Used Orla Ringway RS1000e Organ In White

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Used Orla Ringway RS1000e Organ In White

£4,999.00

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Used Orla Ringway RS1000e Organ In White

Overview

The RS1000e is one of the most recent organs from Orla following their association with Ringway, a Chinese organ manufacturer who they have joined forces with. Ringway, who are already established in China making home organs for their local market, got together with Orla and Paul Carmen, and have produced a “Super Organ” which suited the UK market and has proved to be a great success.

The RS1000e boasts 2 x 61 note keyboards, and a 20 note pedalboard, though you can use the “fingered chord” feature if you’re not a pedal player, and it will play pedals to suit your chords played on the lower keyboard.

The Orla Ringway RS1000e offers you 190 watts of sounds from 6 speakers, so it’s sound is very full- and even at low volumes too- and it’s cabinet is very smart- and more modern than its predecessors, but very clean lines and nicely finished off in polished white.

Highlights

  • Ringway’s new unique sound technology featuring 365 high resolution voices.
  • The RS1000E keyboard action featuring the new Fatar FastTouch® TP/9S keyboard.
  • Easily capture your performance or musical idea live.
  • Intuitive voice editing on the go. Design your own sounds from the ground up, creating a unique sonic personality.
  •  A multiplicity of rhythmic choices, including 191 live rhythm styles.
  • Multi effects processor with 73 creative instrument effects, offering unprecedented freedom of experimentation.
  • Offering the player a natural connection and expressive potential through the keyboards, expression pedal, second expression pedal, joystick and assignable switches.
  • 4 assignable PAD controls open new avenues of choice for musical expression.
  • Large colour LCD display, combined with the data control located immediately next to the display allows intuitive operation.
  • Internet capable e-organ workstation with wired Ethernet connection and wireless Ethernet bridge.
  • Access to dedicated websites allowing you to download new voices, styles and music, whilst being able to upload your own material for sharing and peer reference.
  • Full connectivity to all your favourite devices and MIDI compatibility.

David Cooper (owner and organ expert) says:

One of my favourite features of this model is the 8 registration sections each giving you 16 sounds accessible from the pistons under the upper keyboard,.These are in categories accessible just to the right of the main screen on 4 large buttons starting with organ sounds.

This first group of 16 registrations gives you some great combinations of Theatre, Jazz, and home organ. It includes combinations of the organ flute footages like 16, 8 and 4,- 16, 8, 4 and 2 and many other combinations previously left for us to manually find by moving drawbars or flute tabs.

The next section of 16 registrations has many of the famous sounds we all love like Acker Bilk, Glenn Miller, Andre Rieu, Bert Kaempfert and many more- these are always popular and it’s great to have them at the touch of a button.

Section C gives us song registrations with cryptic mentions of songs that you might want to use with the set ups, songs like Lady in Red, What a wonderful world, Isn’t she lovely, and so on. So there is loads of help finding those great set-ups and this is a great addition to these modern organs.

This is a big thing now, made more possible with these newer organs with newer technology. It is where you can just press one button and the whole organ changes its sound, rhythms, and effects in its entirety. Being digital everything can change in one go, compared to older tab organs where you had to move all the buttons and levers to change your settings each time you wanted to play something new. We forget how much technology has advanced in the organ world.

You also get the opportunity to save your own registrations, or record a song, or record just the accompaniment, so that you can play melodies and improvisation over the top. So the memory is quite large and you have USB capabilities to take out your setting to play through a different device too.

All the styles have variations too, you get 350 to choose from, each with variations. The instrument has 442 sounds to choose from too. You also have 4 variations of harmony in the MOC section allowing you to get upper keyboard harmonies when you are playing only one note, these notes are automatically played from the MOC section when you play a lower 3 fingered chord.

The only one negative of this organ is it doesn’t have the one finger/single finger chord facility, but for all of you who know 3 and 4 finger chords, it is a great instrument and one I can wholeheartedly recommend and have loved reviewing.

Dimensions:

W X H X D: 117cm, 113cm X 54cm

 

Specifications

Sounds

442 Fully Editable Sounds (many of which are new samples)

A selection of Reg Rawlings Theatre Organ Sounds

Styles

350 Fully Editable 7 part Styles

Keyboards

2x 61 note Fatar Fast Touch Keyboards

Pedals

25 Note Pedal Board

Speakers

All new 6 Speaker Amplification System with Bass Ports

Sections

2 Polyphonic Upper Sections, 2 Lead Voice Sections (available for right hand, split voice for right hand or split voice for lower manual).

Pedal Voices

Up to 2 pedal voices

Display

5 inch colour multi function display

Equaliser

7 Band Equaliser

Record Function

Ability to record in MIDI file and WAV file (CD Compatible) format

Multi Pads

4 Multi-Pads for storage of Sound Effects, MIDI or MP3 Sound Bytes

Storage

Internal and USB Storage

Touch

Initial touch and After touch on all sections

Effects

IFX effects for adding Wah, Flanger, Phaser and much more.

Our Thoughts

A review of the Orla RS1000e by Michael Wooldridge

The new RS1000e has two 61-note manuals, and it is worth noting that Orla have spent out on these to give us a top quality keyboard, with properly filled in keys that feel nice to play. It has a 20-note pedalboard, which is, I think, the most useful size. Having said it has pedals, it is worthy of note that it does have typical keyboard backings, so you can turn the pedals off and use it as a luxury keyboard with fingered chord option instead if that’s how you like to play, and, rather nicely, it will stay in that mode until you change it, so you have to do no more when moving between presets. The Organ also has a second expression pedal. This is something I think we’ve only previously seen on some Yamaha Electones, from the HS8 and HX instruments through the EL90 and EL900 to the Stagea. The left of the two pedals can be set to work pitch bend, the same as the pitch bend wheel on a keyboard, and allows us the ability to slide into notes or shift their pitch just by using our right foot. I say, ‘just,’ but in reality it is an art that needs rehearsing to get right and I think most people who have had this facility have not used it, though I think it is great and I really love it for things like Pan Pipes. Another option is to slow down the rhythm with it. There are six speakers, including two presence speakers, one at each end of the console, delivering 180w of sound. You can EQ these to suit your room and your taste.

Since Ringway launched in the UK, I’ve met quite a few people who have moved from a keyboard to a Ringway organ to get back to the simplicity of playing organ style with nice sounds, the joy of just making music without having to fiddle around too much. To help with that, when you turn it on, it always has a nice, easy on the ear, electronic organ setting ready for you to play.

One thing I must quickly mention about this, which applies to this instrument and to some others from other makers as well, is that the fact it has this handy default setting every time you turns on also means that the sound you had used last when you turned it off will no longer be there. This is totally fine by me but it does mean that if you finish playing with some new sound you’ve just made and you really like it, you must remember to save it before you turn the organ off, as it won’t be there when you turn it back on again!

To make it really, really easy, there are loads of presets ready to use. These come in eight sets, each of sixteen presets. You can of course make as many more sets as you like. The eight sets are basically in two groups, as you have four sets instantly available in big Bank buttons clearly marked A, B, C and D and then another set to fill those same buttons. Having selected one of the letters, this sets the sixteen presets of that group in the registration memory buttons, which are where they should be, between the keyboards. Every preset is set to use the keyboard split facility, giving the right hand end of the lower manual a complimentary voice for parts of the melody or adding little enhancements as you play.

To make it easy to find exactly the preset you want, it comes with a really straightforward chart, so it is easy to hop between the presets at will and you can lock the backing rhythm style so you can move between them all. The chart is perfect really, as it tells you the sound, perhaps Cavatina Guitar or Celtic Orchestra, or Dorsey Band, and it also tells you which rhythm style is in it and the tempo it is set to. This really means you can sit straight down to play with no forethought about sounds and instantly find the right thing. Don’t forget to move down to the split lower keyboard for the suitable sound variation as well.

I mentioned the presets are all in banks. Each bank has a loose title as well, so that can point you in the right direction a bit more even without the chart. Starting with the first set, Factory Presets 1, Bank A gives Electric and Theatre Organ sounds, including typical home organs with the descriptions in footages, like preset 3 is Sweet Organ 16, 8, 4, 2, or names to let you know what it will be like, including American Heritage or Jazz Bossa Organ, and then the seven Theatre Organs here are things like Tibia & Vox, Full Theatre and Mellow Tibia. It is no surprise with the input from Orla that the organ sounds are very nice.

One thing I must mention is that the organ doesn’t have all of the individual Flute footages available as separate stops. They are only in combinations. I have never personally found this an issue, having been used to it since the days of the Yamaha FE series organs in the 80s, as they give you all the main popular combinations there ready to use. If you should think you want more control to make your own, you can work around it here by putting on the organ sounds in different sections and then by virtue of different octaves in different sections, you can blend the volumes of the sections to give a slightly drawbar sort of effect. Moving on to Bank B, here we have a group that Paul Carman and I first devised together nearly 30 years ago, which has since appeared in just about every manufacturers’ range, a set of sounds called Famous Names, giving us the sounds of people like Acker Bilk and Stefan Grappelli at the touch of a button. Next it is Strings and Themes, so Bank C is Mantovani’s lovely silky strings, a Baroque Orchetra, a touch of Andre Rieu in the Viennese Orchstra and a Full Symphony Orchestra. Last but not least in this set comes Bank D with its Bands heading, everything from a Glenn Miller Style Mellow Dance Band through some Count Basie, James Last, Bert Kaempfert’s Bye Bye Blues, Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Sound and some Marching Bands.

Moving on to Factory Presets 2, Bank A now becomes Classical Organs and More, so there are some good Church and Chapel Organs but then also the classic Whiter Shade of Pale sound, and even some Ethel Smith! Bank B is called All Sorts, a very eclectic mix with little connection but some very enjoyable preset sounds, perhaps especially the Tapping In The Rain and a Seekers Guitar. Bank C gives us Most Requested, sounds for popular tunes we all love, including the Wind Beneath My Wings, The Lady In Red, What A Wonderful World and Isn’t She Lovely. Last but not least, bank D is now Dance Time, traditional Ballroom and Latin dance here, not pops, as it is a mix of Quicksteps, Cha Chas, Rhumbas, Jives and so on.

As you can see, these presets give you quick access to just about every style and sound family imaginable, in a really quick and easy way. They are all good as, a bit like that advert, they do exactly what they say on the tin, or in this case, on the chart!

Always remember to think of preset registrations as starting points for making your own registrations. Find one that’s near what you want and then just make little changes to it, perhaps changing the lead sound or the rhythm that’s with it. Once you’ve saved your own registrations, you can use the footswitch to move through them without having to take your hands away from the keys. Of course, it does have all of the usual footswitch features like rhythm fill ins and glide as well. When you’re moving around by hand, rather than using the factory presets, the main screen is easy to navigate, as it retains a basic layout, with the top part showing the style you have selected and how fast you have the tempo, the middle showing which sounds are in each of the eight sound sections – it has Upper 1 & 2, Lead 1 & 2 (which can be assigned to the Lower), Lower 1 & 2 and, something I love, Pedal 1 & 2 – and at the bottom of the screen, the eight voices in the sound section you are currently talking to to change your sound, so if you’ve pushed the Piano button it will offer you Grand Piano1, Grand Piano 2, Octave Grand Piano, Grand Piano and Strings, Honky-Tonk Piano, Electric Piano 1, Electric Piano 2 and Electric Piano 2, and it will tell you there are a further three pages of pianos available. Something good is that they have tried to put the most popular voices of each sound family first, so you may well never leave page 1 of any family!

You’ll see here that there is a layered voice, in the one that is Piano and Strings. These are good, as they further increase the potential of the instrument. Another I liked is Strings and French Horn together, and there is a great orchestral one which splits in a different way, as down the bottom end it gives Kettle Drums and, if you play heavily, Crash Cymbals as well. In common with many keyboards, there are pads, which on here you can load with MP3 files or wav files. You can choose if they go through the expression pedal or not. There are strong editing facilities for both the sounds, where you just very simply alter Cut Off and Brilliance to make big changes very quickly, and for the Styles, where it is child’s play to change the voicing used in the backings or to remove parts of styles to make them your own.

There are more things to tell you about, like how you save your settings internally or to USB stick, the Variations, Intros and Endings for each Style, which vary depending on the type of chord you play, and more, but we’re out of space for this time. If you have an older organ and fancy something with new features that still has a nice, friendly traditional sound, or if you want to move from a keyboard back to an organ, the Ringway RS1000e represents brilliant value for money and is very much worth a look.

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