Church Keyboard Center has more experience creating pipe+digital hybrid organs, and more hybrid organs in churches throughout Southern and Central California, then any other organ builder in the region. Understanding the options for your church begins with a conversation about your musical goals and a survey of your existing pipe organ (if applicable).
Here is a brief sampling of our hybrid organs (click on the name to see more photos and information):
A hybrid organ is the optimal solution when a pipe organ is desired, but the budget is insufficient for an organ of appropriate size for the worship center or auditorium. The hybrid solution offers several natural advantages:
The hybrid organ is a smart solution for older existing pipe organs with a failing console and/or where the small size of the organ is limiting or inadequate for the current musical needs of the church.
Rodgers state-of-the-art pipe organ interface system enables any Rodgers console to be connected to any existing pipe organ. The total investment for a Rodgers console and the pipe organ interface is often comparable to other alternatives, such as rebuilding the pipe organ console or building a new pipe organ console. With a Rodgers console and new pipe interface, you end up with a larger instrument (more total voices with the pipes plus the digital voices), and one that is eminently more versatile with many more pipe organ and orchestral voices that the Rodgers console adds to your pipe organ.
Rodgers’ state-of-the-art digital technology, both in our consoles and the pipe organ interface, offers a number of advantages compared to others:
Achieve your goal quickly–for an existing pipe organ, the conversion to a hybrid organ can be accomplished quickly and with minimal lead time and disruption. The entire process–replacing the console and connecting the interface to the pipe organ is usually completed within one to three weeks, with no downtime for Sunday services. All Rodgers organ consoles are pipe compatible, no customization is required. When ordering a new console from the factory, the lead time from order to delivery ranges from two to four weeks.
Greatest flexibility–Rodgers organ consoles provide the ultimate flexibility and control of your pipe organ–no custom programming or special software required. All of the configuring to play the pipes is accomplished in the system menus built into the console. Any new or pre-owned Rodgers console available from Church Keyboard Center is pipe compatible by design and may be interfaced to pipes at any time.
State-of-the-art digital interface–the Rodgers Pipe Integration Manager (PIM), introduced in 2012, is our new pipe controller that interfaces the Rodgers console to the pipes. The PIM is field programmable, enabling us to easily interface to any amount of pipework and make changes as needed or desired.
The most powerful voicing capability–voicing the digital pipe voices is critical to the success of a hybrid organ: the digital voices must blend seamlessly with the pipe stops. A Rodgers digital organ is easily voiced to achieve this goal. The new SSC-based Rodgers organs have the most extensive voicing control of any digital organ available today, enabling blending digital voices with pipe stops with great precision and subtlety, note by note. Please ask us to demonstrate this ability.