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  • Setting a volume level

    Is there a certain level organs should be set to for proper volume? For example, when installing sound reinforcement systems (PA) the norm is to use pink noise or a sine wave and set it to certain level and that the level is at least 25dB (slow-A) above ambient noise.

    I also know from working with pipe organs that usually the 4' Principal on the Great is the benchmark stop and needs to be a certain scale relative to the room's acoustics.

    Do Allen organs have such a benchmark for amp/cage settings? For example, set the 4' Octave to XdB, then balance the rest of the organ.


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    You could direct this message to JBird604. He is an Allen service person who has also installed in his day. He should be able to give you details Allen provides.

    I did purchase an Allen Audio Service Manual, however, it does not provide the installation information you are requesting. I believe that's only provided to trained Allen service personnel.

    As a rule of thumb, I use completely open boxes and full organ to set the levels as if accompanying a full church. One can always go down from there. On all my Allens, I prefer to set open boxes and register around that--as if it were an unenclosed pipe organ.

    Hope that helps.

    Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
    • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
    • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
    • 11 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 7 Pianos