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Decent jOrgan tutorial, from SF2 to working organ?

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    Decent jOrgan tutorial, from SF2 to working organ?


    While I have everything working fine with Hauptwerk free edition on Windows and am testing GrandOrgue on Linux successfully, now I also got interested in jOrgue, and the reason for that are the Allen soundfonts from . I want to have a very resource-friendly version with the best sound, and Allen did their research back then on sound that does just that. (Sometimes "reboot, stop everything, clean the machine for Cracow" is not exactly convenient).

    But I just can't find any reasonable tutorial style document. It seems, from snippets I found, that to harness an SF2 with many stops I would need to create some sort of graphic panel with the stops - but I can't find the details. And I would need to create three couplers too to make this minimally playable.

    Any advice please?

    There is the jOrgan Discovery website. This is my first recommendation.
    There is the jOrgan forum (which you already know about).
    There are also some leftover links and files on the now defunct jOrgan mediawiki site.

    Bill Skees has a 4-volume reference manual for working in jOrgan and understanding how it functions. I think it has been posted a few times on this forum. It is also available on the jOrgan Discovery site.

    jOrgan is pretty flexible so it takes a while to figure out what you want it to do and how to get it to do it. As noted on the Discovery website, it is probably easiest to download some of the dispositions others have created and figure out how they work.
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    Files: Allen Tone Card (TC) Database, TC Info, TC Converter, TC Mixer, ADC TC SF2, and MOS TC SF2, ADC TC Cad/Rvt, MOS TC Cad/Rvt, Organ Database, Music Library, etc. PM for unlinked files.


      There is an in-depth description somewhere out there on the forums: a step by step write-up how to create a jOrgan disposition from soundfonts. Creating one will be my special project this summer, too.


        It would be nice to have such a writeup. If I unerstand the process, I will try to create a script that creates a rough disposition from a soundfont. After all, the names of the ranks are already in the soundfont.


          Creating Your First jOrgan Disposition using a Soundfont (sf2). Hi, I have been asked on more than one occasion for advice on how to start using jOrgan to create one's own custom organs. I point...


          • j reimer
            j reimer commented
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            Thank you for providing us with that link. In that jOrgan Forum thread, grahamg (the author of the instructions) mentions that it has been placed on the jOrgan MediaWiki Tutorials page. The link he gives is outdated, but samibe in his post above has given us a link to the Mediawiki which is still working at the moment. All you have to do is go to the Tutorials page. I might add that useful as the instructions certainly are, they don't actually explain how it is all working. There is no substitute for opening an existing disposition, going into Construct Mode, and making your own discoveries.

            By the way, next to the Add icon is a red "X". It is used to delete whatever Element or Reference has been selected. You need to take care that you do not click on it accidentally!

          Thanks a lot! A lot of stuff to smoke now


            Originally posted by ramendik View Post
            A lot of stuff to smoke now
            Especially in the jOrgan Mediawiki. It can be very daunting. All the information is there, for those sharp in mind. But not so easy for most of us. Especially if you are looking for how to put it to good use.

            I am not complaining. Merely giving you a friendly warning. For me, jOrgan is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It has allowed me to produce and hear, from loudspeakers, after 65 years of waiting and hoping, sounds which at last satisfy me.

            John Reimer