Have just spent an extremely interesting evening with a friend who came over to show me his way of providing a conventional organ console interface for use with GS.
I must say that I was utterly knocked out since although there was nothing on screen except for drawstops, pistons etc. it was controlling everything in GS. There was no sign of GS apart from the minimised box yet it was using all of the facilities in GS. All of this was being controlled from a 2 manual and pedal console.
All right, the samples were pretty basic and few and far between on this initial model and there is a little bit of development to be done but there is absolutely no reason why it can't control any GS sample set once it is loaded and set up to run from the interface.
Is any company currently making such a product?
Yes, there is. I know a master organ builder very well, who builds such consoles. They are all MIDI compatible, however are quite pricey and time consuming to build - but all custom :-) (number of manuals, materials, design, etc., etc.)
I'm actually looking into the hardware aspect at the moment. However, whichever way one looks at it although keyboards are pretty cheap (unless one opts for some nice tracker-touch wooden job at £1000 per row !), even the most grotty pedalboard still costs considerably.
In addition, the costs of drawstops or tabs is quite heavy - the solenoid type kimber Allen or Lauckuff ones are totally out of the question at about £50.00 EACH and even the cheaper ones used by the italian manufacturers are not inconsiderable in their price.
However, I cant see why some cheaper method with regards to the stop control side couldnt be found.
Last edited by Silver Octopus; 06-14-2004 at 06:03 PM.
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The parent company is the firm that provided the computer control for the pipe organ I play (at church) adding MIDI, full range of pistons, 99 levels of memory, MIDI stops for controlling external modules etc. It's pretty cool, IMHO, to combine 1880's technology (pipes, windchests etc. with 1990's technology (MIDI, optical keyboards, programmable crescendo pedal - not that I ever use that! - and so forth.
Someday I would like to add some of the sampled organs, using GigaStudio, to the pipe organ. (At the moment I'm adding sounds from a Roland module).