Available Features of the Peterson ICS-4000(TM)

The following features can be supported by the ICS-4000 and may be specified when your organ builder orders a control system from Peterson.

Control Display Unit (CDU)
Most ICS-4000s are provided with a handsome 5-3/4" W by 3-3/8" H control panel with high quality "soft touch" buttons and rotary knob, and a four-line vacuum fluorescent alphanumeric display that has an exceptionally wide viewing angle and is easy to see under all lighting conditions. The CDU's design permits mounting in a pull-out drawer for cases where the historic appearance of an older console must be preserved.

Transposes +/-6 steps and is quickly accessed from the CDU. Transposer On/Off and Up/Down pistons may also be used.

Multiple Memory Levels
A standard 100 memory levels may be optionally upgraded to 256 levels. Memory levels are selected by turning the rotary knob on the CDU.

"Organist Folders(TM)" Memory Level Organization
Peterson's exclusive "Organist Folders" format allows grouping of the assigned memory levels and other personal settings for each organist into "folders" which are selectable by the organist's name. The memory levels within each folder are numbered from #1 for convenience. Two "guest folders" are always available for visiting organists to use.

Memory Level Select Up/Down Pistons
Pistons may be provided to adjust the memory level number within any Organist Folder group.

Password Lockouts
A three-character password may be assigned to each organist to prevent unauthorized changing of piston and other settings. One password locks all levels within a particular Organist Folder. No more keys to lose!

Lock Mode Choice
Each organist may select whether his or her Organist Folder is locked automatically when the organ power is turned off.

Duo Set(TM) Piston Setting As on all Peterson combination actions, pistons may be set in the organist's choice of traditional "Tripper" (hold and set) or "Capture" (set piston) methods.

Programmable Crescendo
Four crescendo memory levels, with 60 shoe positions each, are easily programmed by following step-by-step on-screen instructions. Optimal methods are provided for setting a new crescendo from scratch or making changes to an existing crescendo pattern.

Crescendo Disable
A switch or reversible piston can be used to turn off the crescendo even if the crescendo shoe remains advanced. The shoe's position will continue to be shown on the CDU and/or LED bargraph.

Tutti on Each Combination Action Memory Level
When only one Tutti (Sforzando) piston is fitted, a separate memory for that piston can be provided for each combination action memory level in each Organist Folder, along with provisions to easily copy the Tutti registration from one level to one other level or to all other levels within any Organist Folder.

Tutti Select Panel
When only one Tutti piston is fitted, an optional 4-3/8"W by 1-1/4"H panel with four buttons, 4 yellow LEDs, and 1 red LED can be provided to select and indicate any of four separate Tutti levels.

Separate Tutti Pistons
Up to 8 separate Tutti pistons can be provided, each having its own single memory.

MIDI Control of Sound Modules
The organ console's keys, stop controls, expression shoes, and pistons can control one or more MIDI sound modules in a very "organ-like" manner. Send patches and bank select commands directly from the CDU or follow the on-screen guide to program pistons to send MIDI commands. Tune sound modules from the CDU's rotary knob. MIDI pistons may be included in Piston Sequencer lists too.

Song Lists
Song files recorded to internal memory can be selected and organized into a list that will play back consecutively. When Song List Mode is turned off, individual songs can be selected and played back individually.

Built-In Record/Playback
At the touch of a button, record all organ key, stop, and expression data in standard MIDI format to the ICS-4000's internal memory. No USB flash drive, floppy disk, external MIDI sequencer or other removable recording medium is required, but files can be copied to a USB flash drive via the ICS-4000's USB port for archiving or transferring them to a personal computer if desired. Built-in utilities allow renaming, copying, and deleting files.

USB Data Port
Save MIDI recordings and combination action settings to any USB flash drive memory "stick" via the ICS-4000's USB Port Panel. Organ technicians can also use a flash drive plugged into the Port Panel to download software updates to the organ's operating system and configuration.

Manual Transfer
A dedicated stop control or reversible piston can be configured to swap keyboards and division-specific pistons and cancels between two divisions, usually Great and Choir.

Piston Compassing
"Compassing" any piston temporarily changes which stop controls are affected by that piston. Any general or divisional piston can control any group of stops you choose. One or all pistons can be "Un-Compassed" to return them to their normal functions.

"All Divisionals Become Generals"
A single operation from the Piston Compass on-screen menu converts all divisional pistons to serve as general pistons until the organist decides to "Un-Compass".

Pedal Piston Couplers
Dedicated switches or reversible pistons can allow an organist to selectively include or exclude Pedal division stop controls from the combinations set on manual divisional pistons.

A special form of Pedal Piston Coupler, Pedal-On-Any-Manual is a dedicated stop tab or drawknob that the organist can set either on or off with each manual divisional piston's registration. If it is set on, then Pedal division stops will be included in that divisional piston's registration.

Any number of regular and "blind" reversibles can be supported. Coupler reversibles that turn on an 8 foot coupler can turn off the sub and super couplers along with the unison.

Assignable Reversibles
Special "Organist Assignable" reversible pistons can be provided which allow users to make any desired stop or group of stops reverse.

Restore Piston
When any piston is accidentally pressed, the Restore piston may be used to bring back the exact registration that was inadvertently changed. The Restore piston can also be used if a piston's memory setting is accidentally changed and needs to be reset to the original registration.

Clear/ Copy Utilities
On-screen instructions can guide an organist to clear all piston registrations on a particular memory level for a clean starting point, or copy registrations from one memory level to another, even across Organist Folders.

"American" Programmable Piston Sequencer
Record a series of piston presses while practicing; give the list a name for easy reference; edit the list by appending, inserting, replacing, or deleting pistons; and scroll through the list by turning a rotary knob and viewing a complete description of each piston. Lists can be virtually any length, and may include various memory levels. Intuitive and consistent on-screen instructions guide organists through all the steps.


"European" Piston Sequencer
Use any piston designated as "Next" or "Previous", or buttons on the CDU, to step through all General pistons in order.

"Any Piston Next and Previous" Feature
An organ technician can configure any number of general and/or divisional pistons to serve as Next or Previous pistons when the Piston Sequencer is turned on, making it easy to activate the next piston in your list from wherever your hands are playing on the keyboards.

Lighted Pistons
Pistons with LEDs or incandescent lamps to indicate that they are active are supported by the ICS-4000.

Lighted, Latching Stop Controls
Lighted stops as an alternative to moving tabs or drawknobs may be used at the discretion of the organbuilder.

Master Pistons
This is a special type of reversible piston function that latches on to engage an organist's selection of "blind" registrations while ignoring any drawn stops.

Accent Stops
Tutti functionality can be provided on stop controls instead of the usual Sforzando pistons.

Moveable Console
The ICS-4000's tiny, unpluggable main cable and optional wireless link help make it very practical for consoles to be moved from location to location within the room by using multiple plug-in locations.

Multiple Consoles
Interfacing of two consoles is available. Specific requirements should be discussed with Peterson staff.

Automatic Pedal
A dedicated stop control can be provided to automatically play the pedal division with the lowest note played on a designated manual keyboard.

Melody Coupler
The highest note played on one keyboard is automatically duplicated on another designated division when this coupler is on.



All Swells to Swell
All Swells and virtually any other expression couplers can be accommodated through the use of dedicated stop controls or pistons.

Chime Volume Contacts
Allows chime volume control info to be transmitted from the console to a remote location without extra wires.

Clock Display on the CDU
The time of day appears on the main screen of the CDU and is very easy to set.

A count-up timer can be displayed on the CDU.

Sensors that may be provided in a chamber can read temperature for display on the CDU.

Incandescent lamp or LED indicators for virtually any function can be supported.

Bar Graph LED Readouts
Expression shoe and Crescendo shoe bar graphs with bezels matching the CDU can be provided with Red, Green, or Yellow LED segments.

Numeric LED Readouts
To augment important numbers on the CDU screen such as memory level, transposer status or crescendo shoe position, separate LED readouts can be used for "at a glance" viewing. This can be especially useful when the CDU is mounted in a pull-out drawer.

Comprehensive User's Manual
An easy-to-use, heavily illustrated organists' instruction book is included with each ICS-4000 and is available here. (5MB download)