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The "Association de l'Orgue virtuel des Eaux-vives" was founded in October 2016 in order to promote and disseminate the Swiss organs sample set, produced in Hungary by Takáts Augustine (Augustine's Virtual Organ). The Association also hopes to raise funds and contribute to the maintenance of those organs, thanks to user donations. Its head office is in Geneva (Switzerland).

After the sample set l'orgue Grenzing du temple des Eaux-Vives, the AOEV could finance, with the received gifts, the sampling of the small Armagni and Mingot organ, into the church of Luins, Vaud. As for the Eaux-Vives, this sample set was gracefully done by Augustine Takáts, who volunteered to make this sampel-set highly deserved our gratitude.

The church

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Luins is a tiny village of wine growers in the canton of Vaud, about thirty kilometers (18 miles) in the North-East of Geneva. Built on the heights of the Swiss bank of the lake Léman, above the village, in a splendid and peaceful site, the tiny church of Luins has existed since at least the fourteenth century, but it was renovated in the Roman style in 1672, and dedicated to St. Peter. It became Protestant whith the Reform in 1536. The tower may be older. It was deeply restored towards 1672. In 1952, an architect by the name of  Fernand-Louis Dorier, who lived in Nyon, completely restored the building and made several major architectural changes, while fully respecting the Roman tradition. In particular, he added a pretty, well-dimensioned apse and an external staircase. Daylight enters the nave through six beautiful, simple, red and blue stained-glass windows produced by a young artist from Chavornay, Bernard Viglino, on the basis of a canvas by Yvon (Antoine) Monay.

Christ is the wine stock
Those stained glasses are in the glory of God, in memory of His servant the Regent
Ulysses Rochat cantor and reader of this church - 1955

The apse holds three stained glasses representing the dying Christ and two of his disciples. The nave is graced by an old baptismal font, a communion table and a pulpit made of green sandstone. There are also simple old wooden chairs that are reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting. They provide comfortable seating for couples during marriages or baptisms. From the terrace of the church, the sight over the vineyards, the lake Léman and the French Alps is splendid and alleviating.

Stained glasses in the apse (click to enlarge)

About the organ

This small Baroque-style organ is modern. It was built in 1974 by the Armagni and Mingot organ factory in Lausanne. It has two keyboards and a pedalboard. The composition is (in red, borrowed stops from existing, for the sample set):

- Grand Orgue: montre 8’, flûte 4, doublette 2’, mixture, musette 8', bourdon 16', flûte 8', principal 4', quinte 2 2/3
- Positif: bourdon 8’, flûte 4’, principal 1’, quinte and tierce, voix céleste, voix humaine
- Pedal: soubasse 16’, flûte 8’ (drawed by foot levers), principal 8', choral 4', musette

- Couplers for the keyboards, octave sup/inf for every register, coupler II/I
- Pedal couplers for both keyboards.

- Foot levers for mixture and musette
- Tremblant for the positif
- Mechanical traction.

By clicking each draw-stop you may ear one single note of the stop
(original instrument recording, not the sample set)
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some demos from stereo-mix version (1st line) and the surround version (2nd line)
click the picture to listen

About the sample set

The sample sets can be handled by Hauptwerk. version 4.0 and further. They are neither encrypted, nor protected by a licence.
Reuse of the samples nevertheless requires the authorization of the AOEV.
The sample sets are available in wave format 48kHz/24-bit, stereo, multiple loops (1-12) and multiple releases (3 levels). Samples are wave format 48kHz/24-bit stereo. The short natural reverb 1.5 s, reflects the original acoustics of the church. RAM requirement:

- Stereo-mix version:
16-bit, multi. loop & releases: 4  GB
(original stops only 1,4 GB - can be loaded with the Hauptwerk Free Evaluation)
24-bit, multi. loop & releases:  7 GB                                                               
- Surround version:                                                                                           
16-bit, multi. loop & releases:  10 GB (original stops only 5 Go)
24-bit, multi. loop & releases:  17 GB  
This surround version can be loaded in a 16 GB computer, opening the "near" and "far" channels 20-bit and the other stops 16-bit

Christ is the stock
 He lives
He reigns
Stained glasses in the nave (click to enlarge)

Accessing the sample set

The sampleset can be request by filling a form on the Augustine's Virtual Organ website or by email request from the AOEV (see the address at the top this page). The complete trial version can be downloaded free of charge. These files can be handled by Hauptwerk. version 4.0 and further. The first file installs a stereo version, with little reverberation but reproducing fairly accurately the sound heard into the church. The 3 others files install the surround version with adjustable near, far and rear channels. Both versions are stand alone. A superimposed text reminds users that these are trial versions that will, in principle, expire after 15 days; users are encouraged to contact the AOEV, by email, and to make a donation. Donations can also be sended to our PayPal account at our email address of the AOEV or using this direct link. For users 2 small files, once they have been installed in Hauptwerk, will delete that appeal to their generosity for good.
- stereo version
- surround version
We are however counting on your understanding and your support to continue our work. Other, similar projects are on the drawing board, if we can fund them.


Thanks to Augustine Takáts who made this sample set, with the local help of Dominique Dantand, Alain Grandchamp, Yves-Noël Denis, Tamara Courvoisier, Annette Béboux, Suzy Grandchamp, Alain Pernoud and the Municipality of Luins for their invaluable assistance. Gérard Lefranc made this web page. Thanks too to all the AOEV donours: they allowed the realization of this sample set.

Plan with dimensions of the church showing its very small size and the unusual position of the organ
(which complicated its recording in stereo mode)