Tabs or Touchscreen?

Touchscreens are very convenient if you want to switch between multiple sample sets, but they are not ideal for installations. When a touchscreen is used, as well changing registration, the player can change any Hauptwerk or operating system settings as it is not possible to lock-down Hauptwerk; well-meaning tinkering can render an instrument unplayable. I hope this gets address in Hauptwerk 5….

We recently installed a 2 manual tab instrument into an Oxford church. As the church was very small it was decided not to use one of our standard tab consoles, but to use a Winchester console . The Winchester is our most compact console and is usually used with touchscreens.


A standard 2 manual key-set was used with a custom mounting for the tabs on top. The tab panel is detachable so the console could be used with touchscreens in the future. This is now a standard option.

The sample set used was St Eucaire, it sounds brilliant and is excellent value for money. You may notice that there are blank tabs on the instrument, it has been optimised for a larger, as yet unannounced British 2 manual sample set.

A Mac Mini was used to run Hauptwerk with our Power Controller doing on/off and audio switching.   The audio interface was Focusrite.

Another interesting feature is the pin-adjustable bench. Traditional adjustable benches are very expensive, using stainless steel pins provides a cost-effective alternative.

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