Frankly, the mixer introduced first in Hauptwerk 5 (similar in Hauptwerk 6) is probably the most tortuous piece of software I have ever met. It is very powerful, but it can hardly be understood by a human being. It took me about 2 months to understand its functionalities. Hauptwerk user manual was of some help, but even reading it 3 times over, I still could not understand the fundamental concept of the mixer, and therefore I could not really master it. A simple advice helped me to finally get the insight. Continue reading
Sample sets for Hauptwerk 5 ready
All Sonus Paradisi sample sets are Hauptwerk 5 (and 6) ready!
Unencrypted sample sets are ready for Hauptwerk 5 or 6 natively. No update or upgrade is necessary. The sample sets run smoothly in the new Hauptwerk after the upgrade from Hauptwerk 4.
Encrypted sample sets must be reinstalled. All the sample sets were updated with the Hauptwerk 5 versions. These are good also for Hauptwerk 6. Continue reading
Hauptwerk 5, iLok and internet connection
A question from a user e-mail:
Must a computer have an internet connection active when Hauptwerk 5 loads sample sets encrypted by an iLok? Continue reading
Smecno extension pack
Christoph Schmitz created very useful extension pack for Smecno.
It can be obtained from his webpage.
Piacenza - Padre Davide Virtual Organ
The Demo sample set of the Padre Davide Italian Romantic instrument from Piacenza, St. Maria in Campagna, built by Fratelli Serassi is ready for free download.
Munetaka Yokota Virtual Organ
The Demo sample set of the Chico Centennial Organ of Munetaka Yokota is ready for free download. Continue reading
Casavant Demo sample set
A demo sample set of the Casavant Surround Sample set is available. The demo set forms a luxurious virtual instrument of rich 3 manuals and a pedal. Altogether 26 speaking stops. Usable as a stand-alone virtual organ. Continue reading
Aristide no. 1, v. 2
Aristide No. 1 is a composite sample set, which tries to imitate the sound of the the great Aristide Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint-Ouen in Rouen, France. The mixtures of Saint-Ouen have been reconstructed rank by rank using the original specifications. Continue reading
Altenbruch Sample Set - Free Demo
A demo sample set of the Altenbruch Sample set was uploaded, all the stops of the Brustwerk and almost all stops of the Hauptwerk (Oberwerk), including the tremmed samples. The amusing Zimbelstern is also available. Continue reading
How to use 6-channel surround sample sets
6-channel surround sample sets sometimes raise many questions. Some users are concerned about RAM consumption (yes, 6-channel surround uses about 3x more RAM than a conventional stereo sample set). Some are concerned about the "best" listening scenario while using the 6-channels, some express hesitations about the acoustical principles of the 6-channel surround, fearing that blending too many channels together will harm the resulting sound. Well, how to use the 6-channel surround sample sets? Continue reading