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Fw: Controlling stop and tab solenoids

jbeach2646
The procedure is to hardwire the stop switches on the physical organ console
to the Midi Boutique hardware, since you are using MIDI Boutique as the MIDI
interface between your physical organ console and your jOrgan PC.
You may have to get additional connector boards of the KEYMUX64 type.  Once
you have made the sequential connections, (which would be the same type for
the combination pistons on the physical organ console), you will have the
problem of the differences between what the name of the stop tab or drawstop
on the physical organ console is and whatever the name of a virtual stop in
jOrgan is.  The hardwired, stop tab or drawstop to MIDI Boutique connector
board is a CONSTANT, once it is programmed.  It can be changed in the MIDI
Boutique software, but until it is, it is a CONSTANT.  Unless you are using
a jOrgan disposition which has the equivalent stop names, you will will not
know, from one disposition to the next, which virtual stops in jOrgan will
be activated by the activation of a physical stop tab or drawstop on the
physical organ console.   The connections are seen, simply, as switches with
numbers, by the programmable software of the MIDI Boutique hardware.
Matching these to the switch numbers in jOrgan dispositions will have to be
done for each different jOrgan disposition that is used.

The members of the forum have discussed the issue of "standardization,"
without coming up with any prescribed numbering assignments/sequences to
facilitate the interchange/interfacing of disposition elements in jOrgan.
Again, the MIDI Association never established a fixed standard for organ
stops, such as the General Midi Soundbank standard is for most orchestral
instruments.  Since jOrgan identifies Keyboards (manuals) by numerical
designation, permanent for each disposition, and all the division elements
are referenced to specific, division-keyboards (manual), standardization
would have been a logical thing to do.  It is difficult to see where
the competition or finances of professional, organ-manufacturing companies
would have been adversely affected by adherence to a prescribed MIDI
standard.   The quality of consoles and the quality of sounds are what sell
a product.  Its ease of adapting MIDI for the playback of standard MIDI
files or the use of virtual organ programs for versatility is, apparently,
not a major consideration for these manufacturers.

Depending on the cost of your MIDI Boutique hardware and wiring, and whether
you plan to use just one jOrgan disposition configured with stops that match
the names of the stops on your physical organ console, you might find it
easier to get a touchscreen monitor and position it conveniently to be able
to make all virtual console changes with the touchscreen, thus, avoiding the
necessity and aggravation of a hardwired system which will require constant
reprogramming (or never be accurate) relative to jOrgan dispositions..


John Beach

-----Original Message-----
From: John Reimer
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 5:37 AM
To: [hidden email]
Subject: Re: [jOrgan-user] Controlling stop and tab solenoids

Colin,

I regret that my help was so limited. It is clear that I am out of my depth
with this particular subject. And I should have been referring to rank MPL
messages rather than stop messages. One thing though - have you selected
your MIDI decoder for the Output in the Connector Properties (Construct
Mode)?

Hopefully someone in the know will give you the answers you need before
long.

John Reimer



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