chrisb Posted June 12, 2007 Share Posted June 12, 2007 I play a little H & H octopod at Chilton in County Durham. On the Swell is a Lieblich Flute 4 which has a bit of 'chiff' to it. This feature is by no means evenly evident throughout the rank, and about a third of pipes do not have it at all. The Gedackt 8 (seperate rank) has a few notes in the tenor octave which also have a bit of chiff to them, and a few pipes up the top end give a ladylike little squeak when you blow 'em. As far as I am concerned, this is all just about perfect. Solos on these stops have a bit of character and the little variations in attack make something interesting out of what are otherwise plain boring old flutes. I am guessing, but I suspect that the degree of chiff my flutes are sounding is actually speech defect (and very welcome), and was not intended when originally voiced. Would that make sense ? The reason I ask is that I also have a digital organ, (Viscount Vivace), which in two of its voicing environments has a couple of flutes with quite astonishing degrees of chiff. Sounds as though someone is playing along with me on a harpsichord. Fortunately, user voicing controls allow me to knock out this silly sound. I noticed though that any amount of this 'feature' being present (evenly on every note of course), meant it was impossible to use it for anything other than 'one-finger' solo stuff. Chords sound like someone smashing crockery. Now, on the digital instrument this isn't really important, I'm never going to use it for anything that matters, and, there is plenty of other noise I can make with it. On my H & H, with only eight plus SubBass over IIP, I need all 61 notes from every register, and I need them to be available on their own and in chorus, in solo and in big handfuls. And I've got that. If an organ is being built nowadays with what seems to be the obligatory 'chiffy flutes', deliberately voiced as such, does the problem I have with the digital doofer also occur in pipe instruments ?. Do they work in chorus as well as in solo ? Have I just asked the daftest question ever? Best to all, Chris Baker Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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