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With many churches suddenly experimenting with live streaming worship services, tech crews are discovering that microphones in the sanctuary usually don’t provide the desired organ sound for the video being streamed.
We’ve been getting calls this week asking if there is a way to get a “line out” audio feed directly from the organ console. The answer is: YES.
Most Rodgers and Johannus organs have stereo line level outputs located under the keyboards:
Connecting the organ line out to an audio board/mixer requires converting the high impedance (hi Z) output of the organ to low impedance (lo Z) of the microphone inputs at the mixer. Use a “direct box” as follows:
Click here to see an example of a Direct Box.
Click here to learn more about the function of a Direct Box.
For Rodgers organs that do not have a line out, the headphone jack can be used. Use a cable with a 1/4″ stereo plug. Plugging into the headphone jack silences the organ speakers, so you will need to use a splitter so that the organist can still use headphones to hear the organ. Alternatively, use a powered monitor speaker for the organist and other participants to hear the organ.
The “Safer at Home” order issued by Los Angeles County requires the closure of non-essential retail businesses through at least April 19. Through this period Church Keyboard Center is still operating and available to support any needs that may arise.
Our showroom is normally open only by appointment, and this will continue with additional safety precautions in place. Please call for further information.
Organ service requests are being taken, however, non-urgent service will be scheduled after Easter (April 12). We may recommend postponing service if we feel the visit would pose an undue risk for either you or the service technician. Call 909-599-7899 (during business hours) for service requests or use the new Nelson.Care online form (see below).
Organist support is always available by phone as usual. Please call 909-833-7638 (this is Nelson’s direct office number).
We recently implemented a new online request form. Using a browser (Safari, Firefox, Edge, etc.) on your computer or phone, go to Nelson.Care and type your request–then click SUBMIT.
This form is especially convenient to use on a smartphone and has some advantages over phoned in requests. Calls often come when we’re on the road or heads down working on an organ. If you end up leaving a voice mail, there can be a delay in retrieving your message and responding to your request. If we do end up speaking while “on the go,” getting your request properly documented for follow up later when we’re back in the office is not 100% reliable!
Requests submitted via the Nelson.Care form go directly into our information system and Nelson is immediately alerted wherever he happens to be. If immediate follow up is not possible, your request continues to prompt our staff for a response until it has been dealt with.
Two Church Keyboard Center Associates have completed technical and product certification, having attended training sessions conducted by the Global Organ Grouup at the Rodgers factory in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Tony Imperatrice and Lawrence Strohm participated in a series of training sessions for Rodgers and Johannus organs, including both current and legacy models.
Tony Imperatrice is a sales associate and service technician in the Fresno area. Lawrence Strohm is a service technician in the Los Angeles area. Both Tony and Lawrence have 20-plus years of experience as pipe organ technicians and have managed hybrid pipe organ projects for Church Keyboard Center in recent years.
Church Keyboard offers two new portable organ keyboards that open many possibilities for organists who do freelance gigs in a variety of locations that do not typically have an organ. Expand your “repertoire” of income-producing opportunities.
We’re pleased to present these new workhorses for professional organists: the Johannus One and Dexibell L3. These are essentially the same keyboard with identical features, but each with its own unique stop list.
As a traveling organist with organ keyboard, here are just some of the possibilities:
We usually have both of these keyboards in stock to demo* and purchase. Pricing** is:
*Demos by appointment in the Monrovia showroom–please call 909-599-7899 to schedule
**Incentives available for AGO members
As noted above, the only difference between the Johannus One and Dexibell L3 is the stop list. Click here to view a comparison of the two stop lists.
The most common question we get is: can a pedal board be connected? Yes–most MIDI pedal boards are compatible….if you really need to go there. The two pedal stops on these keyboards automatically play the bottom note that you’re playing. In the spirit of maximizing mobility and minimizing set-up time, think about using this feature that “plays” the pedals, but without the expense and logistics of traveling with a pedal board. After all, a pedal board that is anywhere near a full-size AGO pedal board is not mobile. Let your fingers do the work!