In honour of Classic's 40th anniversary, I've been looking back at some history and came across something I thought was interesting. I remember, back when I was in public school, Casio coming out with this keyboard which used colours associated with keys to teach people how to play the piano. Later on these keyboards started giving you feedback whether you played the right notes. I thought it was a neat idea, so did a lot of other people, and Casio made a lot of money on that product. Interesting this is, Henry is the one who invented the feed back system.
MIDIWorks (the Hauptwerk MIDI branch of Classic) showcased our products in this year's AGO Convention in Houston, Texas. For those that don't know, AGO (American Guild of Organist) hosts a convention every 2 years where organists can go to meet, connect, and explore the most up-to-date organs and organ based products/systems.
I was getting ready to post the first article in a series about "Asking the Right Questions" when I thought, this blog must be getting around the 1 year mark. So, I looked back over the articles I've done and realized that Classic Vox turned 1 year old, last month. I haven't been as consistent with it as I wanted, but I know there are lots of you out there reading it, thank you! :)
There are certain things that we get repeated calls about when people are first installing a Legacy system, or they are doing an update. I thought I'd cover some of these today. This blog post doesn't cover situations where the organ used to work, then got hit by lighting (or something) and doesn't work anymore; that's a post unto itself. We haven't done enough Maestro systems yet for me to call anything common or repeated.
Being able to control the MIDI Sequence from anywhere in the church can be quite useful if the organist is going to be away. He or she can record a bunch of songs, then the priest or somebody in the choir can just press play when needed. This is an easy thing to do in the Maestro system. In fact, if the organist really wanted to, we could set it up so they press play while sipping a piña colada pool side.
There are many purists in the organ world, people who shudder at the thought of introducing electronic tone generation or MIDI to a pipe organ. Unless somebody is building a tracker organ with no electronics whatsoever, Classic does have a wide variety of products suitable for them. We are however pragmatists. With the changing demographics and aesthetics in main line churches, the desire and/or need for hybrid organs is increasing.
Although I did a Bachelor of Music before studying electronics, my major instrument was trumpet, so I didn't know a whole lot about pipe organs when I first started working here. I'm finding I'm still learning a lot. The following list of previously unknown pipe stops was found on http://www.tadstone.com/unknown.htm. I hope you find it as educational as I did.
Last year we did a new Maestro System for Timothy Easton Memorial Church in Toronto, included in the specs for this organ were 2 new ways to step through registrations, so it seems appropriate to go through the different ways you can now sequence through registrations.