FATHER WILLIS LIBRARIES (Studio Series)
The original Studio Series was developed over a period of several years and proved to be highly successful with end users. Of course the series still stands up well against other sample sets on the market and will continue to do so but it was felt that there was also room for improvements in several areas. Many new stops have become available to us as a result of sampling new instruments since the original instruments were sampled and improvements in both our recording equipment and our experience of taking samples coupled to new editing procedures and software have resulted in even better sampled stops. In many cases, the new stops themselves have proved to be superior in their tonal quality to the stops originally used in the series.
We are currently in the process of developing an entirely new Studio Series based on several more relatively untouched organs by Father Willis. These include samples taken from an organ in a small private chapel up to a fairly large three manual instrument in a major Parish church. Although the specifications will remain pretty much the same with possibly one or two changes, other improvements will include remodeled mixtures with individual rank compositions that are more suited to the needs of today.
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The existing Father Willis libraries are based on samples taken from original Father Willis instruments including those in St George's Hall, Liverpool, Huddersfield Town Hall and other smaller church instruments. With the exception of a few stops that have been introduced on the larger instruments so that the models presented are more in keeping with the requirements of today's instruments, most stops remain at their original pitch and compass. An enormous amount of care has been taken to ensure that all stops no matter from where sourced, blend together as if they were from the same instrument.
Where possible, unaltered and original Father Willis (FW) pipework of the same period has been used but it is not always easy to find a stop in complete balance (or indeed, satisfactory working order throughout) on some of the instruments that were sampled. Therefore, it has been necessary to substitute carefully matched ranks or parts of ranks from other sources in one or two stops so as to provide more comprehensive and playable specifications where this has been found to be the case. Where pipework from other sources has been used, it has been carefully analysed directly against original Father Willis samples and edited to match. This is not dissimilar to what a pipe organ builder will do when restoring or rebuilding an instrument with replacement pipes where they are damaged or beyond repair.
A number of differently sized instruments are available which are designed to be representative of typical instruments found throughout the United Kingdom. In each case they are presented as complete instruments and not as unfinished parts of an instrument (excluding the 12 stop free trial). In some cases, extra stops that would not have been included in the original specification from the last half of the 19th Century have been provided (they don't have to be used). The reason for this is that almost every original Father Willis instrument with very rare exceptions, will have had these extra stops added as a matter of course during rebuilding either by later generations of the Willis family or other builders in order to satisfy the changing fashions and needs over the last 100 - 160 years.
Although the organs presented are not specific existing instruments as such they have been carefully modeled on real instruments. Many instruments exhibit almost identical specifications and indeed, identical scales, pressure and voicing and it is often only the acoustics of the building together with the balancing and regulation for the building that they are situated in that gives them their unique sound.
Thanks to the flexibility of HAUPTWERK and these sample sets, it is possible to recreate almost any organ ever built by Father Willis (either existing or no longer in existence) by careful balancing and regulation together with added reverberation modeled on the building in question.
The original Studio Series featured graphics which were designed to mimic the style of typical Willis instruments. With the advent of affordable touch screens which are now becoming standard, it is felt that whilst they are pretty to look at, they are not always practical. As a result, we have decided to replace them with a more straight forward arrangement of controls. Of course, we may re-introduce the "facsimile" stop graphics if demand is high enough but we feel that practical playability is more important than visual aesthetics.
Any purchaser of one of the smaller sets in this series can upgrade to a larger set for the difference in the price between the two plus £15.00 for administration. In the case of the larger sets from the 70 upwards, this administration charge does not apply. Existing customers who have already purchased one of the older Studio Series will be offered a "trade up" discount.
It is also possible to have an instrument based on the series tailored to individual needs. Please contact us for further details. In most cases, the difference in cost is that of the extra stops plus a fee for the creation of a new ODF / CODM file if it is required.
A full selection of couplers and tremulants is provided for each model. However, in order to keep the aesthetics of some of the consoles within sensible bounds, some couplers and controls may not be shown in the single screen or split screen graphics. They are of course available in the controls screen and can be set up under the combination pistons as desired.
The samples sets are presented as complete instruments based on equal temperament at A440. Considerable care has gone into the creation of an homogenous instrument in each case and the sets are not designed to be intermixed with other sets or extensively altered. Users wanting to make small changes can adjust each stop using the voicing tools included with Hauptwerk. However, the samples are presented in encrypted form without a CODM facility in order to maintain the correct presentation of each basic instrument.
The recording of sounds produced in this library is limited to performances of musical pieces only. It is not permissible to record, re-record or re-engineer individual notes in any way for the purpose of creating a new library or stop except by prior permission from Silver Octopus.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRODUCTS SHOWN ABOVE HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED AND ARE LICENCED FOR A DOMESTIC ENVIRONMENT ONLY. VARIATIONS OR ALTERNATIVES OF THIS LIBRARY MAY BE AVAILABLE WHICH ARE BETTER SUITED TO THE NEEDS OF NON-DOMESTIC ENVIRONMENTS AND MAY OFFER ADDITIONAL BENEFITS . PLEASE CONTACT US IF THE INSTRUMENT IS TO BE USED IN A CHURCH OR OTHER PUBLIC SITUATION.
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