Roland C-330 Home Organ

I need to introduce you to the newest member of my family, the Roland C-330 Home Organ. I’m officially the first one in Seattle to actually own one. My Dad and I went down to pick it up from the Rodgers factory in Hillsboro, Oregon over Thanksgiving weekend, and we were quite confident that it would fit in the Toyota RAV, since the Rodgers salesperson we met with earlier mentioned that it was small enough to fit in a car. As we figured out, JUST BARELY. We had to remove all the packaging. After getting it back to my apartment, I set it up and started to crank it up to see how loud it would go. Less than 30 minutes into playing it for the first time, somebody knocked on the door and complained I was being too loud… Oh, well, I guess that’s why I got head phones!

Below, I made a few recordings in my free time, to illustrate some of the sounds of this magnificent instrument. I will post more as I make them. The recordings came out perfect quality, and may have created some background noise and lost a little bit of high-frequency information as I converted them to MP3 format, so they sound a little different. They’re not perfect, but they should at least give you an idea why I fell in love with this instrument. I recorded using the Line-in audio port on my Powerbook G4 using SoundStudio3.

O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (O Innocent Lamb of God), J. S. Bach BWV 1095 – Uses mostly flute stops

Prelude and Fugue in G Major, J. S. Bach BWV 557 – Set with a high amount of reverb, to mimic a cathedral sound

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Come Now, Savior of the Heathen), J. S. Bach BWV 599

Herr Christ, der einge Gottes-Sohn (Lord Christ, the only Son of God), J. S. Bach BWV 601 – Illustrates full organ sound