.  I especially like the tracker sound and the unique -- to me -- tuning.
B. Wolfe, USA, 9/2003

1877 Aristide Cavaillé-Coll Organ

A marvellous example of CC's work - amazing results from modest resources.
Tremendous tutti (especially the extended version), beautiful Voix Celeste.
This is my favourite instrument
D. MacGraw, 4/2004, England

1844 Engelfried Organ

... I think the Goenningen organ must be the best so far in the Hauptwerk library! I am now looking forward to your next release - please continue to include the building acoustic in the samples - this really adds presence when playing!
Marvellous - even down to the mechanical action of the keys and pedals.
D.  MacGraw, 5/2003, England

Absolutely superb - I really can't fault it.  The church acoustics are also very well presented, and are so much more realistic than any post-process reverberation I could add.
... your virtualisation of it is invisible!  And the joy of being able to play it is an almost indescribable pleasure.
B. Key, England, 5/2003

I have well received the CD of the Goenningen organ. I have tested and played the different registers the result is fantastic.... That’s a good idea to have introduced optional keyboard noise in Hauptwerk format.
P. Delferriere, Belgium, 6/03

1677 Carboni Organ

This organ keeps on inspiring me to just let myself go, beyond the confines of time and space, into a land of fantasy and wonder, where improvisation becomes easy, automatic and desirable. This instrument keeps drawing out of hereto unknown areas of inspiration and creativity. Your fingers just don’t want to let go of the keyboards when playing these beautiful sounds. I can just play for hours using single stops like the Principale 8’ and/or 12’, the Flauta  in VIII and the wonderful effects of the Voce Umana.
Dr. A. de Groot, 1/2007, USA

Marvellous acoustic. Fascinating Voce Umana stop!
D. McGraw, England, 1/2004

Although at first I feared the organ would be too small (after all there are only 11 real stops), after hearing the demos, I realised that the organ has much more possibilities than the specification suggests. The added virtual stops are very well made (especially the Bombarde!) and make a wonderful supplement to the original instrument.
L. Joosten, 4/2004, Netherlands

Excellent sounds and combinations. Almost symphonic
A.  McDonagh, 5/2004, England

1868 F. A. Mehmel Organ

This instrument has a clean warm sound; very subtle colouring
B. Key, England, 8/2004

As useful I am fascinated by the colour or the registers, and the harmonization of the organ you have sampled. The result is spectacular and I enjoy to play with this romantic organ
P. Delferierre, Belgium, 8/2004

Another marvellous addition to your Library.
D. McGraw, England, 8/2004

The audio clarity, balance, and response of the samples is I'm sure remarkable true to the original instrument. Fantastic!
J. Martin, USA, 10/2005

1690 Frères Jullien Organ

An interesting and rewarding addition to the Hauptwerk library
D.  MacGraw, 1/2005, England
"This set is absolutely amazing; just stunning!"
B. Key, England, 2/2005

Absolutely stunning ! Marvellous sound, just like a real organ! Your recordings are fantastic!
J. Y. Garet, France, 2/2005

It is a great joy to play!!
J. Reid,  USA, 2/05

I received the samples a few days ago and am enjoying them immensely.
J. Pressler, USA, 2/2005

The Roquemaure organ has arrived and worked perfectly - I have since spent too much time playing it!  It, too, is superb!
N. James, England, 2/2005

1780 Gaetano Callido Organ

I've tried the new Callido sample set - it kept me busy until 3 in the morning. The sound quality is excellent, of course; the organ is really spectacular, very different from the Northern European organs and extremely expressive.
S. Frankel, 10/2005, USA

First I want to compliment you with the quality of the Callido organ. It really is an experience to play on it.
L. Joosten, 10/2005, Netherlands.

1654 Positif Organ

High quality and accurate sampling with realistic proportion of the pipes relative volumes
P. Sorrentino, Italy, 5/2003