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Composite 3-Manual English Organ (v 4)

Version 4 of this organ is designed specically to run in Hauptwerk V. Earlier versions of this are no longer supported. If you own one and have any problems, please wirte to me directly and I will try to help you.

I own a Rodgers 3-manual 945 organ. When I purchased Hauptwerk I noticed that there were no free sample sets for organs larger than 2 manuals. I therefore used the CODM to piece one together from three excellent sample sets that are nearly-free to licensed Hauptwerk users: the St. Annes Moseley organ that comes bundled with Hauptwerk, and the Little Waldingfield and Groton organs from Lavender Audio. The Lavender Audio organs are shareware so they are available at a very low cost. In addition you may use them for a limited trial period for free evaluation.

Important: Be sure you install the versions of the Lavender organs from their web site, and also be sure to download the versions that are listed a Hauptwerk V compatible. The older versions of these organs will not work with the Composite 3-Manual English Organ v4.

I used the St. Annes Moseley organ for the Pedals, Great, and Swell. I took some of the stops and moved them to a new choir manual. I then used the Lavender Audio samples to fill out the choir.

For version 2, I filled out a cornet in the Swell using some interesting methods. I reused the samples from the Swell 4’ and 2’ flutes to create the 2-2/3’ Nazard. The top seven notes come from the 2’ samples and the rest from the 4’. Since Hauptwerk allows one to create new ranks from reused samples, it is as if the builder had duplicated these pipes and placed them on their own chest. I have returned the resulting “rank” and also carefully balanced the transition between the two sets of samples. I similarly created the 1-3/5’ Tierce from the 2’ samples. The top few notes do not play (they wouldn't likely on a pipe organ anyway.)

For version 2.1, I fixed a bug that caused the "Bass Coupler" to function improperly. In the new version, engaging the coupler correctly plays the pedal stops from the lowest note only of whatever is played on the Great.

I also added some borrowed stops in the Pedal to give it more independence and reduce the need for coupling.

Since the two new ranks are true Hauptwerk ranks, there no is unification, the tuning is correct, and the user can voice each ranks separately (assuming you have the deluxe edition of Hauptwerk.)

Version 3 of the Composite English Organ has been updated to take advantage of several new features in Hauptwerk 4. It will not run in Hauptwerk 3. If you do not have Hauptwerk 4, you can still run Version 2.1 of the Composite English Organ. Most important, Version 3 takes full advantage of the resampled St. Annes that ships with HW4, including the increased resolution and the multiple release samples. I have also completely rewritten the tremulants.

I have also completely redesigned the "Console" display for Version 3. It now has the correct look and feel of a medium-sized English cathedral organ. The controls are correctly placed and colored for such an instrument. I left the "Stop" display in American STandard format so both schools of organists should feel comfortable.

Version 3 includes some revoicing. The most profound change is the revoicing of the old Choir "cornopean" into a more useful "tuba..

Version 4 is rewritten to support the latest Lavener Audio sample sets and is compatible with Hauptwerk V.

An additional version of this organ is now available as revoiced by Mark Williams. However, this version works only in Hauptwerk 4 and cannot yet be used in Hauptwerk V. Those of you who have used v4 of this organ will notice that the cresciendo pedal is no longer present. I may add this back when in the future, but it is a project I am putting off for now. You can always use the native crescendo capab ility in Hauptwerk.

Here is a shot of the "console" and "stop" views. Click on them for full-size views. All my consoles are sized to fit on a 1024x768 touch screen monitor I keep atop my Rodgers.

   
   
 
Les' Composite English Organ
Pedal Choir (Expressed) Great Swell (Expressed)
16'
Open Diapason
8'
Open Diapason
16'
Lieblich Bourdon (Sw)
16'
Lieblich Bourdon
16'
Sub Bass
8'
Gedekt
8'
1st Open Diapason
8'
Geigen Principal
16'
Bourdon (Sw)
8'
Dulciana
8'
2nd Open Diapason
8'
Rohr Flute
16'
Echo Bass
4'
Octave
8'
Lieblich Gedact
8'
Viol di Gamba
10 2/3'
Quint
4'
Flute
4'
Principal
8'
Voix Celestes
8'
Octave
2 2/3'
Twelfth
4'
Clear Flute
4'
Flauto Magico
8'
Flute Bass
2'
Super Octave
2'
Fifteenth
4'
Salicet
4'
Fifteenth
1 1/3'
Nineteenth
 
Mixture IV
2 2/3'
Nazard
16'
Trombone
1'
Twenty-Second
8'
Trumpet
2'
Piccolo
16'
Contra Fagotto (Sw)
8'
Tuba
4'
Clarion
1 3/5'
Tierce
8'
Fagotto (Sw)
8'
Clarinet
4'
Great to Great
 
Mixture III
4'
Oboe (Sw)
 
Tremulant
16'
Swell to Great
16'
Contra Fagotto
8'
Great to Pedal
16'
Swell to Choir
8'
Swell to Great
8'
Trumpet
8'
Swell to Pedal
8'
Swell to Choir
4'
Swell to Great
8'
Oboe
8'
Choir to Pedal
4'
Swell to Choir
8'
Choir to Great
 
Tremulant
16'
Swell to Swell
 
Swell Unison Off
4'
Swell to Swell
 

If you want to try this, be sure you first have a valid Hauptwerk license (this organ will not work without one, but it does not require a special dongle file) and both of the Lavender Audio organs (Hauptwerk V compatible versions) installed correctly. Then download the following:

1. Download Hauptwerk Installation rar

This is a Hauptwerk standard installation package in rar format. Save it to your disk, start Hauptwerk, and then use its install feature to read the rar file as per the manual.

2. Download CODM Source File

This one is optional. I provide the source code for the Hauptwerk editor so you can see how I did all this and get ideas for your own projects. You will have to rename this file after downloading to "Les-CompositeEnglish-3Man-V3.CustomOrgan_Hauptwerk_xml." I could not get the download function to work properly with the new extra-long file extension required by Hauptwerk 4!

This organ works so well because all three of the source organs are of similar style and were sampled in similar acoustics.