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ruest to the Original arget oices—Another meaning of the word “Best” in connection with sound quality is how faithful the voice that you’re playing is to the voice that you intended, whether it be a bona de pipe organ voice, or a percussion voice (like a drum) or a bagpipe or a dog’s bark, or some new sound that you dreamed up on your own.

For now we will restrict our discussion to jOrgan dispositions you have downloaded from the Internet. In Option One (software-only modications) the only thing that you can do about voice delity is to make certain that you are using the soundfont for which your jOrgan disposition was intended. e soundfonts that are available for download are typically built with great care by people who are dedicated to recording and replaying authentic sounds. Many are synthesized, i.e. built electronically from scratch, but most organ soundfont voices today are built from actual recordings of real organs, that are digitally sampled and condensed into the components of what is referred to, collectively, as a soundfont.

When you nd a jOrgan disposition that you want to investigate (see Appendix B for examples) make sure that you read the description of the disposition carefully so that you can identify and download the exact soundfont that you are supposed to be using. In our example of the download in Chapter 3 we used a download package that contained the proper soundfont. You may not always be so lucky. Any of these things may have happened:

  • you may have failed to nd out the soundfont’s name and download location

  • you might have loaded the proper soundfont onto your computer somewhere but no soundfont shows up in your disposition

  • you might have loaded the proper soundfont onto your computer somewhere but the wrong soundfont shows up in your disposition.

In the rst case, where you didn’t know where the soundfont came from, you need to go back to the jOrgan disposition description on the web and nd out where to look. You may have to contact the developer, then download the proper soundfont. If it should be contained in a zip le, be sure to unzip it after you download it and before you attempt to open it in your disposition.

In the second case, no soundfont in your disposition, this was probably already revealed to you by the jOrgan Problems message, Fig. 7.4.

Fig . 7 .4 - jOrgan Missing Soundfont Error Message (to be added)

Revised 2/8/2010

7.5

Revised 2/8/2010

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