Weinheim Pipe Organ Samples
Weinheim Pipe Organ Samples is a symphonic virtual pipe organ chromatically sampled stop-by-stop from Saint Laurentius Church Weinheim, Germany. The organ was built by Steinmeyer in 1950, and has 43 speaking stops on 3 manuals and a pedalboard.
Besides its photo-realistic modeled and full-featured console, the Weinheim Pipe Organ Samples contributes financially to the upkeep of the original instrument.
- The real pipe organ
- the 1950 Steinmeyer pipe organ of the St. Laurentius Church in Weinheim, Germany
- 43 stops, 3 manuals (with 56 keys) and pedal (with 30 keys)
- 2 tremulants (tremolos)
- The recording
- All stops were sampled chromatically
- Advanced Pipe Organ Measurements (APM)
- The sample set
- 48 kHz / 32-bit format, 2-channel stereo samples
- Natural sound image — the samples authentically preserve all spatial information
- Multiple loops and releases per sample/key stroke
- Hybrid Tremulants
- One-click assignable keyboards to divisions supporting your console configuration
- Optional organ engine sounds and noises
- Touch sensitive keyboard noises
- Multiple pages and touchscreen-optimized for 4:3 landscape displays
- Portrait graphical interface included for 16:9 displays in Hauptwerk 4.x
- retail box with pre-loaded USB flash drive
Weinheim (WHS) Pipe Organ Samples is a fully playable, freely configurable, intuitively manageable and MIDI-controllable virtual pipe organ for the Hauptwerk™ virtual pipe organ software, for PC and Macintosh computers, delivering the sound of the 43-stop Steinmeyer symphonic pipe organ of the Saint Laurentius Church, Weinheim, Germany, to your computer.
The sample set
The real pipe organ has been entirely virtualized, including all sounds of all of its pipes, all functions including the original tracker sounds are provided, allowing realistically sounding repetitive notes. With the KeyboardMass functionality, the inertia of the mechanics of the key action is modeled. By providing the additional feature of adjustability the response speed of the pipe speech when a key is released can be changed to your taste. Thus you can make the keyboards feel very heavy by increasing the slider values, or extremely responsive by decreasing.
The final sample set has been made available in 48 kHz / 32-bit 2-channel stereo. Multiple, lengthy loops were carefully selected for each sound sample.
The natural church acoustics representing the recording conditions are embedded in the samples with multiple release sample layers; the acoustics heard in the sample set corresponds to the sound heard in the church. The sample set is recorded in a way that it is also fully compatible with dry acoustic spaces and additional convolution reverberation.
Multiple release samples and multiple loops
Multiple loops and release samples are provided for each sample. Triggered to play back randomly, this elaborate looping results in sustained notes of unmatched realism. The loops were calculated in a well-planned way, yielding both shorter and longer loops for each sample. Multiple release samples provide realistic, note-off-triggered pre-recorded reverberation for different lengths of notes. For example, a short note, with sound not fully developed will produce a different reverberation than a long sustained note. This quality is preserved in the sample library by providing multiple release sample layers.
Stops with the tremulant engaged were recorded separately on this pipe organ. Some of these stops are included in the sample set as 'sampled tremulants', while others - using a proprietary analysis method - were included using LFO-based tremulants. This hybrid model supports using the minimum amount of additional RAM and polyphony while providing a rich tremulant sound.
Advanced Graphical User Interface (GUI)
The graphical interface of this organ was carefully modeled by employing hundreds of photographs and measurement in full 3D and the interface was implemented in a non-orthographical, perspective console view that is fully photo-realistic and operational at the same time. The keys move while you play, and every button responds appropriately to your actions. Both multiple- and single-screen operation is possible: the large number of stops can be operated conveniently from a wide choice of interface pages displayable on multiple touchscreens. Alternatively, convenient single screen operation is also provided.
Availability and shipping
Weinheim Pipe Organ Samples is available from 19 December 2014 in download and 5 January 2015 in retail box (physical) delivery. Retail box editions ship on more conveniently usable USB Flash Drive allowing for smooth and convenient installation as well as backups.
|Feature type||Feature||Trial Edition||Personal Edition|
|Keyboard compass (manual/pedal)||56/30||56/30|
|Acoustics||Multichannel format||stereo 2.0||stereo 2.0|
|Tremulants||sampled and LFO||sampled and LFO|
|Engine noise optional|
|Touch sensitive tracker noise|
|Graphics||Single touch screen support|
|Multiple touch screen support|
|Portrait screen support|
|High resolution support (4K landscape, FHD portrait)|
|Neutral view support|
|All functions MIDI & GUI controllable|
|On-screen combination actions||General combinations|
|General combination memory frames||99||99|
|PerformanceSequencer™, a combination action for organ settings|
|Advanced features and helpers||Single-click keyboard to division assignment|
|Additive crescendo and EasyCrescendo™ programming|
|Programmable crescendo banks||4||4|
|Dynamic KeyboardMass™ feature|
|All divisions enclosed|
|Voicing||Advanced on-screen voicing|
|Size||Download size (GB)||11.2||16.5|
|Delivery||Product delivery options
||Download||Retail box / Download|
Did you know? A time-limited, 2 manuals and pedal 32-stop Trial Edition is also available as a free download, just click on the Try icon above.
The organ and the church
The St. Laurentius Church is in the center of the old town, on the marketplace of Weinheim. The roots of today’s town church date back to the 8th century, when the chapel “Maria in the fields” was built in the same place. In 1293 Hedwig von Swende donated a new church, dedicated to the Mother of God. Evidence of this can be found on a grave stone and a memorial stone inside the present church. Around 1700 AD, the church was consecrated to St. Laurentius. Late 17th and early 18th century the church was rebuilt and a steeple was built in 1848.
The old church was always facing to east, so the choir was directed to the marketplace. Between 1911 and 1913 a new church was built with rotated orientation, according to the plans of Ludwig Maier. Only the tower was retained from the old building, now standing in the new choir edge. In 1964-65 the church was renovated in the style of that time. Until 1994, many changes have been undone and the church was restored.
The three-aisled basilica was the last executed construction of architect Ludwig Maier. The architecture follows its environtment. The terrain is heavily sloped from the direction of the choir in the west to the front facade at the market place in the east. Therefore, the choir is increased and the porch in the west has two large staircases. At the corners of the porch, statues of Apostles Peter and Paul are placed. The golden figure of Patron St. Laurentius stands in the center.
After the currency reform, the community of St. Laurentius Church decided to build a new organ. The main part of the old organ was built in 1870, so the wood had become worm-eaten and the air pressure was no longer sufficent for playing. In addition, the sound of the instrument was too weak for the large church.
A completely new organ was built by Steinmeyer, Oettingen. The company was known of their pipe organs designed with meticulous care and their masterful voicer Hans Roettger. The instrument was one of the first major new organs in the postwar West Germany, with a fine tonal adjustment to the acoustic properties of the church. The pipe organ was played the first time on Palm Sunday, 1950. In 1982, the organ was extended and renovated.
The pipe organ has 43 registers with nearly 3000 pipes, on three manuals and a pedalboard. Speaking lengths of the smallest pipes are only a few millimeters long, the largest one is almost five meters. The physical organ’s tonal output is capable of challenging the limits of human hearing perception.
Specification of the Steinmeyer organ at St. Laurentius Church, Weinheim
|Pedal C–f1 (30)
||I. Rückpositiv C–g3 (56)
||II. Hauptwerk C–g3 (56)
||III. Schwellwerk C–g3 (56)
|4. Prinzipalbass 16'
||17. Lieblich Gedeckt 8'
||32. Gedecktpommer 16'
||46. Quintadena 16'
|5. Subbass 16'
||18. Quintade 8'
||33. Prinzipal 8'
||47. Rohrflöte 8'
|6. Zartbass 16'
||19. Prästant 4'
||34. Gedeckt 8'
||48. Salicional 8'
|7. Oktavbass 8'
||20. Rohrflöte 4'
||35. Gemshorn 8'
||49. Prinzipalflöte 4'
|8. Gedecktbass 8'
||21. Nachthorn 2'
||36. Oktav 4'
||50. Koppelflöte 4'
|9. Choralbass 4'
||22. Larigot 1 1/3'
||37. Blockflöte 4'
||51. Nasat 2 2/3'
|10. Quintbass 10 2/3'
||23. Sifflöte 1'
||38. Oktav 2'
||52. Weitprinzipal 2'
|11. Hintersatz IV 2 2/3'
||24. Sesquialter II
||39. Cornet V 8'
||53. Terz 1 3/5'
|12. Bombarde 16'
||25. Cymbel IV
||40. Mixtur IV 1 1/3'
||54. Scharf IV 1'
|13. Trompete 8'
||26. Dulcian 16'
||41. Trompete 8'
||55. Trompette harm. 8'
|14. Trompete 4'
||27. Cromorne 8'
||56. Clarine 4'
System requirements and recommendations
It is intended (and required) that the Weinheim Pipe Organ Samples be operated within Hauptwerk, a virtual pipe organ host software application (purchased separately). The Weinheim Pipe Organ Samples work with Hauptwerk 4, 4.1 and later, and a valid license for Hauptwerk is required to load the organ.
|System requirements for the Weinheim Organ
||Hauptwerk version 4 or 4.1 or later
Advanced Edition is recommended, Basic Edition is required
||i7 or Xeon or better is recommended
Dual-Core or equivalent is required
||ASIO compatible recommended
The Trial Edition requires the presence of a Hauptwerk USB key with a valid license for Hauptwerk.
For further information, please refer to Hauptwerk's detailed requirements on Hauptwerk's website.
Detailed RAM and polyphony guidelines
Hauptwerk loads all samples in the computer's RAM, with several loading options available according to your computer's specification. For wet sample sets offering built-in long reverberation, most of the RAM usage is due to the release samples. If you have convolution or other reverberation technology available, less RAM and polyphony will allow you to load and play the full organ. If you have more RAM, you can load the full organ with the release samples and enjoy the original sound. We recommend using Hauptwerk's built-in lossless memory compression to reduce the loading size. Below we have summarised the RAM requirements with their corresponding quality options.
|RAM requirements for the Heppenheim organ
||Full organ, 43 stops
||250 ms (all)
||Full organ, 43 stops
|For convolution reverb
||120 ms (single)
||All 32 stops
*The Required RAM column above is the memory requirement that also includes Hauptwerk™'s own memory consumption, so this represents the RAM the sample set and Hauptwerk™ together will use, but some additional RAM may be required for the operating system itself, (not included in these figures). The measures were obtained on a Windows-based computer. The Computer RAM column shows a recommendation on the amount of RAM your computer should have as a minimum for a given loading setup assuming that some additional RAM is used by the operating system. This value might be different for each case so we recommend the maximum possible amount of RAM installable in your computer for this sample set, except if you are working with external reverberation or in a dry acoustic environment. Also note that on the Mac you may require more RAM in the computer than the value indicated above, due to the Mac OSX RAM allocation behaviour. Also note that Windows is capable of loading more content than your available RAM, loading (paging) the additional sample data to your hard drive, reading it once the sound is needed (played). In some cases this will cause glitches in the sound when played in real time since the hard drive is slower to access than the computer's RAM, but makes the full library usable in offline music composition and recording even if you do not have the required amount of RAM.
Hauptwerk 3 and 4 platforms
Internet connection required for license update (one-time only)
Hauptwerk USB key required for the operation of the sample set (not included with the sample set, but supplied with Hauptwerk v3/v4)
License updates are authorized by Inspired Acoustics and issued via e-mail by Milan Digital Audio (the process may take several days)
This sample set comes in an encrypted format compatible with Hauptwerk v3 and v4 versions. The sample set requires the presence of a Hauptwerk v3/v4 USB key (dongle) with a valid license for the sample set on it.
Inspired Acoustics will provide you with a unique serial number allowing you to access the downloads and updates to this sample set. This serial number is a unique key for your product identifying your purchase and legitimate use, so please store it in a secure location.
In addition to this serial number, you also need to have a license installed on your Hauptwerk v3/v4 USB key to use this sample set. To install the license on your Hauptwerk v3/v4 USB key, you need to first purchase the sample set and then complete the license activation procedure.
If you purchased this product directly from Inspired Acoustics, a one-time license activation procedure will be required to be completed before you can load the sample set in Hauptwerk. If you purchased this product from an authorized reseller, the license update procedure may not be necessary in case your reseller already did it for you - please consult with your reseller.
Modification or disassembling the contents of this sample set through the CODM interface of Hauptwerk is not supported since the variety of functions, the large number of couplers and manuals, and the availability of the sample set's certain special features already offers most of the functions the CODM interface may offer. The complexity of the Organ Definition File shipping with this sample set is uniquely high and building custom variants requires a certain amount of special expertise. Legally, the end-user license of this sample set is permitting using the samples as a whole, as they ship. If you are planning a custom or commercial application that requires a different setup what this sample set offers out-of-the-box, please contact us for making a customized version for you.
Weinheim Pipe Organ Samples
Controls of the virtual pipe organ
Keys and keyboards
Swellbox and crescendo wheel
Independent Combination Action
Hardware and software requirements
The Dynamic KeyboardMass™
How do I update my Hauptwerk v3 and v4 USB key with a new license?