What is Hauptwerk?
Hauptwerk differ from other virtual organ systems?
Hauptwerk virtual pipe organ
How can I hear
what Hauptwerk can do?
Westminster Organ Works fit into the picture?
What is Hauptwerk?
is highly advanced software designed to provide a platform for the
virtual realization of the wide selection of sample sets available of
many of the
world's greatest pipe organs. It takes advantage of the enormous
strides that have been made
in improving both the processor speeds and the capacity of random
(RAM) of the personal computer. Recent 64 bit versions of Mac and
Windows operating systems allow virtually unlimited RAM. MIDI (Musical
Interface) protocols are utilized to provide the communication between
the console and the computer.
How does Hauptwerk differ from other
virtual organ systems?
he Hauptwerk virtual pipe
organ software is designed to take full
advantage of current computer capabilities. In typical sample
sets each individual pipe is sampled from 7 to 15 seconds at 24 bit
48kHz. These long samples are multiple looped and provided with
multiple release samples to provide a more faithful rendering according
to the duration of the note being played. Additional realism is
provided by accurate sampling of the acoustical response of swell
enclosures and the actual effect on the pipes of the tremulants.
Some ranks have separate samples with tremulant. Hauptwerk is
also capable of meeting the audio needs of any
conceivable situation, supporting over 500 audio channels!
Playing a Hauptwerk virtual pipe organ
earing a Hauptwerk
virtual pipe organ is very much like listening to
a very good recording of the sampled organ. The difference? You get to
play it! You are performing utilizing actual recordings of that organ's
Unless configured otherwise, the organ is at the original pitch and
temperament, with random tuning errors present at the time of recording
the samples, and includes the acoustical ambiance of the building. The
real thing? No - the quaint village pub across the way and the charming
medieval architecture aren't included. What it does provide, though, is
the closest possible representation of the organ that present day
How can I hear what Hauptwerk can do ?
Many of the sample sets
available have been produced by Milan Digital
Audio, present developers of the Hauptwerk virtual pipe organ system.
sample sets have been produced by third party providers. Most of these
sample sets have MP3 and/or .wav demos available through their
addition, many very fine performances (and some less so) utilizing
Hauptwerk sample sets may be found at http://www.contrebombarde.com
We encourage you to listen to
these to discover the amazing breadth of material available. You'll
be astonished at the possibilities!
Some of the producers of
available sample sets:
Should you be interested in a particular sample set be sure to inform
yourself as to the terms of the license. Many sample sets, including
all of those by Organ Art Media, may not be used for public performance.
How does Westminster Organ Works fit into
he software for the
Hauptwerk virtual pipe organ is readily available
directly to the end user. Many very successful installations have been
achieved by individual owners. There are certainly many, however, who
find the prospect of dealing with anything computer related a very
daunting proposition. For those who find this to be the case it's
undoubtedly the best course of action to acquire a preconfigured system.
The process of assembling an Hauptwerk installation can be outlined as
- purchase Hauptwerk license
- evaluate and purchase sample sets
- determine computer needs for your usage. specify and
purchase the computer, or specify, purchase and assemble the components
for a build your own solution
- evaluate and purchase audio interface
- evaluate and purchase MIDI interface
- evaluate and purchase amplifier(s)
- evaluate and purchase speaker systems
- evaluate and purchase MIDI console or evaluate and purchase
components to build your own and assemble same. These components will
- console casework
- manual keyboards
- piston assemblies
- toestud assemblies
- touch screen(s) or other control media such as stop knobs
- MIDI interfacing components
- patch all of the system together
- install and configure Hauptwerk software
- install and configure sample sets
For most institutional customers a build your own approach will not be
deemed to be an appropriate way to proceed. For some individuals
contemplating a private
project, who possess the necessary talents and range of skills
this will be a challenging and rewarding DIY project. Others will be
Enter Westminster Organ Works.
The Westminster team will work with you to assess your goals and
requirements, assemble, configure and test your instrument and deliver
and install it for you. In short, a ready to play solution utilizing
the most advanced technology available, heretofore available primarily
in a DIY format.