2012 Metzler Organ, op. 650

Església Abacial de Santa Maria de Poblet  /Tarragona, Spain


Short Introduction and History

The renowned European organ building company, Metzler Orgelbau AG, which has been flourishing in Switzerland since 1890, built one of its largest instruments for the Poblet Monastery. It consists of three manuals and 56 stops.
Metzler has always built their instruments to last. For this reason they have studied historical organs throughout the continent to "relearn" the old master's organ building trade. Furthermore they only use the finest natural materials that have proved their value throughout the centuries.

The new Poblet organ, which is not a copy of a certain style, but was conceived as a balanced synthesis of the most important elements of European Baroque and Classical organ schools, is a truly interregional style instrument while being as authentic and accurate as possible to the original examples.

The tonal conception is based on the German Baroque style, centred in the music of J. S. Bach.
However the instrument also includes bright French and Spanish reeds, as well as mutations and fonds, the necessary elements for the interpretation of French, Iberian, Late Baroque, Romantic and modern music.
The voicing and tonal finishing was done by Andreas Metzler in consultation with the Abbey's main organist, Fr. Josep Antoni Peramos.

Concert organists from all over the world are now playing concerts in Poblet and are fascinated by the richness and beauty of the instrument's sound and the excellent mechanical tracker action, which allows easy coupling of all manuals.

The Abbey church has a reverberation time up to 7 seconds.

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Recording technique

The organ was recorded in May 2013 with 48 kHz, 24 bit, multi-channel for Hauptwerk 4, using the multi-release technique introduced by OrganArt.
The stops were recorded with multiple releases for short, medium and long key attacks for optimal acoustical mapping.
All manual ranks were additionally recorded with the original tremulant sound


I would like to thank Prior Fr. LLuc Torcal and main organist Fr. Josep Antoni Peramos for giving permission and supporting this project. Many thanks are especially due to Fr. Peramos for local assistance, beta testing of the virtual instrument and documentary work.
Last but not least thanks to Metzler AG Orgelbau/Switzerland for explicit permission for this project and helpful discussions.

Virtual Console


Organ Temperament: Special Metzler temperament, slightly non-equal

Rückpositiv (C–g3)

01. Prestant 8
02. Bourdon 8
03. Quintade 8
04. Octave 4
05. Rohrflöte 4
06. Nasard 2 2/3
07. Doublette 2
08. Terz 1 3/5
09. Larigot 1 1/3
10. Sesquialter II
11. Scharf IV
12. Trompete 8
13. Cromorne 8'

Hauptwerk (C–g3)

01. Prestant 16
02. Bourdon 16
03. Principal 8
04. Rohrflöte 8
05. Viola 8
06. Octave 4
07. Holzflöte 4
08. Quinte 2 2/3
09. Superoctave 2
10. Mixtur major IV
11. Mixtur minor III
12. Cornet V
13. Fagott 16
14. Trompette 8
15. Clairon 4

Unterwerk (C–g3)

01. Hohlflöte 8
02. Holzgedackt 8
03. Gambe 8
04. Unda maris 8
05. Prestant 4
06. Salicet 4
07. Traversflöte 4
08. Octave 2
09. Waldflöte 2
10. Sifflöte 1
11. Cornett III
12. Zimbel III
13. Oboe 8
14. Vox humana 8

Batalla (Chamades):
15. Trompeta 8
16. Clarin 4

Pedal (C–f1)

01. Untersatz 32
02. Subbass 16
03. Principalbass 16
04. Octavbass 8
05. Violabass 8 (HW)
06. Choralbass 4
07. Bauernflöte 2
08. Rauschpfeife V
09. Bombarde 16
10. Fagott 16 (HW)
11. Trompete 8
12. Trompete 4


UW 4'-P


Tremulant Hauptwerk
Tremulant Rückpositiv
Tremulant Unterwerk





















Blower System
Box bellows

Wind pressures:
HW 73 mm WS
RP 70 mm WS
UW 65 mm WS
Chamade 69 mm WS
PED 82 mm WS




Loaded Version

Memory Requirements 3)

Processor Speed

16-bit, compressed1), all loops

7.5 GByte

≥ 2 GHz  DualCore 2)

20-bit, compressed, all loops

12.5 GByte

≥ 2 GHz DualCore 2)

24-bit, compressed, all loops

14.0 GByte

≥ 2 GHz  DualCore 2)






Lossless compression (no loss of sound quality!)

Minimal configuration (Single loop loading, some ranks disabled):
Dual-Core, 8 GByte main memory, Windows7 et successors or MAC OS

Optimal configuration:
QuadCore, 32 GByte RAM, Windows7 et successors or MAC OS

3) To load this organ into Hauptwerk you will need enough free memory in your computer, due to the amount of playable stops, not including the operating system or any other programs that may be running!

We recommend the professional audio card RME series and the AKG Reference Headphone K702/712 for optimal sound and room impression.


The following demo pieces were recorded with the Hauptwerk Advanced Edition software and the virtual organ sample set, with no additional effects processing.

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Pièce d' Orgue BWV 572 | 10:12 min | Edo Luyenburg, Spain (Netherlands)
Tres vitement: Plenum Unterwerk,
Grave: 16' Plenum HW, Ped: 32' Plenum
Lentement: Plenum Rueckpositiv, Ped: Subbas 16', Octavbass 8'

A playlist with over 1h music is available on Concert Hall-Website, check
Metzler organ music collection

















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