What is Hauptwerk?
Basically, it’s rather snazzy software used to control sampled pipe organs via Midi hardware. If you’ve ever used a VST instrument in Logic or Pro Tools, you’ll know what I mean. Hauptwerk is a very sophisticated piece of software that has been developed and improved over the years, taking advantages of ever-faster computing power and increased RAM possibilities.
To enjoy Hauptwerk (HW) to its fullest extent, you need some form of midi-controlled organ console. This is just like the organ console you would see attached to a church or concert or theatre organ: 2-4 keyboards, a pedalboard and a plethora of further controls for stops, dynamic effects, registration combinations and so on.
The console is the control center of Hauptwerk. Using MIDI commands, it sends signals to the software to trigger sampled organ sounds. Sounds easy. It’s not!
An organ is a complicated piece of kit. Some pipe organs contain many thousands of pipes, ranging from 32′ to well under 1″ in length. It’s frequency range spans the entire human hearing capabilities with notes sounding as low as 16 Hz or, thanks to overtones, nearing 20,000 Hz…
These individual pipes have been painstakingly sampled using the highest quality microphones. A number of specialists around the world have become most sophisticated in capturing organs’ sounds, not forgetting the acoustic spaces in which they speak.
Before I get too technical, I hope you can see where this is going. HW allows users to purchase different sampled organs from around the world, some large, some small, some free of charge, some bloody expensive…
I shall be featuring the world of HW in a number of upcoming videos – both the software and my own console build will be presented and I hope to show non-organ folks how amazing this digital world can be…
Now over to you: I need your help. I already have a pedalboard. What about the other bits and pieces? 3 manuals? 4 manuals? Touchscreens? How many pistons? Swell pedals? There’s a long long to-do list and I could do with a few pointers along the way.
Do leave your comments and let me know what you think.
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