Guest spottedmetal Posted February 1, 2008 Share Posted February 1, 2008 Hi! Like many instruments in environments of changing temperature, my reed is always out from the flues. I've been dreaming of adding some sort of pressure sensitive switches on the soundboard clamp-on provision to wire up a rank of bells but, having had a little experience with what can be achieved with electronic extensions, am now contemplating it more seriously for an electronic reed, and some commercially available pressure sensors are now available. Is it better to put opto-electronic or hall effect switches on the manuals or would pressure sensitive switches achieve better speech synchronisation? In America, the attitude to electronic extensions is much more pragmatic, but I appreciate that here they are regarded as "compound organs" and to be deprecated at all costs. However, the approach is interesting to me as a conservationist and heritage specialist in that such extensions can add functionality (1) reversibly - can be taken away without affecting the orginal artifact (2) identifiably - it is important for an object to be able to tell its story, and for additions not to be confusable with the original object (3) whilst retaining the original artifact to retain its integrity, by reason especially of (1) and (2) without suffering significant change (4) in extending the repertoire available to be played by a particular instrument and (5) enable an instrument to have a new lease of life by reason of new usefulness. In the posting about "What can one get for 20k" one felt that the Octopod would have benefitted from some upperwork to give it a new lease of life, and with regard to the strident strings - they were probably designed to give some feeling of brightness. The advantage of an electrical extension, most probably converted to a MIDI output, is that if not on a permanent basis, magic boxes can be plugged in at least temporarily to experiment with sounds and provide modelling for more premanent and useful solutions within the context of repertoire, placement and blend. However, the facility and technique should be regarded as a tool of conservation and adaptation to modern use and requirements rather in any way providing an excuse for cheapjack shortcuts. In any event, is it better to have a pipe-organ enhanced by an element of useful electronics, or for the pipe-organ to be dumped entirely and replaced wholesale by a multi-note hifi system. Sorry - my posting has gone way beyond the initial question but possibly raises a valid more general debate. Best wishes David P Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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