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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Guest Article: Allen AP-22a compared to AP16

Today's article is a guest article written by Barry Holben, Vice President of Sales for the Allen Organ Company.

Barry Holben

Thanks for your e-mail and the invitation to supply your readers information about the Allen Ap-22a. I’ve attached some documentation about the AP-22a and comparative statistics for its predecessor, the AP-16. As you will see, the stop list of the AP-22a is significantly larger than the stop list of the AP-16. Beyond the resident stop list of the AP-22a, there are two unique features that provide further versatility to this instrument. The first of these is “2nd Voices”. Many of the primary voices have counterparts that can be invoked through the 2nd voices control located in the “Generals” portion of the stop rail. Additionally, the AP-22a has an entire second stop list, accessible through the instrument’s Console Controller, the user interface located on the left side of the key desk. Using the Console Controller, the organist can invoke a complete French Romantic stop list. This specification has fiery reeds and large-scale of the principal stops. The AP-22a also features a Hymn Player that includes many favorite LDS hymns. Many Wards and Stakes value this feature for occasions when organists are unavailable.

In addition to the versatility provided by the features listed above, the AP-22a also features Acoustic Portrait™, the only sampled reverb system available in any digital organ. This unique patented system provides the actual acoustics of a wide range of real-world environments from cavernous French cathedrals to the short reflections of pipe organ chambers. With Acoustic Portrait, organists can choose the acoustic that best enhances the organ’s environment and compliments the style of music being performed.

I hope this information is interesting to you and your readers.


Mr. Holben, thank you so much for sharing this valuable information with us!

I'd like to take this opportunity to share two videos of our honored guest playing his own arrangements. Enjoy!




1 comment:

  1. Sound is inappropriate for a church, and somewhat synthetic.

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