Digital Organ and Pipe Organ Side-By-Side Comparison
Pipe organs have played an important role in church music for centuries. With advances in technology, alternatives to pipe organs became available. This started with the electro-mechanical Hammond Organ and later analog oscillator technology pioneered by Allen Organ Company.
Analog oscillator technology permitted affordable production of fine organs. However, their sounds did not accurately reproduce the grandeur of pipe organs. That began to change in 1971 with the introduction by Allen Organ Company of the first digitally sampled organ that made possible more precise reproduction of pipe sounds. Today, most electronic organs use digital sampling technology. As with pipe organs, not all digital organs are equal.
With advances in digital technology, as well as the cost implications, most churches today choose a digital organ to support their music ministries. Some digital organs can even stand up to a direct side-by-side comparison with quality pipe organs. Below is a link to video of a two organ concert in Rijssen, The Netherlands, that included a small two-manual Allen digital organ and a fine pipe organ. The results are amazing, especially when considering that a pipe organ of this magnitude would cost at least 20 times more than the digital organ. Just imagine the results if it were compared to a digital organ of comparable size.