Viscount promotes their Physis physical modeling technology as capable of “generating the highest-fidelity, most authentic church organ sound”.  An inspection of the Viscount audio system makes this claim suspect.

Consider the Viscount Unico 800, a four-manual, 84-stop instrument.  However, its audio system does not measure up to its large size with a standard audio compliment only including an internal 7-channel system.  The internal audio systems for the various Unico models are published by Viscount and included in the drawing below.

The 7-channel Unico 800 audio system consists of one 12” subwoofer channel, with the remaining 6 channels consisting of only a 4” mid-range and 1” or 2” tweeter.  Putting this into context, the smallest three-manual Allen Organ with half the number of stops of the Viscount 800 includes a significantly more robust internal audio system with 1 x 15” woofer, 4 x 8” midrange, and 4 x 3” tweeters.

Regardless of an organ’s tone generation system, without a high-fidelity audio system the tonal results will be less than pleasing.  Viscount’s small audio system not only limits an organ’s tonal fidelity, but may indicate a tone generation system not capable of producing high-fidelity sounds.

A digital organ’s tonal quality is limited by weakness in any part of its sound production including the audio system.

Viscount Audio System Drawing
Viscount Audio System Drawing

4 thoughts on “Viscount Organ Audio Systems

  1. Viscount organs sound like Hammond organs, and not digital organs, to me. If they even start with sampling at all, there is so much processing that it sounds effectively like electronic or electrostatic generation.

  2. This organ is normally connected to 12 to 28 EXTERNAL audio channels. There is an output panel at the bottom of the console. Also at least one or more sub-woofers. True, an internal audio system is very limited for an organ of this size, but I think the intent here was to provide some level of monitor capability or practice, as the externals can be muted via a tab control if desired. All of this is clearly stated in the owners manual and brochures online.

    All too obvious that George is out of touch with reality, but entitled to his opinion like everyone else.

    1. The point in the original post is included in the last sentence: “A digital organ’s tonal quality is limited by weakness in any part of its sound production including the audio system.” The internal audio system of this organ is not hi-fidelity. Even if the organ’s tone-generation system was capable of producing high-fidelity sound, this audio system is not.

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