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Inspirational instruments / Four manual instrument at Evreux
« on: February 25, 2020, 11:54:18 PM »

Designed with a case that's intended to throw the sound into and down the nave the organ is startling and well worth attention . . .

Best wishes

David P

Organ tuition / Scholarship to study in Fribourg.
« on: February 19, 2020, 01:18:28 PM »
Thanks to

Following the statutory aims that provide promotion of the Historical Organs Heritage in the Fribourg region and the encouragement of young people in organ studies, the Fondation Académie d’Orgue de Fribourg is offering a scholarship for organ studies at Fribourg University of Music (HEMU - Site de Fribourg - www for the Academic Year 2020/21.

Application procedure:
• Please complete the enclosed application form which should be sent with your CV and a covering letter, copy of academic degrees, copy of ID and three letters of recommendation to Académie d’Orgue de Fribourg, Rue des Alpes 7, CH 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland or by mail to:
• Please apply for admission at HEMU - Site de Fribourg: - (Entrance exam: April 6, 2020)
• Closing date for applications: March 1, 2020.

Condition for eligibility is to have been admitted at the HEMU- Site de Fribourg (Fribourg University of Music - for the academic year 2020/21 in one of the following degrees: Bachelor, Master, Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS).

For further information please contact:

Scholarship Amount: 5000 CHF/year. The successful candidate will also be invited to play a concert.

Electronic Organs / Re: The end of the road for the Hauptwerk monopoly
« on: February 07, 2020, 01:55:17 PM »
Dear Ian

Thanks so much both for your encouragement, help, and link which is really appreciated.

However, the apparent don't-care attitude of MDA hasn't won them universal admiration and encouragement of competing systems might be cause for them to change in a better direction. Hauptwerk has had some 8 years or so of support from prime first-page linking from this forum, without apparently an ounce of gratitude or recognition. In contrast the suppliers of the competing softwares are extremely genial and perhaps MDA might appreciate the value of such in the future.

The new customer service manager certainly has some work to do and perhaps his employment is at least a start.

Best wishes and many thanks,

David P

Electronic Organs / Re: The end of the road for the Hauptwerk monopoly
« on: February 06, 2020, 09:53:27 PM »
Your problem with version 4.1 / 4.2 is easy to solve. If you have a version 4 dongle, you simply download the newer version.

In insertion of my name and email address and clicking on the appropriate upgrade button, the Submit does nothing but take me back to the home page.

Perhaps it might be easy to see why it might not be difficult to be disillusioned with the Hauptwerk service. MDA's new customer service manager will have some convincing to do.

Best wishes

David P

Electronic Organs / Re: The end of the road for the Hauptwerk monopoly
« on: February 06, 2020, 08:05:37 PM »
Dear Ian

I'm delighted at your satisfaction with the software and its results, and I have a very creditable instrument at Hammerwood at Hammerwood Park thanks to the generosity of a wonderful fellow St Maximin enthusiast and which will be expanded in due course. In that regard thank you so very much for advice and links to the upgrade download.

I'm not the only one scratching my head with lack of ability to get support for Hauptwerk software - not even the suppliers of the Version 4.2 sample sets know about how to sort that out so your help here is really wonderful. Thank so much.

At a school in Surrey I'm helping with sorting out an installation they're building, a four manual instrument that's presented one obstacle after another and getting any answers from Milan Digital Audio has been wholly unproductive.

Of course application of their software should be simple but it seduces into what can be ambitious projects and the school called me in having installed a forty channel audio system. Getting this working has been a nightmare and we're not out of the woods yet. MDA leaving their customer out in the cold has not generated enthusiasm. They give me the impression that they think they've got such a hold on the market they really couldn't care less about anyone battling to get quite complicated systems based on their software to work. I look forward to being proved wrong.

In the meantime Organteq new on the block comes from a very experienced instrument simulation software stable and appears promising. Simulating pianos is much more complex than simulating organs and they've achieved Pianoteq with very great success. Meanwhile Grand Organ sets out not only to provide good organ reproduction but to support pipe organs and the pipe organ industry. I'm not at all sure that MDA can put claim to such brownie points and it would be interesting to hear your opinion of their software.

Without question Hauptwerk does place high demands on computers. The Organteq software is small and it's the intent of Grand Organ also to get it to run on much lower end computers. This will be helpful for young people getting into organ simulation and certainly the Pianoteq software runs happily on my laptop. In preparation for the Pianoteq software was exceptionally helpful in helping in the decisions of which tuning schemes to use for real instruments.

Best wishes

David P

Many have been dismayed by the proclamations of the Church of England about sex in recent weeks.

It was a member here on this forum who helped me to grapple with my faith and belief and finally junk the anthropomorphised analogue of the Creator with the simple statement "God is Love".

There are many who grow up without Love and don't understand it. What is it? Working Together in the widest, deepest, most holistic sense with everyone, every living being, everything, the planet, the universe, circumstances . . . Because Working Together is truly the Creator . . .
  • invisible
  • everywhere
  • all powerful
  • eternal
responsible for creating everything . . .

Three quarks work together to make a proton. Protons and electrons work to make atoms . . . right the way up to biological structures . . . and our organs (forgive the pun) working together to give us the Divine (what is Divine? Working Together) gift of the breath of life. And the breath of life works together as the sound that gives the name which must never be said . . . . Aahay or Aayah . . . . and the understanding of which gives to the heart of the religions in worship of Yahweh and A**ah (ll as in Mallorca, Maiyorca) - the saying of which destroys the sound that they represent and its significance. Thus the second line of the Lord's Prayer.

So what has the Church got to do with pronouncements on sex? Sex is just one way of people working together. Abuse of sex comes through not working together. How people want to enjoy sex in the form of working together not a matter on which religions should pronounce as long as it leads to . . . Working Together.

The recent pronouncement by the Church of England is a prohibition against different ways of different people working together and contrary to "Working Together"

The law of the universe is that stuff that doesn't work together isn't here . . . it either never existed or ceases to exist pretty fast.

If the human race doesn't work together with its planet, then the human race will cease to exist.

Where would you be if your father's sperm had not worked together with your mother's egg.

Where would you be if your organs stopped working together?

Where would you be if your genes didn't work together?

Decisions have to work together to produce an event. If the decisions don't work together, then no event results. So working together is the creator in more than the material world, it is the creator in the time domain too, the domain of process, and leads to the Sea of Circumstances upon which I've written before.

Religions that don't acknowledge Love, Working Together, as the source of creation will cease to exist and those religions which don't work together with other religions are seen for what they are, empty of Working Together.

Unfortunately the Church Of England has fallen to base animal instinct of tribalism, and together with the organs in its churches, will cease to exist.

Best wishes

David P

Electronic Organs / The end of the road for the Hauptwerk monopoly
« on: January 30, 2020, 01:10:26 PM »
In my opinion the Hauptwerk project and associated sample sets are really important for being able to introduce us to different types and styles of instrument, and repertoire.

But Hauptwerk is . . . well people make criticisms of Hauptwerk that are well known. Not only that but getting any sort of response for a request for help is simply out of the question unless upon a very commercial basis. Goodwill is held for naught.

And then there are creators of sample sets created for version 4.2 which simply don't run on version 4.1. In this category is one of the instruments sampled by Piotr Grabowski as well as all the organs painstakingly sampled in Malta where there is an extraordinary collection of pipe organs both original and of historic importance as well as a number imported, installed, restored and maintained by Robert Buhagiar.

So it's a real pleasure to see two new software projects coming along.

One is Organteq from the makers of Pianoteq. The piano software is really extraordinary and the organ software from the same stable works really well - and it will be a pleasure to see future development of this.

The other is Grand Organ which I haven't had the opportunity of trying yet but looks interesting and created with an ethos of helping and promoting the future of real existing pipe organs.

Andrew Jones designed the software from scratch, he says, following the maths of the appropriate tasks. He writes:

However, this isn’t just yet another VPO up for sale.  Our project from the outset was to try and make VPO less threatening and actually help the pipe organs they imitate.  It was also important to us to encourage more young organists by offering it to them for free, and any proceeds that come from the software and sample sets, actually goes back to help protect and maintain the real thing.

Our staff donate their time freely.  The costs of running the company are relatively low, so we are able to pass on more than just token donations to the organ funds.

We also specialise in helping create a new sampled organ, perhaps which may need some help and restoration, and making a digital replica available, to raise funds for that organ.  In most cases we offer this without taking any proportion of the proceeds.  On a case by case basis.

We also like to intervene as early as possible for organs which are otherwise playable but at risk, which can be sampled and at least preserved digitally before they rot.  Again, if we can help stop that organ being at risk, then we will.  We are only limited by how much support we get from the organ community.

In my opinion this is the true spirit of organ enthusiasm and just what the organ world needs.

Best wishes

David P

Electronic Organs / Hauptwerk - GrandOrgue or jOrgan?
« on: December 21, 2019, 02:18:26 PM »
Having downloaded some sample sets and found they were saved with Hauptwerk 4.2 which won't run on my instrument with version 4.1.

Getting any help from the Hauptwerk administration seems more impossible than landing on the moon.

How do people find working with GrandOrgue or jOrgan?

Best wishes

David P

Electronic Organs / Re: Help needed with Hauptwerk setup with SSD
« on: December 18, 2019, 02:25:52 AM »

I bought a Sandisk 3D NAND SSD and it's fast. Using software with a workaround to operate with a non WD disc. Loading now Win 7 even with quite a large organ is around 40 seconds.

Apparently running Windows on one disc and the software on another leads to even more worthwhile speed boost. Well worth doing.

Best wishes

David P

Thanks so much for updating this link. A really interesting instrument.

Best wishes

David P

Electronic Organs / Help needed with Hauptwerk setup with SSD
« on: December 10, 2019, 01:14:57 AM »
It seems utterly impossible to get any response from Milan Digital Audio to the point of driving one to distraction.

Hammerwood has been given a particularly wonderful 4 manual Hauptwerk instrument but with some rather old technology now, and takes ages to load.

I've bought a 1Tb SSD. Can anyone advise me what should be loaded onto the SSD? I understand that SSD units should be read from but not written to very much so it seems that for longevity it's rather vital to ensure the right software components are stored there.

Many thanks

David P

Organ History / Youtube of the origins of the instrument
« on: November 30, 2019, 02:07:36 AM » is a Positif instrument, hand blown, demonstrating how with manual manipulation of the bellows phrasing can be extremely natural and beautiful . . .

Best wishes

David P

Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / Positive Organ 1920s £1.20
« on: November 30, 2019, 02:05:49 AM »
A Positive Organ company instrument, single manual but can be very effective

Electronic Organs / Makers of respected Pianoteq launch Organteq
« on: November 29, 2019, 09:51:57 PM »
Pianoteq software has led computer synthesis of pianos for some time and is an incredibly valuable resource for research of sounds of different instruments, and importantly, tunings.

Modartt have now launched Organteq which promises to be hard competition for Hauptwerk . . . .

It's well worth trying and we're going to see advances apace.

Based on the philosophy of synthesis rather than replay of recorded sounds, the advantage of Modartt software is a low footprint on memory and processor resources. Their piano software is demonstrably good even on basic laptop facilities and reasonably well brings the character of different nuances of pianos to the fore. When they refine and expand their sources beyond Cavaillé Colle, this software will be the go-to solution for easily configurable organs.

Best wishes

David P

Happening by chance on a recent Youtube video today it's a pleasure to see Cameron Carpenter clearly maturing -

Best wishes

David P

Inspirational instruments / Largest mechanical organ in the world . . .
« on: September 23, 2019, 11:31:44 AM »

Holy Trinity Cathedral in Liepaja Latvia has features that most won't be quite familiar with . . .

Best wishes

David P

Restoring pipe organs / Re: Pedal Acoustic Bass 32
« on: July 31, 2019, 12:59:55 AM »
Using the 6th and 8th partials is genius to create the 32. I always considered 2nd and 3rd partials to be a very muddy sound.

Best wishes

David P

Questions of Temperament / Re: Mid- 19th Century Italian temperament
« on: July 25, 2019, 11:52:39 AM »;2629ba0f.0901 is a very interesting resource but probably not applicable for your instrument

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