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My little dream. A little help from you...


Hi Everyone,
l’m dreaming about to add to my little musical home studio a virtual midi organ (working with an Hauptwerk SW equipped PC).
Of course, I’m budget and space limited, but I still would desire a reasonable quality in my minimal requirements.
I already have got a honestly equipped PC (win 7 pro, i3 cpu, 8 Gb ram, 1 TB external SSD device) (of course it needs to be substitute quite soon with a better new one), an audio card Steinberg ur22mkii and audio monitors (actually, I use my Clavinova Clp 675 fine speakers).
So I’m looking for a 2-manuals system and a midi 27 pedals along with std expression and volume pedals. Then, of course, a bench and a minimalistic console/support.
My first attempt was in looking to HOFFRICHTER materials, and than, expecially, to those of Vicount:
Viscount Cantorum Duo
2x Pedale d'espressione per pedaliera MIDI
Pedaliera Midi - 27 Diritta Radiale
Bench for Cantorum Duo
Stand Cantorum Duo - Large
This second solution is of course not exactly a virtual MIDI organ...
I find both of those solutions quite expensive, but anyway they’re still affordable to me.
Should them really fits?
Would you maybe suggest any other better solutions?
Many thanks in advance and kindly regards,
marcop,
Roma
p.s.
Please note that I don’t want to make or assembly anything by myself (because I’m allergic to bricolage). Also I do prefer to buy everything from the same manufacturer/reseller.
by marcop
Jan 17, 2020 04:27 AM

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RE: My little dream. A little help from you...

If I were you I would look for someone who could build you a table and bench. If the builder would build them out of plywood, then you could probable get one quite inexpensive.

If you go to midiworks.ca you can look at the table they supply to give you and idea of how it could look. I have seen videos on you tube of home made tables that can also give you ideas.

The table needs to be wide enough so that you can slip the pedal board underneath. If you have access to an organ, then you could measure the height and width of the bench, and the height of the bottom top of the bottom keyboard. Your builder can use that determine the height of the top of the table. It would then only be a matter of plugging everything into your computer.

Good luck.
by Wannabe
Jan 17, 2020 03:21 PM

RE: My little dream. A little help from you...

Depending on the country you live in, I would look closely at products and pricing of "Noorlander organs" in the Netherlands. I was quite impressed with the pricing of their keyboard stack units - and they sell all other parts.

See https://www.hauptwerkshop.com/

Jack
by jacko
Jan 17, 2020 07:36 PM

RE: My little dream. A little help from you...

jacko wrote:

Depending on the country you live in, I would look closely at products and pricing of "Noorlander organs" in the Netherlands. I was quite impressed with the pricing of their keyboard stack units - and they sell all other parts.

See https://www.hauptwerkshop.com/

Jack

Thanks Jack,
Indeed I have some problems with Dutch, but roughly speaking, my basket says they’re quite more expensive than my first attempts....

by marcop
Jan 18, 2020 03:29 AM

RE: My little dream. A little help from you...

marcop wrote:

Thanks Jack,
Indeed I have some problems with Dutch, but roughly speaking, my basket says they’re quite more expensive than my first attempts....

If you use Google as your browser, all you need to do is to find the two little black squares on the RH side in the address window. Click on them and you'll get an automatic translation from Dutch into English for the page you're looking at.

I've had dealings with them - they are reliable and decent people. Email "Kees Noorlander", the owner, at kees@noorlanderorgels.com . Like most Dutch people, he can communicate in English.

by jacko
Jan 18, 2020 03:52 AM

RE: My little dream. A little help from you...

jacko wrote:

If you use Google as your browser, all you need to do is to find the two little black squares on the RH side in the address window. Click on them and you'll get an automatic translation from Dutch into English for the page you're looking at.

I've had dealings with them - they are reliable and decent people. Email "Kees Noorlander", the owner, at kees@noorlanderorgels.com . Like most Dutch people, he can communicate in English.

I think you will indeed have a hard time finding a Dutchman who doesn't speak English.

by adri
Jan 18, 2020 07:24 AM

RE: My little dream. A little help from you...

adri wrote:

I think you will indeed have a hard time finding a Dutchman who doesn't speak English.

A wry smile here, Adri - I come from a "huge" family - the youngest one of 12 kids, and I'm the only one who speaks English. But you're right: that's not representative of the Dutch population - almost everyone understands English speech and writing, and most people speak it well enough.

Jack

by jacko
Jan 18, 2020 07:34 AM

RE: My little dream. A little help from you...

jacko wrote:

A wry smile here, Adri - I come from a "huge" family - the youngest one of 12 kids, and I'm the only one who speaks English. But you're right: that's not representative of the Dutch population - almost everyone understands English speech and writing, and most people speak it well enough.

Jack

I come from a large family too, 7 kids (me in the middle), but we all had to learn English in school. It was obligatory from the 6th grade. Not in your family's case? Of course, if you don't practice it afterwards and don't watch English language TV programs or movies, you might forget it all.

by adri
Jan 18, 2020 07:39 AM

RE: My little dream. A little help from you...

adri wrote:

I come from a large family too, 7 kids (me in the middle), but we all had to learn English in school. It was obligatory from the 6th grade. Not in your family's case? Of course, if you don't practice it afterwards and don't watch English language TV programs or movies, you might forget it all.

My family origin is more 'trades' and also pre-war. The girls diverted into Huishoudschool (Domestic training) and the boys dropped out of middle school and diverted to trade apprenticeships. In theory two of the girls learnt basic English - but that would have faded as fast as their middle school diplomas!

by jacko
Jan 18, 2020 07:58 AM

RE: My little dream. A little help from you...

marcop wrote:

Thanks Jack,
Indeed I have some problems with Dutch, but roughly speaking, my basket says they’re quite more expensive than my first attempts....

For you question I would recommend Wim van de Borst (www.sonarte.nl). You can also think of a hybrid solution: I also wanted to start with Hauptwerk three years ago and built my minimalistic set with very little bricolage. I made a design after measuring the size of the keyboards, went to the DIY-shop and purchased oak panels and have the parts sawn by the shop (free service). The only bricolage is then screwing the parts together, which is an afternoons job with electric screwdriver. See https://youtu.be/ydUhmmP9MMc

by FredM
Jan 21, 2020 03:12 AM

RE: My little dream. A little help from you...

FredM wrote:

For you question I would recommend Wim van de Borst (www.sonarte.nl). You can also think of a hybrid solution: I also wanted to start with Hauptwerk three years ago and built my minimalistic set with very little bricolage. I made a design after measuring the size of the keyboards, went to the DIY-shop and purchased oak panels and have the parts sawn by the shop (free service). The only bricolage is then screwing the parts together, which is an afternoons job with electric screwdriver. See https://youtu.be/ydUhmmP9MMc

Many thanks,
I will go trough them and see.

by marcop
Jan 21, 2020 04:31 AM

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