News from Solid State

Elon College Portal Consoles

NEW TOUCHSCREEN CONSOLES FOR ELON COLLEGE

Steve May 11, 2019

Elon University, Elon, NC, has chosen the Solid State to provide a technological and musical solution while maintaining a standard of musical excellence. Whitley Auditorium is the home of a stellar Three Manual Casavant Pipe Organ, however the university sought to have organ music for large events in other locations on the campus. In consultation with Casavant Freres and Solid State Organ Systems, the solution was realized with the addition of two Solid State Portal Systems and dedicated data and audio network.

Two additional consoles were built by Casavant; a two-manual and pedal console in Schar Hall (the basketball stadium roughly a mile from the auditorium) and a one one-manual console without pedal in Koury Gym (small multipurpose gymnasium roughly a quarter mile from the auditorium). Each console was able to connect via a dedicated CAT5e cable to the main pipe organ. The sound is then captured live from microphones in Whitley and amplified directly into both or either of the additional rooms. Each portable console has access to the main organ combination action; recalling piston settings on each memory level and creating new piston settings.

The musical result is flawless – a singer in either of the halls can be easily accompanied by the pipe organ whilst being fed data from the local console, to the pipe organ, captured from the audio system, and fed into the audio of the hall. Technology at its best, provided seamlessly by Solid State Organ Systems.


HOLY NAME CATHOLIC CENTER, MADISON, WI

Steve January 30, 2019

The Case Organ Company has completed restoration and relocation of Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1204. The organ was installed in Bishop O’Connor Chapel at Holy Name Heights, Madison, Wisconsin. The project included a new SSOS Control system utilizes MultiSystem II for switching and coupling, Capture for MultiSystem II with 300 levels of memory, and Tuning for MultiSystem II, which allows for wireless control of the organ via an iPod for single person tuning. Spencer Organ Company of Boston and Jonathan Ambrosino also partnered in this project. This organ was featured in The Diapason in February 2019.

Case Organ at Holy Name Catholic

Longwood Console

LONGWOOD GARDENS GETS A NEW CAPTURE SYSTEM

Steve January 25, 2019

A brand-new Capture for MultiSystem II was installed in January 2019 at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA. The CFM-II controls 353 Stop-tablets, 70 pistons, and a custom Expression Matrix of 72 luminous stops. The CFM-II works with Organist Palette where the organist can access their own private library of memory, and customize features such as Pedal Divide and the Advanced Sequencer. The project has been managed by Richard Houghten, Inc. and specifications were made in conjunction with Principal Organist Peter Richard Conte. Also added during this update were the Organist Palette, and Tuning for MultiSystem. This update comes as a successor to the very successful SSOS Video MIDI Player was installed in 2008.


SOLID STATE HELPS OUT AT THE ROYAL WEDDING

Mark May 19, 2018

Harrison and Harrison installed a MultiSystem and MultiLevel Capture System in 2002 for this historic instrument which was used most recently to accompany the wedding and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This update renewed the heart of an organ orginally built in 1789 by Samuel Green and then rebuilt in 1930 jointly by Frederick Rothwell and J.W.Walker & Son. In 1965 Harrisons rebuilt the instrument to a design by the organist, Sidney Campbell.

St George's Chapel

TauNet Installed

NEW TAUNET INSTALLATION IN ST. THOMAS, NEW YORK

Duncan Sept 03, 2017

Installing a new organ in an expensive area a long way from home means reducing the on site time as much as possible. We worked with Dobson on the new organ for St. Thomas, New York and designed a new distributed version of Multisystem II that allows the windchests to be prewired and tested in the shop with an iPhone app. On site the system is simply plugged together and connected to the network.

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PORTAL USED FOR VOICING AT MANCHESTER CATHEDRAL

Duncan March 10, 2017

The portable organ console has been developed to run from a laptop computer with a 61 note keyboard, all run wirelessly. When voicing the organ at Manchester Cathedral Kenneth Tickell & Company were able to move around the cathedral and hear how the instrument sounds from many different areas.

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Portal at Manchester Cathedral

ST PAULS CATHEDRAL

NEW MULTISYSTEM AT ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL

mark gilliam july 29, 2017

Our brief was to control the large pipe organ spread across various locations in the cathedral plus two large, duplicate five manual consoles with a shared 50,000 levels of memory. The piston memories are divided in ten independent Libraries, each with 5,000 levels. The organ has seven MultiSystem II locations with the most distant connected with fibre optic cable. To guarantee no down time, Krone Termination Blocks were used during installation to make speedy transition from the old control system to MultiSystem II.

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