Pipe Festival 2
Version: Kontakt 5.2.1 / WAV / V2
Italian Concert Organ's Baby Brother.
Download Method: Kontakt Hub
Pipe Festival 2 is based on the same set of samples and sounds as our best selling organ library 'Italian Concert Organ'. Pipe Festival 2 is a stripped back and simplified version which is useful for quickly sketching ideas in your compositions.
Sampled at 48KHz 24-bit with the superb compression at only 247MB, offering 16 ready-to-use of the most typical organ sounds chosen for us by expert Italian organ players and with an extremely user friendly GUI, Pipe Festival 2 is easily the best sounding Pipe Organ library for Kontakt in this price range.
The video demo has been created by the talented Adi Goldstein:
- 48KHz 24-bit Stereo sample resolution
- Samples from our top organ library Italian Concert Organ
- 16 ready-to-play and typically used organ sounds chosen with the great help of some talented Italian organ players
- Player/Spectator button. Do you like listen to the organ from the player position or from the church pews?
- Theatre/Cathedral reverb button. Just switches between 2 different high quality IR samples
- Modulation controller adjusts the volume (MIDI CC 1)
- Support for expression pedal (MIDI CC 11)
- For live playing, a 61-keys-keyboard (or bigger) is suggested; 76 and 88 keys are probably the best solutions
- Compressed total library size: only 247MB. I think it's small enough
- Works on Kontakt v5.2.1 or newer (it works for 15 minutes only on Kontakt Player!).
Pipe festival 2 is a natural evolution of the previous Pipe Festival library. Both offer an Italian organ sound, but Pipe Festival 2 offers the best realism, not only for the sample quality, but also for the environment simulation and the stereo field, typical of all the new Hephaestus Sounds libraries.
Pipe Festival 2 has been developed for all the users who want an expressive and rich sound with minimal set up while using a standard MIDI keyboard.
So, here you have a ready-to-use sound switchable with dedicated key-switches.
Pipe Festival 2 has obviously less functions and sounds, but it offers the same sound quality as Italian Concert Organ. Italian Concert Organ (Pipe Festival 2 Big Brother) can be found here
- : 1. Flutes 8'
- Principal 8' & 4'
- Prinz & Flutes
- Soft Reeds
- Strong Reeds
- Funds 8'
- Funds All
- Reeds & Pedal
- Exp. All
- Grand Jeu
- Plein Jeu
- I + III + Ped
- Fonds et Anches
- Organo Pleno
- Great All
I'm no organist, but I needed some convincing church organ sounds without the need of tweaking. This organ was the answer. All of its presets are great, and now it is my go-to organ when I need church organ sounds. Even compared with more costly options, this organ is one of the best I have listened.
Disappointed with this release
The original Pipe Festival organ library from Hephaestus Sounds had some issues with spacial placement of certain samples but it was and is still a joy to play being smooth and easy to just jam with. I was very much looking forward to the Pipe Festival 2 release as imagined it would only improve upon the first. Unfortunately for me at least it wasnt the case. It is more expensive and while it does come off as more stable spatially than the first (stereo image of notes not dotting around as much anymore) it is much less enjoyable to play! There is something odd and clinical about the release notes on this library, something unintuitive with the playing that has bugged me and generally I've stayed away from this library after trying to find a good sound/setting with it. It just feels underwhelming for a church organ. I prefer the original for sure but for those new to Hephaestus Sounds you wont be able to buy the original Pipe Festival anymore, which is a shame. Price definitely an issue for final rating too, just a bit too much for a result that was better before.
An Excellent Budget Organ
SOUND QUALITY: 5; FEATURES: 5; PRESETS: 4; EASY OF USE: 5; INNOVATION: 4; VALUE FOR MONEY: 5; CONCLUSION: First of all, a very good and convincing sound. Well chosen organ stops and a great playability complete the description of this nice and inexpensive organ library which can compete with a lot of much pricey ones.
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