Improving upon an industry leading product is a daunting task but we at Solid State find ourselves in this quandary from time to time.
MultiSystem II is a generational leap bringing our legendary reliability to a new pipe organ control system.
Building upon the secure MultiSystem foundation and listening to our customers, we have incorporated new features that make an already great system greater.
New technologies to give you the builder greater freedom and more power but without having to change the way you work.
MultiSystem II features new technologies such as wireless control of the relay from an iPhone or iPad through Organist Palette and the ability to receive program updates for the system over your email, allowing you to keep voicing while we make the last minute changes for you.
The new Tuning for MultiSystem introduces single person tuning of the organ. TFM
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The new system technology brings for the first time performance recording at native speed, not MIDI speed. Native speed recordings with very high sampling rates retain every nuance of your work exactly as you played it.
MultiSystem II will be able to talk directly to our MultiLevel Capture System. So even if you have a 25 year old SSOS capture system and want to replace the relay there is a simple upgrade path with less wiring.
When you buy an Solid State control system you get lifetime support and as always, new products are made to be as compatible as possible to the existing systems, making support expansion and upgrades as painless as possible. MultiSystem II is a radical new approach to organ control systems but maintains compatibility with existing installations. The new processor talks a different language to the current one and so we offer a black box exchange programme to keep you up and running. No rewiring.
All products have special names the manufacturers think up and are often confusing at first. MultiSystem is pretty simple in structure but has a few of these.
The MultiSystem is the heart of the organ control system from Solid State. We believe in a modular approach to building our systems this is so that we can optimise the performance of each design. A relay must transfer notes from keys to pallets as fast as is possible. A capture system needs to be able to store information and operate intuitive displays for the organist.
Our MultiSystem switching systems can be built with any number of inputs, outputs and stop controls. The system is configured in software which allows the for an extremely flexible structure and straightforward building blocks.
A location is built from a processor, a plane (to put the cards on) and a choice of positive or negative polarity, input or output cards. The system is controlled by software which is loaded into each processor.
The MultiSystem is built around high specification industrial processors that run a custom operating system designed for high speed real time processing. The total boot time is about 6 seconds and so the system is ready to run before the wind is up.
Communication between locations is by CAT5 100BaseT Ethernet cabling. Although the protocols running on the cable are fully compatible with an Ethernet system we only support a closed network that is solely for MultiSystem use, this is because we can only guarantee performance if we know the amount of traffic on the network. It is possible to use a 802.11 Wireless network but again we cannot guarantee it will be to our performance requirements due to an inability to control external interference.
Solid State pioneered the use of punch blocks in organ building, however we selected a high performance connector from a German manufacturer called Krone that has been in use in the European telecoms industry for 80 years and more recently was adopted for internet connections in large office buildings around the world. It has been used by us in organ building since 1991.
MultiSystem operates between 12 to 36-volt as standard. The system itself uses less than 1 Amp to operate, however care must be taken in providing adequate current to switch the organ loads.
Output modules provide 16 outputs per module. They are provided with Krone connectors to punch the wires directly to them avoiding an extra connector and hence increasing reliability. The module has built in suppression.
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UK version: MultiSystem II Literature
US version: MultiSystem II Literature