The Wonder Morton extended 4/32 for Hauptwerk 4.2

Audio Demos
See the Wonder Morton 4/32 Audio Demos page for wonderful demonstration tracks. Let me tell you, it sounds fantastic!


Organ information
As an extension of the 4/23, we have added nine ranks to better round out the tonal pallet and give you, the organ player, an even more beautiful sounding Wonder Morton instrument.  The majority of the samples used for this set come from Opus 2401,  from the home of David Billmire, a beautiful 3/17 instrument. David was kind enough to make sample recordings of his theatre pipe organ and make those recordings available to me in order to create a VTPO version.  The samples were recorded in 16-bit 48khz Stereo, and use recorded tremulant samples. The organ samples are quite dry and will benefit from added reverb.  You can play a virtual reproduction of David's Robert Morton Opus 2401 by ordering the Robert Morton Opus 2401 Series for Hauptwerk. Some ranks have been digitally re-created using harmonic editing techniques to modify the source rank's harmonics so that it sounds like something quite different (for example, the Tibia Plena is derived from a Diapason rank).  Some ranks used in the Wonder Morton come from another Robert Morton organ (the owner wishes to remain anonymous).

See the Wonder Morton 4 /32 Specification for information on the Ranks and Stops.

Note: Due to the programming of the Great Sustain feature, you must use the Hauptwerk menu > Organ Settings > Keyboards > Great to configure your MIDI input. The Great Octave and Great Sub-Octave Couplers are not affected by the Sustain switch. This issue is as it is and cannot be fixed at present.

Hauptwerk uses 4252Mbs (4.3Gigs) of Ram with this organ loaded.

This VTPO benefits from adding external reverb. See the following links for some ideas on how to add reverb to your Hauptwerk system:

The hours and hours of work that go into something of this size mean that the Wonder Morton 4/32 sample set for Hauptwerk is released as a commercial sample set. The samples are encrypted, and will work with any edition of Hauptwerk 4.2. We recommend that you purchase the Advanced Edition of Hauptwerk for this sample set. The Wonder Morton 4/32 Dry download version will be US$199.00. Add US$50 to that for the DVD version. The Wonder Morton 4/23 is a prerequisite and must be installed before the 4/32.

Thanks go to Tom Hoehn for the use of his photos (with his permission) to create the console view, to Olivia Nagioff - for her graphics and layout for the all stops/left/ right/crescendo screens and ODF programming, to Les Deutsch for creating the base combinations, and to Iain McGlinchey for the MIDI demo track.  Thanks also to the Alpha and Beta testers, for your feedback and comments that have improved the final product!

See the Wonder Morton 4/32 Screen Views too see how this organ looks in Hauptwerk.


Robert Morton information
The Robert Morton Organ Company produced both theater pipe organs and church organs. They were located in Van Nuys, California. The Robert Morton company was the number two volume producer of theatre organs, building approximately half as many organs as the industry leader, Wurlitzer. The name "Robert Morton" is derived  from the company president Harold J. Werner's son, Robert Morton Werner (thanks Wikipedia for this information).

The Robert Morton company had its origins in the Murray Harris Organ Company of Los Angeles. The company passed through various owners, business names and locations between Murray Harris and Robert Morton, including the Los Angeles Art Organ Company, the Johnston Organ Company, and the California Organ Company. Despite all the corporate change and upheaval, the output in terms of high quality and tonal character was remarkably consistent. Several Robert Morton key personnel were veteran organ builders who had served as apprentices with major English organ building firms. Tonally, Robert Morton organs had a reputation for being powerful, while at the same time refined and "symphonic" in character.

Five Wonder Morton consoles were built for the "Wonder Theaters". These theaters were the top of the line in terms of looks and functionality, and hosted a 4 manual 23 rank Robert Morton Theatre organ. See the following websites of some of the surviving Wonder Mortons: