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    Would it be safe to assume that organs built by Allen after a certain date were all midi-capable? I currently play a very modest Allen built around 2002 (model number not handy at this very moment), which states it is a "Digital" organ, and we're looking to "midi-fy" it as a way to avoid needing a substitute organist during my absence. I think the cost to add this component would far outweigh the costs involved in finding/paying a sub.</P>


    Suggestions/Comments are appreciated.</P>
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    Regards,</P>


    Rob</P>

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    Re: Midi Capable Allen (2002)

    welcome to the forum Rob!



    I can't imagine that any modern digital organ made after the mid 1990's would NOT have MIDI on it already?



    I have a 1996 Rodgers ditigal organ (model 535 which was one of their low end models) and it had MIDI back then.



    Does your Allen have something that looks like this:


    It should have one more port actually, a "thru" port. anyhow if it has that you can just plug a MIDI expander into the organ to play whatever stops it has, or to operate it via a sequencer.

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      Re: Midi Capable Allen (2002)



      If it was factory equipped with midi i/o, there would be some midi stop tabs.</P>


      The midi connectors (if it has them) would be inside the console.</P>


      Dors it have a Smart recorder or Midi Expander, either on top or in a drawer? </P>


      If it has either of those, it has midi.</P>


      Best to get the model number, then you can tell &amp; get an operator's manual.</P>
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        Re: Midi Capable Allen (2002)

        [quote user="chriscraftguy"] Would it be safe to assume that organs built by Allen after a certain date were all midi-capable? I currently play a very modest Allen built around 2002 (model number not handy at this very moment), which states it is a "Digital" organ, and we're looking to "midi-fy" it as a way to avoid needing a substitute organist during my absence. I think the cost to add this component would far outweigh the costs involved in finding/paying a sub.


        Suggestions/Comments are appreciated.</P>
        <P mce_keep="true">Regards,</P>


        Rob[/quote]</P>


        In the owner's section of Allen Organ's website, they have free downloads of their organ manuals. You might find one there for your organ. It's probably safe to assume it has MIDI, although Allen was a bit later to add MIDI than Rodgers or Baldwin were.</P>


        Hope this helps.</P>


        Michael</P>
        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)
        • 9 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 6 Pianos

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          Re: Midi Capable Allen (2002)

          **UPDATE**

          Boy, was I wrong about the build date on this organ. So much so, that I think I might be "dead in the water" with regards to a simple midi sequencer. The Allen is a model ADC5000 series, with what appears to be a build date somewhere between '83 and '84. She's better than 20 years old (although still running strong). My desire to get this organ midi-equipped is still there, but I'm not sure it's doable.

          What's interesting about all this is the fact I actually record services for two other churches in the area on a weekly basis, while physically playing for another (3 churches altogether). One of the recorded churches uses an early 2000's Rodgers (really like this organ!), while the other uses a magnificent Allen, complete with every bell and whistle (small rural church w/ this fantastic instrument -- gotta love farmers with money!).

          I'm afforded one Sunday off a month, which is wonderful, but trying to find a replacement for each of those Sundays can be a real bear. Would be nice to be able to record the service, and not have to worry about finding a replacement.

          Thoughts on the possibility of the ADC5000 getting midi-fied?

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            Re: Midi Capable Allen (2002)

            A friend advises that Allen has a Midi adapter for the ADC series however it provides onlykeyboard note data. It does not allow you to play the organ with a sequencer. Cost is around $1000.00

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              PLEASE

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