When starting the project it became evident that we needed to have a good organ to ensure the best quality for our recordings. Although there are many churches in Duesseldorf, it is not easy to find a church where someone can record for several days without closing the church or being disturbed or interrupted by people or by daily services.

Fortunately Benedikt Aufterbeck knew the organist Ansgar Wallenhorst in the church “St. Peter and Paul” in Ratingen (which is near Duesseldorf). He made it possible to use the church for our first sampling session. We got the approval and had the chance to set up our equipment and record for two days, on April 16th and 17th - without interruption!


The church “St. Peter and Paul” has excellent acoustic properties, which means that its reverberation (about 5 seconds) is quite optimal. Generally the sound is very clear (not too muffled), which makes it easy for us to find a good position for the microphones. Especially controlling the balance of the direct and indirect sound of the organ is not a hard task.

The organ itself is in an excellent condition with its 2688 pipes with up to 5 meters in size. In fact the organ has this very classical and clean baroque-esque sound, which is associated with a typical church organ. A big advantage for the sampling process is that the organ can be remote controlled via MIDI. It can not only respond to MIDI note messages but also to controllers to change the combination of organ stops. And it can record the organist’s play and play it back again. This makes the organ in the church “St. Peter and Paul” perfect for our purpose.

Of course Benedikt and Ansgar tuned the pipes just before our first recording session to make sure we had no tuning problems later on.