From The Blog Of Ric Overton...

New information just in from Rosemary Bailey

Good news!  I have been confirmed as an artist at the 2011 American Theater Organ Society national convention.  My role is to provide insight and demonstration of the Roland digital organ.  This annual function will be held in Providence, RI. at the downtown Westin Hotel.  The dates are June 30th — July 4th.  For many years the volunteers and contributors of ATOS have worked tirelessly to maintain theater pipe organ installations throughout the country.  The effort is huge in that many of these instruments are either vintage or have not been serviced adequately through the years.  So the necessity of having a small army of dedicated technicians who spend a copious amount of time making sure the console, wiring and pipes themselves are in working order is absolutely crucial.

The chapter hosting the event is EMCATOS (Eastern Massachusetts chapter of ATOS) and the four-day convention will feature various famous theater organists performing in the general area.  Reservations show some 600 people attending ready to listen to their favorite players.  So you may ask what pertinence the Roland Atelier organ has in this environment.  Good question…..

With the passing of time, traditional theater organs have seen their hay day being integrated into some of the most prestigious venues in the world.  Their sound is utterly unique, created by thousands of vertical pipes being activated by the rely system emanating from the organ console.  Acquiring the organ itself is a very costly undertaking plus maintenance issues are sometimes prohibitive.  However, though rare, these complex, elaborate installations do appear in large homes.  There is truly no substitution for a situation of this caliber but there now is a “second best”, more doable solution for those folks craving theater organ instrumentation.  It is the Roland Atelier organ which features digitally sampled theater organ ranks.  Although these registrations are only one facet of this instrument, the variety and combination of theater organ sounds make the Atelier organ a satisfying more practical replacement for the real thing.

My mission at the convention will be to present and educate the attendees on technology that makes it possible to virtually replicate voicing typical of the theater pipe organ.  I’ll also be performing at their gala banquet on Sunday evening.  This will be fun.  I anticipate the majority of people interested in knowing more about this subject will be genuinely impressed with the realism emanating from the Roland organ.

I can’t wait.  For more information about this year’s ATOS convention, please log onto www.atos.org/convention

Congrats to Rosemary.

Ric Overton

www.PianoSD.com via www.MaxMorganDesign.com

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