is a program which allows the playback or live performance
of sound samples
real pipe organs. Kenneth A. Spencer's book
All about Hauptwerk
does exactly what it says 'on the tin'. "
This is a must-have book for all those who are thinking of
building their own Virtual Pipe Organ at home, widely
acknowledged as the
next best thing to a real pipe organ. The author
suggests that one should read the book 'rather like a novel'
before attempting anything; it is indeed easy to read,
detailed and informative and offers a
step-by-step guide in layman's terms as to what the program
is, how the program works and what you need to buy to make
it all work.
It's a persuasive read, too: you
to explore the possibilities of this powerful program, but the
book also offers some thoughts of a more philosophical
nature on the often thorny issue of where digital
instruments stand in
the real pipe organ.
first offers an introduction
the pipe organ for those who
come to the program without prior knowledge of how
organ is constructed. It then goes on to describe
what Hauptwerk is, how it works and how you would obtain it
(the program is a commercial product, but is also available
with limited functionality for free), the hardware needed
(computer capacity, MIDI keyboards and
these talk to the program, audio playback
requirements etc). It also goes into building
and how to voice
The book also touches on
how the instrument could be used in a studio context with
Digital Audio Work stations such as Logic and ProTools.
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