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Written by Vidar Fagerjord   
Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00

What do you need for a Haupterk computer? There's no exact answer, so here is my current setup:

Computer:

 

  • Intel i7-960 3.2 GHz
  • ASUS Sabertooth X58 motherboard
  • 24 GB (6x4 GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333MHz
  • Corsair TX 750W PSU
  • Seagate Momentus® XT 7200.1 320GB (hybrid SSD / HDD)
  • Nvidia - based graphics card
  • Yeon Yang servercube computer case
  • 17" LG L1730SF touchscreen

Audio equipment:

  • Echo Audiofire 4 soundcard
  • Lexicon MX-200 effect processor (reverb)

MIDI equipment:

  • 2x Roland UM-3G, daisy-chained
  • 3x M-Audio Keystation 61 ES, built into a stack.
  • Midiboutique mpc32xr (discontinued product, new version available) pedal board controller

Sound system:

  • Onkyo 5.1 home cinema receiver
  • Dynavoice F-6 EX Black front speakers
  • Yamaha YST-SW315 subwoofer

This setup is ideal for my needs. The computer is powerful enough to run my biggest sample sets at the best quality settings, and the external effect processor enables me to get better sounding organs (especially the Hinz tremulants benefits from additional, external reverberation).

In regards to the sound system: I chose to use a home cinema receiver since I had one lying around (luxury situation, I know!). The Dynavoice speakers is fantastic, especially considering their pricetag! They are dirt-cheap, but sounds as good as or better than speakers that costs many times the amount (I work in an electronic store, so I've done comparisons). The Yamaha subwoofer is a mean beast, and delivers butt-shaking (!!!) sound. The 32" pipes really comes to life - the window blinds rattles and shakes!

Here's some vital specs on the speakers:

Impedance:  8 ohms 
Frequency range:  28-32000 Hz 
Crossover:  1800 Hz / 12 dB, 9000 Hz / 12 dB 
Sensitivity:  92 dB 
Max Power:  180 W 
Dimensions (HxWxD): 930 x 175 x 340 mm 
Weight:  17.4 kg / pc

The subwoofer has the following specs:

Multi-Range Driver 10" Cone
High Cut Filter 40 - 140 Hz
Dynamic Power 270 W
Frequency Response 20 - 160 Hz (-10 dB)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 350 x 430 x 382 mm
Weight 19 kg

The speakers is connected through the subwoofer in order to use the built-in high-cut filter (it decides where the subwoofer takes over on the low frequencies).

Do not be intimidated by this setup in any way! You can fully enjoy Hauptwerk and smaller organs on an ordinary computer with a MIDI keyboard attached. The great thing about Hauptwerk is that you can build your setup over time, as money and other factors allows. But for the bigger sample sets, you need a fast computer with lots of memory. And you'll need at least two keyboards - and the pedal board is vital for organ music, so that should be a priority. But remember: you can build your own pedal board...

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 March 2011 17:52
 
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