Harmonium van Dijk

A harmonium that sounds like chants directly from hell.

The story

Some unforeseen incidents in this year caused me finding myself in a beautiful and very old house behind the dike in a very small village at the Dutch coast of the North Sea. In the parlor next to an old closet taken from a ship I found an old harmonium, build by the company “Liebig” from Zeitz in Germany. After interpreting some old western songs, which, backed by the harmonium sounded like chants directly from hell, I decided to sample that instrument.

Although I just have some really inexpensive microphones (cheap LDC + SDC) which are also not suited well for a stereo recording in the end I’m quite happy with the results. I decided to record every note, just because all of these beautiful imperfections, broken reeds and detuned notes. I wanted to bring them all home. I also recorded with each two round robins two dynamic layers, which differ from each other by air pressure and the use of different registers or stops and which you can blend with an expression pedal.

For further informations about functions and controls you may read the included README.txt. Please feel free to alter the Kontakt patch, export to other formats, try more interesting effects, create a GUI (images included) and a better way of MIDI assignments.

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  • Great work!

    Deeply emotive sounds which will bring the Gurdjieff out in anyone.

    Roland Martin Roberts27 October 2021
  • Squeaky Goodness

    This instrument is beautifully sampled. It plays great and it seems like alot of time went into this. It sounds extremely realistic and is fun to play. Im a huge fan of all the sqeaks and mechanical noises although it would have been nice to be able to control the amount of noise added. I also wish there were more dynamic layers. It seems like there might be a softer dynamic layer there but it seems to only activate if you touch the key for a second. If you hold down a note no matter how softly it plays the same volume sample. Great Instrument Overall

    septemberwalk27 October 2021
  • A charactertistic harmonium.

    Its well sampled, works well in a lot of contexts and has a distinct coastal sound to it, that is warm and intimate and cold at the same time, leading to an interesting effect in the context of a larger composition. Would recommend, thanks for the amazing effort !

    Nolram17 October 2021
  • Full of character!

    If you are looking for a unique sounding harmonium, this is it. The sampling job is great, but most importantly, the sounds are filled with characteristic sounds and noises that you won't find anywhere else. Sure, it might not be the perfect pristine instrument, but that's not it's purpose at all.

    Alex Raptakis30 October 2021
  • One of the best reed organs!

    This sample pack is pretty huge, clocking in at over 2GB. Every key was carefully sampled. The time and effort that went into creating this is immediately apparent. There are some mechanical noises, the sound of slightly leaky bellows, creaking pump pedals, and some ambient noises, but overall, it sounds like a real harmonium recorded in a real room would. Great sample pack!

    Sam Ecoff16 October 2021