Installation Tips for the Allman Symphonic and Theatre jOrgan Dispositions Full Version Download
The Allman Symphonic and Theatre dispositions are written to be run with a minimum screen resolution of 1268 x 1024 with at least a 15" or larger monitor. A 19" or larger monitor is highly recommended. Any other resolution settings such as 800 x 600 etc. will require that you adjust the scaling percentage up or down in the disposition's console properties to fit everything on to the screen.
Hardware recommendations: What I've found that works best for me is to use two or more of the older Creative Sound Blaster cards (Emu 1010 processor series) in the computer for the sound sources. With the KX drivers you can easily run 4 of the sound cards in a computer which brings the polyphony to 256 which works quite well. Something else that works even better is to off load some of the CPU load to a second computer which is used to run 2 or more of the the Creative Sound blaster Cards. When multiple computers are used, it leaves the main computer to run the jOrgan main program and the Orchestral and Bombarde chambers through 1 or 2 (preferred) Sound Blaster Cards. With this arraignment you can also run much lower powered computers. The additional advantage to using 2 or more computers is that you can have many more separate outputs for 8+ front and 8+ rear channels plus 4+ subwoofers. This means you will have a Stereo pair of channels for each of the 4 Chambers. In addition you will also have 8 channels of Surround sound for the Reverb which when tweaked a little can give you some very impressive results. If you opt for the full blown 2 computer, 4 or more sound card solution I don't think that you will be disappointed in the results.
Please Note: If you opt to use the SFZ Synthesizers, the sound font for the Symphonic and Theatre organs is fairly large, aprox 128+ Megs, if you use SFZ Synths, a lot of system memory gets used up quickly. The people at SFZ say that each SFZ will use aprox. 2.5 times the system memory as each sound font loaded. That works out to a shade less than 700 megs of ram for the 2 SFZ Synths alone not to mention what jOrgan and Windows needs to operate. Depending on how much system memory you have left will make a big difference on how windows XP runs. I found that I had to go up to 2 Gigs of ram to handle the memory requirements to get everything running on one computer. Although you can get everything to run on a fast single computer (2.8Ghz Core 2 Duo) with 2 gigs+ of ram, it is possible to still have some limitations under certain conditions. When running on a single computer there could be times when it could overload if too many stops and couplers are used at the same time when playing very fast block chords. If you don't have a fast Core 2 Duo with a lot of ram, I strongly recommend that you us the multiple 2 or more sound card approach to get the best trade off between speed performance and reliability.
Download jOrgan236.zip and put it into the c:\ root directory. It will look like: c:\jOrgan236.zip. When you unzip the jOrgan236.zip file it should create the new directory c:\JOrgan236 on your C: drive. All files and subfolders should end up in: C:\jOrgan236 for everything to work properly.
Caution: If you've previously installed jOrgan ver. 2.2 or another version, be sure to rename the old directory to another name, otherwise Java will try to load the old disposition from the original directory. When this happens the old disposition from the original installation will be corrupted and unusable.
Before you can run jOrgan you will need to set up all of the support programs, Especially Java for jOrgan to work.
Go to the C:\jOrgan236\“Support Programs” directory and run each of the install programs and/or shortcuts in each of the folders starting with the
a. Java 1.5 installation Please Note: The preferred method is to use the offline manual install version to install. You can also go the the www.Java.com website for an online installation version.
b. Midi Ox
c. Midi Yoke
d. KX Drivers
d. SFZ Synth
f. Ethernet Midi
g. Copy the shortcuts from C:\JOrgan236\Shortcuts folder to your desktop.
NOTE: I’ve already done the majority of the setup of the preliminary items in the Zip File you installed for steps 1 through 6 that are contained in the Bruce Miles "Read Me" notes which are included.
Preparation for 1st Run:
To run the Symphonic IV SB4CH four manual console you will need to start, load and configure a minimum of 1 (preferably 4 or more) Sound Blaster cards . Other options are to use a combination of SFZ soft synthesizers and sound cards to produce the sound for the organ. The SFZ's have the advantage of much more polyphony at the expense of much higher CPU and memory usage.
Load the Symphonic IV SB4CH sound font into both A and B Synths of each card. The Main and Orchestral chambers (sound sources) should be run on the card(s) on the left side of the room. The Solo and Bombarde chambers (sound sources) should be run on the card(s) for the right side of the room.
Symphonic IV Usage with 2 Sound Blaster Cards with A&B Synths: (default disposition configuration)
Install the KX Drivers for the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Cards that use the EMU 1010 processor.
Load the Symphonic IV SB4CH Sound font into Bank 26 of all the Soundblaster cards in both the A&B Synths.
Normally the Main (Synth a) and Orchestral (Synth b) chambers (sound sources) should be on the SB card(s) that feed the left side of the room. The Solo (Synth a) and Bombarde (Synth b) chambers (sound sources) should be located on the card(s) that feed the right side of the room.
Symphonic IV Usage with 1 Sound Blaster Card and 2 SFZ Soft Synths : (Optional configuration)
Note: You will need to change the sound source device setting for the Main and Solo Sound sources from Creative labs Synth (x) to NT! for Main, NT2 for Solo.
Allman Theatre 3-14SB console, load the Symphonic IV SB4CH sound font into bank 26 of your Sound Blaster card, both a & b Synths if available.
skip to step "G" below Please Note: If you run the 3-14 SB console with a single Sound Blaster card you will be limited to 64 note Polyphony per SB card. The primary purpose for the 3-14SB console is to enable you to test your setup to help you get everything working. It is highly recommended that you use the 3-14 SFZ version for your instrument instead of the 3-14 SB or use 2 or more Sound Blaster cards.
To run the Allman Theatre 3-14SFZ console load only 1 instance of SFZ in steps A through G.
To run the Allman Symphonic III console, only load 2 instances of SFZ in steps A through G or use 2 Sound Blaster Cards.
SFZ Soft Synth Setup (if used):
a. The 1st SFZ Synth input should be set to Midi Yoke NT1 for the Main sound source, the 2nd SFZ Synth input should be Midi Yoke NT2, change the Main and Solo sound source device setting to Nt1 and Nt2 respectively. Use the Soundblaster card hardware Synths for the Orchestral (Synth a) and Bombarde (Synth b) chambers. Load the Symphonic SB4CH Sound font into Bank 26 of the Soundblaster card in both A&B Synths.
b. Be sure to load the Sound Font File from C:\JOrgan236\Sound fonts\ Allman Symphonic IV SB4ch.sf2 to each of the SFZ Synths.
c. Set the SFZ Output for each of the SFZ’s to your Sound Card’s ASIO input(s).
d. Set each of the SFZ Synths to 128 or more Polyphony
e. Leave each of the SFZ Synths in the “Draft Mode” unless you own a super computer. :)
f. Steps A through D. will need to be repeated each time you start a new session of jOrgan unless you save the SFZ configuration.
G. The last thing to do before you can play the Symphonic or Theatre 3-14 jOrgan is to set up the "Midi Merger" in jOrgan to accept keyboard inputs. Left click on the jOrgan "View" tab and select "configuration". Next, expand the tree under "Midi" and select "Midi-Merger". In the Midi-Merger window select your midi input hardware such as the MOTU, Roland or which ever midi to USB or midi to game port hardware converter you are using to bring your keyboard midi information into your computer. Once this is done you should see the Midi red and green activity lights blink in the bottom right hand corner of your screen each time you press a key or pedal down. Once you've finished this step you should be ready to play the jOrgan. Please note: Step "G" once it has been set the first time won't have to be repeated again.
Note: to see the full screen version of the console press the "F11" key. The "F11" key toggles you between the full screen and selection screen mode of jOrgan.
NOTE: Since this Sound font at 128MB is quite large, you may have to adjust the Windows Registry "Paged Pool Size" for it to load properly. This edit is strictly try-at-your-own-risk, so be sure to back up your registry and set a new restore point before you do this!
The registry edit is designed for large servers that need to cache very large files (or a large number of small files) in memory for long periods of time, since that's exactly what we're trying to do when we load a large sound font, it works for us too.
This link explains it: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/reskit/regentry/46653.mspx?mfr=true
The edit is: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\Paged Pool Size
The default value is 0x00000000, set the new value to 0xffffffff
I recommend that you use "MIDI" to link the second computer to the first through Midi Ox/Yoke. I’ve also included the Ethernet Midi program in the jOrgan23 Folder that you can use to link the separate computer main keyboard computer. The Midi link is basically bullet proof and works very well, the Ethernet Midi can sometimes lose packets and cause ciphers I've found.
Ethernet Midi Hookup:
Connect the two computers via Ethernet through a little Ethernet switch or hub to each other, then use the Ethernet Midi utilities (be sure to run 2 instances of it) to export the midi streams for NT1 and NT2 out to the second computer where you run the Main and Solo SFZ Synths. Use the Midi Yoke patch panel on the second computer to route the midi from each of the Ethernet Midi's output to each of the SFZ Synths just like you would do on the main computer. I send Ethernet Midi from the first utility program out to NT3 (in) which I patch to NT1 (out) through Midi Yoke for the first SFZ. The second Ethernet Midi I send to NT4 (in) and patch to NT2 (out) for the second SFZ. The second computer doesn't have to be a super fast monster but it should have at least a P4 2 Ghz with 1 Gig of ram.
Midi Yoke with Midi Ox can also be used to send MIDI data from a sound source out to another computer to it's sound card or Soft Synth by using the Ethernet Midi utility or USB ports.
Please Print and study the "Read Me First" instructions under C:\JOrgan236\Installation Instructions before you try to run JOrgan
If you can’t get JOrgan running after you’ve read all of the notes from Bruce Miles in the "Read Me" file, Please go to the jOrgan web site at http://jorgan.sourceforge.net/doku.php and read through the various sections to get more familiar with how jOrgan works.
Notes on some of the features of the Allman Symphonic III, IV jOrgan Dispositions (consoles):
1. Melody couplers play the highest note of your chord at unison with a voice from another selected manual.
2. The Orch to Great Sub Oct Melody Coupler plays the lowest note of the chord your playing on the Great with a voice at 16’ from the Orchestral manual. Useful for two voice harmony when you play the top note melody voice using the Solo to Great Melody Coupler with fill in voices underneath in the chord from the Great.
3. The Green tabs above the Trem section labeled "Main Inst. Mod" will change the Orchestral String stops to Slow Orch Strings, the Vox Choir stop to Vox Choir II "Solo Inst. Mod" will change the "Solo Flute" to Pan Flute, the HonkyTonk Piano to Rinky Tink Piano, the Harpsichord to Coupled Harpsichord, the Synth to Synth II, the Accordion to French Accordion, and the Hand Bells change to Melody Bells, the Solo Violin to Slow Solo Violin, Full Theatre Brass to Straight Organ and the Symphonic Strings I Change to Slow Symphonic Strings
4. The console (disposition) has a 99+ level capture action memory system currently with 24+ generals and 41+ divisional pistons. This will eventually grow to over 100 pistons with 36+ Generals and 50+ Divisional Pistons.
Note: For the most part, the Allman SympIV alpha23a sound font is patch number and voice compatible with the Bruce Mile's and John Tay's sound fonts for the 216 / 260 jOrgan dispositions and Jim Henry's Miditzer 216 / 260 Organs with a few minor exceptions.