The pipe organ at St. John's, Ottawa, is a Gabriel Kney tracker instrument, and Dr. Gordon Johnston, Director of Music, found it was limited to only certain repertoire. He began looking at the possibilities and decided a PC-based system from Phoenix Organs would be the approach.
Phoenix supplied the 3 manual stack, with thumb pistons, key cheeks, music stand, knee panel with expression and crescendo pedals installed and retrofitted his supplied pedalboard from an older organ. Phoenix Organs used a simple PC, loaded it with JOrgan, operated using Linux, along with two 3M industrial touch screens and Phoenix pipe samples. Dr. Johnston installed the whole system into an older console and did some woodwork around the keyboard stack and touch screens. The design, as you can see at right, is an avant garde console against the traditional neo-baroque tracker organ.
Everyone, including Dr. Johnston are elated with the outcome and it has expanded the organ repertoire for the congregation.
Phoenix Organs has two desk-style console designs available, as well as traditional consoles. The two manual version, model TS 254, has 54 stops, a floating Choir Division and one touch screen, while the three manual, TS 354, has 54 stops and two touch screens. Please contact Phoenix for pricing.
Here is a page on the St. John's website where you can listen to a couple of sound bytes of the organ. http://www.stjohnsottawa.ca/index.php/music/organs