Advantages of a Real Organ vs. a Virtual One
Advantages of a Real Product vs. a Virtual One
The term "virtual" is touted by some companies today as if it is "virtuous".
Even though these two words sound similar, there's a big difference in their
meaning. A recent Music Trades interview with Dave Smith provides
Dave Smith is considered a guru of the synthesizer industry. His former
company, Sequential Circuits, was responsible for many innovations including
the Prophet-5, the first musical instrument to incorporate a microprocessor. In
1983, Dave was influential in developing the MIDI standard. He also
developed the first entirely software-based synthesizer. Dave recently made
the following comment to Music Trades magazine:
"You can't develop a relationship with a microprocessor; it's always
changing, you always have to update and any software-synth you buy now
will not work in ten years."
Virtual instruments are software synths. When the PC operating systems for
which they are designed become outdated or are no longer supported, the
virtual software also becomes an "orphan". And, if the PC on which the
software resides needs to be replaced, the virtual software may not be
compatible with the replacement PC's new operating system. There's nothing
virtuous about that.
Allen Organ Company solves the hardware/software compatibility issue by
designing and manufacturing both aspects of the instrument, and with a
commitment to long-term service support and parts availability. Allen organs
are real instruments, designed to provide long-term musical satisfaction.