Virtual Pipe Organs


Traditionally, large pipe organs cost millions of dollar to build. In recent years however computers have become big and powerful enough for them to be able handle the very large number of sound samples required to replicate the sound of large pipe organs. This has brought the cost of these magnificent (virtual) organs within reach.

The organs are mostly recorded with the acoustics of church/concert hall (know as “wet” samples) which make them ideally suited to home/conservatorium practice instruments. “Dry” versions (recorded without the reverberation) are also available for some organs, so that they can be implemented in churches/concert halls, allowing the natural acoustics of the space to pick up the raw sound of the pipes.

The Hauptwerk software makes all this possible; it is not a virtual organ itself, but a shell for loading “sample sets”. You can purchase virtual organs from various vendors and load them into this software. There are some free virtual organs available too.

We have assembled a demonstration organ (pictured above) using Hauptwerk on an Apple Mac Pro computer, 3 midi keyboards with thumb pistons, a midi pedal board, toe pistons, crescendo pedals and touchscreen monitors.

Data Organisation offers consultancy services to help you design and build your console and virtual Hauptwerk organ.

Contact us if you would like a demonstration or require our consultancy to help you plan and bring together your virtual organ.


Play the world’s great organs in your home or studio!

Data Organisation is ideally qualified to implement these organs due to our expertise in computers, music and pipe organs specifically.

“When I am practising with headphones it is as if I am sitting in playing this magnificent Baroque organ in a church in the Netherlands. I think I have died and gone to heaven!”

The organs we currently have installed for demonstration purposes include:

  1. St Michaelskerk in Zwolle, Netherlands (Schnitger, 1721) [pictured above left]

  2. St Laurenskerk in Rotterdam, Netherlands (Marcusen, 1973)

  3. St Etienne in Caen, France (Cavaillé-Coll, 1885)

  4. Dom in Utrecht, Netherlands (Bätz, 1831)

  5. Krzeszow in Poland (Engler, 1737)

  6. St Eucaire in Metz, France (Cavaillé-Coll, 1902)

  7. St Peter & Paul in Cappel, Germany (Schnitger, 1680)

  8. St Anne in Moseley, England (Brindley & Foster, 1907)

  9. St Georgenkirche in Rötha, Germany (Silbermann, 1721)

  10. Marienkirche in Rötha, German (Silbermann, 1722)

  11. Midwolde, Netherlands (de Mare, 1630)

  12. Krewert, Netherlands (unknown, 1531)

  13. St Bartholemew in Groton, England (Father Willis, 1888)

  14. Roeselare, Belgium (Prajawidya, Indonesia 1995) bamboo pipework

  15. Harpsichord  after 1710 Mietke, Germany (Bečička et al, 2005)