The baroque was the period in which J. S. Bach, the father of music, wrote his many masterpieces. This was also when organ culture blossomed. Many types of organs were developed during this period — from positive organs, with small bodies and elegant tones, to pipe organs that filled large cathedrals with colossal sound. The music of the era had a miraculous beauty, and Roland’s vision was to bring these rich organ tones closer to our modern lives. Based on this vision, Roland proudly presents its classical organ C-330.
C-330 Classic Organ
• Satellite Speaker x 2
The C-330 delivers grand, magnificent sound that defies its compact size. Its body is only 53.7cm deep (91cm deep including pedalboard). It features a dual-manual keyboard with 61 keys each plus 30 footpedals in a parallel-concave configuration. With a wide variety of high-quality organ tones, the C-330 sets the bar high for sound and performance. Experience pipe-organ power and performance whenever inspiration strikes.
At the heart of C-330 is Roland's newly developed sound module that faithfully reproduces the elements that make up the tone of acoustic pipes, including air pressure sent from the wind chest, slight variations in pitch that create full-bodied harmonies, and undulations produced by pipes as they generate sound. Creates natural and real tones. Enables phrasings that have been difficult to reproduce in the past, such as variations in how attack and decay respond to subtle differences in touch. Dramatically more expressive.
The rich, full tone of pipe organs is created by sounds reverberating inside a building. Such tone is generated by a powerful musical instrument, of which the room itself is a part. This is what Roland's RSS* ambience system reproduces. Users simply define the location, or parameters such as wall material, to create the realistic reverberations of a cathedral, stone church, or concert hall.
*RSS: Roland Sound Space
The rich reverberation created by vibrating pipes creates a powerful, multi-sensory sound. These unique tones are the result of pipes that are custom designed and fine-tuned for each location. The C-330 makes it easy to reproduce these coveted tones in your home. Install the included satellite speakers in the ceiling or on the wall to create a soundscape that sounds as if real pipes. You can feel the cascading tones and rich, vibrant sound as you play.
The keyboard faithfully reproduces the key touch of tracker-actions that are widely used in pipe organs. Capable of conveying the subtlest nuances created by differences in touch, the keyboard perfectly responds to the performers’ emotions and sensitivities. The keyboard even reproduces the resistance from air pressure that occurs immediately before the pallet opens when a key is pressed, as well as the releasing sensation when it opens.
What is a tracker-action?
It is a type of keyboard action that was developed in the Baroque period. This mechanism makes use of the principle of leverage, pulling a thin wooden rod (tracker) when a key is pressed down,thereby opening the pallet (valve) to send air into the pipe. This action has been popular among organists for its quick response, and is currently the primary type of action in organ keyboards.
Pipe organs are known by different names and have different styles of pipes depending on their period and region. A variety of organ pieces have been written for these specific styles. The organ tones onboard the C-330 each come with four variations (Voice Pallets) covering a wide range of styles and tastes. Enjoy on a variety of different organs ranging from Baroque organs of the 17th and 18th centuries, on which Bach wrote his masterpieces, to large romantic organs that were used in concerts in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Supports four types of pitches, including the Baroque pitch, that are characteristic of classical instruments, as well as equal temperament and eight classical temperaments. Transform the instrument with the touch of a button, and perform different pieces in the tuning used during that specific period. The C-330 also offers an easy way to fine-tune its pitch to match other instruments.
The C-330 features shortcuts to help you access essential settings without complex operations. By simply pressing the SET piston (button) and touching the item that you wish to configure, you can bring up the related settings on the main LCD. For example, if you want to change the pitch, you would press SET and touch the keyboard; the "Pitch/Tuning" screen will appear.
The C-330 is equipped with a built-in recorder for recording and playing back your performance. You can store your performance on the unit itself or on USB memory.* You can also store combinations of your favorite tones on USB memory.
*Roland’s USB Flash Memory key recommended.