I own a Rodgers 3-manual 945 organ. When I purchased Hauptwerk I noticed that there were no free sample sets for organs larger than 2 manuals. I therefore used the CODM to piece one together from three excellent sample sets that are nearly-free to licensed Hauptwerk users: the St. Annes Moseley organ that comes bundled with Hauptwerk, and the Little Waldingfield and Groton organs from Lavender Audio. The Lavender Audio organs are shareware so they are available at a very low cost. In addition you may use them for a limited trial period for free evaluation.
Important: Be sure you install the versions of the Lavender organs that are available from the Hauptwerk web site, in the download area. If you instead try use the versions that you can order direct from Lavender on a DVD, the Little Waldingfield organ will not be the correct version for use with my organ and you will get an error message when you try to load it.
I used the St. Annes Moseley organ for the Pedals, Great, and Swell. I took some of the stops and moved them to a new choir manual. I then used the Lavender Audio samples to fill out the choir.
For version 2, I filled out a cornet in the Swell using some interesting methods. I reused the samples from the Swell 4’ and 2’ flutes to create the 2-2/3’ Nazard. The top seven notes come from the 2’ samples and the rest from the 4’. Since Hauptwerk allows one to create new ranks from reused samples, it is as if the builder had duplicated these pipes and placed them on their own chest. I have returned the resulting “rank” and also carefully balanced the transition between the two sets of samples. I similarly created the 1-3/5’ Tierce from the 2’ samples. The top few notes do not play (they wouldn't likely on a pipe organ anyway.)
For version 2.1, I fixed a bug that caused the "Bass Coupler" to function improperly. In the new version, engaging the coupler correctly plays the pedal stops from the lowest note only of whatever is played on the Great.
I also added some borrowed stops in the Pedal to give it more independence and reduce the need for coupling.
Since the two new ranks are true Hauptwerk ranks, there no is unification, the tuning is correct, and the user can voice each ranks separately (assuming you have the deluxe edition of Hauptwerk.)
Version 3 of the Composite English Organ has been updated to take advantage of several new features in Hauptwerk 4. It will not run in Hauptwerk 3. If you do not have Hauptwerk 4, you can still run Version 2.1 of the Composite English Organ. Most important, Version 3 takes full advantage of the resampled St. Annes that ships with HW4, including the increased resolution and the multiple release samples. Version 3 also sports a crescendo pedal, courtesy of Al Morse's software plus my own special software to massage Al's output into the graphical displays I have created. I have also completely rewritten the tremulants.
I have also completely redesigned the "Console" display for Version 3. It now has the correct look and feel of a medium-sized English cathedral organ. The controls are correctly placed and colored for such an instrument. I left the "Stop" display in American STandard format so both schools of organists should feel comfortable.
Finally, Version 3 includes some revoicing. The most profound change is the revoicing of the old Choir "cornopean" into a more useful "tuba."
Here is a shot of the "console" and "stop" views. Click on them for full-size views. All my consoles are sized to fit on a 1024x768 touch screen monitor I keep atop my Rodgers.