Q: The organ in our church recently had what I can only call a complete meltdown (it was over 35 years old). The church would like to replace it with something more contemporary, but it does not have the funds to purchase both an organ and a piano. Is there any product available today that’s modern in the technological sense but also suitable for use in a serious house of worship?
A: We’re glad you asked! It just so happens that Sweetwater recently partnered up with the folks at Muse Research to release the Muse Receptor Spirit, a 2U hardware VST player with 2GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and Native Instruments Komplete 5 installed. But, what really sets this module apart is the exclusive 300MB of custom house of worship sounds lovingly culled from the Sweetwater/Stratus Sounds library by Sweetwater soundware guru Daniel Fisher. It includes stereo pipe organs, choirs, stereo strings, bells and more, all available right out of the box! All you need is a keyboard controller and the Receptor Spirit. Fisher explains, “The patches represent worship music styles from classical to contemporary and are unique in that they’re very simple to control from any MIDI controller. Turn the knob to the sound you want and then press the knob. That’s it.” Naturally, your Sweetwater Sales Engineer has all the details!