OK, I'm back from my "work rush"... for the last 6 weeks I've been working days and nights... and I missed the forum chatter and Hauptwerk and my organ in general....
Anyways, since Ed is away for a while and I worked so much remotely on his system, I think that I can provide some informations about his whole system.
First a little background. Ed emailed me asking if I could help him out. He wrote:
.... My problem is the set-up of the various programs which I have already installed in the dedicated computer but can't seem to coordinate correctly. After pulling out what remains of my hair I hired a young guy who claimed to be an expert in midi matters. We are now 10 hours and $400 into his efforts and he still doesn't know what to do. I spoke with the Chair of the Electronic Music and Computer Science Department of the University of California at Santa Barbara and he said that he didn't think that I would find anyone in the Santa Barbara area who was skilled in such matters....
He then explained that he wanted to use Hauptwerk, Sonar 7 with pristine space, Garritan Steinway Piano, GSO+Miditzer, Winamp to play his collection of midi files thru Hauptwerk and other midi modules... he built a great organ console... but couldn't used it.
So I accepted the "challenge"...
Here are some informations about his whole system:Computer:
Xeon with 32 Gb of Ram, a few terabytes of disk space (multiple disks) , 26 inches touchscreen, a few USB hubs...OS:
Vista 64 and XP 32 (dual boot)The organ:
Audio & midi:
- 3 x M-Audio 61es midi keyboards
- pedalboard from CMK
- 3 swells + 1 crescendo (yamaha FC-7 Expression pedals)
- 4 X-keys sticks (16 pistons/stick)
- Foot pistons (unknown)
- CME GPP-3 piano pedals)
- Motu 24i/o
- Motu Express 128
- MPC32xr pedalboard encoder from midi gadgets (for foot pistons)
- 11 x Mackie MR5 (7 front, 2 surround front, 2 rear) + 1000w subwoofer
- Behringer AMP800 stereo headphone amp
- Sonar 7
- Garritan Steinway piano
- Gigastudio 3
So patiently with Ed's help we began our work remotely; often asking him to press a pedal, move a swell, connect a cable, reset a device etc etc etc. There was all kind of weird problems caused by the fact the the Motu 128 didn't initalized properly after a reboot; many midi devices were conflicting. Of course, being 3000 miles slowed a bit the process since I couldn't by myself identify something, move a cable or check things out. I had to create an image of what Ed was describing to me to guide him for the physical interventions.
It has been a great experience and a proof that remote configuration of such a complex system could be done. In the process I made myself a new virtual friend
All in all we have spent over 100 hours, testing, setting up, modifiing, voicing; in the process I was explaining to Ed what I was doing so he could later on make adjustment, understand the voicing process, midi devices assignment etc.
I'm honored that Ed named his organ based on my name and city.... it's a first for me!My services
Don't hesitate to contact me if you need some help with your system, I'm always surprise when I meet (in real or virtually) an Hw user, how little they understand the product and its possibilities, how often they must "live" with limitations and problems when they can easily be solved.
In the survey, 25% of you were ready to pay for some support/help; I'm please to officially announce that I will gladly help you out... for a fee. How much? Hard to say since each case is different, remote support of course takes more time, so an hourly basis rate is sometimes hard to apply, but the same way I dealed with Ed, we can do it "after the work"...
Of course that doesn't mean that I won't continue to freely help all of you who need some help, but if you're thinking into getting a system, or change your computer and are afraid of all the setting up or aren't truly satisfy with your system, think about adding more speakers or want to use Sonar with some dry samplesets, maybe some $$$ invested in remote support will help you get finally your dream organ. Feel free to contact me and we will see what can be done.
All in all a great experience. I hope to have the chance one day to go to Santa Barbara and see Ed's work "live"