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?
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
access memory (RAM) of the personal computer. Recent 64 bit
versions of Mac and Windows operating systems allow virtually
unlimited RAM. MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)
protocols are utilized to provide the communication between
the console and the computer.
How does Hauptwerk differ from other
virtual organ systems?
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
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 pipes. 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 technology allows.
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. Other sample sets have been produced by third party
providers. Most of these sample sets have MP3 and/or .wav
demos available through their providers. In addition, many
very fine performances (and some less so) utilizing Hauptwerk
sample sets may be found at http://www.contrebombarde.com
encourage you to listen to these to discover the amazing
breadth of material available. You'll be astonished at the
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 the picture?
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 follows:
- 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 include:
- console casework
- manual keyboards
- piston assemblies
- toestud assemblies
- touch screen(s) or other control media such as stop
- 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 required, 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.