Originally Posted by TheTechGuru
or at least that's what I call it because I have been unable to find a official name for what I am talking about. I am talking about how the sound from the pipes of a pipe organ mix and create harmony's in the air creating rich, full, clean, powerful sound.
Pipe organs are usually situated in highly reverberant rooms, and the mixing that you are speaking of is more likely happening at the walls than in the air.
Pipe organ sound is what it is because of its frequency range, the SPLs that it can generate, and because there are so many different pipes. Our church has a medium-sized organ and it has thousands of pipes, most out of sight. The longest is 16 feet long, which puts its bass range in the same category as a bass guitar. The smallest pipes look like piccolos, and have a similar sound. The whole ensemble is powered by a 10 HP 3 phase motor, so it can easily be the loudest instrument around.
IMO pipe organs were among the first practical, mainstream synthesizers. The goal of the instrument seems to be creating the experience produced by a symphony orchestra with only 1 musical instrument and one skilled musician.
There are now electronic devices that can fully recreate the sound of a large pipe organ, and can easily prove their mettle when attached to a competent speaker system.
OK, you are in love with pipe organs. Enjoy! I've lived with them up front and personal for over 55 years and I can take them or leave them. If you actually have an orchestra, leaving them is IMO a good idea.
I am attempting to do the same thing via multiple speaker channels, right now I am limited to 5 + 1 LFE which is fine because the songs I am creating I'm using 4 right fingers and 1-2 left finger(s) totaling 5-6 channels.
You appear IMO chasing down a rabbit hole called conflating reproduction of music with production of music. They are two different things, and if you are starting out with the usual acoustic recordings of pipe organs the choice has been made for you already - you are in the reproduction game.
The idea of dedicating a channel to the pipes played by a finger may satisfy some intuitive idea, but it ignores the fact that a small number of appropriate speakers and channels can fully reproduce the sound of a pipe organ. By appropriate I mean speakers with suitable dynamic range, frequency range, and directivity.
How do you keep the notes from intermodulating each other? It is all about having enough dynamic range and relative freedom from nonlinear distortion.
I don't know what sort of speakers and amplifiers you have now that are somehow not accomplishing this, but I can tell you that appropriate choices of components from the live sound parts bin can do the job and even fairly economically.