Tribute to John R. Tay

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Tribute to John R. Tay

Post by » Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:57 am

I heard via facebook that John R. Tay passed away in November 2013. He was an avid supporter of the Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ from its early days in soundfonts all the way through to the Hauptwerk platform. He recorded, developed and released the sample based Wurlitzer soundfont for the Miditzer 216, and helped many people install and use it. Most recently he was a tester for the Freedom Morton series. Even during his final medical treatments he kept a laptop with him and was able to use the on-screen keyboards to play and comment on the sounds. We will miss his quiet support and encouragement.

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G. Goode

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Re: Tribute to John R. Tay

Post by Jim Henry » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:43 pm

A sad thing to hear. John was involved with virtual theatre organs before there was a Miditzer. He spent many hours listening to Bruce Miles' efforts in refining the Cinema Organ sound font that is the default sound font in the Miditzer. One has to remember that the Cinema Organ sound font is based on samples that Bruce synthesized from his memory of what the various ranks sound like. John had some access to real Wurlitzers and he provided useful feedback to Bruce on how close the Cinema Organ sound font was to the real thing. It is a tribute to Bruce and John's keen ears and tireless efforts that the Cinema Organ sound font has been such an enduring success.
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