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The Johannus LiVE marks the definitive dawn of a new era in organs. Never before have the classical pipe organ and the advanced digital organ converged so closely. From now on, you’ll be playing directly on the authentic organs standing in dozens of famous international churches and cathedrals. Fly in a heartbeat from Paris through Utrecht to Dresden from the comfort of your own living room. With the Johannus LiVE.

Historic bridge between church and home

Playing a full church organ is every organist’s dream... but not every organist has 24/7 access to a pipe organ. The Johannus LiVE builds a historic bridge between the musical experience of the classic pipe organ and your own home.

What is the Johannus LiVE, exactly, and what makes that connection between technology and romance so unique?

True-to-life experience

The Johannus LiVE is a high-quality digital organ that comes with sample sets, allowing you to play on dozens of international pipe organs. The sample sets are uploaded into the digital organ via USB drive. Each thumb drive contains the authentic, professional recordings of a specific international pipe organ.

The highest standards for digital audio are used to play the sampled sounds. This audio experience allows the Johannus LiVE to give you the feeling of playing a true-to-life, actual pipe organ.

Four positions per organ

For each sample, that authentic, high-quality sound can be played from four different positions within the church. The first position places you in the organist’s seat. The direct transmission of sound dominates the experience, while the spatial acoustics are secondary. The second position sets you in the audience, close to the front of the organ. The reverb is already coming into play, but the direct sound is still the primary focus. In the third position, you are placed right in the middle of the church, where sound and reverb meld as if you were in a CD recording. The fourth position places you in the back of the church, beyond the scope of the reverb.

The organist is key

One of the unique features of the Johannus LiVE is the fact that you, the organist, are right at the heart of the experience. The sound of the speakers is angled directly towards your ears. The organ sounds are crafted to blend with the space in which the original pipe organ is situated.

It’s hardly a leap of the imagination to envision yourself at the keys of historic pipe organs in famous cathedrals... because as far as your ears can tell, that’s exactly where you are.

Dynamic stoplist

Every register on the Johannus LiVE comes with a small dynamic display that allows you to switch effortlessly between the stoplists of various pipe organs. To illustrate: the register that indicates a Principal 4’ on the Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Église Notre-Dame d'Auteuil in Paris is a Gemshorn 4’ on the Bätz-organ in the Dom cathedral in Utrecht. The displays show the appropriate stoplist depending on which organ is currently being played. The registers are arranged by operating the wooden drawknobs, approximating the same experience as playing the selected authentic pipe organ.

A fully fledged organ

The combination of a physical stoplist with actual drawknobs and an authentic, superb sound make the Johannus LiVE a fully fledged organ. A unique sound experience that meets the highest standards for digital audio and the option, of playing dozens of actual pipe organs add the finishing touches to your experience. Play the world’s most beautiful organs from your own living room.


System DS-Core
Manuals 3
Stops Max. 50
Lighted drawknobs with wooden stem
Angled stop jambs
Authentic pipe organs Max. 5 immediately accessible
USB port for uploading organs
Unique listening positions 4



Height 180 cm
Width 160 cm
Depth (excluding pedal board) 65 cm
Depth (including pedal board) 103 cm



8 standard shades stained on oak


Music rack

Integrated wooden music rack



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


Swell Shoes

Wooden swell shoes 2


Toe Studs

Brass toe studs optional



32-note AGO pedal board with wengé sharps



Design bench
Adjustable bench optional


External Connections

MIDI (IN, MOD-out, SEQ-out)


Audio system 8.1
Surround channels 4
Audio control DEA II™
Near Field Front Audio channels 4


Reverb System

LIVEreverb II™
Sampled Listening Positions


output amplifiers

Full-range amplifiers (80 Watt) 8
Bass amplifiers (170 Watt) 1


Sound Reproduction

Loudspeakers 9
Headphones/ Aux-out Johannus Pure Audio™


Controllable Functions

o (Recall/Cancel)
MENU (Johannus Menu)
TRANS. (Transposer)
VOL. (Organ Volume)
CF (Cantus Firmus)
MB (Manual Bass)
CR (Crescendo)
HR+ (Hand Registration)
HR (Hand Registration)
S/S (General Swell)
CONS. FRONT, CENTER, REAR (Listening Positions)
RO (Reeds Off)
Couplers / Sub and Super Couplers


Setzer Memory

Levels 250 (50 x 5 organs)
Memory locations per level 8
Presets (PP-P-MF-F-FF-T+PL),


Johannus Menu Functions

Reverb volume
Upload organ
Organ settings
System settings


Expression Pedals

PEPC™ (programmable
expression pedal configuration)
General Crescendo (through PEPC™)



Bellows simulator
Authentic Tuning
Dynamic chiff
Virtual Pipe Positioning
3D Division Positioning

• = standard    - = not possible