What is important when choosing a Hauptwerk organ?

Two loudspeakers, a left speaker and a right speaker form the mediator between the two microphones, which recorded the sounds in the church in the place of the organist. The Hauptwerk organ is not an independent organ, but it bridges the gap between the organ in the church and the rendition into the living room. Next to my Hauptwerk organ is my chamber organ with pipes, which I made and voiced myself. I can compare the sounds of the Hauptwerk organ with the pipe sounds.

Organists with a Hauptwerk organ often want the organ to look like a pipe organ. A pipe front for the loudspeakers must reinforce this illusion. In my attic there are a large number of pipes that I have kept from my sound research, but I find it pointless to place them in the organ front. They are not useful.

There are big differences between pipe organs, depending on practical requirements and personal wishes. This is no different for Hauptwerk organs and everyone can choose their own wishes. However, it is advisable to consider the best reproduction of the pipe sound from the samples.

In addition to the pipe sounds, the sample sets also contain extra sounds, such as the wind motor and the tracker actions. With my pipe organs I have always placed the wind motor in an effective damping box. My tracker action tools worked without noise. I have played in hundreds of churches, but no one has ever heard that I have pulled the stops. This has to be quiet and without sound, otherwise it disturbs the music. Therefore, I never install the sounds of the sample set; they prevent making music.

Two loudspeaker at close range and focused on ears organist bring sounds good to the living room. It makes no sense to use multiple speakers for these sounds. Separate speakers for the treble is well worthwhile to use and of course there must be a good subwoofer for the bass. The location of the subwoofer is insignificant, because the bass have no directivity.

Headphones are undesirable for several reasons, see here, but the main reason is that sounds be in proportion to the area. The choice of the registers depends on, it may be too loud or too weak or too sharp or too thin. The music has an air transfer. Headphones concludes that environment. Compare it to painting, for which a well-lit workshop is required. A spotlight on the subject plus a light on the canvas is not enough to assess the relationship of the colors.

Orgelmakerij Noorlander in Barneveld

I got to know the Orgelmakerij Noorlander as the most innovative company for making virtual pipe organs. In my living room, the Schnitger organ of the Martini Church in Groningen sounds in the acoustics of the church. It gives me the realistic feeling that I am playing the organ in an immense space.

Hauptwerk is only the technical basis, but it only becomes a musical instrument when the organ maker has the artistic insight to form the sounds. Inventive ideas have led to colourful sounds with refined beauty.

Many parts are made in own workshops and form links in the chain to a perfect pipe organ sound. Everything is coordinated with the aim of letting the organist hear organ sounds according to his wishes in the living room.

I myself chose the Sonnette III and had it adapted to my special wishes. Organs that I have played in churches, I hear now in the living room with the same sounds.                     
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Hauptwerkorgan as Chamber organ

Pipes get a majestic sound when they can develop in the acoustics of a large church. A Hauptwerk organ in the living room can also sound majestic when microphones record the sounds at a very close distance from the pipes and these are stored as DRY samples.

Hauptwerk 5 has made an ideal copy of the acoustics of the church possible, by using the Impulse-Response technique. The dry sounds are modulated here on the IR sounds and this modulation is called convolution. It allows the sounds from the samples to undergo the same behavior as in the church, so that they can also develop majestic sounds in the living room.

Next to my Hauptwerk organ is my house pipe organ with very delicately voiced metal pipes. However, the pipes sound too dry in a living room and that is why Hauptwerk with DRY samples and the reverberation of an IR recording is preferred.

Organists found that the sounds corresponded to the pipe sounds. Unfortunately hobbyists give Hauptwerk a bad name with their multichannel (surround) sounds. No organist feels inspired to play with these horrible sounds.