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English / Re: My new old organ project
« on: 08. October 2016, 03:26:04 »
I don't think I can manage with the restrictions to image size here, so I may look for a different forum that allows larger attachments, but I'll attempt to add a picture of the organ on my trailer arriving at the house.

I have now increased the limits for the file attachments. If it is still too little, I can also go higher.  ;)

What is this organ model? It looks nice.

English / Re: My new old organ project
« on: 02. October 2016, 15:08:41 »
Hello Tim,

that's a good idea and will surely work proper when finished. I treated two older organs (Eminent and Ahlborn) like that and it makes a lot of fun to hear these now in excellent sound quality. First I used midi electronics which I made myself with the PIC microcontrollers. Nowadays I use components from
Have a lot of pleasure doing this.


p.s. Would of course really be nice to post the progress here...


Есть определенные. Но здесь не пока.

Вы можете написать несколько постов на русском языке?
Может быть кто-то читать здесь.
Или еще один российский сайт для этого форума сделать рекламу?


English / Re: Piteå School of Music in OS X?
« on: 25. January 2016, 13:42:23 »
Sorry, I would like to help, but I don't have OS X.
What ist the less expensive way to get a OS X system?
Buying a Mac? Which one?

Forum related / 2936 Spammers blocked up until today
« on: 25. January 2016, 13:28:19 »
Dear GrandOrgue friends,

our forum software says: '2936 Spammers blocked up until today'
But nevertheless 69 'clean users' registered until now.   :)

At the beginning I got a little bit frustrated, because it seems to be a lot of trouble, always deleting spammers and their spam posts. But then I activated a higher protection level during registration procedure and integrated automatic rejection of spammers by

Since then it's much more relaxing for me.  8)

I started with this forum an experiment.
Today I make a short review about this forum, just for myself:

- Most of you are writing in English language, with few exceptions.
- Some questions of users are not answered until now.
- Many users say nothing until now.
- The admin (I myself) is writing postings rarely.

My main intention was a platform for all who want to discuss in their mother language.
So maybe, they are not reached all until now. Or all GrandOrgue users speak also English?
It primarily should be a forum for you. Less for the admin as an animator.  ;D

Would be nice, if there would be a bit more activity.
Seems the admin should push?
Some suggestions?

Thanks to all users


English / Re: PC Spec for running GrandOrgue
« on: 25. August 2015, 03:20:21 »
Hi James,

like Ken says, it primarily depends on the sample set you want to play. For very small solutions, GO can even run on a raspberry pi.

For economic use (no power user) I would suggest an Intel i5 CPU, a board with 4 RAM sockets and for beginning with 2 x 8 GB = 16 GB RAM. ( Intel CPUs usually in this case give more performance than AMD )

For boot drive a SSD min. 128 GB and for sample data a HDD min. 1 TB. This gives short startup times.

With such a configuration you can play also a lot of converted HW sets with good quality. Optionally extend to 32 GB RAM later.

Use Windows (64bit) or Linux (64bit) what you prefer. GO is working fine at both.
Advantage of Linux: it´s for free, and you can just turn off the power after playing, without waiting until the computer is going down.

Today the onboard sound chips have a very good quality. Mostly there is no need to buy an expensive sound card. A good (maybe cheap) USB Midi cable should be enough.

If you mostly play for your self, then a pair of good, not too small, active studio monitor speakers is a good choice. If you can afford, then the Genelec M040 are a very good choice. Maybe an active sub later.

Regards Michael

English / Re: OMNI screen shot.
« on: 21. August 2015, 16:21:40 »
Thank you for giving the link to the Omni set.

I've tried it a little. My first impressions are as follows:
- 1,7 GB compressed - absolutely no problem to host it on our server
- the samples seems to have the quality standard of HW1 era
- no multi release samples
- quite different acoustics of different recordings
- very different volume levels between the stops
- a number of similar stops in the divisions
- some ranks are not sorted correct into C- and C sharp compartment
- fits also into smaller amounts of RAM

So it is not in line with the current standards of sample sets.
Nevertheless, I would be happy if there is available a large, complimentary set for GO, like this one.

Possibly the sound would be more adequate for an organ of this size, if truncating the samples and adding IR reverb.

English / Re: OMNI screen shot.
« on: 20. August 2015, 03:39:21 »
Everybody should try OMNI   I haven't heard form Mikelectric whether he is interested in posting to this website because of the mechanics involved.
Yes, I´m always interested in such things. If it is all legal, then I can add it to the download area.

A pretty big file. He or some others should test it out first.
This is a large multi-purpose organ. It fills a very big gap between
all the small, mostly baroque organs that are available.
How many GB? I think our server should be able to host it. Are the samples modified? If original, we can just offer the ODF and link to the web sites of the needed sample sets.

If you wish, I can help testing OMNI.



English / Re: best way to create GO ODF
« on: 07. July 2015, 16:36:19 »
Welcome Edward, to our new forum.

The best way for creating an ODF depends on your requirements and your skills.

The most flexible way is simply to write the code with an editor. Here you can implement all options of  GrandOrgue ODF, like graphic screens, multiple panels, key and stop noises. But this way needs more skill in programming and some tools to generate very large stop descriptions with multiple releases.

More fast and easy way is to use a generator program like Organ Builder. But with this it is not possible to implement all features - only the basics without graphic screens. (The original link to Organ Builder doesn´t work any more, but I now have added it to our downlaod area)

Personally I use a solution where PHP programming is included into ODF code. This is the most flexible and maintainable solution in my eyes.

You can find a further summary of solutions here:



Forum related / Now possible to write
« on: 23. June 2015, 15:48:20 »
Dear users,

a kind user wrote me an email, because it was not possible to reply to a forum post or to create new topics.

That was true, but of course not intended. ;D

But now I give the write permissions to all users.

I´m so sorry


Café / Coffee or tea?
« on: 12. June 2015, 04:07:34 »
I prefere hot chocolate  :D

And You?



English / Simple instruction for MIDI setup for new users
« on: 12. June 2015, 03:52:24 »
Originally written by PeterOrgue at the German MPS Orgelseite

Hello everyone

I have just started using GrandOrgue again after a break of a few years, and wracked my brains trying to remember how to set MIDI up...this is very simple for people used to the software, but for neophytes like me, it took a bit of trial and error.

So, a simple note:

- Right click the lowest note of the manual (keyboard) you want to use
- Click the 'Listen for event' button
- Press the key on your external MIDI keyboard.

Do the same for the uppermost key you want to use.
GrandOrgue will thus pick up the MIDI channel and lowest/highest notes you want to use on that manual.

Hope this helps someone (very new!) to the software!


Originally written by martin at the German MPS Orgelseite

You only need to use "listen for events" once - you can use any key from the keyboard. Lowest/Highest key has to be filled in manually, if you need this advanced function (eg. for short octave or to split your keyboards).

English / Our GrandOrgue users
« on: 12. June 2015, 03:45:58 »
Please let us know something about you !

May be you will answer us some of the following questions, or write what ever you want.
  • Where did you first hear about GrandOrgue?
  • When did you hear about GrandOrgue?
  • Do you use GrandOrgue as your only virtual organ?
  • What is the kind of your hardware using with GrandOrgue (Computer, Keyboards, e.g.) ?
  • Which sample sets do you use with GrandOrgue?
  • Which sample sets do you miss for GrandOrgue?
  • Are you satisfied with GrandOrgue?
  • Do you have some suggestions to integrate in GrandOrgue for the future?

Thank YOU - this may help us and the developers of GrandOrgue,
and will also help you to get most out of your virtual organ in the future.

Is it possible to use Hauptwerk sample sets with GrandOrgue?

The software GrandOrgue is basically largely compatible with Hauptwerk when it comes to playing the individual samples. However, this is only true on unencrypted sample files in .wav format. Unfortunately, many samples for Hauptwerk are only in encrypted .hbw or .hbx file format. This format must be used only for Hauptwerk because of legal reasons. Therefore the use of such encrypted sample sets with GrandOrgue is unfortunately not possible.

But there are many, even very large and beautiful sample sets have been produced for Hauptwerk and do not use encrypted sample files. These can be used in principle with GrandOrgue. However, this requires that an appropriate organ definition file (ODF) in GrandOrgue format exists for it. Since so far only a few manufacturers provide for their sample set also GrandOrgue ODF files, we are among others, specialized to create such organ definitions and to spread them. These are provided here in the Downloads area for all members of this MPS GrandOrgue Forum free of charge.

English / What is a sample set?
« on: 12. June 2015, 03:20:08 »
What is a sample set?

A sample set is generally considered a collection of related audio recordings (samples).

With respect to a virtual pipe organ sample set entails the integration of sound recordings and organ definitions that are required to be able to play a specific organ virtually. It includes all sounds and also functional, logical connections that are necessary to represent a virtual organ. In today's common practice, are mostly the sounds of any pipe and almost any noise, such as wind engine or Keyboards, recorded separately (sampled) and summarized after appropriate workup in a sample set, which can then be played as a virtual organ.

 Part of each sample set is (min.) a so-called organ definition file (ODF). This describes the technical functional relationships between individual works, pipes, wind chests, keyboards, tracker Actions etc. of an organ and is designed in each case for the format of a particular virtual organ software (eg. Hauptwerk-ODF or GrandOrgue-ODF).

 There are now a large number of sample sets of different original pipe organs of different styles and epochs of organ building. Also very famous organs are there already as sample sets, such as by Silbermann, Cavaillé Coll, Schnitger or Walcker organs.

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