An extension of a theatre or classical organ or other musical instrument
You can use jOrgan as a front-end (controller) to another instrument, such as a pre-existing standalone actual pipes-and-windchest organ, or as the front end to a full-scale music-recording sound studio or performance stage.
Access to authentic musical instrument and voices
e jOrgan community has made several dierent options for sounds available to jOrgan users. For the
beginner the easiest sound engine to start with is probably Fluidsynth; other sound engine options for jOrgan are discussed in Appendix D. e sounds that are chosen for the Fluidsynth—and similar—sound engines are carefully assembled into les called “soundfonts” (see Chapter 7) and made available to jOrgan users for playing through the audio equipment attached to their computers. Typically jOrgan disposition developers choose soundfonts that are as realistic as possible and as true as possible to the type of organ they are replicating—or inventing—in their internet- published jOrgan dispositions.
rough jOrgan then, you have access to virtual organs with exquisite sound quality, but there is another
bonus. rough jOrgan you have access to an entire universe of delightful voices—organ pipes, percussive instruments such as drums, and bongos, percussive stringed instruments such as pianos, plucked and strummed strings such as pianos, harpsichords, harps and guitars, train whistles, dog barks, sirens—all playable through jOrgan. Some sources for soundfonts and voice samples are listed in the Appendices.
A unique musical instrument that you design yourself
It should be apparent from the preceding comments that you can also use jOrgan to design and dene your own Virtual Organ—in other words, to build your own jOrgan disposition le and select, record or create your own soundfonts. In fact, jOrgan allows you to build a unique musical instrument that may look like an organ when you get
nished with your disposition, or it may not—the only similarity to an organ or other musical instrument being the
use of a keyboard to control the notes. In either case it will be a “magical” musical instrument that you have created to fulll your musical ambitions, built on jOrgan’s carefully engineered principles and expressed through the soundfonts, synthesizers or sound samples you have acquired or designed yourself.