Sample Set

St. George's Casavant Sample Set
for Hauptwerk™ Version 3 and 4

The St. George's Casavant sample set is available in Hauptwerk™ Version 3 format (Version 3.20 or higher). Hauptwerk software is available here. The current version of the St. Georges Casavant sample set (i.e., Version 1.30) has been optimized for use with Hauptwerk 4 (and can be run with Hauptwerk 3.2 and higher).

Note to Past Purchasers: This sample set was upgraded in May 2011 to include a few enhancements and is available as a Version 1.30 upgrade patch - a free download for registered past purchasers of the St. George's Casavant Sample Set for Hauptwerk v2 and v3. The St. Georges Casavant Upgrade Patch v1.30 was developed in order to take advantage of some of the new features in Hauptwerk 4. The Patch should be applied using Hauptwerk v3.2 or higher that already has the St. Georges Sample Set - Version 1.20 and higher installed (see Note to Past Purchasers below). In May 2011, emails were sent out to past purchasers advising them how they can download this free upgrade. If you are a past purchaser of this set and you did not receive the eMail notice, in order to get the upgrade please let us know by sending an eMail to the following address:

This sample set was created using microphones positioned close to the pipes. In addition the decay portions of the samples in this set have been specially shaped and trimmed so that
(a) they will not conflict with the natural acoustic of the space wherein playback will occur, and
(b) when played back in a dry listening environment, external reverberation can be added separately through software, or through an external reverb processing unit. Users can then select the reverberation type and levels to their liking. Unlike wet sample sets, there is not a limitation to a set number of releases. This means that the release more properly reflects the note's characteristics (e.g. duration and dynamic frequency spectrum of the note) leading up to its release as is found in a natural acoustic. Also, when compared to wet sample sets, a dry set can provide more realistic tremulant modeling when played back with external reverberation added.

All pipe recordings (individual wav files) were recorded at 44.1 kHz, 16-bit, stereo.

Compass of each of the (3) manuals: 5 octaves (61 notes) C to C
Compass of the pedals: 2-1/2 octaves (32 notes) C to G
Original tuning: Equal temperament (A=440 Hz).

The set requires about 2 GB of hard disk space. The RAM (physical) memory required to load all samples (16-bit, stereo, compressed, including the memory Hauptwerk needs when running) is between 1.7 and 1.8 GB (and slightly higher with Windows 64-bit OS). The sample set has been optimized for a screen resolution of 1024 x 768.

This sample set has not been encrypted (no special dongle registrations required) and users are free to use the stops in combination with stops from other organs (if allowed by the licenses of the other organ sample set producers). More importantly, the organ definition file (ODF) and the individual pipe wav files are not encrypted and users are free to edit them within the limitations set out in the license agreement .

LICENSE AGREEMENT ---- DEMOS ---- CASAVANT ORGAN & STOP LIST ---- ORDERING


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ALL CONTROLS TAB
The All Controls tab provides a graphic representation of all the stops, divisional combination pistons (top row), general combination pistons (bottom row), couplers, and the switches for the blower (which enable the mechanical sounds), tremulants, a combination set button, a tutti button (sfz), and the cancel button. Indicators have been included to show the status of the swell shoe positions (swell and choir divisions), and the crescendo pedal.

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Left Stop Jam -------------------------------------------------- Right Stop Jam

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Left Stop Jam (with Swell Expression Slider visible) -------------------- Right Stop Jam (with Choir Expression Slider Visible)

LEFT & RIGHT STOP JAM TABS
The Left and Right Stop Jam tab screens have been added for computers equipped with dual touch-screen monitors. The screens have been optimized for ease of use with large, easy-to-read controls - see the first pair of screens shown above. Slider controls have been added to accurately control the expression pedals. These sliders are not normally visible. The sliders only appear when the area between the jams is touched (or clicked with a mouse) - see the second pair of screens listed above. The slider controls can be disabled by the activation of a switch provided on the Crescendo Tab screen.

Note to Past Purchasers: This sample set was upgraded in January 2010 to include the Left and Right Stop Jam screens shown above. Emails were sent out to past purchasers advising them how they can download this free upgrade. If you are a past purchaser of this set and you do not have the St.George's Casavant version 1.20 or higher (with the Left and Right Stop Jam Tabs), and you did not receive the eMail notice, in order to get the upgrade please let us know by sending an eMail to the following address:


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CRESCENDO TAB
The Crescendo tab provides a means to program the crescendo pedal. Color-coded tracking lines have been included so that it is easy to identify the stop name and its corresponding setter switch regardless of where it is located on the 42 step matrix. The final column is used to program the stops that are enabled when the tutti piston (SFZ) is pressed. A special Celeste detuner adjuster has been included so users can detune the Salicional Celeste or the Erzahler Celeste stops to their preference. A switch is provided in the lower-right corner to activate/deactivate the crescendo digital numeric indicators located on the All Controls, Left Stop Jam, and Crescendo Tabs. Finally, a switch has been added under the SFZ piston, to disable/enable the expression slider controls on the Left and Right Stop Jam tabs.
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CONSOLE TAB
The Console tab provides a conventional (HW1) view of the organ controls, including a representation of the keyboards and pedalboard.