For a long time now I’ve been intending to build myself an organ console of some description. Recently I’ve finally managed to motivate myself to start looking into building one, and this blog is going to document what progress, if any, I make.
It is also likely to form a sort of braindump of possible parts to use, possible strategies to use, possible bits to bolt onto the resulting frankeninstrument, and possible large drinks to indulge in when things fail.
The general aims of the project are:
- To produce something that feels like an organ to play to me, subjectively.
- To produce something with suitably insane features provided by digital electronics.
- To produce something I can use as a MIDI controller without it being tied to any given piece of software – while, for example, I love Hauptwerk, I’d like to be able to use the organ to control things like track parameters in Ableton, or other bits of equipment, or things I haven’t thought of yet.
- To produce something, ideally, that doesn’t require use of a computer to play.
- To produce something modular.
- To have a working something at all stages of the project.
Beyond these, the project has no end goal particularly or end state. I hope the instrument is just going to keep growing and being modified until I am forced by the constraints of my sanity or living space to put an arbitrary and sudden full stop to the project.
So, feel free to follow along. I’ll try to document everything I do.