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These pages are concerned with promoting the "virtual pipe organ".
Firstly, it contains some information about the phenomenon of the "Virtual Pipe Organ", specifically using the "Hauptwerk" software originally developed by Martin Dyde (UK), and more recently in the care of Milan Digital Audio (USA).
Secondly, it features my own virtual organ project - scroll to the bottom of the page for the links.
Please note that if you were expecting to see the My Guitars page here, it has been moved. To see the "My Guitars" page, simply scroll down this page and click on the "My Guitars" link.


My new book:
"All about Hauptwerk"
is available now from:

www.lulu.com/kaspencer

All about your Computer

A full explanation of how to setup and use Hauptwerk: keyboards/ pedalboard/  expression pedals/ and controller accessories.
There are designs for a pedalboard and console
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Multi-channel audio setup, convolution reverb setup, tuning and temperament are also covered.

The Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organ

A "virtual organ" is the creation of a complete model of a classical or theatre organ by recording sound samples of each pipe individually, and building the sound samples into a set of .WAV files. The resultant "sample set" is then loaded into memory in your PC, and controlled by a software application. The software receives MIDI data from any number of MIDI manual keyboards and a pedalboard, along with any MIDI controls you may have in the form of switches or swell or crescendo foot pedals, and sends the appropriate sound files out through your PC sound system - hence the pipes speak.

In order to preserve maximum realism, it may be necessary to construct several files for each pipe, so that for example, the initial attack of the pipe when it first speaks (e.g. the "chiff") can be sounded properly, and also, when a pipe is sounded for a long note, the .WAV files can be joined into a seamless audio loop such that there is no audible click when the end of the sample joins the beginning. It may also be necessary to capture the acoustic environment of the organ, especially if it is in a large church or a cathedral (known as the "wet" sound) and possibly mix this with the "dry" sound recording made close to the pipe with any echo or reverberation from the body of the building damped by careful sound insulation.

As each pipe is recorded and sounded individually, a virtual pipe organ has a glorious sound, better than any traditional analogue or digital, synthesiser or sound-font based electronic instrument. However, as a pipe organ gets much of its identifiable sound characteristic from a large "chorus" of pipes, a virtual pipe organ has a need for very high levels of polyphony. Playing 1000 or more pipes simultaneously can only be achieved by reasonably powered PCs with sufficient available memory to hold the complete sample set in RAM.
Organ sample sets
We present below two sample sets which we are hosting on behalf of their creators.
In the case of the Prudhoe Methodist Church, you will be able to see the full specification and other details of the organ and of the sample set, but you will be advised to send an email to the creator of the set before you can download the sample set.
Both sets are downloadable free-of-charge, but you may make a donation to the Prudhoe Methodist Church via the creator of the set, if you wish.
The Enigma sample sets by Al Morse, are both version 3, the Wet and Dry sets are provided.
Prudhoe Methodist Church sample set Enigma Free Organ sample set
Novation LaunchPad Overlays
We have produced several A4 transparency overlays for the Novation LaunchPad, for use with Hauptwerk. The smaller instruments are available on a single-page overlay. Some of the medium sized instruments are available on single and two page overlays, and the larger instruments require two LaunchPads and are available only on two-page overlays.
If you have found the information on this site useful, please feel free to:
- Esztergom Collectors'
- Forcalquier Wet
- Haverhill OIC Extended
- Haverhill OIC Full
- Hereford Volume II (46 stop) and Full (67 stop)
- Magnuskerk, Anloo
- Notre Dame de Laeken
- PAB Medium
- PAB Professional
- Pusztaszabolcs
- Salisbury Volume I
- St Anne's Moseley
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Novation Launchpad Overlays
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Support independent publishing: Buy this product on Lulu. Virtual Pipe Organ:
Glossary of terms

Recordings and videos on some of the Hauptwerk Virtual organs

There are many recordings and videos of Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organs on YouTube. You can find our videos, including a five part tour of our virtual organ, and several performance videos on YouTube here, as well as via the direct links given below.
We present below, several MP3 files recorded from the sample sets of the Henry Willis organ in Salisbury Cathedral (1877), the Cavaille-Coll organ in l'eglise St Madeleine (~1842) in Paris, and the Brindley & Foster organ in St Anne's church (1905) in Moseley, near Birmingham, in the UK, and the Pazicky organ in St Imre RC church (1778), Pusztaszabolcs, Hungary.
The Henry Willis and the Cavaille-Coll are massive organs, whilst the Brindley & Foster is typical of a large English parish church.
For comparison, we have played two improvisations of parts of Ludwig van Beethoven's Sixth and Ninth symphonies on two different  organs. You will hear how the different characteristics of the two organs lead to quite different improvisations.

Note: before the page can appear, the embedded sound file must be downloaded. Therefore please allow for up to a minute if you have a broadband connection, and several minutes if you have a diallup connection. I am sure that the short wait will be worthwhile!
1. Minuet from the Grand Sonata, Opus 22
Fernando Sor (1778-1839)

virtual organ of St Anne's church, Moseley, UK
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2. Chanson "Tant que Vivray"
Pierre Attaignant (1494-1551 or 1552)

virtual organ of St Anne's church, Moseley, UK
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3. Fanfare for Sunrise from "Also Spracht Zarathustra"
Richard Strauss (18 -1949)

virtual organ, St Imre RC church, Pusztaszabolcs, Hu.
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4. Romanza from "Eine Kleine Nacht Musik"
Wolfgang A Mozart (17 -1793)

virtual organ, St Imre RC church, Pusztaszabolcs, Hu.
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5. Melody in F, Opus 3, no. 1
Anton Rubenstein (1827-1894)

virtual organ of Salisbury Cathedral, England, UK
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6. Trumpet Voluntary
   Jeremiah Clarke (1674-1707)

virtual organ, the Old Independent church, Haverhill, UK

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7. Trumpet Tune
   Henry Purcell (1659-1696)

virtual organ, the Old Independent church, Haverhill, England, UK
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8. Pastoral theme, Symphony number six,
Ludwig van Beethoven (1771-1827)
virtual organ of l'eglise St Madeleine, Paris, Fr.
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9. Ode to Joy, Symphony number nine,
Ludwig van Beethoven (1771-1827)
virtual organ of l'eglise St Madeleine, Paris, Fr.

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10. Pastoral theme, Symphony number six,
Ludwig van Beethoven (1771-1827)
virtual organ of St Anne's church, Moseley, UK
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11. Ode to Joy, Symphony number nine,
Ludwig van Beethoven (1771-1827)
virtual organ of St Anne's church, Moseley, UK
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12. Bridge Over Troubled Water
(Paul Simon, 1969)

virtual organ of l'eglise St Madeleine, Paris, Fr.
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13. A Whiter Shade of Pale
(Keith Reid and Gary Brooker 1967)

virtual organ of l'eglise St Madeleine, Paris, Fr.
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14. Melody in F, Opus 3, no 1
Anton Rubenstein (1827-1894)

virtual organ of Salisbury Cathedral, England, UK
(YouTube Video)
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15. Trumpet Tune
Henry Purcell (1659-1696)

virtual organ, Old Independent church,
Haverhill, England, UK
(YouTube Video)
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16. Chanson "Tant que Vivray"
Pierre Attaignant (1494-1551 or 1552)

virtual organ of St Anne's church, Moseley,
Nr Birmingham, England, UK
(YouTube Video)
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17. Rising Sun Passacaglia
anonymous

virtual organ of St. Imre, Pusztaszabolcs, Hungary
(YouTube Video)
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18. [Somewhere] Over the Rainbow
Harold Arlen and EY Harburg

Paramount 320 virtual theatre organ
(YouTube Video)
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19. I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
John Kellette et al

Paramount 320 virtual theatre organ
(YouTube Video)
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20. Sing (Sing a Song)
Jo Raposo

Paramount 320 virtual theatre organ
(YouTube Video)
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21. The Breeze and I
Ernesto Lecuona

Paramount 320 virtual theatre organ
(YouTube Video)
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Members of the Bristol & District Organists' Association have from time to time gathered around the console for an enjoyable play of a variety of organs, including those in Forcalquier (France), Puzstabolcs (Hungary), Hereford & Salisbury (England), and Ezstergom (Hungary).

Here are two videos of members playing the Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organ:

22.
Gary Desmond (War March of the Priests - F Mendelssohn) and
Chris Mansfield (Improvisation around the Old 100th
)
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23. Ethan Huang (Prelude, from the Prelude & Fugue in A minor - JS Bach BWV543) on the Hereford Willis

(Note: these MP4 videos may need you to install the DivX Web Player to play them.
Also, Internet Explorer may not yet understand MP4 videos.
Therefore, if the videos do not play, download the free DivX Web Player and use Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Safari.)
{Please note that some of these videos were recorded with the camera microphone
rather than out of Hauptwerk, with a resultant pedalboard noise and decrease in audio quality.)

 

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