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FATHER WILLIS LIBRARIES  (Standard 24 - 100)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE  STANDARD SERIES HAS BEEN DEVELOPED FOR ROOMS WITH NATURAL RESONANCE SUCH AS CHURCHES OR WHERE ARTIFICIAL REVERBERATION IS INTENDED TO BE APPLIED. VARIATIONS OR ALTERNATIVES OF THIS LIBRARY MAY BE AVAILABLE WHICH ARE BETTER SUITED TO DOMESTIC ENVIRONMENTS AND SOME CHURCHES. PLEASE CONTACT US IF THE INSTRUMENT IS TO BE USED IN A CHURCH OR SIMILAR SITUATION SO THAT WE MAY ADVISE YOU ACCORDINGLY.

The 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.

Demos

1. Cook Fanfare MP3 (Wet) MP3. 48 Stop and above.

    Cook Fanfare (Dry) MP3. 48 Stop and above.

2. Bonnet; Elves (Wet) MP3. 48 Stop and above except Orchestral Oboe in one phrase

    Bonnet; Elves (Dry) MP3. As above

3. Javier de SanJose: Qui pascitur inter lilia (Wet) MP3. 36 Stop and above and minus one Celeste on the other lesser spec instruments.

   Javier de SanJose: Qui pascitur inter lilia (Dry) MP3.  As above

4. Maleingreau: Toccata from Suite for Organ (Wet) MP3. 48 Stop and above minus the strings.

   Maleingreau: Toccata from Suite for Organ (Dry) MP3. 48 Stop and above minus the strings.

5. ASZ Excert MP3 (Wet) 80 or 100 Stop

6. Prelude in C MP3 (Wet) All Models

7. A Minor Fugue BWV 543 MP3 (Wet) 30 Stop and all larger specs.

 Upgrade Path

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.

Custom Instruments

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.

Couplers etc.

A very full selection of couplers 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. Due to the nature of the CODM and the sample sets in general, any extra couplers or controls can be added or subtracted quite easily by adjusting the CODM for individual tastes. Likewise, the layouts or stop nomenclature of each console can be changed in the same way.

About the Instruments Used

The organ at St George's Hall Liverpool is still considered to be one of the finest organs in the world albeit in poor condition but gradually improving as funds become available. Although the pipework has been rescaled at various times over the years, it has always remained 100% Willis.

The organ at Huddersfield Town Hall started life in Wales before moving to Huddersfield and it is difficult to tell what is from the two different Conacher (Con) firms - James or Peter - involved in its history and what is Father Willis. certainly, all of the Conacher pipework where used would have been extensively revoiced along Willis lines. It is still a fine and famous concert organ and was fully rebuilt in 1980 by Harrison and Harrison who made few specific tonal changes in the main but did add a new Positive division. Conacher was eventually amalgamated into the Willis company.

Apart from the mixtures which I believe were most likely remodeled from the standard Tierce mixtures to Quint mixtures** at some time, the 1894 Willis is otherwise a tonally untouched 3 manual and pedal instrument in an English country parish church. There are a few of these gems left and they provide perhaps the most accurate idea of what an original Father Willis would have sounded like. It is typical of many Father Willis church instruments of medium size - sufficient for the purpose but lacking some of the "fancies" of the larger concert and cathedral instruments.

** The original 17:19:22 became 15:19:22.

The Brindley and Foster ? instrument also started life in Wales. It is very difficult to categorise the pipework and recent maintenance work on the instrument has shown that it is not what was originally thought.  Despite the somewhat unknown origins of the instrument, some of the stops are exceptionally fine. More recent research has shown that it is only the casework that is Brindley and Foster. The String stops were actually made by Hill whilst the remaining pipework is by several different builders.

The Conacher (Con) is a very fine and untouched (though sadly un-maintained) 3 manual instrument in Derbyshire. The pipework is of superb quality with high tin content made by Zimmerman of Paris.

The Almeuza is a 2 manual instrument in Sanguesa (Zangoza), Navarra, Spain built in 1956 for the historic church of Santa Maria. The Basque builder Almeuza has been responsible for work in most of the Spanish instruments both in churches and cathedrals at some time or another and the quality of their pipework is generally good. If there is such a thing as a Spanish Romantic organ then Almeuza can certainly be described as working to this school of voicing.

Finally, one or two stops come from the Kenneth Jones / Nicholson instrument featured in the TRIO series with some revoicing to make them blend in with the other Romantic stops of this series. The remaining pipework samples were recorded directly from a voicing machine using various stock pipework.

Our thanks go to all of those who have allowed us access to their instruments for this project.

Prices for the series are based on the amount of ranks rather than the amount of stops and work out at approximately 5 per rank.


General

The samples are accurately tuned throughout to A440. Users wanting a more natural detuning can adjust this to taste for each stop using the voicing tools included with Hauptwerk. Alternatively, an overall detune either equally or scaled across each stop can be achieved by altering the relevant parameter for each stop via the CODM. There is also the additional possibility of using an alternative temperament such as a stretched one but this will affect all stops equally. A combination of overall temperament and individual stop tuning will give the best results.

The Standard sets samples are designed for use in a room with considerable reverberation where distance allows the samples to develop their character within the building as would be the case with real pipes.  Playing these samples without reverberation tends to be quite up front and personal as though sitting in the organ but it is also ideal for practice. No artificial reverberation has been added so that users can introduce their own or allow the room in which it is played to take care of this aspect. As and when Hauptwerk IV.? is released, this software will provide convolution reverberation and many other features.

Unlike many of the other libraries available, the Standard Series libraries offer complete flexibility in terms of editing. Users have permission to alter the various parameters of the stops in order to obtain a balance and sound suited to their particular preferences. To this end, the files are presented in wav. format and unencrypted in order to allow editing via third party software such as AUDIGY, COOLEDIT, SOUNDFORGE etc. However, 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 samples in any way for the purpose of creating a new library or stop except by prior permission from Silver Octopus.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE SAMPLE SETS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED AND ARE LICENCED EXCLUSIVELY FOR HAUPTWERK USERS 0NLY. THE USE OF ANY OF THE SETS OR PARTS THEREOF WHICH HAVE BEEN ALTERED TO PLAY ON OTHER PLATFORMS OR SAMPLE PLAYBACK SOFTWARE SYSTEMS IS EXPRESSLY FORBIDDEN UNLESS INDIVIDUALLY AUTHORIZED BY SILVER OCTOPUS STUDIOS. IT IS NOT PERMITTED TO SHARE OR DUPLICATE THE SAMPLE SETS OR THE SAMPLES CONTAINED THEREIN TO OTHERS IN ANY WAY OR METHOD WITHOUT EXPRESS AGREEMENT OF SILVER OCTOPUS STUDIOS. ALL OF THE SETS ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT AND ANY UNAUTHORISED INFRINGEMENT OF THE ABOVE IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE UNDER INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT LAW.

 

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