MUSIC MINISTRY

I hope you will enjoy these hymns, produced for the Zoom service of Feb 21, 2021 at High Street Church here in Auburn ME. This was put together in a from earlier recordings I’d produced for those services:
 
First, I made a simple recording of the hymn played with a piano-ey sound on one of my MIDI keyboards, to act as a timing track. I emailed the MP3 file of this simple recording to my friend Kristin P. Kristin then recorded herself singing along to this timetrack while listening to it through headphones. The headphones prevent Kristin’s mic from picking up the clunky-sounding timetrack so her new recording has just her voice, and no timetrack is heard. Kristin then sent me back an MP3 file that just has her singing and nothing else. She lent her beautiful voice to both the soprano and alto parts, each recorded separately (of course!) for each of the four verses. When I got the eight MP3 files back from her, I uploaded them into my DAW (digital audio workstation), all kept in sync with the timetrack. Then I recorded me singing the tenor and bass parts. At this point, I have what sounds like a four-voice a cappella (ie, unaccompanied) choir singing the hymn.
Then the really fun part: I played a “virtual pipe organ” and recorded it along with the singing.
 
The “organ” works this way: The actual pipe organ heard in the recording, is in Poland! Months ago, in a very time-consuming process, each of its several hundred pipes was recorded one-pipe-at-time into individual files, storing the initial “attack” of the pipe, its steady-state tone, and the background sound of the church as the pipe is silenced. These individual-pipe recordings – thousands of them! are called “samples” and are downloaded into my computer. I “play” the samples using an actual keyboard that’s hooked up to the computer: every time I press a note, the keyboard sends a message to a program called “Hauptwerk”, which “knows” which samples to call-up from the computer’s memory, and play, corresponding to whatever notes I play. It’s literally like having this gorgeous pipe-organ right here in my studio! Thus listening to the timing-track, I played along on my keyboard which in turn played these pipe samples on the laptop, combining them into the organ recording that you hear.
 
To read about the actual organ used for the samples, visit the very-well-done webpages at https://piotrgrabowski.pl/ and in particular, https://piotrgrabowski.pl/instruments/
You’ll see a collection of such organs. Go to https://piotrgrabowski.pl/raszczyce/ for info, photographs, a list of the organs’ stops, and more.
 
Thanks to Kristin for her singing, Piotr G. for all those amazing organ samples, and Ray E., who put together the video.