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DIY console by Daniel Cook

Postby mdyde » Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:40 pm

Here are some pictures of Daniel Cook's Hauptwerk console, first with three manuals and then four, in case they're of interest to any of you:

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Here are some comments from Daniel:

I’m using various things for my console (see attached photo as 3 man and then as 4 man).

The Keyboards are dismembered Yamaha Keyboards set into a wooden frame.

The pistons run on two separate boards. Just over half run on a classic organs board by Ron Coates.

The rest run on a dismembered E-Keys keyboard.


Thanks Daniel for allowing us to post these.
Best regards,
Martin.

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Re: DIY console by Daniel Cook

Postby G3 » Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:29 pm

Excellent and impressive.

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Re: DIY console by Daniel Cook

Postby hinemini » Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:21 am

Who is Daniel Cook, is he active on this Forum?

Have Questions about disassembling Yamaha Keyboards....
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Re: DIY console by Daniel Cook

Postby mdyde » Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:15 am

Daniel's forum username is DanielCook. You could try sending a private forum message if you want to contact him privately.
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Re: DIY console by Daniel Cook

Postby PeterD » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:25 am

Martin/Daniel

That looks a stylish console with fuctional simplicity, Just a couple of questions.. Are the screens 17 or 19 and secondly what is the overall width of the console- I might just have room !

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Re: DIY console by Daniel Cook

Postby bigwold » Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:51 pm

Daniel
Where did you get your thumb pistons from and the all-important question, at what price?
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Re: DIY console by Daniel Cook

Postby DanielCook » Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:23 pm

Hi everyone,

The Console is 2ft deep, 5ft 1 1/2 wide and 5ft 2 high

The pistons are standard pipe organ pistons from Kimber Allen (http://www.kimberallen.com)
They are £3.50 each ex VAT and its costs extra for the engraving. Its worth it though, they feel good and are easy to fit.

The screens are 17 inch touch screens I bought from e-bay very cheeply.
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Re: DIY console by Daniel Cook

Postby Kronenberg II » Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:16 pm

Hi Daniel,
A previous post (Hinemini) ask about disassembling the Yamaha keyboards which you have used. I have recently started to set up my system with just one Yamaha keyboard at present ( a new basic model at around £60) and can't really see how to seperate the parts which are not needed for a console. I took the keyboard apart initially to put foam rubber strips under the keys to give a more resistant touch which has worked quite well. However, the way in which the keyboard is wired together internally confuse me and I really need to know how to effectively get rid of the bits and pieces which are not needed.
Can you, or anyone else lead me on this?

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Re: DIY console by Daniel Cook

Postby IanPounder » Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:04 am

Hello Richard

In fact you can't usually discard any of the electronics (except if there is a separate circuit board positioned so that it only gives contacts for some buttons - rhythm, perhaps - that you won't be using). You can remove the boards and mount them more neatly, but the components aren't laid out in a way that gives the functions you want in one place (e.g., the power amplifier module may well be on the same board as the 12v input / voltage control / smoothing; so all you can do is cut off the speakers).

The disassembly is more to do with cutting away plastic to make it possible to have the correct vertical distance and overhang between the manuals, and provide piston rails. Daniel has taken this a stage further than me, in that he has replaced the key felt rail with wood, which also makes it easier to mount "real"pistons.

In some ways it's easier to do this with (eg) M-Audio MIDI controller keyboards, but I prefer the "feel" of the Yamaha keys.
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Re: DIY console by Daniel Cook

Postby hinemini » Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:47 am

In fact i managed to make a bridge on the "motherboard" of the Keyoard , so i can discard the controller board which leads the commands of the knobs and switches to the motherboard. You don´t need those knobs. I only had the problem, that the Power on Knob is not hardware but gives only short contact to activate the Keyboard. Bridging solved the problem, whenever power is supplied, the keyboard starts working.

Thanks to Ian for his further informations to me!
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UPDATE

Postby hinemini » Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:31 am

UPDATE

I actually removed the display, simply cutting the wire- now no MIDI functions any more.

Think, it´s probably the best, to keep all of the electronic components.

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Re: DIY console by Daniel Cook

Postby Anton Heger » Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:48 pm

Who is Daniel Cook, is he active on this Forum?

I think, he will be!

Look at http://forum.hauptwerk.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5094
Brett Milan wrote there:
We would like to offer a short concert performed by Salisbury Cathedral's organist, Daniel Cook. ...


As soon as Brett's upcoming sampleset is finished, Daniel can study at home on his 'own' organ :-)
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Re: DIY console by Daniel Cook

Postby hinemini » Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:58 am

Hi Daniel, how did you fix the Yamaha keyboards ?
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Re: DIY console by Daniel Cook

Postby Morse » Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:26 pm

I'm considering adding a third manual to my setup. Is the Yamaha keyboard being discussed here the model YPT-210? I prefer to buy a model that has already been successfully disassembled and used by someone.
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Re: DIY console by Daniel Cook

Postby IanPounder » Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:03 am

Hello Al

I'm 99% certain that Daniel used the YPT200, but the 210 is just the usual Yamaha cosmetic upgrade, so it should be fine.

For anyone in the UK planning to use the YPT200, Argos have them at a good price at the moment in their sale.
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