Intuitive Touch control
For years organ builders have searched for the optimum balance between the conflicting demands to provide intuitive and powerful controls for the console and a tasteful space to present them.
The Organist Palette is not intended to replace the basic controls on the console, in fact we have listened to recitalists concerns about dropping the iPad on the floor just before the concert. It will always be possible to play the organ, recall the sequence settings and go ahead with the performance with just the regular memory control panel and pistons. But for setting up, rehearsals and just plain ease of use the iPad gives a large and intuitive work surface. The screen above shows the piston sequencer edit controller, no dialling up displays and scrolling through menus, just pick it up and go.
Almost every organ we visit has a piece of paper on the music rack assigning memory levels to organists and visiting recitalists. The Palette takes this to the 21st century by introducing library management from the iPad. The music director is able to assign sections of the vast memory to different libraries and name them. Although the memory is chosen from the iPad the settings are stored safely inside the console. Each organist then divides of their library into books of works, chapters performances and individual sequences which are collections of pages of memory. There is even a public library for casual users!
The communication between the iPad and the console system is protected by encrypted security protocols. It is not possible to access the control with just any downloaded app, the iPad has to be linked to the mini Server with the correct password. No danger of someone at the back of the congregation tinkering with the transposer.
The Organist Palette is a description of a collection of customisable controls for the organ console. The core of the system is the mini Server developed in-house by our engineers which stores the apps and serves them to the controller over a standard wireless network. The apps are not available on the web they are built for you by our own engineers and delivered in the server which is a small black box connected to the MultiSystem II network or directly to the MultiLevel Capture System.
The initial release of Palette products will be for the Apple iPad and iPod. However because the controller is server based we will also be able to release products for other platforms such as Android.
The Organist Palette technology is compatible with MultiSystem II switching systems and the latest generation of MultiLevel Capture Systems. However, with 35 years of systems in the field it is important to us that an investment in a Solid State system is a long term one. If you have a combination action with more than 2 memory levels then it will probably be upgradable, if the relay is from 1994 or newer then that as well. Just call us and we can tell you.
The Palette system is built to your specifications, no need to have a transposer control on a tracker and so on. The Palette screens are built from modules and the choice includes: