Organ Symphony Assistant Technical
After making your purchase, you will receive a USB drive in the mail. Insert the USB drive into any free USB port on your computer and open. You will see a list of DAW project files and a selection of corresponding sheet music. If you have already loaded Reaper or Cubase Pro, you can click on any project folder and it will automatically open the DAW Program. On the project page, you will see a list of all the instruments for that piece. Hit the "play" button, and the file should begin playing. Most files begin with a click track, which you can also see in your organ score. It is strongly suggested that you first follow the organ score along with the audio file before playing. The click track in the score should match up, click-for-click, with what you hear.
IMPORTANT: If you have made any changes to your project, please save it as a Reaper or Cubase project file to your own computer location. Although you will always need your flash drive inserted into your computer during use, avoid altering any of the original files.
Digital Audio Workstation
Organ Symphony Assistant project files can only be accessed through a digital audio workstation. DAWs were developed for music and MIDI recording, arranging and editing. Although Organ Symphony Assistant utilizes only the most fundamental functions of audio editing, DAWs are also an excellent platform for multi-channel playback. For basic editing, like tempo, pitch and volume changes, we recommend Reaper. For more advanced editing, we suggest Cubase Pro.
If you are interested in engaging multiple channels to separate, orchestral parts (or to isolate the click track), you will need an audio interface. Depending on how many tracks you would like to separate will determine how many channels you interface should have. Audio interfaces are available at most audio retail outlets. Please contact me if you need more information about an audio interface.
The overall quality of your audio is dependent on your audio system. WAV files are considered one of the best formats for audio but, if you only using computer speakers in an attempt to get the full panoramic effect of an orchestra, your results will be disappointing. If you don't have access to a good quality home or studio audio system, you will do better to have a high-quality pair of headphones.
Almost all Organ Symphony Assistant projects include a click track. When engaged, the player will hear together a click track and the orchestral part. This method works best for keeping the player in sync with the orchestra. Because all tracks are independent, the click track can also be isolated to the player-only through an earpiece for a real time performance or demonstration. It is recommended that you listen to any project file along with your OSA score to become familiar with the alignment of the click track audio with the score.
Using your Reaper or Cubase Pro DAW-basic functions that can be helpful as you practice with your OSA score.
There are many places along the chain of your audio system where you can adjust the volume. This can also be accomplished in your DAW, including volume changes to individual instruments.
OSA files are pitched at A=440. Many pipe organs are not tuned to A=440 or are at a lower/higher pitch because of day-to-day temperature changes. To address this issue, change the pitch of your OSA project file within the DAW.
To make it easier as you practice, you can change the overall speed of your OSA file.
You can also adjust the tempo by section. A how-to video from Reaper TV, "Manage Your Tempo with Tempo Envelopes" is included below.
When playing or practicing with an OSA project, you may want to add markers to the score if you wish to practice specific sections.