Dear Users and Developers,
You may have heard about the excellent (but payware) sampled pipe organ
simulator called Hauptwerk. It's a really professional product but with a
very high price tag and unfriendly customer support (eg. if you would like
to use it on Vista, you must pay 200 dollars for upgrade, as no
compatibility update patch is released for the previous version which was
released only one or two years ago).
Now comes the important part: a great musician and software developer called
Kirk Meyer has made an Open Source clone of this software for Windows but he
explained it was made with Linux compatibility in mind so the source code
should compile on Linux too, which is available at
http://myorgan.sf.netIt's really worth checking out the great quality
of sample sets available
for this program, you'll find most links to sample set producer sites at the
MyOrgan currently supports and excellently plays organ sample sets for
Version 1 of Hauptwerk. I recently emailed Kirk and he told me he decided
not to continue the developments of this software, neither to the direction
of porting it to Linux, neither to the direction of extending it to support
V2 or V3 organ sample sets because of the insulting comments he got from the
developers of the original commercial product. He told me that if either me
or anybody I know would be willing to continue the development, he happily
lets anyone take the project over.
More and more electric organs worldwide utilize the technologies of computer
based pipe organ simulation in homes and congregations too, but with the
monopoly of Hauptwerk and the abandoned position of MyOrgan, the situation
is getting crucial among users. It would be so great if the Open Source
community would take over the lead and make a Linux port of the excellent
MyOrgan and continue its development so that it would be a great software
tool for all organists and organ enthusiasts.
I'm not a programmer, but if anybody here would be interested, I can forward
you the mail I received from Kirk and also his contact info so you could
discuss the continuation of the project with him.
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