Definition of swell box in English:

swell box


  • A part of a large organ in which some of the pipes are enclosed, with a movable shutter for controlling the sound level.

    • ‘Included in the structural alterations has been the enlargement of the shutters in the west front of the swell box to permit greater egress of sound into the nave.’
    • ‘You can see the empty spaces to the right and left of the swell box where the pedal pipes would eventually be relocated.’
    • ‘Here, in Riga, the final result was a 32'-based main pedal and a Piano Pedal in the swell box, which can nevertheless only be played by one pedal keyboard.’
    • ‘The analogue technique described above gives an entirely satisfactory imitation of a real swell box.’
    • ‘The organ at St. Paul's has a swell box inside the swell box, allowing greater subtlety in dynamics.’
    • ‘The internal structure, including cases for each manual division and the two swell boxes with electrically driven shutters are made’
    • ‘This was placed in a swell box, but without shutters so that all stops were reduced to an echo of their normal selves.’
    • ‘If the organ was provided with a swell box (a Spanish 17th-century invention), it would certainly be in the Brustwerk, sometimes in the Oberwerk as well.’
    • ‘On Wednesday, more of the swell boxes, some of the pipe chests, the winding system, and much of the wiring were removed.’
    • ‘Both the pipes and speakers are enclosed in a swell box controlled by the left-most expression pedal.’
    • ‘Basically, the instrument consists of four extended ranks of pipes enclosed in three separate swell boxes.’
    • ‘The effect of opening and closing of the swell box varies from pipe organ to pipe organ.’
    • ‘The internal framing, swell box and larger wooden pipes are finished in the Harrison house-style paint - a dark brown colour while the zinc trunking has been painted in a gray-green colour.’
    • ‘Rodgers’ swell box modeling recreates the frequency changes and phase shifts of sound inherent in the opening and closing of pipe organ swell boxes.’
    • ‘These swell boxes are, in effect, small rooms with louvered fronts, which can be opened and closed by means of pedals at the console.’
    • ‘A Trumpet rank was mounted en chamade on top of the swell box and was quite unsightly.’
    • ‘The swell box is of somewhat unusual construction, and very large, allowing plenty of room to walk about in.’
    • ‘Organists should note that until the 18th century pedals and swell boxes did not exist on English organs.’
    • ‘Behind that is the Choir division, enclosed in one of four swell boxes.’
    • ‘Unusually, all the pipework except the Choir Organ and the Tuba is enclosed in swell boxes.’


swell box

/ˈswel ˌbäks/