Kinkennon Services

The Virtual Pipe Organ

The virtual pipe organ is an electronic organ which is designed to simulate the sound of real pipe organs as closely as possible using advanced audio sampling and playback techniques.

Kinkennon Services focuses on repurposing older organs, often those manufactured by the premiere American manufacturers such as Allen and Rodgers, giving them a new lease on life. Our builds use our own MIDI encoder designs, the latest Hauptwerk software on a PC or Mac, and audio systems which utilize pro-audio interfaces and speakers. The resulting Virtual Pipe Organ plays any of the numerous high quality sample sets from vendors around the world.

Our MIDI Projects

Kinkennon MIDI encoders are designed for retrofitting older organ consoles for use with virtual pipe organ software such as Hauptwek, Miditzer, and JOrgan. The C programming code is freely available to modify or to use as is.

The encoders are based on the UBW32 development board which utilizes a Microchip PIC32 MCU. This is the red board in the photo. There are connections for three manuals, a pedalboard, eight expression pedals or other potentiometers, an LCD display, and a relay to control audio amplifier power. Two additional I2C ports interface with optional I/O boards which typically connect up to 64 pistons and 96 stops.