Q : What is your philosophy of sample set producing?
There are several approaches to the recording of pipe organ sample sets, each of which has its merits.
My personal goal is not to create a virtual “perfect” organ (that would not exist in reality) or an organ with many advanced features.
The purpose here is, at the contrary, to provide samples that are as close as possible to the real sound of the pipe organ that has been recorded. I think that the less you modify the sound, the more you respect the authenticity of a real historical organ that was built by a famous organ builder.
Q: Which recording gear has been used?
The recent sample sets have been realized with equipment of the brands Neumann, Rode, Tascam, MOTU, RME.
The sample sets Jeux d’orgues 1 & 2 have been recorded (more than 20 years ago!), with the help of Philippe Ozanne, with a Teac DAT recorder, condenser microphones, and a Sound Blaster Live soundcard.
Q: Can the sample-set Jeux d’orgues 3 – Silbermann be loaded in Hauptwerk Free Edition?
Even if a full version of Hauptwerk is necessary to load the sample-set in 24 bit, it is totally possible to use Jeux d’orgues 3 – Silbermann with Hauptwerk Free Edition, by loading it in 16 bit / mono (see more details here).
Even when loaded in mono, Hauptwerk will recreate a stereo field, and the result will be played in 16 bit stereo (i.e. CD quality). As a conclusion, Jeux d’orgues 3 – Silbermann is available with Hauptwerk Free Edition.
Q: Can the sample-set Jeux d’orgues 4 – La Chaise Dieu be loaded in Hauptwerk Basic or Free Edition?
This sample set can be loaded with Hauptwerk “Basic” Edition, in 16 bit stereo, i.e. CD quality.
It can also be loaded in Hauptwerk “Free” Edition, in 16 bit mono. Note that even when loaded in mono, Hauptwerk will recreate a stereo field.