Hauptwerk™ is a state-of-the-art virtual instrument software for Macs and PCs bringing the world's best pipe organs within reach of musicians everywhere. Used for study and practice by
professional and amateur organists, organ enthusiasts, and organ students, Hauptwerk™ is the world’s leading virtual pipe organ software providing high-resolution audio and unparalleled flexibility
in MIDI interfacing with digital organ consoles and pro-audio applications.
Hauptwerk™ is a complete virtual instrument with advanced pipe organ modelling features capable of creating the most authentic and detailed simulation of a real pipe organ. By combining state-of-the-art software along with world-class sampled instruments, Hauptwerk™ has raised the bar for the digital organ world. The computer hardware used is standard 'off the shelf' components which can be readily replaced or upgraded if required so there are no worries about maintenance or obsolesence.
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Developers around the world are constantly creating new instruments for Hauptwerk™. It unites world heritage and musical culture bringing them together in a single product. A large variety of instruments ranging from baroque to modern and even fully modelled theatre organs are available.
Hauptwerk™ may be used with your existing digital organ console with MIDI output, or with your favorite MIDI sequencing software. Transform your computer into the latest virtual instrument technology using the world's greatest organs without having to purchase a new organ console. Since Hauptwerk™ is software, you can upgrade your instrument easily without needing to buy expensive new organ hardware or expansion modules.
Compare Hauptwerk™ to other digital organs on the market and you will find it excels both in sound impressions and authenticity and is much more affordable. Hauptwerk™ can be used on your existing computer and audio system and can move over to a completely new system for future upgrades to your hardware or software. You simply won't find a more professional product, variety of instrument libraries, or price point than Hauptwerk™ offers.
Why does Hauptwerk sound so realistic compared to other digital organs?
Hauptwerk's system is built around the philosophy of using at least one large sample per pipe, (typically 3-10 seconds of a recorded pipe), all including natural attack and release samples of each individual pipe, and recorded with a resolution of up to 24 bit 96kHz. Since all samples are recorded chromatically from a real pipe organ there is no pitch stretching to "fill in" sections of the keyboard compass. Every note is an individual and unique pipe recording!
All samples are held in the computer memory (RAM) to achieve a much higher polyphony than is possible with disk-streaming, commonly used in most samplers. Unlike generic software or hardware samplers, Hauptwerk has complex physical and acoustic models specifically designed to reproduce the features and sound of a pipe organ, and is thus able to achieve much more realistic results. It is also designed for a much higher polyphony than generic samplers and supports up to 32,768 simultaneous notes!
Many digital organs compromise the quality of the pipe samples to allow them to fit in a smaller amount of memory. This results in artificial (synthesized) attacks and releases and very short sustaining portions. These factors alone reduce the realism of the overall sound and randomness of a real pipe.
Hauptwerk combines long samples with complex organ modelling to achieve the most realistic sounding virtual organs in the world.
Because of the attention to detail and high quality modelling Hauptwerk has become the popular choice among professional organists and music students around the world!
Please visit the Hauptwerk website to learn more about it: www.hauptwerk.com/