3 MANUAL THEATRE ORGAN

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3 MANUAL THEATRE ORGAN

Post by johninarky » Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:24 pm


I started building the electronics for this organ in 1985. As time went on, I added
more features. Finally in 2004 I built the console and bench. I just finished adding
software to play the Miditzer 216 and the 260. It has been a fun project and it
sounds great.
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Post by drepalla » Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:29 pm

Nice woodwork, which instrumentpanels do you have mounted in the console wall, the black one on the left and the one in the center?

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Post by johninarky » Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:28 pm

The item on the left you referred to is the controls from a 1985 Mirage keyboard.
The floppy drive below allows 1 voice to be loaded at a time. There are 3 on each
disk. It gives an analog sound, very nice. It can be played by all 3 manuals.
The unit in the middle is a EMU Proteus 2 sound module. It has 128 sounds and has
16 available for each Mem location, and can be played on all 3 manuals. The small
slide drawer on the lower right contains a Yamaha QY 100 sound and rhythm module.
It also has 16 selected channels that can be played from any manual and the pedals.
Organ voices as follows:
Solo 24 voices
Great 28
Accom 17
Pedals 12
Tibia's 7 octave-96 individual sound generators
set up as 16 8 5-1/3 4 2-2/3 2 1
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Post by drepalla » Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:05 pm

The Ensoniq Mirage was pretty good instrument when it came out, you did a great job of integrating it all into one console. Are the stops and preset buttons active as MIDI signals to control the Miditzer?

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Post by johninarky » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:10 am

Yes and no.
Since I have 32 Stop tabs, I could have set them up to select stops on the Miditzer, but I
decided it would actually be easier to select them with the mouse on the screen. However,
the first 10 stop tabs are set up to select the S1-S5, and A1-A5 banks. The first 10 pistons
control the pistons on the Miditzer. You are correct about the quality of the sound from the
Mirage, much smoother than the digital sounds of the Yamaha. The Proteus is my favorite
since it is more like the Mirage sound than the Yamaha and has so many nice sounds. It is
a nice addition to the Miditzer registrations.

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Post by Electron » Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:02 pm

Great looking system John. I have just gutted my Baldwin (191) Marquee which was starting to give a lot of spurious sounds when NOT required. I reckon the cabinet will make a decent 3 manual console with a few mods here and there. With Jims MidiTzer a home 'pipe' WurliTzer is no longer out of reach. I guess I can reuse some of the stop tabs too which will add to its looks.
Anyone out there want 42 tone gen cards from a Baldwin, FREE?

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Post by Jim Henry » Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:37 pm

In case no one wants the electronics, I think they may have some value or at least you can keep them out of a landfill by finding an electronics recycler.
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Post by Electron » Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:24 pm

Jim Henry wrote:In case no one wants the electronics, I think they may have some value or at least you can keep them out of a landfill by finding an electronics recycler.
There are half a dozen 40 pin DIL packages here on my bench Jim, never been soldered as they were mounted in holders. All MOSTEK and numbered as 8242, 8307, 8308, 8309, 8313 and 8317. I have no idea what function they would perform, completely free to anyone who wants them. :D

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