Kensington Series Design
Kensington Series models have been designed to provide the
superior quality resources of our Studio Series in a lower
priced implementation. The consoles are designed to
provide excellent service in residential environments. With
fixed mounted touchscreens in angled stop jambs providing a
more traditional console appearance, we think the Kensington
will have a certain appeal to those no longer enamored of
dorm furniture. For the most part details of the keydesk
found in the Studio Series are also present in the
Kensington, including such user-friendly features as our
hideaway keyboard/mouse tray. Premium grade computer
resources specifically tailored to Hauptwerk needs for
recent very large sample sets will be specified in
consultation with the customer as to their needs and
desires. As with the Studio Series, sample sets ordered
through us at the time of purchase will be installed and
configured at no additional charge, providing a one stop,
ready to play solution. Unlike most providers of digital
organs our proposal will include shipping and installation.
Where room audio is also being provided voicing adjustments
of the sample sets for your room are included.
Series & Hauptwerk as a teaching resource
Kensington Series models, although not recommended for
institutional practice room usage can well serve as the
teaching instrument in your private studio. The many superb
sample sets now available to Hauptwerk users represent a
very broad cross-section of styles. This affords you the
possibility of offering your students unprecedented exposure
to the many manifestations of the King of Instruments.
Westminster and Hauptwerk welcome the opportunity of joining
with you toward closing this resource gap which heretofore
has been impractical to bridge.
here can be
little doubt as to the value of student exposure to
instruments of the type for which the compositions being
studied were conceived. Indeed such exposure is a requisite
to an historically informed performance. While we might not
all agree on the need for a slavish adherence to the
limitations inherent in historic models, it is,
nevertheless, imperative that the serious student understand
these limitations and considerations.
some of the Hauptwerk sample sets are available in "dry"
versions for usage in larger acoustical spaces, all are
available in versions that present the natural acoustical
ambiance of the sampled instrument. This helps the student
develop an understanding of the tempi and articulation
appropriate to the repertoire under consideration as if
performed in its native environment. A very useful tool when
appropriate instruments are not readily available.
Temperaments and Tuning
sample sets are recorded in the temperaments to which the
organ is tuned at the time of the sampling. Random tuning
errors typical of any instrument which were present at the
sampling are also included. Both temperament and tuning
error can be overridden, demonstrating their effect on the
music to the student. Sampled organs can also be presented
in other temperaments. The Hauptwerk software standardly
includes some twenty different temperaments. Suddenly
the subject comes alive as something more than academic
talking points when the differences are readily apparent!
Console Controls and
ne of the
more nebulous aspects of organ pedagogy concerns the
teaching of what might be thought of as the interface
architecture of the instrument. This varies considerably, of
course, with the period and nationalistic style of the
In perhaps no other style is an understanding of the
historic console configuration so important as that of
Cavaill?Coll and the unprecedented amount of repertoire that
this builder engendered. The great flexibility of our
Westminster consoles and the Hauptwerk software allows
configuration of the keyboard order as desired, including
the typical French order of Grande Orgue, Positif, Récit,
Bombarde or Solo. Toestuds of the Studio Series organs,
normally configured in the American manner to include 10
general combinations, 5 Pedal combinations and reversibles
for manual to pedal couplers and tutti, can also be
configured to control tirasses, accouplements, ventils and
tremulants if desired for a particular organ. Such special
arrangements can be provided separately for each sample set.
There is no need to make global changes in the Hauptwerk
configuration to achieve the specific requirements of an
individual sample set. As multiple sample sets can be cached
as "standby", it's practical to utilize them within a given
program, it taking only a short time to load a different
instrument and its configuration.
Optionally available is a custom interchangeable pedalboard
designed to present a relationship with the manual keyboards
somewhat more authentic for the performance of baroque
literature. This thirty note pedalboard has short keys in a
flat parallel configuration less recessed under the manuals,
encouraging an "all toes" technique with the attendant
articulations that that implies.
For more detailed
information on our Kensington Series Hauptwerk performance
platforms continue to the Features
and Specifications page.