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Lakeside Pipe Organ

Kontakt Instrument by Soundiron

The Lakeside Pipe Organ is a vintage steel and wooden pipe organ located at the Lakeside Temple of Practical Christianity, in downtown Oakland, California. This large pipe organ produces its sound by venting mechanically compressed air (wind) through 850 resonant steel pipes and wooden reeds, arranged in 15 ranks. Each pipe produces sound at 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 and a foot pedal board for bass notes, each of which controls its own group of stops.

We recorded 5 different essential stop settings on the organ, which can be compared to PP, P, MP, MF, FF dynamics with master organist Don Sears. All settings were recorded from 2 wide stereo microphone positions(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. We've programmed the library with an intuitive and flexible interface, including an advanced step-sequencing arpeggiator, LFOs, dsp multi-effects such as delay, flanger, filter and convolution reverb. The reverb section features 115 select custom impulse responses recorded from some of our favorite locations. Amoung these are classic real-world spaces, as well as unique fx impulses that are great for creating rich, evolving atmospheres and special effect.

This library was originally released in 2009 by Tonehammer. For our updated version 2.0, we’ve improved key-mapping and overall playability, added a full set of brand new automatable performance, effect and arpeggiator controls and refined the overall experience.


  • 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

Product Specs

  • 1.85 GB installed
  • 1,584 Samples
  • 27 Kontakt 3.5 .nki instrument presets
  • 16 bit / 44.1 kHz uncompressed PCM wav audio
  • Unlocked Kontakt presets and wav samples to allow user customization
  • Includes a bonus collection of custom sound-designed ambiences, drones and special FX presets, as well as our favorite custom convolution reverb impulses and an advanced Kontakt user interface with full automation support.

System Requirements

  • This library is designed for the full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt 3.5 or later. Kontakt is an industry-standard advanced virtual instrument / software sampler platform. 
  • Check out screenshots of our custom graphical user interface for Kontakt in the image gallery above. They provide a wide range of sound shaping parameter controls, each one totally automation-ready in your host environment or Kontakt's stand-alone mode
  • This is a standard Kontakt open-format library, so the free Kontakt Player doesn't support this open-format Kontakt library. However, the sample directories are fully accessible to allow user customization, import and mapping into other wav-compatible software, sampler and synth formats.
  • The special Libraries tab doesn't support this open-format Kontakt library, but you can use the standard File browser tab, or import this library into the Kontakt database and Quickload tools for easy navigation, loading and organization.

Please note: The full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt version 3.5 (or later) is required to use .nki instrument presets included in this library. The free Kontakt "Player" and "Add Library" import process do not support this standard open-format Kontakt library. Windows XP or higher. Mac OSX 10.6 or higher. Dual Core CPU, 2 GB System Ram, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library. This software is delivered as a digital download, so a broadband connection is required.

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