Scorzè Pipe Organ Samples

Scorze Pipe Organ Samples is a neoclassicist virtual pipe organ chromatically sampled stop-by-stop from Saint Benedict Church in Scorze, Venice, Italy. The organ was built by the Pugina brothers in 1929 with parts from the original 1808 Gaetano Callido organ, faithfully restored by Zanin in 2010, and has 20 stops on 2 manuals and a pedalboard.

The Scorze Pipe Organ Samples contributes financially to the upkeep of the original instrument.

Key features

  • The real pipe organ
    • the 1808/1929/2010 Callido-Pugina-Zenin pipe organ of the St. Benedict Church in Scorze, Venice, Italy
    • 20 stops, 2 manuals (with 58 keys) and pedal (with 30 keys)
    • 1 tremulant (tremolo)
  • The recording
    • All stops were sampled chromatically
    • Advanced Pipe Organ Measurements (APM)
  • The sample set
    • 48 kHz / 24-bit format, 2-channel stereo
    • Natural sound image — the samples authentically preserve all spatial information
    • Multiple loops and releases per sample/key stroke
    • One-click assignable keyboards to divisions supporting your console configuration
    • Optional organ engine sounds and noises
    • Touch sensitive keyboard noises
    • Multiple, high resolution pages and touchscreen-optimized for 4:3 and 16:9 landscape and portrait displays, HD and 4k resolutions
  • Shipping
    • download


Scorze (SCR) Pipe Organ Samples is a fully playable, freely configurable, intuitively manageable and MIDI-controllable virtual pipe organ for the Hauptwerk™ virtual pipe organ software, for PC and Macintosh computers, delivering the sound of the 20-stop Pugina-Callido pipe organ of the Saint Benedict Church, Scorze, Italy, to your computer.

The sample set

The real pipe organ has been entirely virtualized, including all sounds of all of its pipes, all functions including the original tracker sounds are provided, allowing realistically sounding repetitive notes. With the KeyboardMass functionality, the inertia of the mechanics of the key action is modeled. By providing the additional feature of adjustability the response speed of the pipe speech when a key is released can be changed to your taste. Thus you can make the keyboards feel very heavy by increasing the slider values, or extremely responsive by decreasing.

Sample format

The final sample set has been made available in 48 kHz / 24-bit 2-channel stereo (Personal Edition) and 4-channel surround format (upcoming Professional Edition). The Professional Edition can also be used in 2-channel stereo mode and the provided sliders allow you to change the acoustic perspective (mixing) between the channels. This is very practical for balancing the direct sound and reverberation in the samples you will hear. Multiple, lengthy loops were carefully selected for each sound sample.


The natural church acoustics representing the recording conditions are embedded in the samples with multiple release sample layers; the acoustics heard in the sample set corresponds to the sound heard in the church. The sample set is recorded in a way that it is also fully compatible with dry acoustic spaces and additional convolution reverberation. The acoustic perspective function provides flexibility in the acoustical setting. The Église acoustic perspective is more reverberant and captures the sound as perceived in the nave. By using the provided sliders on the graphical interface of the virtual pipe organ and mixing the two acoustic perspectives you can achieve a balance that fits your actual taste or purpose whether it is professional performance or practicing.

Multiple release samples and multiple loops

Multiple loops and release samples are provided for each sample. Triggered to play back randomly, this elaborate looping results in sustained notes of unmatched realism. The loops were calculated in a well-planned way, yielding both shorter and longer loops for each sample. Multiple release samples provide realistic, note-off-triggered pre-recorded reverberation for different lengths of notes. For example, a short note, with sound not fully developed will produce a different reverberation than a long sustained note. This quality is preserved in the sample library by providing multiple release sample layers.

Advanced Graphical User Interface (GUI)

The graphical interface of this organ was carefully modeled by employing hundreds of photographs and measurement in full 3D and the interface was implemented in a non-orthographical, perspective console view that is fully photo-realistic and operational at the same time. The keys move while you play, and every button responds appropriately to your actions. Both multiple- and single-screen operation is possible: the large number of stops can be operated conveniently from a wide choice of interface pages displayable on multiple touchscreens in landscape and portrait orientation as well. Alternatively, convenient single screen operation is also provided.

Availability and shipping

Scorze Pipe Organ Samples is available from 16 December 2016 in download delivery.


Feature type Feature Trial Edition Personal Edition
General features Stops 20 20
Keyboard compass (manual/pedal) 58/30 58/30
Acoustics Multichannel format stereo 2.0 stereo 2.0
Available acoustics church, organist church, organist
Samples Chromatically sampled yes yes
Multiple loops yes yes
Multiple releases yes yes
Tremulants LFO LFO
Engine noise optional yes yes
Touch sensitive tracker noise yes yes
Graphics Single touch screen support yes yes
Multiple touch screen support yes yes
Portrait screen support yes yes
High resolution support (4K landscape, FHD portrait) yes yes
All functions MIDI & GUI controllable yes yes
On-screen combination actions PerformanceSequencer™, a combination action for organ settings yes yes
Remembering sliders yes yes
Advanced features and helpers Single-click keyboard to division assignment yes yes
Dynamic KeyboardMass™ feature yes yes
Swell Swellboxes 1 1
Swell pedals 1 1
All divisions enclosed yes yes
Size Download size (GB) 10.6 10.6
Delivery Product delivery options
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A full featured Trial Edition is also available as a free download, just click on the Try icon above. The Trial Edition has a time-limited functionality of producing sound up to 15 minutes each time it is loaded, and disabling its sound output for a short time temporarily and occasionally within that period.

The organ and the church

The Saint Benedict Church (Scorze, Italy) was built between 1761 and 1767 from the plans of architect Giorgio Masari, and was consecrated in 1767 by bishop Francesco Paolo Giustiniani. The building has undergone to a general restoration in 2012. At the end of the restoration in 2013, Bishop Gianfranco Agostino Gardin has consecrated the new altar.

The bell tower in the churchyard, originates from the sixteenth century, is 50 meters high and it was finished in 1767.

The entrace of the church is topped by the statue of the patron St. Benedict with St. Lucia and St. Agnes on its side, by Francesco Androsi. The Saint Benedict Church, besides the main altar, has four side altars. The painting on the high altar is Paolo Pino’s work, and the statues made by Giuseppe Bernardi. The remarkable fresco on the ceiling is the “Ascension” by Giovan Battista Canal.

The organ was constructed by the Pugina brothers, but parts of the organ originate from the St. Agnes Church’s organ in Venice, from an earlier work of the famous organ builder Gateano Callido. The construction of the organ was finished in 1929, and has been restored by Francesco Zanin in 2010.

Specification of the Pugina-Callido-Zanin organ at Saint Benedict Church, Scorze



Pedal C–f4 (30) I. Grand Orgue C–a6 (58) II. Espressivo C–a6 (58) Couplers
1. Contrabasso 16' 4. Unda Maris 8' 15. Principale 8' Espressivo/Grand Orgue
2. Ottava 8' 5. Flauto 8'  16. Bordone 8' Espressivo/Pedal
3. Trombone 16'  6. Flauto 4'  17. Flauto 4' Grand Orgue/Pedal
  7. Ottavino 2'  18. Nazardo 2 2/3' 
  8. Principale 8' 19. Ottava 2' 
  9. Ottava 4'  20. Oboe 8' 
  10. Decima Quinta 2'     
  11. Decima Nona 1 1/3'    
  12. Vigesima Sec. 1'    
  13. Ripieno II     
  14. Tromba 8'     


System requirements and recommendations

It is intended (and required) that the Scorze Pipe Organ Samples be operated within Hauptwerk, a virtual pipe organ host software application (purchased separately). The Scorze Pipe Organ Samples work with Hauptwerk V and later, and a valid license for Hauptwerk is required to load the organ.

System requirements for the Scorze Organ
Host software
Hauptwerk version V or later
Advanced Edition is recommended, Basic Edition is required
i7 or Xeon or better is recommended
Dual-Core or equivalent is required
Sound card
ASIO compatible recommended

For further information, please refer to Hauptwerk's detailed requirements on Hauptwerk's website.

Detailed RAM and polyphony guidelines

Hauptwerk loads all samples in the computer's RAM, with several loading options available according to your computer's specification. For wet sample sets offering built-in long reverberation, most of the RAM usage is due to the release samples. If you have convolution or other reverberation technology available, less RAM and polyphony will allow you to load and play the full organ. If you have more RAM, you can load the full organ with the release samples and enjoy the original sound. We recommend using Hauptwerk's built-in lossless memory compression to reduce the loading size. Below we have summarised the RAM requirements with their corresponding quality options.

RAM requirements for the Scorze organ
Loading setup
Required RAM
Computer RAM*
Personal Edition
Full organ, 20 stops
12.1 GB
16 GB
7 GB
12 GB
250 ms (all)
4.7 GB
8 GB
Full organ, 20 stops
5.2 GB
8 GB 
5.1 GB
8 GB 
For convolution reverb
120 ms (single)
2.9 GB
6 GB

*The Required RAM column above is the memory requirement that also includes Hauptwerk™'s own memory consumption, so this represents the RAM the sample set and Hauptwerk™ together will use, but some additional RAM may be required for the operating system itself, (not included in these figures). The measures were obtained on a Windows-based computer. The Computer RAM column shows a recommendation on the amount of RAM your computer should have as a minimum for a given loading setup assuming that some additional RAM is used by the operating system. This value might be different for each case so we recommend the maximum possible amount of RAM installable in your computer for this sample set, except if you are working with external reverberation or in a dry acoustic environment. Also note that on the Mac you may require more RAM in the computer than the value indicated above, due to the Mac OSX RAM allocation behaviour. Also note that Windows is capable of loading more content than your available RAM, loading (paging) the additional sample data to your hard drive, reading it once the sound is needed (played). In some cases this will cause glitches in the sound when played in real time since the hard drive is slower to access than the computer's RAM, but makes the full library usable in offline music composition and recording even if you do not have the required amount of RAM.



Hauptwerk V platform

  • Hauptwerk V license is required for the operation of the sample set
  • No license update or activation procedure is needed to use this sample set

This sample set comes in an encrypted format compatible with Hauptwerk v5. Both the full and the Trial editions of the sample set require the presence of a Hauptwerk v5 evaluation, subscription or perpetual license.

Modifications and customization

If you are planning a custom or commercial application that requires a different setup what this sample set offers out-of-the-box, please contact us for making a customized version for you. 

Modification or disassembling the contents of this sample set through the CODM interface of Hauptwerk is not supported since the variety of functions and the availability of the sample set's certain special features already offers most of the functions the CODM interface may offer. The complexity of the Organ Definition File shipping with this sample set is uniquely high and building custom variants requires a certain amount of special expertise. Legally, the end-user license of this sample set is permitting using the samples as a whole, as they ship. 

J.S. Bach - 'Little' Fugue in g minor (BWV 578)

performed live by Joseph Felice


J.S. Bach - 'Gigue' Fugue in G Major (BWV 577)

performed live by Joseph Felice


J.S. Bach's Prelude in e minor (BWV 548)

performed live by Joseph Felice

J.S. Bach's Concerto in A Minor (BWV 593)

performed live by Joseph Felice


Chiesa di San Benedetto, Scorzè Pipe Organ

Presented by Roberto Scarpa Meylougan

J.S. Bach - Prelude in c minor (BWV 546)

performed live by Joseph Felice




Scorzè Personal Edition

Product Gross price  

Personal Edition - Download (Scorze) - Hauptwerk V

download 10.6 GB | 1 computer

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