Crescendo--General cancel not cancelling

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Post by Jim Henry » Wed Mar 01, 2006 5:06 pm

JWFK wrote:what is sounding when the crescendo is all the way on when no stops are chosen.
The crescendo adds stops but doesn't give any indication by "moving" the stops which is exactly how a real crescendo works.The stops added in the Miditzer are stored in Memory Level 99 11.  (Memory Level 11 is selected by clicking on the "Mem" tag above the Crescendo Slider.) The crescendo in effect pushes all 23 pistons in turn as the crescendo is advanced.  It is not quite like pushing the pistons because the crescendo stops add to the stops set on the tabs.  Thus the crescendo can be programmed to do what you want.  This is not the way a real crescendo pedal is programmed.  On Wurlitzers it is done with a cute little plugboard.With no stops set, full crescendo is like pushing Pedal 3 on Memory Level 99 11.  Try using the piston and you can see what stops are playing.Jim Henry2008-02-07 14:38:27

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Post by baldwin5a » Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:37 am

Having a problem with the new version general cancel not canceling all the stops.  Leaves one 8 ft stop playing on each keyboard and pedals even though no stop is illuminatedThought it was my installation, but also occurs using the pc keyboard/mouse to play. Loaded on two different XP machines with same result.The new graphics are terrific.  Great job putting this software together for us.

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Post by Jim Henry » Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:51 am

Have you double checked that the crescendo pedal isn't slightly depressed?

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Post by baldwin5a » Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:13 pm

Right on!! Crescendo was depressed a lot!  Guess I'm not used to viewing the crescendo pedal as a real pedal.Thanks Jim.

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Post by Jim Henry » Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:21 pm

This happens on real organs too, a lot. Trying to spot a crescendo that is engaged by looking at a black pedal in a black hole under your foot is not easy. You really just go and make sure it is off if you have any doubts. Newer organs sometime light an indicator if the crescendo is engaged. Before anyone suggest that the Miditzer do that, it is better that you learn to deal with blind crescendos because that is what you'll have if you a chance to play a real theatre organ, which I hope you all do at some point. With some Miditzer experience you should quickly feel at home on a real theatre organ. It is a thrill that cannot be described to sit down and play an instrument that fills a building both physically and sonically. For those who can get to Fullerton, California, there will be an open console on December 29 at a fabulous 4/24 Wurlitzer.

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Post by engrssc » Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:31 pm

For those priviledged to be involved at the open console Jim mentioned, it is a good idea, even tho hard to do, to leave your "intimidation" at home. It's very hard to explain to anyone such a feeling the first time as well as the "there after" times - feeling when you first sit down at such a console. More than WOW.
 
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