Lakeside Pipe Organ

Lakeside Pipe Organ

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The Lakeside Pipe Organ is a vintage steel and wooden pipe organ located in Oakland, CA. This large church pip organ produces most of its sound by venting mechanically compressed air (wind) through resonant pipes. Each pipe produces sound of one fixed pitch, so they are provided in sets with one pipe or more per note, each set or stop having a common timbre and loudness throughout. The Lakeside Pipe Organ has multiple sets of pipes of differing timbre, pitch and loudness which the player can employ singly or in combination. The actual organ is made from three keyboards, played by the hands, and a pedal board for bass notes, played by the feet, each of which controls its own group of stops.

We carefully recorded our organ at the Lakeside Temple of Practical Christianity (Oakland, CA), with master organist Don Sears. We captured it a variety of different stop settings and combinations, allowing you to control the timbre of the organ. We recorded five different settings comparably from PP to FF. The majority of this library focuses on the classic steel pipes only, although we also opened up some of the organ’s vintage electric stops for a little extra low-end reinforcement on our high 5th setting. All settings recorded at two microphone positions (close/far), so user have ultimately flexibility between 10 different organ settings. Every note was captured for up to ten seconds and all release-triggered samples were captured individually.


For version 2.0, we’ve improved key-mapping and overall playability, added a full set of brand new automatable performance, effect and arpeggiator controls, fixed a few minor bugs and refined the overall experience.

*Version 1 of this library was originally published as “Lakeside Organ” by Tonehammer.


More about this library and its features


The Lakeside Pipe Organ is made from over 850 different pipes arrayed in 15 ranks. The pipes are mostly steel and wood, which gives a wonderful bright, airy sound to the organ. We recorded each individual note on the organ, since each pipe has a unique character. In addition we recorded 5 different core settings on the organ, which can be compared to PP, P, MP, MF, FF) in terms of dynamic range. All settings were recorded with 2 microphone settings (close and far) for maximum user flexibility.

The full range of the pipes covers 61 keys on the console, starting at C2. We’ve stretched the lowest note down to C-2, in order to allow deeper notes than the physical pipes allow for this organ.

The Lakeside Pipe Organ was recorded both close and far giving to distinct positions with their own characteristics to choose from or mix as you wish.

The included Convolution Reverb effect features 115 select custom impulse responses recorded from some of our favorite locations. Among those are also fx impulses which are more special effect than reverb.



Library components and content
Deep Sampled Articulations

  • 5 Different Organ Settings (Equivalent to PP, P, MP, MF, FF)
  • Close and Far microphone positions for all settings
  • All notes on organ sampled (no interval sampling)
  • All notes sampled with release triggers
  • Acoustic recording without noise reduction
  • Additional foot basses in forte patches
  • Additional bell/chimes included
  • Additional session recordings, FX, live organ demos and hall sounds


NKI Program Presets

This library is designed for the full retail version of Kontakt 3.5 or later (Kontakt 4 is also supported). We’ve included 15 Kontakt 3.5/4-compatible nki programs, featuring automatable attack, release, offset, swell, tuning, key-switching, EQ, convolution, and a full range of other effects controls.

Close and far “all stop” mixer patches are included, giving instant access to all 5 dynamic organ settings in a single patch.


Technical specifications

1,584 Samples (standard pcm wav)
15 .nki files (unlocked format)
1.75 GB installed
16 bit / 44.1kHz stereo PCM wav format
Format(s): Kontakt 3.5 .nki and pcm .wav

Includes a free bonus collection of custom sound-designed special FX presets, as well as our favorite custom convolution reverb impulses and an advanced Kontakt user interface with full automation support.



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Important Note: Native Instruments Kontakt version 3.5 or 4 full retail version of Kontakt required to use all .nki instrument program presets included in this library. The free Kontakt “Player” does not support this library.

System Requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8. Intelmac and Mac OS 10.6 or higher. This product loads into Native Instruments Kontakt, which can run stand-alone or as a VST, AU, RTAS or AAX plugin. Multi-Core CPU, 3+ GB System Ram, 7200 RPM or SSD SATA hard drive recommended.



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