Organ/Types of Organs

There are many types of organs.

A pipe organ forces air through many large and small pipes, each of which produces a unique pitch and timbre. This is the largest, oldest, most majestic, most expensive, most complicated, and arguably most expressive type of organ.

A reed organ may be the size of an upright piano, or much more portable, and forces air through metal reeds much like a harmonica. It sounds similar to an oboe or an accordion.

A Hammond organ has rotating tone wheels which produce various overtones which when mixed together in various levels produce a wide variety of sounds which are projected through rotating Leslie speakers. It has a very pure tone like a flute, but when distortion is applied may sound very "crunchy" like an electric guitar.

A digital organ is a sampler; it stores the sounds of many pipe organs and faithfully reproduces them with speakers on an appropriately grand machine with many registers and stops.

Last modified on 14 February 2012, at 11:24