I know some of you will probably not like this, and I get that. Some people
see jOrgan, GO, and HW as mere pipe organ simulators. Over time however, it
has been shown that they can indeed also emulate electronic organs, like
Paul's B3. So going just one step further would not be a sin?
A built-in rhythm section with metronome, will come in quite handy for some
of us. Will it not be possible to closely emulate old electronic home
organs, using the midi player to play different midi files, and each midi
file can be a different rhythm? If this is possible, it would surely be
quite possible to emulate old home organs very closely. I grew up playing
only Yamaha organs, at first without Rhythm sections. Then my dad bought me
a "Mini Pops"rhythm box that screwed onto the organ just below the lower
manual, to the left. Then I got an organ with built-in rhythm section. I
still have that organ today, and if still works reasonably well. It was
bought for me in 1981 by my late father. It only has 16 generic rhythms to
choose from: Waltz 1, Waltz 2, Bossanova 1, Bossanova 2, Samba, Mambo,
Rhumba, 16 Beat, Disco, March, Tango, Ballad, Jazz Rock, Swing, Latin Rock.
Slow Rock. With Tempo and volume control. It can be as simple or as
complex as anybody wants it to be. For me, it can be simple. Perhaps I
would like to have Synch Start, but nothing more.
Will anybody else like to see something like this?
So it should not be to difficult to do this. However, what might be a
challenge, would be to create "rhythm buttons'' on screen, so that when you
press that button, it instantly loads the correct midi file. For example,
when you create 20 buttons, and assign a generic rhythm to each button.
There does not need to be any chord recognition, or intro, ending,
variation, etc. It can only be the generic rhythm that plays until you stop
it. Having a synchro-start will be nice too - the rhythm can start playing
as soon as you play the first note/notes on the Accomp manual.
I am using professional accompaniment software, called vArranger2. It is
implemented to be playable on a single keyboard, accordion, or a 2 manual
organ with pedal-board, even 3 manuals, as I use it. One can add all your
own sound-fonts or hardware sound modules to it. But it is more like an
arranger keyboard on steroids. It is quite spectacular. But it is far more
than what I really need. Although I have added a lot of theater organ
presets, it is more focused on GM sound-set, and is not really all that easy
to be playable as a traditional organ, in the sense that you cannot really
have stops that you can switch on and off.
I think having select percussion instruments and effects available (toy counter) serves most organists well. If I wanted an intelligent rythmn accompanist I would be looking for something stand alone, whether hardware or software, something stand alone that could be intergrated via MIDI with the VPO. The commercial digital organ (Rodgers) that I play professionally is very tightly intergrated with a MIDI synthesizer with tons of percussion, string, vocal and miscellaneous sounds. All of these sounds are triggered by note on/note off events. I'm pretty sure I've seen something more 'accompanimental' available though. Something that will follow chord changes, etc.
On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 7:08 AM Brian Sweetnam <[hidden email]> wrote:
It's not for music like that. It's for other types of music, the music you
would typically play on an electronic home organ in the 50, 60, 70 and so