owner`s guide - Church Organs of Colorado
Three Manual Organs
A778
T908 – T928 – T958 – T968
OWNER’S GUIDE
Copyright ©2006 Rodgers Instruments LLC
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WARNING:
WHEN USING THIS INSTRUMENT, ALWAYS FOLLOW BASIC SAFETY PRECAUTIONS,
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING:
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Read these instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with dry cloth.
Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in
accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce
heat.
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has
two blades with one wider than the other. A
grounding type plug has two blades and a third
grounding prong. The wide blade or the third
prong is provided for your safety. If the
provided plug does not fit into your outlet,
consult an electrician for replacement of the
obsolete outlet.
Protect the power cord from being walked on or
pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and the point where they exit from
the apparatus
Only use attachments/accessories specified by
the manufacturer.
Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
when unused for long periods of time.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Servicing is required when the apparatus has
been damaged in any way, such as power-supply
cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled
or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the
apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture,
does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
14. To reduce the risk of injury, supervise children
closely when they are around the instrument.
15. Use of this instrument, either alone or in
combination with an amplifier and headphones or
speakers, may be capable of producing sound
levels that could cause permanent hearing loss.
DO NOT operate for a long period of time at a
high volume level or at a level that is
uncomfortable. If you experience any hearing
loss or ringing in the ears, you should consult an
audiologist.
16. Protect the instrument from dust as much as
possible.
17. Connect the instrument to a power source only of
the type described in the operating instructions or
as marked on the instrument.
18. Turning off the instrument at the main power
switch does not ensure that the instrument is
completely powered off. To completely power
off the instrument, unplug the power cord of the
instrument from the power source. The power
cord should be readily accessible to allow easy
disconnect of the instrument power cord from the
power source. Do not pull the cord to unplug.
Hold the plug when unplugging from the power
source.
19. When setting up with other instruments or
peripherals, follow the procedures in accordance
with Rodgers’ owner’s manual.
20. Use only the attached power supply cord. Also,
the supplied power cord must not be used with
any other device.
21. Speaker wiring must be installed by professional
or service personnel.
Lithium battery warning
Caution: Danger of explosion if lithium battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only
with same or equivalent type.
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Manually operated mains power switch
Caution: The mains power switch does not completely disconnect this equipment from the
mains power when the switch is in the off position. Remove power cord from mains outlet when
servicing equipment. This applies to all equipment not designated as “A” or Allegiant.
You must GROUND instruments equipped with a TYPE AC, 3 WIRE GROUNDED PLUG.
This apparatus with Class I construction shall be connected only to mains socket outlet with a
protective earthing connection.
WARNING: EXTERNAL SPEAKER WIRING TO BE INSTALLED ONLY BY
PROFFESSIONAL OR SERVICE PERSONELL.
WARNING
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ELECTRICAL SHOCK:
DO NOT REMOVE COVER OR BACK.
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS
INSIDE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
SERVICE PERSONNEL.
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FCC NOTICE
Radio and Television Interference
Rodgers organs use and generate small amounts of radio-frequency (RF) energy. The instrument
complies with the limits set for Class B computing devices. FCC Rules, Part 15, Subpart J
define the limits for radio and television interference in a residential installation.
Follow the installation and the use instruction in the manual, or the instrument could potentially
cause interference with some radio or television reception. In the unlikely event this occurs, we
encourage the user to try the following corrective measures:
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Turn the instrument OFF to see if it is the actual source of the interference.
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Disconnect the peripheral devices and their input/output cables one at a time. If
the interference stops, the peripheral device or its I/O cable is the cause.
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Coil and uncoil the instrument’s power cord in different ways.
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Connect the instrument’s power cord to a power outlet on a different circuit.
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Move the instrument further away from the radio or television receiver.
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Turn the radio or television receiver until the interference stops.
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Connect the radio or television receiver to a different power circuit.
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Reorient or move the receiver antenna further away from the instrument.
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Consider installing a rooftop antenna with coaxial cable lead-in between the
antenna and receiver.
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Consult the nearest Rodgers dealer for more information if the above corrective
measures don’t remove the interference.
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CONTENTS
FCC Notice ......................................................................................................................................3
Radio and Television Interference .............................................................................................3
Contents ...........................................................................................................................................7
Introduction......................................................................................................................................9
Turn On/Turn Off ..............................................................................................................10
Turning On:........................................................................................................................10
Manuals and Pedalboard ....................................................................................................10
Activating Stops.................................................................................................................10
Intermanual Couplers.........................................................................................................11
Intramanual Couplers.........................................................................................................12
MIDI Couplers ...................................................................................................................12
Using Pistons to Select Registrations ................................................................................13
General Pistons
Toe Pistons
Divisional Pistons ..................................13
Divisional Pistons ..............................................................................................................14
General and Divisional Cancel ..........................................................................................14
Combination Memory Levels ............................................................................................15
Selecting Memory Levels ..................................................................................................15
Console Displays, Indicators, and Menus................................................................................15
Locking a Combination Memory.......................................................................................16
Unlocking a Combination Memory ...................................................................................17
Restoring Factory Combination Settings ...........................................................................18
Reversibles.........................................................................................................................19
Expression Shoes and Controls................................................................................................19
Crescendo Shoe and Controls ............................................................................................19
Standard and Alternate Crescendo Sequences...................................................................20
Great/Pedal Enclosed .........................................................................................................20
Great/Pedal Unenclosed.....................................................................................................20
Festival Trumpet Enclosed ................................................................................................20
All Swells...........................................................................................................................21
Transposer................................................................................................................................21
Tremulants ...............................................................................................................................21
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Tutti..........................................................................................................................................22
Melody Couplers......................................................................................................................22
Bass Coupler ............................................................................................................................23
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INTRODUCTION
Grand, glorious sound is the hallmark of the Rodgers organ. Providing a rich and
spacious ensemble sound complemented by crystal-clear definition, the Rodgers organ will take
you to new musical heights, while sustaining the tradition of quality, craftsmanship and
innovation you’ve come to expect from Rodgers.
Dimensional Sound Modeling® is the 21st century standard in the art of digital organ
building. This technology ushers in a new era of choice and control to create authentic pipe
organ sound and room acoustics as never before possible. Dimensional Sound Modeling
technology takes you from virtual to reality. With unmatched user control over every major facet
of the organ, you can create a sound and an acoustical environment modeled to your taste and
musical needs.
Rodgers’ exclusive Voice Palette™ system allows you to easily access numerous
additional sounds. These voices, available as alternate selections behind many stops, greatly
expand the tonal resources of the instrument. Each selection can be easily stored in the organ’s
memory system, allowing you to authentically recreate virtually any musical style or individual
performance desired with the push of a button.
With remarkable flexibility, superior sound and the option of adding real pipes at any
time, the Rodgers organ is a perfect choice for any home, concert or worship setting.
Built entirely in Oregon by dedicated, expert craftsmen, our consoles are meticulously
handcrafted of hardwoods and veneers, and are designed to the exacting standards of the
American Guild of Organists.
This manual will help with the exploration of the expansive capabilities and the variety of
features and functions offered by this instrument. As highly sophisticated as the Rodgers organ
is, the features are easy to use and easy to access, creating a most satisfying musical experience
for the player and listener alike. To keep abreast of the latest news and other items of interest,
visit the Rodgers website at: www.rodgersinstruments.com.
Two operational guides are included with the Rodgers organ.
Owner’s Guide
Use this guide to familiarize yourself with the basic operation and functions of the
instrument.
Advanced Features Reference Guide (referred to in this guide as the AG)
This guide provides in-depth descriptions and explanations of the many advanced controls and
features of the Rodgers organ.
! You’ll also find helpful hints and additional details in italics like this.
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To get started, here is an overview of the basic operations of the Rodgers organ.
Turn On/Turn Off
Turning On:
Depending on model, press and hold the top of the On/Off rocker switch for
approximately 2 seconds and release or press the top of the On/Off switch labeled (―)
until it locks into place. The instrument identification message appears in the display
window. The organ then performs a diagnostic test of its systems over the next few
seconds. When completed, the display window reads TRANSPOSER O. The organ is
ready to play.
Turning Off:
Press and hold the bottom of the On/Off rocker switch for no more than 1-2
seconds and release, or press the bottom of the On/Off switch labeled (O) until it
locks into place.
! Depending on model, the organ may be equipped with an Automatic Shutdown
feature. See the AG
Manuals and Pedalboard
The organ has keyboards played by the hands, commonly referred to as manuals. Each manual
plays an assortment of stops, known as a division. The keyboard played by the feet is referred to
as the pedalboard, and stops played by the pedalboard make up the Pedal division.
Depending on model, a Solo division may also be available. This division is not assigned to a
specific manual and stops are assigned to a particular division by the organist. This may also be
referred to as a “Floating division.” Three manual organs contain, in order from bottom to top,
the Choir Manual, the Great Manual, and the Swell Manual.
Activating Stops
The term stop is used to describe a single voice on an organ. Stops are activated by Rocker
Tablets (tabs) and/or Drawknobs. Depending on model, a stop may also be activated by a
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piston (i.e. chimes). The stop will sound if it is activated and any keys or pedals that control that
division are pressed.
To activate a stop or control, pull the drawknob or press the bottom of the tab, and release.
To deactivate a stop or control, push the drawknob or press the top of the tab, and release.
! Many stops have more than one voice to choose from. This is referred to as the
Rodgers Voice Palette™. See the AG
Couplers
Intermanual Couplers
An Intermanual Coupler is a control that allows a division of the organ to be played from a
different manual or the pedalboard. They most often function from tabs located above the Swell
manual (also called the tab rail). For example, by activating the Swell to Great 8’ coupler, stops
selected in the Swell division will play from the Great manual. (“Swell to Great” literally means,
“connect the Swell division to the Great manual”). Intermanual Couplers allow you to control a
larger portion of the organ from one manual or the pedalboard and are useful in achieving larger
and more varied registrations.
The pitch designation (8’and 4’) specifies the pitch at which the division is to be coupled. 8’
is concert pitch in organ nomenclature; when using an 8’ coupler, the division is coupled at
its normal pitch.
4’ pitch is an octave above 8’ pitch. When a 4’ coupler is used, the division is coupled an
octave higher than normal. This nomenclature is similar to the pitch designation used in
organ stops.
8’ intermanual couplers are commonly used when building large ensemble registrations,
whereas 4’ couplers are usually not employed.
4’ couplers are often used with celeste stops in more gentle registrations; they effectively
increase the number of notes that are sounding and increase the warmth and breadth of the
ensemble.
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Intramanual Couplers
Intramanual couplers are different from intermanual couplers in that they operate within a
single organ division. These couplers allow you to play stops of the organ at a different pitch
level on the same manual where the stop is located. These couplers are often referred to as Sub
Couplers and Super Couplers. For example, by activating the Swell to Swell 16’ coupler
(Sub), the stops selected in the Swell division will sound one octave lower than the key played
on the Swell manual. An exception is the first octave where the lowest 12 notes will only sound
at unison pitch. With the Swell to Swell 4’ coupler (Super) activated, the stops selected in the
Swell division will sound one octave higher than the key played on the Swell manual. An
exception is the last octave where the highest 12 notes will not play if the selected stop is 2' or
shorter.
Another example of intramanual couplers is UNISON OFF. The SWELL UNISON OFF
coupler silences notes at concert or unison pitch (hence, the name) on the swell manual. The
Choir intramanual coupler is labeled CHOIR UNISON OFF and silences notes on the Choir
manual.
For example, selecting the SWELL UNISON OFF coupler would cause activated stops in the
Swell division to be silent even when notes are played on the Swell manual. The Unison Off
couplers are useful when you want to couple a division somewhere else without having it sound
on its assigned manual (i.e., you want to couple stops in Swell division to the Great but don’t
want them to play from the Swell manual).
MIDI Couplers
MIDI and MIDI/ORCH couplers are located under their respective manuals on pistons
(commonly referred to as thumb pistons).
The couplers labeled MIDI SW A and MIDI SW B for the Swell Manual, MIDI GT A and
MIDI GT B for the Great Manual, MIDI CH A and MIDI CH B for the Choir manual and
MIDI PED A and MIDI PED B for the pedals allow sounds from an external sound module to
be played from different divisions of the organ. Depending on model, some organs feature as
many as 52 internal orchestral voices. If the instrument has internal orchestral voices the MIDI
couplers will be labeled MIDI/ORCH SW A and MIDI/ORCH SW B for the Swell Manual,
MIDI/ORCH GT A and MIDI/ORCH GT B for the Great Manual, MIDI/ORCH CH A and
MIDI/ORCH CH B for the Choir manual and MIDI/ORCH PED A and MIDI/ORCH PED B
for the pedals.
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To assign internal sounds on instruments with MIDI/ORCH pistons:
1. Press and hold the SET piston, located on the left-hand side under the Choir
manual. While holding SET press the MIDI/ORCH piston to where the sound is
to be assigned (MIDI/ORCH SW A, MIDI/ORCH GT A, etc.) and release both
pistons. The selected MIDI piston will light.
2. In the display, the word “Tones” will be highlighted.
3. Press QUICK MENU.
4. Turn the Alpha dial to select the desired sound.
5. Press STOP, located to the right under the Choir manual, to exit this mode. The
selected sound is now stored on the selected MIDI/ORCH piston.
6. This instrument will remember the selected sounds the next time the organ is
turned on ONLY if you save your MIDI/ORCH sounds into a general or
divisional combination piston.
! For assigning sounds from an external sound module see the AG.
Using Pistons to Select Registrations
Experiment with various combinations of stops and couplers and start to get a feel for the
tremendous versatility of the Rodgers organ. In organ terms, these combinations of stops and
couplers are referred to as registrations. Once a desirable registration is found, it can be
recalled quickly and easily. This is done using the combination action pistons of the organ.
You can store and recall stops, couplers, pistons and even MIDI settings at the touch of a button.
General Pistons
Toe Pistons
Divisional Pistons
These pistons are located beneath the manuals of the organ or adjacent to the expression shoes.
Pressing a piston will cause its stored registration to be recalled instantly. Each of the available
pistons in the Rodgers combination action can be easily changed to suit your particular needs and
tastes. The Rodgers organ has two different types of combination action pistons, general and
divisional pistons.
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General Pistons
General pistons affect the entire organ. Up to 12 General pistons are available, depending on
model. They are located on thumb pistons under the left-hand side of the Great and Swell
manuals. In addition, they are duplicated on toe pistons adjacent to the expression shoes. To
recall a registration stored on a general piston, you could press either the corresponding thumb
piston or toe piston; in other words, to select general piston 3, you could either press thumb
piston 3 under the Swell manual or toe piston 3. The duplication of pistons allows you to use
either your hand or foot to recall the same registration, depending on what is most convenient.
Divisional Pistons
Divisional pistons affect a single division. There are up to six divisional pistons for the Great,
Swell and Choir; these pistons are either numbered from one to as many as six or one to five
with the sixth labeled O for the divisional cancel depending on model. These pistons are located
under the corresponding manual. For example, Great divisional pistons are located underneath
the Great manual near the middle of the keyboard. Swell divisional pistons are below the Swell
manual, and Choir divisional pistons are located under the Choir manual.
Some Rodgers models feature Pedal divisional pistons. They are located on the toe pistons to the
right of the expression shoes or under the Choir manual to the far left.
General and Divisional Cancel
When TRANSPOSER is displayed in the window, ALL stops, couplers and MIDI settings can
be cleared by pressing the General Cancel piston, (O) located under the Choir manual at the
right-hand side of the keyboard. Depending on model, stops can be cleared in a particular
division by pressing a Divisional Cancel piston (O) located to the right of the #5 divisional
combination action pistons.
Setting a Piston
The Rodgers organ is equipped with factory registrations, each of which can be used for a wide
variety of musical effects. However, the contents of any piston can be easily changed to suit
your particular needs. To set a new registration on a piston:
1. Select the desired stops, couplers and MIDI settings.
2. Press and hold the SET piston. While continuing to hold SET, press the piston
(General or Divisional) to be programmed.
3. Release both pistons. The new registration is now stored.
! A memory level must be unlocked before it can be changed. See below.
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Combination Memory Levels
Rodgers advanced combination action system has up to 100 memory levels depending on model.
This effectively multiplies the number of available combination pistons by up to 100.
Combinations stored one memory level don’t affect those stored on other memory levels; each of
the memories is independent.
Many organists keep regularly used registrations, such as those used for hymns, on one memory
and use other memory levels for preludes, postludes and choral accompaniments, which may
change week to week.*
*Note: A variety of useful registrations have already been stored when the organ arrives from
the factory.
Selecting Memory Levels
Memory Levels can be selected by pressing the corresponding piston M1, M2, M3, etc. or the
pistons labeled M+, or M- depending on model. When M+ and M- are used, the selected
memory level appears in the display window.
To select a memory level:
Press the corresponding memory piston (M1, M2, M3, etc.). The piston will light or
press the M+ piston or M- piston until the desired level 1 thru 100 (labeled 0),
depending on model, is displayed in the window. In either case, M1 is automatically
selected when the organ is turned on.
! With Rodgers Memory Card System™ or USB data port unlimited memory levels are
available. See the AG
Console Displays, Indicators, and Menus
The Rodgers organ is equipped with an informative display for many of the console functions
described in this section. The Console Display normally indicates the Transposer setting,
however, it can be used to adjust many other controls and preferences including MIDI settings,
Voice Palette selections, Dimensional Sound Modeling parameters, Tremulant rate and depth,
and many others.
Two controls are used to select and modify the features found in the Console Display. The
smaller knob is the Select knob; it is used to select the menu item to be changed. The larger dial
is called the Alpha dial; it is used to change the settings in a selected menu. Most of the features
that can be modified in the Console display will follow this pattern:
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Alpha Dial – always the larger dial and changes the selected item
Select Knob – always the smaller knob and selects the item
The Alpha dial and Select knob may also be configured and shown below.
Locking a Combination Memory
When shipped from the Rodgers factory, all memory levels are unlocked so that pistons can be
easily changed. If desired, each memory level can be locked individually so that it cannot be
changed.
On instruments with combination action pistons M1, M2, etc., any memory level can be
locked using the following procedure:
1. Press and hold the memory piston (M1, M2, M3, etc.) corresponding to the
memory level you want to lock until the memory bank screen appears. Internal
or Memory Card and (#) Unlocked or (#) Locked appears in the display.
2. If (#) Unlocked appears, go to step 3. If (#) Locked appears, the memory level is
already locked.
3. Turn the Select knob to highlight Unlocked.
4. Rotate the Alpha dial to select Locked. The memory is now locked and that
memory level cannot be changed.
On instruments with the M+ and M- pistons, memory level may be locked using the one
of the following procedures:
1. Use M+ or M- pistons to select the memory level to be locked.
2. Press and hold SET then press and release M+.
3. Turn the Select knob to highlight Unlocked.
4. Rotate the Alpha dial to highlight Locked.
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OR, depending on model
1. Use M+ or M- pistons to select the memory level to be locked.
2. Press the QUICK MENU piston. Use the Select knob next to the display to
scroll down until Console appears in the display.
3. Press the QUICK MENU piston. Use the Select knob to scroll down until
MemoryLevel Lock appears in the display.
4. Press the QUICK MENU piston.
5. Turn the Alpha dial until Locked appears in the display.
6. Press the STOP piston (located under the Choir manual to the right) three times to
exit this mode.
Unlocking a Combination Memory
On instruments with combination action pistons M1, M2, etc., any memory level can be
locked using the following procedure:
1. Press and hold the memory piston (M1, M2, M3, etc.) corresponding to the
memory level you want to lock until the Memory Bank screen appears. Internal
or Memory Card and (#) Unlocked or (#) Locked appears in the display.
2. If (#) Locked appears, go to step 3. If (#) Unlocked appears, the memory level is
already unlocked.
3. Turn the Select knob to highlight Locked.
4. Rotate the Alpha dial to select Unlocked. The memory is now unlocked and that
piston can be changed.
On instruments with the M+ and M- pistons, memory level may be unlocked using the
one of the following procedures:
1. Use M+ or M- pistons to select the memory level to be unlocked.
2. Press and hold SET then press and release M+.
3. Turn the Select knob to highlight Locked.
4. Rotate the Alpha dial to highlight Unlocked.
OR, depending on model
1. Use M+ or M- pistons to select the memory level to be locked.
2. Press the QUICK MENU piston. Use the Select knob next to the display to
scroll down until Console appears in the display.
3. Press the QUICK MENU piston. Use the Select knob to scroll down until
MemoryLevel Lock appears in the display.
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4. Press the QUICK MENU piston.
5. Turn the Alpha dial until Unlocked appears in the display.
6. Press the STOP piston (located under the Choir manual to the right) three times to
exit this mode.
Restoring Factory Combination Settings
If the original factory settings have been overwritten or erased, and you would like to restore
them, use the following procedure:
1. Press and hold the memory piston to be restored (M1, M2, or M3) until the
Memory Bank screen appears. The display shows Memory Bank and Unlocked
or Locked (if locked, see the unlocking procedure in the previous section).
2. Turn the Select knob until Restore Factory appears in the display.
3. Press and release SET.
4. Turn the Select knob highlight No.
5. Rotate the Alpha dial to highlight Yes.
6. Press and release SET.
7. Press and hold Cancel (O) until Transposer O appears in the display.
8. Power the instrument off and on. The selected memory has been restored to
factory defaults.
To restore the default setting using the M+ and M-, use one of the following procedures:
1. Use M+ or M- pistons to select the memory level to be unlocked.
2. Press and hold SET and press M+. The display shows Memory Bank and
Unlocked or Locked (if locked, see the unlocking procedure in the previous
section).
3. Turn the Select knob until Restore Factory appears in the display.
4. Press and release SET.
5. Turn the Select knob highlight No.
6. Rotate the Alpha dial to highlight Yes.
7. Press and release SET.
8. Press and hold Cancel (O) until Transposer O appears in the display.
9. Power the instrument off and on.
The selected memory has been restored to factory defaults.
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OR, depending on model
1. Press and hold SET and press M+. The display shows Locked or Unlocked.
2. Select Unlocked.
3. Press and hold SET and press M+ again for several seconds until the display
reads Press Set + 0 to load factory default. Factory defaults loaded will
appear in the display.
The memory has been returned to factory defaults.
! Each memory must be individually restored, by performing the above procedure.
Reversibles
Rodgers organs are equipped with a number of reversible controls, so named because pressing
them once will activate the function, pressing them again will deactivate the function. These
reversibles, located on thumb and toe pistons, are especially useful in a performance when you
want to quickly activate or remove a single coupler, stop or other setting. Press the thumb or toe
piston to turn on, and press again to turn off. All reversible thumb pistons light when activated.
Expression Shoes and Controls
Rodgers three manual organs have two Expression Shoes and a Crescendo Shoe that are used
to control the volume and registration of the organ. The left shoe normally controls the volume
of the Choir division and the middle shoe controls the volume of the Swell and Solo divisions.
When the expression shoe is pressed forward, the volume of the division is increased. When the
shoe is drawn back, the volume of the division decreases. The positions of the two expression
shoes are displayed on two expression indicators, located on the right-hand side of the coupler
rail or on the display.
Crescendo Shoe and Controls
The slightly raised shoe on the right is the Crescendo shoe. This shoe gradually adds a
predetermined selection of stops as it is pressed forward. It does not affect the stops already in
use on the organ but merely adds to them as the Crescendo is activated. Closing the Crescendo
shoe subtracts the stops in reverse order. Stops added by the Crescendo shoe do not indicate
they are activated. A Crescendo indicator, which shows the position of the Crescendo shoe, is
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located on the right-hand side of the coupler rail next to the two expression indicators or in the
display.
Standard and Alternate Crescendo Sequences
All Rodgers organs are equipped with a Standard Crescendo sequence that is classical in
nature. Depending on model, an Alternate Crescendo sequence, more romantic in nature,
may also be available.
The Standard Crescendo sequence is available when the organ is first turned on, and anytime
the ALT CRESC piston is unlit. Pressing the ALT CRESC reversible piston so that it lights
engages the Alternate Crescendo sequence.
! The Standard and Alternate Crescendo sequences can each be reprogrammed to use a
different sequence of stops. See the AG
There are also a number of very useful features that allow you to modify the way the organ is
expressed (i.e., how the volume is controlled). Each of these particular controls is activated by a
thumb piston, which can be set in a general combination. If the thumb piston is lit, the control is
activated.
Great/Pedal Enclosed
On some Rodgers organs the Great and Pedal divisions are unenclosed; that is, their volume is
unaffected by movements of the expression shoes. This allows the organist to change the
volume of the Choir, Swell and Solo divisions while the volume of Great and Pedal divisions’
remains constant. There are times, however, when it is desirable to have the Great and Pedal
divisions “under expression”, that is, affected by movement of the expression shoes. When
activated, the GT PED ENCL piston is lit, and the Great and Pedal divisions change to
enclosed; that is, their volume is now controlled by the Choir expression shoe.
Great/Pedal Unenclosed
Other Rodgers models feature Great and Pedal divisions that are enclosed; that is, their volume
is affected by movements of the expression shoes. This allows the organist to change the volume
of the Choir, Swell and Solo divisions as well as the volume of the Great and Pedal divisions’.
There are times, however, when it is desirable to have the Great and Pedal divisions unenclosed;
that is, not affected by movement of the expression shoes. When activated, the GT PED
UNENCL piston is lit, the Great and Pedal divisions change to unenclosed and their volume is
no longer controlled by the Choir expression shoe.
Festival Trumpet Enclosed
In the same way, the Festival Trumpet 8’ and solo reeds (FFF) are normally unenclosed; that is,
not affected by the expression shoes. However, when the FEST TR ENCL (may be engraved as
FFF REEDS ENCL) piston or tab is activated, the Festival Trumpet 8’ and the other FFF
reeds stop are enclosed and will be expressed by the appropriate divisional shoe.
Solo to Choir Expression
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Normally, the Solo division expresses with the Swell; when the Swell expression shoe is moved,
both the Swell and Solo divisions change in volume. By activating the SOLO EXPR CH
piston, the Solo division will express from the Choir expression shoe, rather than the Swell
expression shoe. This feature gives you the ability to control the volume of the Swell and Solo
divisions independently.
All Swells
There are times when it is desirable to use a single expression shoe to control all divisions under
expression. When the ALL SWELLS piston is lit, the Choir, Swell and Solo divisions are all
assigned to the Swell expression shoe, allowing you to easily control the volume of every
enclosed division.
! If ALL SWELLS, GT-PD ENCL and FEST TR ENCL (FFF REEDS ENCL) are all
activated, the entire organ is enclosed and can be expressed by the Swell expression
shoe.
Transposer
The Transposer allows you to change the key of music played. Commonly, this is used to
accommodate a soloist or instrumentalist who prefers accompaniment in a different key than
what is written or to easily raise or lower the pitch of a hymn. The Transposer position is
normally shown in the Console Display. If another screen appears in the display (i.e., while
programming a specific parameter), you can easily return to the Transposer by pressing the
General Cancel (O) or STOP thumb piston until TRANSPOSER appears in the display.
Turning the Select knob while TRANSPOSER 0 is displayed lowers or raises the pitch of the
organ. Rotating the Select knob clockwise raises the pitch of the organ by semitones; rotating
counter-clockwise lowers the pitch by semitones. Pressing General Cancel returns the
Transposer to O, (no transposition).
Tremulants
Tremulants create a change in pitch (sharp and flat), amplitude (volume) and timbre (tone
quality). The use of the tremulant adds warmth and expressiveness to solo or small ensemble
combinations. It is not common to use tremulants in larger classical ensembles. In some
romantic ensembles, tremulants are used judiciously. In some gospel and evangelical musical
traditions, tremulants with a wider and deeper excursion are frequently used.
There are two types of tremulant controls available on Rodgers organs, divisional tremulants that
affect only the stops in their respective division and general tremulants that affect all divisions.
If there is a Solo division on the organ, up to four divisional tremulants may used. One each for
the Great, Swell, Choir and Solo; the first three are controlled by a tab or drawknob within each
division, while the Solo tremulant, if applicable, is located on a thumb piston.
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Some models also feature up to two additional general tremulants, Main Tremulant II and Flute
Tremulant II. They will be located on thumb pistons labeled MAIN TREM II and FLUTE
TREM II. Both of these tremulants find their best use in gospel, theatre and evangelical music;
the Main tremulant affects Principal, String and Reed voices whereas the Flute tremulant affects
Flute voices. Divisional tremulants can be stored with registrations in both general and
corresponding divisional pistons; general tremulants can only be stored on general pistons.
! Each tremulant can be modified easily to suit your tastes and needs. See the AG
Tutti
There are times when a full organ registration is needed immediately. A Tutti control allows
you to engage full organ quickly without canceling your set registration. Some models will have
a TUTTI I and a TUTTI II. Activate the control by pressing the TUTTI I or TUTTI II thumb
piston or toe stud; press again to turn off Tutti and return to the current registration. When Tutti
is activated, the Tutti indicator located directly above the Crescendo indicator is lit. Pressing
General Cancel will also cancel Tutti. TUTTI comes programmed from the Rodgers factory.
! Tutti can be reprogrammed, if desired. See the AG
Melody Couplers
One of the most popular organ registrations utilizes a melody voice on one manual and
accompaniment on another manual. Sometimes, however, it is difficult to separate the hands on
two manuals. For this reason, the Rodgers Melody coupler was devised.
When a Melody coupler is activated, the highest note played on the Great manual uses a
registration from another manual. This allows you to have both an accompaniment and solo
registration, even though you’re playing on one manual. These couplers are located on thumb
pistons under the Great manual, and are labeled MEL SW and MEL CH. These pistons light
when activated.
When the Melody from Swell is activated (MEL SW is lit), any selected stop or MIDI voice in
the Swell division sounds from the highest key being played on the Great manual. When Melody
from Choir is activated (MEL CH is lit), any selected stop or MIDI voice in the Choir division
sounds from the highest key being played on the Great manual.
Melody couplers should be used when the corresponding intermanual coupler is not engaged.
For example, when Melody from Swell is activated, the Swell to Great couplers should not be
used to achieve the proper “Melody” affect. Likewise, when Melody from Choir is engaged, the
Choir to Great couplers should not be used.
In its default setting, the Melody Coupler operates when the top note (the melody note) is
between keys 25 and 61 on the Great manual. However, the lower end of its range is
programmable and may be extended down to key 13 or up to key 49. See AG.
! Melody Couplers can be set only in General combination pistons.
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Bass Coupler
The Bass coupler is much like the Melody coupler described above, except that it adds the Pedal
registration to the lowest note played on the Great manual. This allows you to easily add a Pedal
part to anything played on the Great manual.
The BASS coupler is located on a thumb piston beneath the Great manual. When activated, the
piston lights, and any selected registration in the Pedal division will sound from the lowest key
being played on the Great manual. This provides a pedal bass sound without actually playing the
pedalboard. In the default setting, the Bass Coupler affects keys 1 through 24 of the Great
manual, but its range can extend up to key 32 (top of the pedalboard range). See AG.
! The Bass Coupler can be set only in General combination pistons.
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