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Viscount Cantorum Trio?

PostThu May 25, 2023 2:51 pm

I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has used the Viscount Cantorum Trio as a Hauptwerk controller. Do the pistons all send MIDI signals that can be recognized by Hauptwerk? Can Hauptwerk control the Trio's stop tab light indicators? Does the physical volume control on the Trio send MIDI signals?

This product seems like a nice VPO option if it integrates well with Hauptwerk.




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Re: Viscount Cantorum Trio?

PostThu May 25, 2023 11:17 pm

I believe the answer is yes to all three, but I would wait until you get confirmation from someone with more experience. The stops will only light in response to Hauptwerk if you have Midi in from the computer's midi out as well as Midi out to the computer's midi in.
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Re: Viscount Cantorum Trio?

PostFri May 26, 2023 9:37 am

I agree, all modern organs built in the last 10 years will broadcast MIDI data on every physical device. I'm not sure about the back buttons that control the display panel, but you probably wouldn't want that anyway.

I read the brochure and this unit is designed with portability in mind. For a permanent home install I'd be leery of keyboard quality and the music rack is Casio inspired. Viscount touts their Physis Modeling technology however this unit and others are still sampled based, probably to keep the cost in line. Just an observation.

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Re: Viscount Cantorum Trio?

PostFri May 26, 2023 6:04 pm

Thanks, Danny.

I know a couple of people who have purchased the Viscount Duo/Trio models. One person has had his less than a year and is ready to sell and has asked me if I could do a custom build for him as a replacement. I do not know if this is just his personal preference or if he had any issues with the Viscount, or maybe he’s just “in the middle for something else.” I think the price point is amazing on those - as someone who builds VPOs on commission, I can only wish I could beat their price point on those for a “turn key” solution. But I can’t. I do better build quality, though, to be sure, but by the time you factor in a PC and audio, we are more expensive than the Viscount equivalents.

However, in addition to the organ Danny linked to above, this organ was commissioned by someone wanting the utmost portability.

I’m not trying to sell you on it, but if you’re interested, feel free to message me through my website.
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