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Re: Console changes with Launchpads

Postby Andrew Grahame » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:48 am

I am sure Ian Sell won't mind me giving him a plug here.

http://www.keyboardservice.com.au/

He's doing great things here with conversions of old consoles to Hauptwerk headless instruments, and construction of new instruments from scratch also using Hauptwerk in headless mode. When I last spoke to him - a few weeks ago - he had 5 console conversions lined up in his order book.

I forget if I've shared this previously - perhaps on another thread. Anyway - my keyboard stack is shown in pictures 26 and 27 on his website. Pictures 28, 29 and 30 show my old practice organ (a Miller Norwich from 1966) now in a church, converted to a 3-manual instrument controlled from 2 keyboards.

Here is that instrument in its original form.

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And here it is now.

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Re: Console changes with Launchpads

Postby Andrew Grahame » Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:54 am

Here for comparison are some archival photos dating from the latter half of 2009.

First, with 3 Behringer UMX-61 keyboards in place. Hauptwerk was running from a single core PC under Windows XP with 2 GB of RAM (this machine not in view). Two ancient Mac computers in view - one to left and one on floor - not related to the installation. To the right - assorted analog audio gear, including a Behringer Virtualizer for adding reverb, controlled through the mixer on top of the stack. To the left- an Ahlborn-Galanti 201 archive module, which predates my Hauptwerk experience. On the single touch screen - the Jensen theatre organ. Sitting on the bench - a Korg NanoKey being used as "pistons". The self-built bench dates from 1997 and stood in my school classroom until 2001, hence the acquisition of graffiti. As yet there was no music rest.

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A couple of months later, a crude self-built melamine structure to hold an ex-pipe organ music rest is now in place. This same music rest remains in use today, now mounted on an adjustable bracket from Otto Heuss in Germany. The 3rd manual has been temporarily removed. Primitive PC now in view, on right under monitor. Windows XP had by now been tweaked to make 3 GB of RAM accessible. The archive module is still in use. Silver Octopus "Trio" is on the screen which - like the archive module - delivers dry sounds. The quailty of the "Trio" exceeds that of the module, and not long after this photo was taken the module was removed to storage, where it remains. Audio gear is no longer on a separate table. The Korg NanoKey has been replaced by a NanoKontrol. Hauptwerk at this stage didn't have "auto-detect" so configuring the pistons was a tedious process. A second touch screen has been added. There are still no swell pedals, so swells were controlled by hand from the sliders on the keyboards.

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To all console builders out there, and especially to those just starting out, take heart. My creation evolved over more than 6 years. There is still further work to do as I intend one day to reconstruct the swell pedal/toe piston setup.

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Re: Console changes with Launchpads

Postby ChangedForever » Thu Apr 16, 2015 6:34 pm

O-o-o-o-o-h! thanks for Ian's website - I'll take # 36, please....!!
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Re: Console changes with Launchpads

Postby Andrew Grahame » Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:18 am

A quick glance at the console in action with the Paramount 450.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNWRo9y3oIc
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Re: Console changes with Launchpads

Postby Andrew Grahame » Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:38 am

I am astounded to see that this topic has not only accrued 14,298 views to date, but the thread now tops the list if sorted according to views.

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Re: Console changes with Launchpads

Postby G3 » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:24 am

Andrew,

Your video link says "unavailable".

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Re: Console changes with Launchpads

Postby Andrew Grahame » Tue Nov 10, 2015 12:42 pm

Sorry George - I closed that channel and moved the video to another one.

Here's the current link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS6gLyLPuf4

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Re: Console changes with Launchpads

Postby G3 » Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:50 pm

Very nice, Andrew. Haven't heard that piece in quite awhile...thanks.

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Re: Console changes with Launchpads

Postby Andrew Grahame » Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:39 am

Thank you, George!
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Re: Console changes with Launchpads

Postby quintadenaceleste » Sun Dec 06, 2015 6:20 pm

Andrew, do you have a current (working) link to your Launchpad template? I'd love to have it if it's still available. Very impressed with all you've done ... I'm embarking on a similar journey and reading all these posts--along with the great pictures--has been inspirational and educational. Thanks for taking the time to document all you've done and to share it!

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Re: Console changes with Launchpads

Postby Andrew Grahame » Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:30 am

Hi Dan,

I've sent you a PM.

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