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With the Monarke Amsterdam, you get to play an incredibly versatile, historic and impressive instrument. All styles, from baroque to romantic, come into their own on this organ.

The Monarke Amsterdam: the organ that takes versatility to a whole new level

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The OUDE KERK AMSTERDAM

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Seated at your Monarke Amsterdam, you will feel as if you’re right there in the Oude Kerk

Preparing the registrations on the Monarke Amsterdam, you will feel as if you’re playing the Vater-Müller organ at the Oude Kerk. The drawknobs, made from stunning palisander wood, plus the nameplates with their matching typography, will make it easy to imagine you are right there.

The organ fills the entire church

The OUDE KERK AMSTERDAM

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MONARKE AMSTERDAM

The Monarke Amsterdam completes the fantasy with a 12.2 audio system, two tweeter channels and two optional surround channels for extra reverb. . If you close your eyes, it’s easy to picture yourself underneath the wooden vaults of the Oude Kerk.

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The 54 stops of the Monarke Amsterdam are activated directly

Monarke Amsterdam

With the Monarke Amsterdam, you get to play an incredibly versatile, historic and impressive instrument. All styles, from baroque to romantic, come into their own on this organ.

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The Monarke Amsterdam: the organ that takes versatility to a whole new level

Both the Oude Kerk church in Amsterdam and its Vater-Müller organ are renowned among organ aficionados from all over the world. It was musical luminaries such as Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and Feike Asma who, in their respective eras, elevated the majestic landmark to worldwide fame. They, along with many other leading lights, would fill every corner of the ancient church with their astounding and long-reverberating music.

Playing the Monarke Amsterdam you will be able to recreate that feeling, as it replicates the renowned Vater-Müller organ's sound - sampled pipe by pipe. 

It's as close as you can get to the experience of playing the majestic, three-keyboard, 54-stop organ in your own living room. This historic and impressive instrument is so versatile it fits almost any music genre, from Baroque to Romantic. What is more, with its decorative features and authentic console, you’ll feel like you’re playing in the Oude Kerk in your own living room. Allow yourself to be enthralled by imagining yourself in this mystical place, where leading organists from all over the world have not only found inspiration, but where they have inspired others for centuries as well.

 

The Oude Kerk is Amsterdam’s oldest building

The wooden chapel built back in the thirteenth century made way for a stone church almost a century later. After numerous renovations and restorations, this resulted in the current distinctive landmark building, which has the honour of being the oldest still-extant building in Amsterdam. The richly decorated church is characterized by its large floor space, wooden vaults, and mixture of glass, bluestone, and plasterwork. These elements combined result in superior acoustics, allowing for the Vater-Müller organ's renowned extended reverb.

In addition to being a listed building, the Oude Kerk has also served as an exhibition space for contemporary art since 2012. The art projects, concerts, performances, and other activities held at the church make art and music blend with the church's ancient heritage.

 

The Vater-Müller organ enjoys a stellar reputation all over the world

The Oude Kerk had its own organ – attached to the church’s western wall – as early as the fifteenth century. It was subsequently replaced by a three-keyboard instrument in the sixteenth century – the organ used by the world-famous Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck from 1577 to 1580. Dating back to 1724, the Oude Kerk’s current principal organ was built by Christian Vater, with some modifications added by Johann Caspar Müller not long after. The various renovations, the most recent of which was carried out between 2015 and 2019, have transformed the original Baroque organ into a powerhouse of versatility: it can play anything from Bach and Mendelssohn to classic choral psalms and more contemporary melodies. 

The instrument is renowned all over the world and is linked to many famous names. Besides Feike Asma, the likes of Marcel Dupré and Jeanne Demessieux have also played the Vater-Müller organ.

To this day, talented and established musicians regularly play the eighteenth-century instrument during the various musical performances and organ concerts held at the Oude Kerk.

 

Sweelinck and Asma have put the Oude Kerk on the musical map

It was the composer and organist Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) who put Amsterdam’s Oude Kerk on the musical map. Young organists from across Europe would travel to the city to study with him. He was also a well-known figure in Amsterdam in his day, playing the organ virtually every day during public concerts. Many centuries later, the church and the Vater-Müller organ (which was built at a later date) became associated with Dutch organist and conductor Feike Asma (1912-1984). 

Although – unlike Sweelinck – he was not professionally affiliated to the Oude Kerk, his unique style, which was instantly recognizable by its touch, registration and interpretation – would lure thousands of music lovers to the church.

 

Seated at your Monarke Amsterdam, you will feel as if you’re right there in the Oude Kerk

The Monarke Amsterdam has been designed to mimic the experience of playing the celebrated Vater-Müller organ in Amsterdam's Oude Kerk. The design of the bench and the pedalboard with their curlicues, the key cheeks with their graceful construction, the decorative frame around the music desk and the artisanal woodcarvings on the front panel have all been inspired by the rich design of the Vater-Müller organ. 

The registration ranks also feature this distinctive style. Thanks to careful study by a typographer, the letters on the nameplates – along with the wooden drawknobs – are identical to the engravings of the original instrument. Every effort has been made to recreate the signature Vater-Müller style.

 

Palisander wood drawknobs and identical nameplates: as if you're right there in the Oude Kerk

Preparing the registrations on the Monarke Amsterdam, you will feel as if you’re playing the Vater-Müller organ in the Oude Kerk. The drawknobs, made from stunning palisander wood, plus the nameplates with their matching typography, will make it easy to imagine you are right there. The Monarke Amsterdam’s stoplist, with its 54 stops, is identical to that of the Vater-Müller organ in the Oude Kerk. 

One minor but practical difference is the arrangement of the stops. Instead of four rows of eight stops, the Monarke Amsterdam features eight rows of four stops, bringing even the outer stops within the organist’s reach. This means the organ offers the ultimate compromise between authenticity and optimum ease of use.

 

The organ fills the entire church

The Monarke Amsterdam completes the fantasy with a 12.2 audio system, two tweeter channels, and two optional surround channels for extra reverb. When you close your eyes, it’s easy to picture yourself underneath the wooden vaults of the Oude Kerk. The sublime sounds of the carefully sampled pipes of the Vater-Müller organ make their way into your living room in all their splendour. 

The freely adjustable reverb helps you determine the right listening position to enjoy your play, giving you the powerful sensation that you are not just playing the organ, but filling the entire church with your music. All from the comfort of your own living room.

 

The 54 stops of the Monarke Amsterdam are activated directly.

The ultra-fast Direct Streaming technology allows you to play the Vater-Müller organ at Amsterdam's Oude Kerk straight from your Monarke’s memory. 

It owes its speed to the sophisticated motherboard, based on solid-state technology. When you switch on the organ, the 54 stops are activated in a matter of seconds.

 

Overview

Systeem DS-Core
Manuals 3
Stops 54
Couplers 5
Tremulants 3
 

Console

Dimensions

Height 234 cm
Width 191 cm
Depth (excluding pedalboard) 73 cm
Depth (including pedal board) 107 cm
 

 

Finish

Console Oakwood, inspired by the Vater-Müller organ
Woodcarving Basswood, inspired by the Vater-Müller organ
Color Inspired by the Vater-Müller organ
 

 

Music desk

Integrated wooden desk

 

 

 

Manuals

Synthetic keyboards with wooden core
Wooden keyboards (ebony/oak) with wooden core optional
Handcrafted wooden keyboards optional
 

 

Swell shoes

Wooden swell shoes 2
 

 

Drawknobs

Palisander wood, inspired by the Vater-Müller organ
Palisander wood, inspired by the Vater-Müller organ, featuring LED lights optional
 

 

Toe studs

Brass toe studs optional
 

 

Pedalboard

30-note straight pedal board with plain upper keys Inspired by the Vater-Müller organ
 

 

Bench

Bench design Inspired by the Vater-Müller organ
 

 

External connections

MIDI (IN, MOD-out, SEQ-out)
Aux-in
Aux-out
Headphones
 

Audio

Audio system 12.2
Tweeter channels 2
Surround channels 2, optional
Audio control DEA™
 

 

Reverb system

Freely adjustable
 

 

Output amplifiers

Full-range amplifiers (80 Watt) 14
Bass amplifier (170 Watt) 2
 

 

Sound reproduction

Loudspeakers 16
Headphones/Aux Out SSE™
 

Functions

Controllable functions

o (cancel)
MENU (Johannus menu)
Organ volume (freely adjustable)
Reverb volume (freely adjustable)
 

 

Setzer memory

Levels 125
Memory locations per level 8

 

 

 

 

Johannus Menu functions

Temperaments 11
Tuning (pitch) •, standard pitch of 465 Hz
CH (Chorus)
Trans. (Transposer)
 

 

Expression pedals

PEPC™ (Programmable Expression Pedal Configuration)
General Crescendo (through PEPC™)
 

 

Authentic playing experience

Dynamic bellows simulator
LiveTune™
Dynamic chiff
Tracker action
 

 

Acronym Glossary

DEA™ Digital Equalized Audio All audio channels come with a digital equalizer.
SSE™ Spatial Sound Experience Special mix for headphones/aux-out. This will make you feel as if you are right in front of the organ, while the reverb creates the impression that you’re in the actual space.
PEPC™ Programmable Expression Pedal Configuration All expression pedals can be configured as swell pedals or as a general crescendo.
 

• = default

stoplist

Hoofdwerk

Prestant 16 voet
Bourdon 16 voet
Octaaf 8 voet
Holpijp 8 voet
Quint 6 voet
Octaaf 4 voet
Fluit 4 voet
Roerquint 3 voet
Octaaf 2 voet
Fluit 2 voet
Mixtuur 5-8 st.
Scherp 4-6 st.
Sexquialter 4 st. discant
Trompet 16 voet
Trompet 8 voet
Koppel Bovenmanuaal III-II
Drukkoppel Positief I-II
Tremulant  

Rugpositief

Prestant 8 voet
Holpijp 8 voet
Quintadeen 8 voet
Octaaf 4 voet
Speelfluit 4 voet
Quint 3 voet
Octaaf 2 voet
Woudfluit 2 voet
Mixtuur 5-8 st.
Scherp 4-6 st.
Cornet 5 st. discant
Sexquialter 2-4 st.
Carillon 3-4 st.
Fagot 16 voet
Trompet 8 voet
Trekkopel Positief II-I
Tremulant
 

Bovenwerk

Quintadeen 16 voet
Prestant 8 voet
Baarpijp 8 voet
Quintadeen 8 voet
Viola 8 voet
Octaaf 4 voet
Gemshoorn 4 voet
Nazard 3 voet
Sexquialter 4 st. discant
Cimbel 3 st.
Trompet 8 voet
Dulciaan 8 voet
Vox Humana 8 voet
Tremulant

Pedaal

Prestant 16 voet
Subbas 16 voet
Octaaf 8 voet
Roerquint 6 voet
Octaaf 4 voet
Nachthoorn 2 voet
Mixtuur 6 st.
Bazuin 16 voet
Trompet 8 voet
Trompet 4 voet
Cinq 2 voet
Pedaalkoppel Manuaal II-P
Pedaalkoppel Positief I-P