The UNICO series has redefined “state of the art” for classical organs.
The Unico series is a line of classic organs developed with Physis® physical modeling technology, entirely designed and patented by Viscount’s Italian research facilities. With this new approach, based on physical modeling of the pipe organ, you will enjoy the most faithful and malleable sound on the market today.
Thanks to accurate audio reproduction and powerful reverberation effects, Viscount has transferred the magnificence of a large pipe organ into the convenience of a compact instrument.
The Unico series has a rich library of customizable settings and parameters which allows you to select, assign and store hundreds of additional registers. Features are easy to access through a discrete backlit main control display.
Thanks to revolutionary Physis® technology – the result of ten years research and development - Viscount has created a dream instrument that provides a thrilling experience for today’s organists.
Physis® physical modeling is proprietary technology, developed and patented by Viscount and used in the UNICO, and SONUS Ouverture series. Physis® reproduces with amazing accuracy the sounds, environment and sonic configuration of the worlds’ most prestigious organs.
Physis® technology uses an advanced multi-processor platform called SHARC ®. The system is so powerful, it’s capable of providing computing power in excess of 12 billion calculations per second! This impressive "computational power" is necessary to calculate real-time physical-model algorithms which generate an organ sound with the highest authenticity.
The Linux operating system has been chosen to support this new platform as it’s well known for its stability and flexibility. Thanks to this system, all " Physis"-powered devices are able to integrate easily with the latest technologies.
Physis® technology models the sound "physically" by measuring the natural characteristics and physical properties of each organ pipe, as well as the interaction with the environment and the pipes. Thanks to the powerful processors, the sound is created not through the common “sample” (digital recording), but reconstructing the sound IN REAL TIME, through sophisticated algorithms. This process reproduces all the natural aspects of the sound right down to the smallest imperfections and irregularities. This is vitally important to give the sound its character, expression and warmth.
The sound waves are played back as they exit the organ pipe, each with its own characteristics of autonomy, uniqueness and authenticity. The progression of timbre across the keyboard is accurate, smooth and incredibly natural thanks to the absence of the "split points" typical of technologies based on sampling.
With Physis®, the parameters used to generate the sound are available so you can easily modify and mold the actual sound structure. The final sound being produced is a three-dimensional image and not only expressed horizontally, as in traditional technologies, but also vertically and diagonally, just like traditional pipe organs.
We have devoted special attention to the sound reproduction system, in order to faithfully reproduce the impressive dynamics, the broad spectrum of sound and all the surprising spaciousness of the sound of the pipe organ. The effect is stunning: sitting at the console of a Physis®-powered organ you will feel inspired as if you were sitting at the console of a beautiful pipe organ.
Beautiful and masterfully crafted. Living in Italy is a blessing because it means to be surrounded by masterpieces of art, architecture, culture and of course, an amazing musical tradition. Viscount UNICO instruments exude this experience. The wooden parts are made with expert craftsmanship and incredible attention to detail. Finishes are crafted naturally, rejecting the use of paints and toxic substances in all production processes. A Viscount instrument is a piece of art - studied in great detail. This is an instrument which will serve you for many years - and day by day it will acquire a beauty that only rich and well-treated woods can achieve.